Journal Policies

General Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Technology and Management is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary Journal dedicated to publishing high quality scholarly  research on various aspects of management and technology.  For a complete list of areas we publish, please visit http://ijotm.utamu.ac.ug/index.php/ijotm/subject_coverage

Editorial Policy

Editorial & Advisory Boards

The Editorial Board consists of hard working researchers chosen for their academic merits to serve as ambassadors of the Journal and have a task of developing it together with the Chief Editor. These Individuals have the mandate of refereeing manuscripts, members offering intellectual capital, having networks with fellow academics, practitioners, and establishing Journal policies. Therefore the highly skilled and competent editorial board indicative of the quality of the Journal and serves as the basis for its development.

Editorial Structure

The editorial team is responsible for managing the peer review process and for guiding the development of editorial content. The editorial team will comprise of well recognized personnel from the journal focus research fields of Computing, technology and Management. The editorial structure for this journal will comprise of an Editor-in–Chief, Associate Editor as well as Sub Division Editors and of an Advisory Board.  This form of structure is necessary for this broad-based journal which is spanning a wide range of sub-specialist subject research areas. The structure is often utilized for journals that are interdisciplinary journals and blend different research areas like the content of the current Journal. In such a structure, the Editor in Chief is often relieved from the heavy work load through the delegated teams below them.  Sub Division Editors will take on the responsibility of following all the manuscripts from submission to accept/reject.

Recruitment of the Journal editorial board initially will be by nomination and thereafter, a letter to potential board members explaining the aims & scope, reasons for starting the Journal, how the Journal will be published and a description of the application to manage the peer review process will be sent to them. The editorial board for the Journal will have an international perspective with editors being selected from across the globe. The editors will have a renewable term of 4 years after which a new set of editors will be named

Consideration for nomination will depend on the following;

  • The board members to reflect the diversity of the Journal’s scope and/or represent different parts of the world satisfactorily
  • The members must have served on other journals before or currently serving on at least one journal
  • The board members should know exactly what is expected of them and for how long they will serve
  • The board members should have a possibility of access to a virtual meeting on a regular basis to discuss editorial policy

Issues per year

This will be an online journal. There will be two (2) issues published in a year as follows;

  1. June issue
  2. December issue

The deadline of submission to the particular issue will be three (3) months before the publication of the issue. Any papers submitted after this deadline will be recommended for publication in the next issue but should be in line with the set theme for that particular issue.

Submissions policy to the journal

Submission

The Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors on the online Manuscript Management System (Easy Chair). No manuscripts will be accepted by the editorial board if not submitted through the Manuscript System. The manuscript system will only accept documents in the form of PDF and Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf). Documents not more than 20 pages long (including references) will be accepted for review and this is the first stage of acceptance for any submitted manuscript. One of the authors should be fully registered with the manuscript system. Manuscripts submitted by other people who are not any of the authors will be rejected. The submitting author takes full responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review process.

Terms of Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted within the appropriate time (3 months) prior to the release of the particular issue. No manuscript will be acceptable if it has been already published elsewhere in a journal or conference proceedings. The author responsible for submitting the manuscript should make sure that they have received full approval from co-authoring partners to submit the paper. On submission of the manuscript, an acknowledgment receipt will automatically be generated by the manuscript system which is an official receipt from the Editor-in-chief that the paper has been safely submitted. Communication concerning the submission will be directly made to the registered authors through the manuscript submission system. In any unlikely event, an official email from Editor-in-chief or Editorial Assistant may be sent to the authors on a specific reason or communication

Peer Review

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed by at least two (2) reviewers who are experts in the field. All submissions will be received by the Associate Editor and then subjected to the initial assessment before sent out to the reviewers. The editor has a right to reject or accept the manuscripts which do not conform to the stated guidelines or are of a good quality that contribute to scholarship. The editors will communicate to the authors about the rejection or acceptance. All reviews done by the expert reviewers will be submitted via the manuscript system within an agreed on time. The reviewer comments may be vetted by the editors before finally being sent to the authors. All expert reviewers will remain anonymous to the authors and cannot be contacted directly by the authors concerning the status of their manuscripts. The same copy of a letter sent to author and Editor-in-chief will be automatically stored on the system for future consultation.

The peer review process will be confidential and all manuscripts will be treated as confidential information that cannot be accessed by the other parties. Therefore no expert reviewer will be allowed to pass on the task of review of the manuscript without the permission of the Associate Editor. Any expert reviewer found to abuse this confidentiality clause will stop being an expert reviewer with immediate effect.

Acceptance and Revisions

After the review process, the submitted manuscripts are either accepted or rejected. The accepted manuscripts are either accepted with minor changes or major revisions. Manuscripts with minor changes do not require a lot of changes but those with major changes will require a lot of changes and resubmitted for review. Revised manuscripts are reviewed again by the same expert reviewer to ascertain if the changes were made. Once a major revision is requested on a manuscript, no other major revision can be made if found not satisfactory but the manuscript will be rejected at that stage. The revised manuscript should be received within the secretariat at the agreed on time or else if the deadline is not met then the manuscript will be considered for the next issue. If there is a genuine delay in the submission of the manuscript, the secretariat should be informed in writing by email and clearly stating when the manuscript is expected to be resubmitted.

A copyright form will also be submitted to the secretariat after the final receipt of the manuscript. This journal is Open Access and therefore authors retain the copyrights of their papers. The papers in this journal will be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.