Editorial Policy

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of Electronics, Information and Systems are peer-reviewed according to the following procedure:

1 Initial review

The Editor-in-Chief evaluates each manuscript to determine if its topic and content is suitable for consideration by the IJEIS. Manuscripts that do not meet minimum criteria are returned to the authors within one week of receipt. This is in the best interest of the authors who could then decide to either correct the problems or to submit the manuscript to a more appropriate venue, avoiding delays from a lengthy review process that would nonetheless lead to rejection.

2 Peer review

Manuscripts that pass the initial review are assigned to an Associate Editor, who selects several referees based on their expertise in that particular field. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees under a double-blind peer review process, where both the referees and the authors are kept anonymous. Referees are asked to evaluate the manuscript based on its creativity and originality. To facilitate timely publication, referees are asked to complete their reviews within one month. After collecting the referees' reports, the Associate Editor makes a recommendation on the acceptability of the manuscript to the Editor-in-Chief.

3 Recommendation

Based on the referees' comments and the Associate Editor's recommendation, the Editor-in-Chief makes a final decision on the acceptability of the manuscript and communicates to the authors the decision, along with referees' reports. The final decision can be "Accept Submission", "Revisions Required", "Resubmit for Review", "Resubmit Elsewhere", or "Decline Submission." A revised manuscript should be re-submitted within six months of the decision. It will usually be returned to the original referees for evaluation.

Review Guidelines

1 Double-blind Review
The journal employs the double-blind peer review process, where both reviewers and authors remain anonymous throughout the review process.

2 Criteria for Publication
For a manuscript to be published in the International Journal of Design, it must meet four criteria:

a. Originality
b. Soundness of methodology
c. Importance to design researchers
d. Relevance to design practices

3 Recommendation
Several types of recommendation are possible:

a. Accept Submission
b. Revisions Required
c. Resubmit for Review
d. Resubmit Elsewhere
e. Decline Submission

4 Timely Review
Publication of manuscripts in a timely fashion benefits both the authors and the design community at large, where few journals are available to serve as common platforms for sharing research results. Reviewers are therefore kindly asked to complete their reviews within one month. If more time is needed, reviewers should contact the editor promptly.

5 Honest and Polite
After each round of the review, review reports are sent to the author(s) and all reviewers of the manuscript under consideration. It is important for a reviewer to be honest but not offensive when providing comments. Review reports with opinions expressed in a kind and constructive way will more effectively persuade the authors on the merit of the review.

6 Writing the Review
The purpose of the review is to provide the editors with an expert’s opinions on the quality of the manuscript under consideration. A good review report should identify both the strengths and weaknesses of the paper and should also provide constructive and specific comments on how to improve the paper. If the reviewer believes that the paper is not suitable for publication in the International Journal of Design, the review report should provide brief but sufficient information that enables the author(s) to understand the reasons for the decision.

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