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Peer Review Policy
Peer Review Process
All submitted full papers will be single-blind peer reviewed. Authors would not be able to know the reviewers, while the reviewers are able to see the metadata of the authors if they wish. The acceptance will be granted if the recommendations from the reviewers are positive. The criteria are based on the technical contents, clarity and format. Authors should make sure the submitted papers use the template for this journal. There are three review processes: Initial Review, Peer Review and Recommendation.
The Section Editor evaluates each manuscript in the submission track to determine if its topic and content is suitable for consideration for the journal before being reviewed. Manuscripts that do not meet minimum criteria are returned to the authors. 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.
Manuscripts that pass the initial review by the Section Editors, will be sent to several referees based on their expertise. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. The referees are asked to evaluate the manuscript based on its originality, soundness of methodology, impact to design research, and relevance to design practices. To facilitate timely publication, referees are asked to complete their reviews and provide individual critiques within two weeks. After collecting the referees' reports, the Section Editors makes a recommendation on the acceptability of the manuscript.
Based on the referees' comments, the Section Editors makes a final decision on the acceptability of the manuscript and communicates to the authors the decision, along with referees' reports. The status reports to reviewers should identify the reviewers of each paper, the final decision can be "Accept Submission", "Revisions Required", or "Decline Submission." The revised version should be submitted considering the review comments.
The authors should make sure that the manuscript pass a criterion of maximum 25 percents similarities to other publications.