How to propose a Special Issue for the Artificial Intelligence Journal:

AIJ welcomes proposals for special issues of the journal. This following text is intended to help those who are interested in proposing special issues of the AI journal.

  • Purpose. Special issues are intended to introduce readers to an area of AI that has not received sufficient attention through regular submissions, either because little work has been published in it yet, or substantial new developments make it worthy of attention. Issues on the same topic should not have been published in AIJ or other major journals in the last two years. Proposals to publish the papers from a workshop or conference will not be considered, although the holding of a workshop could be the impetus for a special issue with broader participation.
  • Proposal. Special issue proposals should be submitted to the Editors in Chief (EICs) and contain
    • title of the proposed issue
    • a short description of the topic, justification of the timeliness of the issue, including a review of recent special issues on similar topics
    • names, email addresses and web pages of the editors, and their qualifications for editing the special issue
    • list of potential contributors
    • tentative schedule of call, submissions, reviewing, and publication.
  • Call for papers. All special issues will have an open public call for papers. Calls should be posted at least on the AIJD web site and on the Elsevier AIJ home page.
  • Reviewing. All papers in a special issue will be refereed according to AIJ's normal standards. SI editors make recommendations on each paper to the handling EinC through the EES system, who then makes the final decision on each version of a submitted paper, and will communicate this decision to the author. AIJ's normal conflict of interest rules apply; the issue editors can submit papers of their own, and the EICs will manage the reviewing of these papers. Papers submitted to the issue but found to be inappropriate for it can be recommended to the EICs as regular submissions. Editors are encouraged to keep to fewer than 400 journal pages.
  • Introduction to the issue. The editors are strongly encouraged to write a comprehensive review of the area covered by the special issue. At minimum, an article introducing the papers of the issue should be prepared and will be reviewed by the EICs.
  • Record keeping. All submitted papers, reviewer names and decisions will be recorded in the AIJ's editorial support system, to which special issue editors will be given access.
  • Management of submitted papers. Reviewing of special issue papers should follow AIJ's standard reviewing schedule. Except under special circumstances, reviewers should be asked to submit reviews no later than 6 weeks after receipt and sent a reminder in 5 weeks. If reviews are not submitted on time, reviewers should be sent weekly reminders until reviews are received. Authors should be given 3 months for a major revision of their papers, if necessary, and regularly reminded thereafter until revisions are received. Provisionally accepted papers whose revisions are not received in 6 months should be rejected from the special issue, although they may be considered for publication as regular paper. Second round reviews should be sought in 4 weeks, and second revisions should be done in one month. Final versions of accepted papers should be sent to Elsevier as soon as possible for preliminary publication on the web, even if not all papers for the special issue are final, although final, copy-edited, versions will not appear until final versions of all accepted papers have been received.

Current Calls for Special Issues
Call for papers: Special Issue of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (AIJ) on Epistemic Planning
 Epistemic planning is the enrichment of automated planning with epistemic notions such as knowledge and belief. In general, single-agent epistemic planning considers the following problem: given an agent’s current state of knowledge, and a desirable state of knowledge, how does it get from one to the other? In multi-agent epistemic planning, the current and desirable states of knowledge might also refer to the states of knowledge of other agents, including higher-order knowledge like ensuring that agent A doesn’t get to know that agent B knows P. Single-agent epistemic planning is of central importance in settings where agents need to be able to reason about their own lack of knowledge and, e.g., make plans of how to achieve the required knowledge. Multi-agent epistemic planning is essential for coordination and collaboration among multiple agents, where success can only be expected if agents are able to reason about the knowledge, uncertainty and capabilities of other agents. It is a relatively recent area of research involving combinations of several sub-areas of artificial intelligence, such as automated planning, decision-theoretic planning, epistemic logic, strategic reasoning and knowledge representation & reasoning. In order to achieve formalisms and systems for epistemic planning that are both expressive and practically efficient, it is necessary to combine state of the art from several such sub-areas of artificial intelligence that have so far been considered mostly in separation. Epistemic planning has applications in game playing, human-robot interaction, social robotics, etc. For this special issue of AIJ, we invite papers on theory, applications, and implemented systems of epistemic planning.

How to submit
Please submit your article using the Elsevier Editorial System (http://ees.elsevier.com/artint). To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified as submissions for the special issue, select Special Issue - Epistemic Planning when you reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline and the reviewing process of each manuscript will start immediately after submission. Preliminary versions of the papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) on the special issue website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Important dates 

  • Submission deadline: 1 October 2018
  • Notification: 1 February 2019

Guest editors

  • Vaishak Belle, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 
  • Thomas Bolander, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Andreas Herzig, CNRS, IRIT Toulouse, France
  • Bernhard Nebel, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany