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The Journal of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (JNMM): Policy on Special Issues
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This policy outlines what is expected of the requestors who intend to request the JNMM to consider a Special Issue devoted to topics within the purview of one of the Institute's Technical Divisions.

  • The requestor should be the Chair of the appropriate Technical Division, who should identify a singular Point of Contact (POC) for interfacing with the JNMM Managing Editor (in some instances this has been the Associate Editor of the Technical Division or an individual within the Technical Division, or a person from a governmental or institutional organization).
  • The request for a Special Issue must be made a minimum of one year in advance of the submittal deadline for the desired issue.
  • It is a desire of the JNMM that the number of papers in a single issue should be limited to ten.
  • It is the desire of the JNMM that the number of authors per paper should be limited to eight. 
  • Should there be a request to have more than 10 papers published in a Special Issue, additional funding will be required as determined by the Managing Editor.
    • The requestor should first attempt to solicit the additional funding from outside sources, e.g. a sponsor of the papers, if appropriate.
    • If the requestor is not successful, then a written request by the Chair of the appropriate Technical Division with justification needs to be made to the Technical Editor and the Managing Editor of JNMM with copies to the Assistant Technical Editor and Officers of INMM (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President), and Assistant Technical Editor.
  • The JNMM is published in black and white. However, colored graphs or pictures can be incorporated for a fee of approximately $700 per illustration. The exact fee will be determined by the JNMM Managing Editor
  • The POC, with the support of the Assistant Technical Editor and the Associate Editor(s) of the appropriate Technical Division, is (are):
    • Responsible for ensuring all papers are adequately peer reviewed (two reviewers per paper); and
    • Responsible for ensuring the papers are submitted on the schedule established by the JNMM Managing Editor.
  • A minimally adequate peer review is expected to filter out obvious mistakes and incompetence, as well as plagiarism, overly derivative work, and straightforward applications of known methods. Manuscripts must meet this minimum criterion for consideration in a JNMM issue. For the normal JNMM peer review process, two peer reviews are acquired for each article.
  • Final Papers should be collected by the POC and forwarded to the JNMM Managing Editor.
  • Authors will obtain all necessary permissions and approvals before the paper is submitted to the JNMM Managing Editor.
  • Revisions and rewrites will not be accepted after the paper is submitted to the JNMM Managing Editor.
  • The POC will communicate with the authors. The POC will forward any questions or concerns to the Managing Editor, with copies to the Technical Editor and the Assistant Technical Editor, and will relay the answer from the Managing Editor to the appropriate author(s).
  • Should the Technical Editor and/or the Assistant Technical Editor, upon review of the final draft of the Special Issue papers, decide a paper had not been adequately peer reviewed (i.e., the paper contains several obvious flaws), such an article will be withdrawn with written justification from the Technical Editor.
  • Requests for additional copies of the Special Issue should be made to the Managing Editor.