Peer Review Process
The Journal of Information Architecture employs multiple reviewers for single blind review, in which referees remain anonymous for the author throughout the process. Through the peer review, the journal strives to ensure that only sound scientific or professional contributions are published as well as to grant a fair procedure for all submission.
An appointed editor first evaluates all manuscripts. The manuscripts that are initially approved by the editor are passed on to at least two experts for actual review. Manuscripts rejected at this stage have either poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed approximately within two weeks of receipt.
Selection of Referees
Referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. To ensure a fair review, the reviewers must not to be related to the author as supervisors, close peers or have any other affiliation that may cause bias. We encourage suggestions of referees from authors, though these recommendations are not necessarily used. The sole person responsible for the selection of reviewers is the editor.
Reports by Referees
Reposts by referees include both qualitative and quantitative assessment according to appropriate criteria for contribution type. Language correction is not part of the peer review process but referees may, if they so wish suggest corrections to the text. Referees are asked to evaluate whether the proposed contribution (despite the contribution type):
- Is original;
- Is relevant for the scientific or professional community;
- Is methodologically sound;
- Includes accurately supported conclusions;
- Correctly cites earlier relevant work;
- Follows appropriate ethical guidelines;
- Is clear and thorough in presentation;
Duration of the Review Process
The review process of the Journal of Information Architecture ought not to exceed 8 weeks. However, the process may take longer in some cases. Should the referees' reports contradict one another or a report is delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. In exceptional cases for which it is particularly difficult to find a second referee to review the manuscript, or when the one referee's report has thoroughly convinced the editor, decisions at this stage to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision are made on the basis of only one referee's report. The editor's decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.
A final decision to accept (as is, or with minor or major revision) or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with recommendations and any verbatim comments made by the referees.
Referees, occasionally along with other editors and/or members of the editorial board, only advise the editor, who is the sole person responsible for the final decision.
Becoming a Referee for the Journal of Information Architecture
The person in charge of the journal's peer review procedures is Associate Editor Katriina Byström (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to be considered as a referee for the Journal of Information Architecture either e-mail Katriina Byström directly or contact one of the Assistant Editors at email@example.com.