About

Editorial Policies


Focus and Scope

The Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS) is a high-quality periodical and has been appearing in digital and printed form since 1995. The journal deals with all research areas of computer science, based on the ACM Computing Classification System categories including general literature, hardware, software, computer systems organization, theory of computation, information systems, mathematics of computing, data and data science, computing methodologies, computer applications, science and technology of learning, and knowledge management.

The journal accepts research articles covering novel research in all topics of computer science, and its peer reviewed articles appear in monthly Regular Issues and Special Issues on selected topics organized by guest editors. Thus, J.UCS serves as one of the major knowledge bases for the international research community in computer science over decades until today.

J.UCS appears online and in print under ISSN and ISBN numbers, and all articles are linked to unique DOIs.


Review Process and Acceptance Rate

J.UCS aims on high-quality reviews and supportive peer comments for authors’ guidance. The journal follows a single-blind peer review approach and all articles undergo at least 3 independent reviews by distinguished computer scientists. Manuscripts for Regular Issues are reviewed by experts in the fields from a pool of more than 160 senior experts from the editorial board.

The quality assurance of special tracks is twofold: Proposals for Special Issues organized by guest editors are thoroughly assessed by a panel of distinguished experts. Each of the submitted manuscripts of the Special Issue is reviewed by the guest editorial board and is scrutinized by J.UCS Publishing Team. Thus, all accepted articles and Special Issues serve as a knowledge base which documents, connects and reflects novel aspects of computer science.

Plagiarism checks for each submitted manuscript and for the final copy-edited versions will be performed.

The average acceptance rate on a yearly base is below 20%. The average duration of the review process is between 6 to 10 weeks.


Open Access Policy

Creating open content for the international community has been a main aim of J.UCS’ initiators and managing editors-in-chief since its foundation. Based on a pioneering publishing policy already in the mid-1990s, J.UCS’ articles have been freely available under the J.UCS Open Content License. For further developments and compliances to recent open content initiatives, as of beginning of 2020, J.UCS has changed its license to the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 4.0.

see also section below


License and Copyright Agreement

In submitting a manuscript to J.UCS hosted by Pensoft Inc., authors certify that:

  • They are authorized by their co-authors to enter into these arrangements.
  • They agree to J.UCS' Self-archiving Policy
  • They agree to J.UCS’ Submission and Publishing Guidelines
  • Specifically, they submit novel and unpublished articles and secure the right to reproduce any material that has already been published or copyrighted elsewhere, such as figures.

Copyright

  • Copyright on any article is retained by the author(s).
  • Authors grant J.UCS the license to publish and distribute the article within the journal's networks in electronic and print version, and allows the indexing in other servies.
  • The article and any associated published materials are distributed under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 4.0.

The CC BY-ND 4.0 license allows anyone to share — to copy and redistribute – the verbatim copy of the material under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must give credit to the original author(s), provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.  
  • NoDerivatives. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

Copyright Transfers

Any usage rights are regulated through the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (CC BY-ND 4.0). For any purposes anyone is free to copy and distribute the article as long as the original author is credited and provided that the article is not altered or modified (see above).

Self-archiving Policy

For details see Self-archiving Policy section below


Publication Ethics

Policy on Authorship and Contributorship

J.UCS expects accurate attribution of authorship, and it is the responsibility of co-authors of an article to make sure that all contributions are fairly acknowledged. Ghost authorship (contribution of no-named authors) or git authorship (named co-authors with no or little contribution) is considered as unethical and will not be tolerated. Also dual submissions or even publication of the same research or parts as well as plagiarism will not be tolerated, and services are in place to technical and organizational check such violations.

In the case of disputes over authorship or requests to change authorship or evidence of plagiarism or data fabrication, the J.UCS editorial team (office@jucs.org) may be contacted directly, and a panel headed by the editor-in-chief will deal with the request. If violations are identified, the authors will be contacted to state their position and provide an explanation, if this is not satisfactory, the authors' institutions will be informed of the facts.

Refer also to Governance and Roles, Author Guidelines and Review Policy

Data Sharing and Reproducibility

J.UCS is not only highly committed to open and free content of knowledge, it also strongly supports and encourages open access of data and the applied methods and algorithms. For details please refer to the Open Data and Open Source section

Post-publication Discussions and Corrections

J.UCS platform allows to comment and discuss every article, and the authors can also be contacted directly.

In case of any errors, issues with authorships or plagiarism, anyone can contact the J.UCS editorial team (office@jucs.org) directly, and a panel headed by the editor-in-chief will deal with the request.

Policy on Conflicts of Interest / Competing Interests

Authors

Such conflicts for authors exist when their objective behaviour or judgment in the research may be influenced or biased. Possible sources of issues include the following and must be disclosed in the acknowledgement section and/or in the metadata section during the submission process:

  • Any research funders or sponsors and their role in the research
  • All financial and in-kind support including equipment or other resources
  • Any other relevant relationships or interests (financial and non-financial)

For further details also refer to Author Guidelines

Reviewers

Potential conflicts of interest arise when there are or have been past collaborations between the authors and reviewers or other members in the same laboratories. Such conflicts of interest or even competing interests must be prompted without any delay, and reviews cannot be completed. Organizers of guest editorials cannot manage article reviews in which they are involved as co-authors.

