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Outstanding Special Issue Awards 2011

Awards for Excellence

Outstanding Special Issue Award

We recognize the very distinct contribution made by special issues to our journals and the database by making an annual award to the Guest Editor(s) of the outstanding special issue of the year. It is a way of recognizing and rewarding the very real contribution made by the Guest Editors and of acknowledging the added value brought to the journals through their hard work and expertise. Most of these guest editors undertake the full role of the "Editor" for that particular issue and most do not receive any monetary reward.

• collaborate with the editor on the subject of the special issue using their own specialist subject knowledge and interest
• identify and define the subject scope of the special issue
• use their own networks to commission papers or arrange calls for papers to attract the authors to write for the issue
• manage the peer review process and reviewers and liaise with the authors for revisions if needed
• collate the issue for the Editor/Managing Editor
• write a guest editorial for the journal - these are often extensive essays which draw together the component papers and provide an overview of the topic

What makes an outstanding special issue?

The criteria, by which we select and chose our winning special issues, are varied but we believe sensible, fair, and demonstrable and can be applied in all subject fields and to all journals:

• internationality in content and/or authorship
• leading edge content and originality
• broad subject interest appeal
• a consistency in the papers either through a commonality of approach or theme or their comparative nature
• the authors of the papers are some of the active and respected figures in the field
• a well written guest editorial which exhibits real understanding of the value and import of the issue, and above all
• guest editor(s) who put a lot into the work involved in the commissioning and production of the special issue

The winners for 2011

Emerald is particularly pleased and proud to announce the Outstanding Special Issue Awards for 2011.


Guest Editor: Associate Professor Whitney H. Sherman, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 48 No. 6, 2010

The issue is a collection of manuscripts related to women in educational leadership. Educational leadership is defined by the authors in ways that are inclusive of a large span of ages and positions in the field of education worldwide. The intent of the Guest Editor (which has been admirably achieved) is to offer as global a perspective on women in educational leadership as possible. Accordingly, this special issue presents 17 authors from 12 universities and embodies the perspectives of women in nine countries.

A primary objective of the issue is to promote social justice and inclusiveness of voice specific to women and their experiences in educational leadership. The result is a volume of work that signifies women are doing amazing things with their lives at various levels, but that there is still much room for pioneering work by women in educational leadership and, in turn, continuing research on their work.

The authors in this special issue have ploughed new ground in several ways. For example, they have written about women leaders in education from primary schools to the professoriate across different countries. While we do have a fairly robust body of knowledge helping us to understand the conditions under which women lead schools in English-speaking countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we know very little if anything, about women educational leaders in other parts of the world. The articles in this special issue by Agezo, Ngunnjiri, Shapira et al., and Speradio give us precious glimpses into African, Arab-Israeli, Bangladeshi and Indian women’s leadership practices and concerns. In addition, young women leaders as a group have not been well studied. McNae’s article about a co-constructed leadership program for young women in high school, Mansfield et al.’s piece about women in US educational leadership programs, and Sherman et al.’s narrative study of young women professors of education break into very new territory. Moreover, this collection of articles provides strong threads connecting the often-separated Pre K-12 world and the sphere of higher education as Coleman’s article nicely demonstrates.

The preparation of this special issue demanded much of the Guest Editor, particularly in establishing contacts with non-American authors. Rather than advertise via a call for papers, Sherman used her impressive network of colleagues to identify significant researchers in the realm of women in educational leadership. That she succeeded in securing contributions from so many countries bears testament to her determination to produce a special issue of the highest order.

This issue is indeed “special”. It will be an indispensable source of knowledge and thinking for scholars and practitioners in educational leadership and a source of inspiration for women in the field of leadership through all levels of education.

Highly commended:

Guest Editor: Grant Samkin, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Vol. 7 No. 3, 2010

This has been a very high profile Special Issue for such a young journal, and it is anticipated there will be high usage. Not only is it the first accounting journal to tackle the subject as an entire entity, it draws on other recent cutting edge research in the area around visual representation and cultural aspects of accounting. Perhaps the most impressive part of the issue is the caliber of names it managed to attract: Prem Sikka is perhaps the most well known accounting scholar in the UK, and writes regularly for The Guardian; David Boje is a multi-disciplinary academic who has written for Emerald across a number of journals; Kerry Jacobs is a Professor at Australia’s No 1 university (ANU); Gudrun Baldvinsdottir is one of the most well-known scholars writing in this area; and Robert Scapens is Professor at the world-leading Manchester Business School and Editor of the ISI-ranked Management Accounting Review.

Guest editors: Professor Irvine Lapsley, The University of Edinburgh, UK, Peter Miller, London School of Economics, UK and Fabrizio Panozzo, Ca' Foscari University, Italy
Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 23 No. 3. 2010

Edited by the renowned Scottish accounting academic Professor Irvine Lapsley at Edinburgh University, this Special Issue develops some of the themes presented in the Accounting and the Visual Special Issue in AAAJ in 2009. Once again, the journal places itself at the frontier of interdisciplinary accounting research by attempting to assess the “increased prevalence of calculative practices in many dimensions of the everyday life of citizens”, which in turn “sharpens the research focus for accountants”. Special mention in particular should go to the articles by Martin Kornberger and Chris Carter on strategy and the very famous social scientist Barbara Czarniawska for her thought-provoking piece on ‘Accounting for a city project’. Further praise is deserved by the Special Issue Editorial team, which was able to deliver the complete issue ahead of schedule at very short notice.

Guest editors: Peter Gammeltoft, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, Jaya Prakash Pradhan, Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, India and Andrea Goldstein, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, France
International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 5 No. ¾, 2010

The global balance of economic power is shifting from developed to emerging markets. Following the global economic crisis, growth rates in developed countries have remained below par, whilst the strong performance of companies from developing countries – emerging market multinationals (EMNCs) – have ensured that future competition will be even fiercer than before the crisis. In short, the EMNCs of today will be the global competitors of tomorrow. Studying the development, pathways and strategies of the EMNCs is therefore of great interest to scholars of international business and strategic management. This double special issue is a major contribution to this scholarly effort.