Peer Review—Magazines


Guest Editor Center

These guidelines apply to all special-issue submissions. Here, we describe the mechanics of serving as a special issue guest editor. If you are in the beginning stages of considering becoming a guest editor for Computer, see our guidelines for proposing a special issue.

You can contact our magazine assistant (MA) for additional information.

Submit a Manuscript

The following alphabetical list provides a guide to the subsections on this page.


Guidelines for Making Decisions
Peer Review Policies
Text Formatting Requirements


Guidelines for Making Decisions

The MA will tell you how to access the system as guest editor and see all of your special issue's submissions and their review status (except, of course, your own submissions).

If you e-mail the MA about a particular submission, please include its identification number in the subject line. The MA will create a spreadsheet for the issue listing all submissions and other pertinent information. The MA will update it regularly and send you and the EIC a copy.

Some manuscripts may not be suitable for consideration in your special issue. You may need to reject the submission outright, suggest alternative publications that could be more suitable, or tell the MA to refer it to the EIC for consideration in an issue with a different theme. The MA will inform the author once you send your specific comments to include in the letter.

The MA sends the other submissions to two (confirmed) reviewers and monitors deadlines. When each manuscript finishes the review process, you will be informed. The acquisitions editor may also review manuscripts, making suggestions about length, organization, number and type of illustrations, title length, appropriateness, and fit.

The Recommendation Process

Before making recommendations to the EIC, you must have at least three reviews. Remember your total page allocation when you consider what you want to include. Your recommendations to the EIC should fall into these categories:

Rec. to accept:You do want to include the manuscript in your special issue and you feel that the changes the author needs to make (if any) are slight enough that they could be easily addressed in the editing process by our staff editors.

Rec. to reject: You do not want to include the manuscript in your special issue.

Rec. to make minor revisions: You do want to include the manuscript in your special issue, but you feel that the author needs to make relatively minor changes before it is edited. We give the author a few weeks to fix the changes before resubmitting it. You will review the resubmitted manuscript and then decide whether to recommend it to the EIC for acceptance.

Rec. to make major revisions: you might want to include the manuscript in your special issue but the author needs to make significant changes before you can decide. Normally we give the author a month to fix the changes on his/her own. Once the submission returns with revisions, we send it back to the original reviewers for a second round of reviews.

Please note that the EIC makes final decisions. Either the EIC or the MA will inform you of the decision. The MA sends out the decision letters, customizing each one with specific comments you provide. The MA advises authors of accepted submissions about our staff editing process, which collaboratively transforms manuscripts into our magazine style.

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Text Formatting Requirements

We accept Word, plain text, and PDF files. Any file an author uploads to ScholarOne Manuscripts will convert into a PDF. Files cannot exceed 20 Mbytes.

Articles should be approximately 6,000 words, including all text, the abstract, keywords, bibliography, biographies, and table text. Each table and figure is counted as 300 words (to account for white space needed). You can reject any article exceeding this word count automatically, without going through the review process. Authors must supply an abstract and at least two keywords when uploading their manuscripts. Each submission should have a title page containing the submission's title and the names, affiliations, and contact information for all coauthors.

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Peer Review Policies

Concurrent Submission: We do not allow submission to more than one publication at one time. If we determine that a manuscript has been submitted to another publication before Computer review process is completed, we automatically withdraw that manuscript from the review process.

Duplicate Submissions: We do not accept duplicate submissions of manuscripts. Authors should not try to enter or upload a modified version of a manuscript that is already in the system as a new submission. Identical submissions will be rejected immediately.

Preliminary/Conference Version(s): If any portion of a submission has appeared or will appear in a conference proceedings, the author must include a copy of the previously published manuscript along with the Computer submission and a summary of changes identifying the differences between the two.

The GEs and reviewers must check each submitted manuscript to determine whether a sufficient amount of new material has been added to warrant publication in Computer. New results are not required; however, the submission should contain expansions of key ideas, examples, elaborations, etc.

If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the magazine assistant.

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