Upon receipt, the Editor-in-Chief circulates the proposal to the Senior Editorial Board for their comments. Depending on this feedback, the proposal may be approved, rejected (with appropriate supporting reasons), or returned to the GEs for additional information. Usually this process will take no more than 2-3 weeks.
How relevant is the proposed topic? How relevant is the topic for the signal processing society? How important are the available results?
How timely is the topic? Have there been significant contributions to the area during the last 5/10 years?
What applications or theoretical tools are relevant to the current proposal? How could these applications/tools benefit the signal processing community?
How broad is the research appeal? Are there strong research groups in a significant number of different countries working in the area?
Does this special issue have the possibility of eliciting interest from other IEEE societies, thus increasing the basis of potential authors and readership?
Have there been previous special issues in this area in other publications, notably IEEE Transactions? How successful were they in terms of readership/citations?
G. Target authors
Are there particular authors that should be targeted for this special issue, perhaps with an invited or tutorial paper (still subject to same rigorous reviewing process)?
H. Guest editors diversity
Do the guest editors present enough diversity in terms of topics coverage, gender and geography?
I. Guest editors qualifications
Do the guest editors have sufficient expertise and experience to properly handle reviews of papers in the proposed areas? Have the guest editors published in the area of the proposal or are they industry leaders in the area? Do all guest editors meet the minimum qualifications of being at-least 5 years since a PhD?