For detailed information refer to the review policy and decision taking

Editorial Team

Members of the editorial team are required by their role to declare competing or conflicting interests at all times. For the role of the managing editor-in-chief the steering committee is responsible and takes any decision or delegates activities to other roles. All other conflicts of interests are handled by the managing editor-in-chief.

For more details refer also to Governance and Roles

Peer review and editing process

During the course of the submission, review and editing process, editorial team and reviewers are responsible for fair process steps and guarantee independent decisions. The steering committee has the right to review the processes and suggest improvements.

J.UCS expects all those involved in the submission and review process to treat the content and results of submissions and reviews as confidential.

For detailed information refer to the review policy and decision taking

Research Ethics

J.UCS is committed to and supports the highest standards of research and reporting in the articles. This includes ensuring that reported research or studies are conducted in a fair and unbiased manner with the highest standards and follow state-of-the-art processes in the field or subfield, and that ethical approvals are applied where applicable. All research must use anonymised and synthesised data, and we also encourage providing data and methods for reproducibility and comparability, see also Open Data and Open Source section and Data Sharing and Reproducibility above.

Complaints and Appeals Handling

In case of any errors, issues with authorships or plagiarism, anyone can contact the J.UCS editorial team (office@jucs.org) directly, and a panel headed by the editor-in-chief will deal with the request.


Publication Fees and Operation Costs

In order to focus solely on scientific quality and to guarantee highest independence, J.UCS follows a free-of-charge policy for both authors and readers. Thus, operation and publication costs have been covered by the J.UCS Consortium since 2012. Special Issue organizers contribute to these operation and publication costs by a fee for each published Special Issue requiring funding from external sources rather than from the special issue contributors.

Operation costs include journal platform and infrastructure, publishing management as well as costs for archiving the online and printed versions. All review activities and editor-in-chief activities are honorary as part of community support, and will not be compensated by stipends or other benefits.


Archiving and Indexing

J.UCS is archived and indexed in all main archiving and indexing systems relevant for the computer science community, and thus guarantees a high visibility and maximum reach for all articles, authors, guest editors and partners.

Since 1995, J.UCS’ printed volumes are archived in several libraries, such as the Austrian National Library. All online issues and articles will be accessible on J.UCS’ online platform and be integrated in long-term archives, such as CLOCKSS, Zenodo, Portico.

As of 2020, J.UCS is indexed by DOAJ, Crossref, DBLP Computer Science Bibliography Server, Google Scholar, MathSciNet and Mathematical Reviews, Microsoft Academic Search, Scopus, Web of Science.

According to the 2019 JCR, the impact factor of our journal is 0.910. The 5-year impact factor is 0.885. The growing interest of the research community is also reflected by an increasing number of submissions and proposals for Special Issues as well as an increasing number of access, which is more than 96 thousand unique visits and over 61 thousand PDF downloads per year.


Governance and Roles

All scientific activities in the journal’s boards and panels and roles of J.UCS’ partners are subject of ethical and scientific reviews in line with the journal’s policy and quality measures and will be evaluated by scientific boards.

Learn more about J.UCS’ organizational structure at J.UCS Governance and Roles.


Privacy Statement

The personal information used on this website is to be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal. It will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Partners and Support


Consortium Partners

In order to provide free access and free-of-charge publishing as well as to fund and continuously develop the journal, it has been taken the strategic decision to run J.UCS with the support of a consortium which financially and organizationally supports the journal’s operational costs.

The journal is supported and run by the J.UCS Consortium consisting of the following research institutions (in alphabetical order):

Platinum Partner
Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
ZBW, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany

Gold Partner
American University, Washington, USA
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA

Collaboration Partner
Internet Studio Isser, Graz, Austria
Photographer Christian Trummer, Graz, Austria

Learn more about J.UCS’ organizational structure at J.UCS Governance and Roles and about the Benefits and Roles of the J.UCS Consortium Partners.


Become a Partner

J.UCS Consortium Partners can benefit from the strengths of the journal including a long history of quality publications for more than 25 years and a well-established brand within the research community. In addition, a considerable high impact factor for computer science combined with open content and free-of-charge publishing for the authors further strengthen the journal and raise awareness in the publication market.

Consortium members can benefit from an increased visibility supporting the open content initiative and the knowledge transfer in the computer science community. Additionally, consortium members can raise awareness in their specialized research fields by organizing or sponsoring Special Issues and managing Selected Topics.

J.UCS offers different levels of support and engagement as Platinum or Gold Consortium Partner, as well as Collaboration Partner.

As J.UCS Consortium Partners can only qualify research and scientific institutions, selection and possible involvement follow the policies of J.UCS Governance and Roles. Long term commitment is preferred, at least two years commitments are expected. Learn more about the Benefits and Roles of the Consortium Partners.

Please contact us via email to office (at) jucs (dot) org if you and your organization are interested in joining the J.UCS Consortium as a partner.


