Papers are assessed regarding their topic suitability for the scope of the journal, originality, innovativeness, relevance, applicability, adherence to scientific standards, and cogency of argument. The editors reserve the right to request that revisions be made to papers at any point prior to publication or to reject papers at any stage if they do not meet the criteria or publishing quality of the journal.
All manuscripts meeting the criteria for submission will be subjected first to an assessment of the text's proper scientific reporting via an anti-plagiarism software program and then, if the paper is of sufficient quality, to a fair and unbiased peer review by eminent and experienced international referees. Such processes ensure the high quality of the journal. Human Technology uses a double-blind review process.
The referees and journal editors are committed to treating the papers as confidential and as proprietary information. Referees and editors are expected to provide the author(s) with constructive suggestions and critique, helpful references, and related comments, with the intent to improve the quality of the manuscript.
Description of a basic review process
- An author (independently or following an invitation from an editor) submits a manuscript to Human Technology via HTPublishing. All correspondence, manuscript versioning, and related materials take place within the HTPublishing system.
- The author receives immediate on-screen confirmation that the paper has been received, and further confirmation when the paper is accepted into the journal management system.
- The paper undergoes an anti-plagiarism inspection, with the report forwarded to the editor in chief or guest editors of a thematic issue.
- The editor in chief or the guest editors decide whether the paper meets the standards of ethical scientific reporting, the criteria and scope of the journal and special issue topic, and is of sufficient quality for the peer review.
- The peer-review process is triggered by the managing editor, in consultation with the editors, and involves forwarding an anonymous version of the manuscript to selected, consenting referees.
- At the completion of the review, an anonymized compilation of the reviews (recommendations and comments) will be made available to the editors, author, and reviewers. If the manuscript remains under publication consideration, the editor requests revisions, as needed.
- The revised paper is reassessed and (a) accepted for publication by the editor in chief or the guest editors, (b) returned to the author for additional changes, or (c) returned to the referees for an additional review. This process is handled by the guest editors of thematic issues or facilitated for the editor in chief by Human Technology's managing editor. The process continues until the editor in chief (in collaboration with the guest editors) either accepts the paper for publication or rejects the paper
- If the paper is accepted for publication, the journal provides copy editing and authors should expect further changes during this collaborative process.
- Human Technology's staff undertakes responsibility for the layout of the manuscript to fit the journal's publication style.
- Before final publication, the author is contacted for approval of the final PDF version and is required to sign the Author's Warranty and Publication Agreement. The publisher must receive the signed agreement prior to publication. No changes to the manuscript are allowed after the paper reaches publishable form; authors cannot distribute any version of the paper until after publication without explicit permission from Human Technology's managing editor.
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