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Review Guidelines

1. Area Screening

The associate editor first screens the submission by assessing whether a manuscript is suited to the Journal of Intelligence and Information Systems. The assessment includes the plagiarism check. The editor-in-chief decides the area suitability of the submission after considering the opinion of the associate editor after the first screening.

2. Designate Editor

After the area screening, the associate editor designates an editor with a high level of expertise in the topic area of the paper.

3. Review Committee

The designated editor nominates two reviewers who can impartially review the manuscript.

4. Double-blind PolicyThe identity of authors is concealed from the reviewers and vice versa.

5. Review PeriodThe authors of the “fast-track” manuscripts are notified of the review results within two weeks after the initial submission, and “regular-track” manuscripts are decided within two months.

6. Review Criteria and Guidelines

The designated reviewers should conduct a review within deadline in accordance with the following nine criteria and guidelines.

(1) Relevance

· The topic of the study suits to the aims and scope of the journal and the interests of its audience.

· The study addresses important problems or issues in the field of the research.

· The study contributes to something new and valuable to the literature.


(2) Research Background and Objective

· The introduction builds a logical context for the problem statement.

· The research objective is clear and well articulated.

· The research questions (research hypotheses, if applicable) are clear, concise, and complete.


(3) Reference to the Literature and Documentation

· The literature review is up-to-date and complete.

· The number of references and the selection of them are appropriate.

· The literature is critically appraised.

· Referred literature is cited appropriately and accurately.


(4) Research Design

· The research design suits to the research objective.

· The research design is clearly described in detail.

· The research design has internal and external validity.


(5) Data Analysis

· The data set for the analysis is sufficiently described or referenced.

· The quality and quantity of the data set are appropriate to the research objective and design.

· Data analysis procedure conforms to the research design, and it is sufficiently described.

· Statistical methods are appropriately used.


(6) Discussion and Conclusion

· The conclusions are complete and clearly stated.

· The interpretations of the results are appropriate (not misleading).

· Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

· The limitations and future research directions are discussed.


(7) Title, Abstract, and Key Words

· Title is clear, concise, and informative.

· The abstract is complete; it should include research objective, design, analysis, findings, and originality/value.

· The key words captures the essentials of the study.


(8) Presentation and Documentation

· The manuscript is well organized.

· The text is well written and easy to understand.

· The vocabulary is appropriate.

· The tables and figures are clearly presented, and agree with the text.


(9) Ethical Conduct

· There are no apparent instances of plagiarism.

· Ideas and materials of others are correctly acknowledged.

· There is no apparent conflict of interests.


7. Review Results and Procedures

A manuscript is accepted for publication once all reviewers have recommended that it be accepted. If some or all of the reviewers believe that it is not suitable, the editor-in-chief of JIIS will use the main editor’s comments to determine the review result and notify the author.The four possible review results are the following: “accept,” “accept after minor revisions,” “accept after major revisions,” and “reject.” The table below lists procedures to be followed after each of the four review results.

(1) Accept

A decision to accept means that the editorial board of JIIS accepts the manuscript in its present form with no further modifications. In this case, the manuscript will not be reviewed further by editors or reviewers.


(2) Accept after minor revisions

A manuscript requiring minor revisions is accepted conditionally; the author(s) should revise the manuscript in accordance with the recommendations of editors and reviewers. When the revised manuscript is ready, only the main editor will review it again to decide whether it is suitable for publication.


(3) Accept after major revisions

A manuscript requiring major revisions is accepted conditionally; the author(s) should revise the manuscript in accordance with the recommendations of editors and reviewers. The revised manuscript will be sent back to the original reviewers for a second round of reviews. After considering their comments and recommendations, the main editor will decide whether the revised manuscript is ready to be published, or needs to be revised further.


(4) Reject

A rejected manuscript is not suitable for publication in the JIIS.


8. Revision Period

A paper requiring revisions should be resubmitted within two months of the request for revisions. A paper whose author fails to meet the deadline for revision will be automatically rejected without further process.


9. Revision Request

Even in the case of an article accepted for publication, the editor-in-chief may stop the publication process and request revisions if further improvement and correction are needed or if (part of) the submission infringes Editorial Policy.