History of J.UCS

Already in 1993 J.UCS was initiated by (in alphabetical order) Cris Calude from University of Auckland, Hermann Maurer from Graz University of Technology and Arto Salomaa from the University of Turku. Those three are referred to as the founders of the journal. J.UCS was implemented and then operated for more than 25 years at Graz University of Technology. The founders felt that an electronic journal with a yearly archival version in print and incorporating novel technical and organizational aspects was possible and achievable by emerging technologies at that time.

The founders also decided to establish a new review system which builds on a large number (more than 200) of high-quality professionals to become member of the editorial board of J.UCS. The review process follows the opt-in approach, thus abstracts of papers submitted are sent to all members of the editorial board and reviewers can sign-up to review and write a report within 6 weeks in average. This approach attracts reviewers interested in the article’s topics as well as it indicates their potential availability within the time frame and relevance of the proposed research article.

The growing interest and workload have caused changes of the initial concept by involving two further institutions. By mid-2011, the three institutions Graz University of Technology, the Austrian Competence Center for Knowledge Management and the University Malaysia Sarawak – had shared together the increasing number of activities.

For a long-term sustainability, the J.UCS Consortium has been established by Hermann Maurer in 2012 and further supporting institutions have joined in. Each such institution contributes to J.UCS in cash or in kind, is having a seat in the board of the J.UCS Consortium and is allowed to send one representative as Editor-in-Chief. This decision has been proven successful to fund and operate the journal since then which also guaranties free access for readers and free-of-charge publishing for authors.

Further improvements to increase the quality and impact factors have been applied over the course of the following years by the Managing Editor-in-Chief Christian Gütl. Since the first issues in 2020, J.UCS is truly open and content can be accessed under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 4.0. After more than 25 years of hosting the journal at Graz University of Technology, it has been decided to host the journal on an external open content platform and state-of-the-art publishing system starting with the first issues in 2021. This includes also long-term archiving of the journal by several long-term archiving systems, integration of a reviewer recognition system and social media platforms.


Author Guidelines


Overview

The Journal of Universal Computer Science welcomes original research contributions and in-depth surveys from all areas of computer science (see also List of Topics). Contributors can benefit from J.UCS’ long history of quality open access publications for more than 25 years and its well-established brand within the research community. There are no submission or publication fees for authors!

Since J.UCS is an open access, no-cost journal, the J.UCS Publishing Team cannot offer any copy-editing. Therefore, your submission will only be dealt with if your paper is written in flawless English and is formatted according with the J.UCS Style Guide. Please follow carefully the Submission Guidelines.

The average acceptance rate on a yearly base is below 20%. The average duration of the first review process is between 6 to 10 weeks.


Submission and Publishing Guidelines

The Journal of Universal Computer Science accepts high-quality, original research articles from all areas of computer science.

Before submitting an article, please make sure that the submitted article:

  1. fits into the scope of J.UCS (refer to List of Topics) and meets the general standards of scientific publication ethics
  2. is formatted according with the J.UCS Style Guide
  3. is written in flawless English. Since J.UCS is an open access, no-cost journal, the J.UCS Publishing Team cannot offer any copy-editing.
  4. is an original contribution and may not be submitted to or already have been published in another journal. Furthermore, the article has to be a self-contained entity, i.e. the paper can be understood without knowledge of any previous articles published in J.UCS or elsewhere. The maximal length of a paper is 20 - 25 pages.
  5. If the submitted article is an extended version of a paper published in proceedings originally presented at a conference or a workshop, the submission must contain about 50% new material and the title of the extended version must clearly and unmistakably differ from the title of the article presented at the conference.

If your article meets all five criteria, the submission process can be initiated:

  1. Please use the Submission Platform to submit your paper together with the Publishing Agreement. By submitting the article, the corresponding author confirms (on behalf of all co-authors) that the submission fulfils all requirements stated in the Publishing Agreement. There are no submission or publication charges.
  2. Authors of submitted papers give an explicit permission to plagiarism check of their submitted (and accepted) articles.
  3. An author can only submit one article at a time. Multiple submissions are not accepted.

After submission your article enters the review process:

  1. To initiate the single-blind review process the submission is sent to the members of the J.UCS Editorial Board. If at least three reviewers sign up for a review of the paper, the submission is admitted to the evaluation process; one external reviewer can be added in the review process. Thus, we also welcome additional reviewer suggestions as long as they match the criteria for J.UCS’ reviewers, and are not collaborators of the authors (i.e. within the last 5 years they must not have published or worked together in a group or a project).
  2. The authors are notified about the status of their submission within approximately 4 weeks.
  3. If the required number of reviewers is not found within 4 weeks, or the article is rejected with no option to revise it, the authors are notified and can submit their paper to another journal of their choice after the notification.

  4. If the reviewers demand a revision the authors can decide to send an improved version followed by a second round of reviews.

If the first or the revised version is accepted, your paper finally enters the publishing process:

  1. After a final plagiarism check and check of the camera-ready copy of the paper, the article will be published in the next J.UCS Regular Issue.
  2. The duration of the entire evaluation and publication process depends on the quality of the submission. From past experience, all articles pass the process in 4 - 6 months from submission to publication.

