Bulletin of Applied Computing and Information Technology
Articles are reviewed to ensure that they meet the criteria for publication in BACIT/C-JACIT, meaning that they are appropriate, relevant and well researched and written. The review process is designed to give potential authors critical feedback on their submission so that this or future ones can be improved and made ready for publication.
As well as providing a publication for existing researchers, a key tenet of BACIT/C-JACIT is to provide an opportunity for new and emerging researchers to publish, the reviewer can consider their role to be one of offering peer support and even assistance in the development of both the article and the writing career of the author(s).
Assessing an article for publication
BACIT/C-JACIT aims to publish academic articles, reports and views, industry perspectives and other work that contains new ideas - which the target audience of the Bulletin/Journal might find useful, interesting and beneficial. It is important to remember that BACIT/C-JACIT is aimed at IT/IS academics, students and practitioners and that articles' content and focus must relate to this audience.
Providing feedback to authors
Authors rely on your feedback to improve their submission. Use the review feedback form provided. Please provide written suggestions for improvement (in the form of comments for the author/authors); also, focus on global issues, such as organisation or references that the authors might have overlooked. Part of the review process is to identify weaknesses that the author(s) can address prior to publication.
You can (and should) provide overall comments but also address specific issues. In the latter case, please try and clearly identify the section that you are referring to. Where you are critical of something in the article, try to say why in a neutral way and attempt where possible to provide suggestions as to how this can be remedied. You might also want to provide feedback that challenges the author to consider alternative perspectives.
Highlight but do not correct spelling or grammatical errors, however do note that this needs attention in the final submission. A serious number of grammatical or spelling errors might render a submission unacceptable. For works with particularly bad writing, you might suggest that they consider using an external editor.
Remember that one of the aims of BACIT/C-JACIT is to provide a publication channel for new and emerging researchers so be supportive! However - it is important to ensure that BACIT/C-JACIT is accessible to new writers but it is also important to maintain the academic credibility of the material it publishes.
Working with the editors
When you accept an article for review, you will normally be asked to commit to an agreed deadline normally two week turnaround. This deadline is designed to provide efficient management of the process so, please accept to act as a reviewer only if you feel that you can meet the deadline. If later you discover that you are unable to meet the deadline, please notify the editors as soon as possible.
If upon the receipt of an article you decide that it is not an area that you have sufficient knowledge or expertise in and you do not feel able to review the contribution accurately, please notify the editors.
Articles published in BACIT/C-JACIT are peer-reviewed, double-blind. When submissions are forwarded to reviewers, authors' details will not be revealed. However authors' details might not be hidden from a reviewer if a paper presented at a conference is extended and submitted to BACIT/C-JACIT reviewed (for example, the annual CITRENZ/NACCQ conference) or if the article itself shows who the author(s) are. If you feel that you have a conflict of interest with the author(s) of a particular article, return it to the editors without reviewing.
The reviewers' identities will not be made known to the author(s) of any particular contribution but reviewers' names will be acknowledged in the relevant BACIT/C-JACIT issue.
Reviewer guidelines are provided to assist in providing clear and consistent feedback.
You will be asked to respond to the editors by email. The editors are looking for an objective, qualitative assessment of articles, so rather than using a formal evaluation form, it would be appreciated if reviewers could provide the feedback described below.
Articles will normally be reviewed by two reviewers. Just as BACIT/C-JACIT is intended as a vehicle for new writers, it is also hoped to encourage new relatively inexperienced reviewers to become involved. To achieve this, new reviewers will be supported and guided throughout the review process by one of the BACIT/C-JACIT editors or an assigned mentor.
Call for reviewers
Expressions of interest to become a BACIT/C-JACIT reviewer are most welcome. If you wish to become a BACIT/C-JACIT reviewer, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at Michael Verhaart.
Updated: November 2010 | If you have questions, please contact the editors.
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