Division of Tasks in Thematic Issues

Throughout the prepublication processes, guest editors receive ongoing advice and support from Human Technology's editor in chief and managing editor in their responsibilities for overseeing the review, revision, and approval of manuscripts within the thematic issue.

Specific instructions will be provided to guest editors whose thematic issue is taken into the editorial calendar of Human Technology. Provided here is general information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the guest editors and the editorial staff of the journal, with the editorial staff providing advice and assistance to the guest editors, as needed.

The guest editors are responsible for

  • Submissions of quality manuscripts
    • Encouraging submissions for 8-10 manuscripts for consideration within the thematic issue
    • Determining the viability of manuscripts in terms of originality, appropriateness for the theme of the special issue, readiness for peer review, and adherence to high research and academic quality
  • The review process
    • Identifying and inviting qualified reviewers to assess the quality of manuscripts
    • Conducting the external double-blind review process
    • Determining the potential for publication of the manuscript, post-review (including whether paper is of sufficient quality to be revised in line with reviewers' comments or recommended for rejection)
    • Adding additional assessment of paper from editorial perspective to direct the author's revisions
    • Overseeing subsequent reviews, as needed
  • The revision process
    • Providing clear and explicit instructions to authors for the improvement of their paper, including adherence to the publication standards and publication style of the journal, particularly related to manuscript structure, references and citations, figure and photo rights, and ethics
    • Confirming that revised paper has addressed all areas identified in revision instructions
    • Instructing authors on further changes, as needed and confirming those changes
  • Maintaining an efficient editorial timeline
  • Making final recommendations to the editor in chief regarding whether papers under publication consideration for the special issue are suitable for publication or must be rejected
  • Confirming, in conjunction with the editor in chief, that each copyedited and laid out paper is ready for publication, both visually and in content
  • Writing a Guest Editors' Introduction that explicates the nature and state of the art of the issue's theme which frames the manuscripts to be published within the special issue.
  • Actively promote the published issue within one's network.


The journal's editorial staff is responsible for

  • Providing materials and technical support to assist the pre-publication processes for the guest editor is responsible
  • Providing advice and support, as needed, throughout the editorial process
  • Copyediting and laying out each manuscript accepted by the editor in chief for publication
  • Promoting the issue to various audiences one the issue is published