Publication Fees

J.UCS is an open access journal providing free and open access to the journal's articles and also no publication fees from authors will be charged. For further details refer to Publication Fees and Operation Costs.

J.UCS Style Guide

The J.UCS Style Guide has to be followed closely, and it is highly recommended to use the J.UCS template in one of the offered file formats. All required information and files are available at the Author’s Kit.

Publishing Agreement

Open access policy has been a main aim of J.UCS’ initiators and managing editors-in-chief since its foundation. As of 2020, J.UCS has changed its license to the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 4.0.

By submitting the article, the corresponding author confirms (on behalf of all co-authors) that the submission fulfils all requirements stated in the Publishing Agreement.

Please download the Publishing Agreement in your preferred file format, fill in the form, sign the agreement, and finally transfer a PDF file of the signed agreement together with your submission files.


List of Topics

The Journal of Universal Computer Science’s scope covers all research areas of computer science. To manage the variety of topics authors, reviewers and readers can use a classification schema which is based on the ACM classification (1998); Topics L and M were added to reflect the development of the computer science discipline. We acknowledge the kind permission of ACM to use their classification system.

The main categories of the classification schema are organized as follows:

  • Topic A - General Literature
  • Topic B - Hardware
  • Topic C - Computer Systems Organization
  • Topic D - Software
  • Topic E - Data
  • Topic F - Theory of Computation
  • Topic G - Mathematics of Computing
  • Topic H - Information Systems
  • Topic I - Computing Methodologies
  • Topic J - Computer Applications
  • Topic K - Computer Milieux
  • Topic L - Science and Technology of Learning
  • Topic M - Knowledge Management

 

Subclasses of the schema can be reviewed and selected during the submission process.


Open Data and Open Source

J.UCS strongly encourages and the platform supports various strategies and methods for open access of data and your applied methods and algorithms. Thus, open data and open source publications can be attached to your article. This increases the visibility of your research and also enables other to compare their approaches and reproduce your research.

There are basically two options: (a) preferably, data sets provided as open data and software code available as open source can be stored in recognised data repositories and link back to the data set(s) and the software in the respective article. (b) Data and software documenting algorithms can also be published as supplementary files to the articles.

Authors must make sure that they have the rights to publish the data set(s), are anonymized and are available under an open data license. By default, such data will be published under the Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC-By) Alternative data publishing licenses are: Creative Commons CC-Zero Waiver (CC-0) and Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License.

For documenting and sharing algorithms and approaches, authors can share their code. They must make sure that they do not violate any copy rights, have the rights to publish the code under an Open Source License.


Self-archiving Policy

J.UCS authors may self-archive metadata or versions of their work on their own webpages, on institutional webpages, and in other repositories.

Metadata, Abstract and Citation Information
Authors can make available metadata, abstract and citation information on social media, their own or institutional webpages. If possible, a link, preferably the DOI hyperlink, must be provided.

Preprint Versions
Authors can make their preprint versions (original or accepted version) available in their own or institutional websites as well as in (pre-print) archives together with a reference and hyperlink (preferable DOI link) to the published version.

CC BY-ND Published Versions
Authors may share and distribute their published articles unchanged on non-commercial websites and repositories.


Review Guidelines


Review Policy

The aim of the review process is to produce high quality and detailed feedback on the submitted article that provides polite and helpful comments and suggestions for improvements for the authors and a solid base for fair and transparent decisions for the publishing team.

Each submitted article that fulfills the formal criteria undergoes a thorough evaluation by at least 3 reviewers. In case there are great differences or strong contradicting opinions, another reviewer can be included.

The review approach is based on an opt-in procedure i.e. the articles are sent to the entire editorial board and interested reviewers who are experts in the subject area of the article then contact us for a review. For each article under review, one external reviewer, usually one of the external experts suggested by the authors, can be assigned.

The qualification as reviewer, either as an editorial board member or as an external reviewer, follows well-defined quality standards. Editorial board members will be selected by a scientific panel and are usually affiliated as full or associated professors or senior researchers. External reviewers must have at least a PhD degree and a proven publication record in the research field of the article under review.

Reviewers must not have any conflict of interest accepting and administering the evaluation. In particular reviewers must not have published or collaborated with any of the authors within the last 5 years.


Article Categories

J.UCS focuses solely on sound and novel research articles, however, the journal welcomes two sub-categories: original research contributions and in-depth surveys.

(a) Research contributions: This is the main focus of J.UCS, the majority of papers will be in this area. Papers should be accepted only if they contain innovative aspects that are sufficiently discussed in context of state-of-the-art and related work. Contributions addressed may include new or improved methods and algorithms, results and findings in application domains, and studies and evaluations.

(b) In-depth Surveys: This sub-section addresses comprehensive literature surveys covering novel findings by sound research methodologies. In addition, such contributions are judged on whether they are well written and structured, and give an unbiased and complete survey which contributes to the body of knowledge for a broader community in the field.


