I know an editor at a respected journal who does this. It doesn't indicate any preferential treatment in the review process. He's the new editor of the journal, just wants to signal the types of pieces they now want.
Just got my first publication(36 posts) (1 voice)
"The only time semi-invited peer-review articles happen is when a very senior person establishes a special issue on a theme. Sometimes those issues are quite good (e.g. the 2010 JEPOP on the 2008 election). Even then, they go through the same peer-review process, and you'll only be invited to submit if you're already a big deal."
What is JEPOP?
"The Air and Space Power Journal sounds obviously made up. The email I got was from a journal legitimately in my field. I can't imagine there are that many Air and Space Power articles being presented at MPSA, are there? "
I got that email too. According to the email, they publish articles on terrorism, human rights, civil-military, democracy, etc. My paper, of course, had nothing to do with any of these topics. But it exists.
How is that a publication?