Evaluation Report

Each reviewer submits their own evaluation report. The aim of the report is to provide high quality and detailed feedback on the submitted article. The comments on the report are also the base for the evaluation score and must be correlating with the Evaluation Scale.

The evaluation report should include the following aspects and provide polite and helpful comments and suggestions for improvements.

  • Brief summary of the submitted article
  • Appropriateness of scope for the journal and main contribution
  • Structure and clarity of writing
  • Content and length of abstract
  • Appropriateness of related background, and based on it discussion of own contribution
  • Quality and novelty of covered research including methodology and evaluation

In addition, the reviewers should stress if applicable

  • Possible plagiarism issues
  • Potential need for spelling and grammar improvements

Finally, reviewers should state

  • A brief conclusion based on the comments above justifying their evaluation score
  • Private comments for the publishing team

Evaluation Scale

Each reviewer evaluates individually the scientific contribution and other general merits of the submission (depending on the sub-category of the article) on a scale of 0 to 10 (0= reject under all circumstances, 5 very doubtful acceptance, 10= excellent, accept under all circumstances). The evaluation score must correlate with the comments in the Evaluation Report.

Please note: Papers which receive an average of 7 and lower in the first round of evaluation will be rejected. In this case, no revision is possible. Only papers with an average score of 7 and higher and with no score lower than 6 will be admitted to a possible second review round.

0 = absolute reject
1 = very strong reject (several flaws)
2 = strong reject (weak paper)
3= reject (weak paper)
4= weak reject (acceptable with few issues)
5= doubtful accept (borderline)
6= weak accept (o.k. but not ground breaking)
7= accept (solid paper)
8 =strong accept (very solid paper)
9= very strong accept (very good contribution)
10= absolute accept (extraordinary sound  contribution)


Evaluation Results and Procedure

Based on reviewers’ individual assessment (Review Report and Evaluation Score) and the average evaluation score, the J.UCS Publishing Team headed by the Managing-Editor-in-Chief decides on one of the following evaluation results:

  • Accept as is
    The current version of the article is ready for copy editing and the publishing.
  • Accept with minor revisions
    A review of the revised version is not necessary. Authors follow the reviewers’ lists of minor modifications such as corrections of typos, missing references, etc.
  • Accept with major revisions
    A major revision of the article is required based on reviewers’ recommendations. The revised version will be reviewed by at least one reviewer of the original version.
  • Reject
    A revision of the submitted article is not recommended based on the review results

How to Access an Article

Manuscripts can be accessed after login

  1. Login is possible after registration at the journal's website. Our Editorial Office will register all first-time editors and reviewers. New users will receive an automated notification with a request to confirm registration and account information, and options for setting a password, email alerts and other features.  
    Note: All users can use their registration details to login in all three (Book, E-Book and the respective Journal) platforms of www.pensoft.net.
    Note: Please remember that you may have registered with two or more different email addresses, that is why you may have more than one valid account at www.pensoft.net. We advise using only one email address, hence one password associated with it, for all your operations at www.pensoft.net. We highly recommend that, in case the user has two or more different accounts, to merge these through user's profile.  
    Note: Users can at any time change the initially set password and correct personal details using their user's profile menu (by clicking on the user's name in the upper right corner of the screen appearing after login).
  2. If you have forgotten your password, please use the function Forgot your password? or write to request it from journals@pensoft.net.

There are two ways to access a manuscript

  1. After login, please go to the respective journal’s web page and click on My Tasks button in the upper right corner of the screen. This way, you will be able to see all manuscripts you are responsible for as Author or Reviewer or Subject Editor.

    Note: The manuscripts are grouped by categories, e.g., In Review (no.), In layout (no.), Published (no.), and Archived (no.) etc. The number in brackets after each category shows the number of manuscripts assigned to you.

  2. Click on the active manuscript link provided in the email notification you have received from the online editorial system. The link will lead you directly to the manuscript.


Stepwise Description of the Peer Review Process

  1. This journal uses a single-blind peer review process. Notwithstanding with that, the Reviewers are encouraged to disclose their identities, if they wish to do so. 

  2. The Reviewer receives a review request generated by the Subject Editor or the Editorial Office and is expected to either agree to provide a review, or decline, through pressing the Will do the review or Unable to do the review link in the online editorial system. In case the Reviewer agrees to review the manuscript, he/she should submit the review within a certain time frame, which may vary in the different journals.
    Note: The link to the respective manuscript is available in the review request email and all consequent reminder emails. The manuscript is accessible by clicking on the link in the email notification, or after login. Please look at the section How to Access a Manuscript above in case you have any difficulties.

  3. The review should be submitted through the Proceed button. The review should consist of:

  • a simple online questionnaire to be answered by ticking either Yes, No, or N/A;
  • comments addressed to the Author and the Subject Editor in the online form;
  • associated files (corrected/commented manuscript file, review submitted in a separate text file, etc.), if any.

Note: Reviewers can insert corrections and comments in the manuscript review version (PDF) and/or in the manuscript text file (usually Microsoft Word, rarely Open Office file). When working in the PDF, please use either the Text Edits or the Sticky Notes tools (available through the menu Tools -> Comments & Markup of the Acrobat Reader). When editing in Microsoft Word please use the Track Changes / Comments tools.
Note: Associated files should be submitted at the end of the review process by clicking on the Browse button, then selecting the respective file on your computer, and then pressing the Upload button. A Reviewer may upload as many files to support his/her review as needed.

  1. The Reviewer may decide to stay anonymous or open his/her identity by ticking the Show my name to the author(s) box at the bottom of the reviewer’s form. Please be aware that your identity might be revealed in the comments or in Track Changes corrections of the Microsoft Word or PDF file you correct. Therefore, please make sure that you delete your name and initials in the Options section of your Word or PDF processor if you want to remain anonymous.

  2. The review process is completed by selecting a recommendation from five options: (1) Reject; (2) Reject, but resubmission encouraged; (3) Major Revision; (4) Minor Revision; (5) Accept. The system will ask for one more confirmation of the selected recommendation before submission. The submitted review cannot be changed after submission.
    Note: Reasons for rejection can be a low scientific quality, non-conformance to the journal’s style/policies, and/or grammatically poor English language.
    Note: It is also possible for review and associated files (e.g., a corrected manuscript file) to be sent as attached files to the email of the Editorial Office. We strongly recommend avoiding this option, and instead uploading reviews through the online editorial management system.

  3. Once a Reviewer submits a review of a manuscript, he/she receives an acknowledgement email from the journal.

  4. The submission of the review is also automatically reported to Publons. Reviewers are asked to confirm whether they want their reviews to be recorded on Publons.

  5. When all Reviewers have submitted their reviews, the Subject Editor makes a decision to either accept, reject or request further minor/major revision.

  6. After the Subject Editor's decision, the manuscript is sent back to the author for comments and further revision. The Author needs to submit a revised version in due time.

  7. Reviewers are notified via email when the revised version of a manuscript that they have reviewed is submitted by the Author. They receive a link to the revised version along with the editorial decision and all reviews of the manuscript. Reviewers are also provided with a feedback form should they have any comments on the revised version. 

  8. When an article is published, all Reviewers who have provided a review for the respective manuscript receive an email acknowledgment. In the email, there is a link to view/download the published article.

  9. The Reviewer may always access information on the manuscripts that are being / have been reviewed by him/her through the menu My Tasks –> Reviewer on the journal’s web page – In Review (no.), In Edit (no.), Published (no.), and Archived (no.). The number in brackets after each category shows the number of manuscripts that have been assigned to you.


Special Issues

J.UCS welcomes Special Issues on all topics within the scope of the journal. Proposed Special Issues are reviewed by a scientific panel. Emerging subjects relevant for a broader research community and organized by guest editors with proven publication records are preferable accepted. For each of the accepted Special Issues a small publication fee of 1,500 Euro will be charged to contribute to the journal's operation costs (staff, publication platform, DOI registration, printed annual archived edition); it is however not permissible to request a publication fee from the authors whose papers are published in the Special Issue.

For further details please refer to Guidelines for the Publication of Special Issues.


Terms of Use

This document describes the Terms of Use of the services provided by the JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science journal, hereinafter referred to as "the Journal" or "this Journal". All Users agree to these Terms of Use when signing up to this Journal. Signed Journal Users will be hereinafter referred to as "User" or "Users".

The publication services to the Journal are provided by Pensoft Publishers Ltd., through its publishing platform ARPHA, hereinafter referred to as "the Provider".

The Provider reserves the right to update the Terms of Use occasionally. Users will be notified via posting on the site and/or by email. If using the services of the Journal after such notice, the User will be deemed to have accepted the proposed modifications. If the User disagrees with the modifications, he/she should stop using the Journal services. Users are advised to periodically check the Terms of Use for updates or revisions. Violation of any of the terms will result in the termination of the User's account. The Provider is not responsible for any content posted by the User in the Journal.

Account Terms

  1. For registration in this Journal or any of the services or tools hosted on it, Users must provide their full legal name, a valid email address, postal address, affiliation (if any),  and any other information requested.
  2. Accounts created via this journal automatically sign in the User to the ARPHA Platform.
  3. Users are responsible for maintaining the security of their account and password. The Journal cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from failure to comply with this security obligation.
  4. Users are solely responsible for the content posted via the Journal services (including, but not limited to data, text, files, information, usernames, images, graphics, photos, profiles, audio and video clips, sounds, applications, links and other content) and all activities that occur under their account.
  5. Users may not use the service for any illegal or unauthorised purpose. Users must not, in the use of the service, violate any laws within their jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright or trademark laws).
  6. Users can change or pseudonomyse their personal data, or deactivate their accounts at any time through the functionality available in the User’s personal profile. Deactivation or pseudonomysation will not affect the appearance of personal data in association with an already published work of which the User is author, co-author, editor, or reviewer.
  7. Users can report to the Journal uses of their personal data, that they might consider not corresponding to the current Terms of Use.
  8. The User’s personal data is processed by the Journal on the legal basis corresponding to Article 6, paragraph 1, letters a, b, c and f. of the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter referred to as GDPR) and will be used for the purpose of Journal’s services in accordance with the present Terms and Use, as well as in those cases expressly stated by the legislation.
  9. User’s consent to use the information the Journal has collected about the User corresponds to Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR.
  10. The ‘legitimate interest’ of the Journal to engage with the User and enable him/her to participate in Journal’s activities and use Journal’s services correspond to Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR.

Services and Prices

The Provider reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the services provided by the Journal. Plans and prices are subject to change upon 30 days notice from the Provider. Such notice may be provided at any time by posting the changes to the relevant service website.

Ownership

The Authors retain full ownership to their content published in the Journal. We claim no intellectual property rights over the material provided by any User in this Journal. However, by setting pages to be viewed publicly (Open Access), the User agrees to allow others to view and download the relevant content. In addition, Open Access articles might be used by the Provider, or any other third party, for data mining purposes.

The Provider reserves the rights in its sole discretion to refuse or remove any content that is available via the Website.

Copyrighted Materials

Unless stated otherwise, the Journal website may contain some copyrighted material (for example, logos and other proprietary information, including, without limitation, text, software, photos, video, graphics, music and sound - "Copyrighted Material"). The User may not copy, modify, alter, publish, transmit, distribute, display, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works or, in any way, exploit any of the Copyrighted Material, in whole or in part, without written permission from the copyright owner. Users will be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights or any other harm resulting from such a submission.

Exceptions from this rule are e-chapters or e-articles published under Open Access (see below), which are normally published under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license (CC-BY), or Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC-BY), or Creative Commons Public Domain license (CC0).

Open Access Materials

This Journal is a supporter of open science. Open access to content is clearly marked, with text and/or the open access logo, on all materials published under this model. Unless otherwise stated, open access content is published in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence (CC-BY). This particular licence allows the copying, displaying and distribution of the content at no charge, provided that the author and source are credited.

Privacy Statement

  1. Users agree to submit their personal data to this Journal, hosted on the ARPHA Platform provided by Pensoft.
  2. The Journal collects personal information from Users (e.g., name, postal and email addresses, affiliation) only for the purpose of its services.
  3. All personal data will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the website and will not be made available for any other purpose or to third parties.
  4. In the case of co-authorship of a work published through the Journal services, each of the co-authors states that they agree that their personal data be collected, stored and used by the Journal.
  5. In the case of co-authorship, each of the co-authors agrees that their personal data publicly available in the form of a co-authorship of a published work, can be distributed to external indexing services and aggregators for the purpose of the widest possible distribution of the work they co-author.
  6. When one of the co-authors is not registered in the Journal, it is presumed that the corresponding author who is registered has requested and obtained his/her consent that his/her personal data will be collected, stored and used by the Journal.
  7. The registered co-author undertakes to provide an e-mail address of the unregistered author, to whom the Journal will send a message in order to give the unregistered co-author’s explicit consent for the processing of his/her personal data by the Journal.
  8. The Journal is not responsible if the provided e-mail of the unregistered co-author is inaccurate or invalid. In such cases, it is assumed that the processing of the personal data of the unregistered co-author is done on a legal basis and with a given consent.
  9. The Journal undertakes to collect, store and use the provided personal data of third parties (including but not limited to unregistered co-authors) solely for the purposes of the website, as well as in those cases expressly stated by the legislation.
  10. Users can receive emails from Journal and its hosting platform ARPHA, provided by Pensoft, about activities they have given their consent for. Examples of such activities are:
    • Email notifications to authors, reviewers and editors who are engaged with authoring, reviewing or editing a manuscript submitted to the Journal.
    • Email alerts sent via email subscription service, which can happen only if the User has willingly subscribed for such a service. Unsubscription from the service can happen through a one-click link provided in each email alert notification.
    • Information emails on important changes in the system or in its Terms of Use which are sent via Mailchimp are provided with "Unsubscribe" function.
  11. Registered users can be invited to provide a peer review on manuscripts submitted to the Journal. In such cases, the users can decline the review invitation through a link available on the journal’s website.
  12. Each provided peer review can be registered with external services (such as Publons). The reviewer will be notified if such registration is going to occur and can decline the registration process.
  13. In case the Journal starts using personal data for purposes other than those specified in the Terms of Use, the Journal undertakes to immediately inform the person and request his/her consent.
  14. If the person does not give his/her consent to the processing of his or her personal data pursuant to the preceding paragraph, the Journal shall cease the processing of the personal data for the purposes for which there is no consent, unless there is another legal basis for the processing.
  15. Users can change/correct their personal data anytime via the functionality available in the User’s profile. Users can request the Journal to correct their personal data if the data is inaccurate or outdated and the Journal is obliged to correct the inaccurate or outdated personal data in a timely manner.
  16. Users may request the Journal to restrict the use of their personal data insofar as this limitation is not contrary to the law or the Terms of Use.
  17. Users may request their personal data to be deleted (the right to be forgotten) by the Journal, provided that the deletion does not conflict with the law or the Terms of Use.
  18. The User has the right to be informed:
    • whether his or her personal data have been processed;
    • for which purposes the Journal processes the personal data;
    • the ways in which his/her personal data are processed;
    • the types of personal data that Journal processes.
  19. The user undertakes not to interfere with and impede the Journal’s activities in the exercise of the provided rights.
  20. In case of non-fulfillment under the previous paragraph, the Journal reserves the right to delete the user's profile.

Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of Liability

Neither Pensoft and its affiliates nor any of their respective employees, agents, third party content providers or licensors warrant that the Journal service will be uninterrupted or error-free; nor do they give any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from use of the journal, or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information, service or merchandise provided through Journal.

Legal, medical, and health-related information located, identified or obtained through the use of the Service, is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for qualified advice from a professional.

In no event will the Provider, or any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing Journal or the contents included therein, be liable in contract, in tort (including for its own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability) for any damages, including, but without limitation to, direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, consequential or similar damages, including, but without limitation to, lost profits or revenues, loss of use or similar economic loss, arising from the use of or inability to use the journal platform. The User hereby acknowledges that the provisions of this section will apply to all use of the content on Journal. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to the User. In no event will Pensoft’s total liability to the User for all damages, losses or causes of action, whether in contract, tort (including own negligence) or under any other legal theory (including strict liability), exceed the amount paid by the User, if any, for accessing Journal.

Third Party Content

The Provider is solely a distributor (and not a publisher) of SOME of the content supplied by third parties and Users of the Journal. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers and Users, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of the Provider.


Cookies Policy

Cookies

a) Session cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small text files or other storage technologies stored on your computer by your browser. These cookies process certain specific information about you, such as your browser, location data, or IP address.  

This processing makes our website more user-friendly, efficient, and secure, allowing us, for example, to allow the "Remember me" function.

The legal basis for such processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b) GDPR, insofar as these cookies are used to collect data to initiate or process contractual relationships.

If the processing does not serve to initiate or process a contract, our legitimate interest lies in improving the functionality of our website. The legal basis is then Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR.

When you close your browser, these session cookies are deleted.

b) Disabling cookies

You can refuse the use of cookies by changing the settings on your browser. Likewise, you can use the browser to delete cookies that have already been stored. However, the steps and measures required vary, depending on the browser you use. If you have any questions, please use the help function or consult the documentation for your browser or contact its maker for support. Browser settings cannot prevent so-called flash cookies from being set. Instead, you will need to change the setting of your Flash player. The steps and measures required for this also depend on the Flash player you are using. If you have any questions, please use the help function or consult the documentation for your Flash player or contact its maker for support.

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Printed Annual Archive

The Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS) is a high-quality periodical and has been appearing in digital and printed form since 1995.

Most of the printed annual archive editions are available for purchasing. If you are interested in an annual archive edition, please contact office@jucs.org.

  • Archive edition (Volume 1, 1995), ISBN 3-540-62047-8
  • Archive edition (Volume 2, 1996), ISBN 3-540-63210-7
  • Archive edition (Volume 3, 1997), ISBN 3-540-65392-9, (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 4, 1998), ISBN 3-540-41490-8 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 5, 1999), ISBN 3-540-41499-3 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 6, 2000), ISBN 3-540-41499-1 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 7, 2001), ISBN 3-540-43773-8 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 8, 2002), ISBN 3-540-00987-6 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 9, 2003), ISBN 3-540-23073-4 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 10, 2004), ISBN 3-540-26053-6 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 11, 2005), ISBN 3-540-36591-5 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 12, 2006), ISBN 978-3-902465-75-7 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 13, 2007), ISBN 978-3-85125-017-6 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 13, 2007), ISBN 978-3-85125-017-6 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 14, 2008), ISBN 978-3-385125-063-3 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 15, 2009), ISBN 978-3-85125-128-9 (250,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 16, 2010), ISBN 978-3-85125-159-3 (310,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 17, 2011), ISBN 978-3-85125-272-9 (290,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 18, 2012), ISBN 978-3-85125-645-1 (300,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 19, 2013), ISBN 978-3-85125-622-8 (300,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 20, 2014), ISBN 978-3-85125-677-2 (300,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 21, 2015), ISBN 978-3-85125-272-9 (300,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 22, 2016), ISBN 978-3-85125-732-8 (300,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 23, 2017), ISBN 978-3-85125-733-5 (300,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 24, 2018), ISBN 978-3-85125-744-1 (300,00 Euro)
  • Archive edition (Volume 25, 2019), ISBN 978-3-85125-745-8 (310,00 Euro)

Imprint

Publisher:
Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz
Technikerstraße 4
8010 Graz, Austria
UID(VAT) ATU 57477929

Publishing and Journal Management:
Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science
Graz University of Technology
Inffeldgasse 16c
A-8010 Graz, Austria

The publication of the journal is supported by the J.UCS Consortium.

Homepage: http://www.jucs.org and http://lib.jucs.org
Print: ISSN 0948-695x
Online edition: ISSN 0948-6968
Email: office@jucs.org
Fax: +43 (0) 316 873 56 99


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