Evaluation Process

As of 2023, two types of article may be published in JIMIS:

  • Ad hoc interdisciplinary articles, within or outside the subject areas identified by the journal (see "Introduction");

  • Articles in special issues. These special issues are proposed by guest editors and correspond to a selection of the best articles from an interdisciplinary conference, or articles collected from communities in different fields (via calls for contributions).

With JIMIS editorial staff, the editors issue an open call for papers and open the special issues, allowing other authors, outside the initial event, to propose an unsolicited paper (this corresponds to around 15% of cases). The invited editors then carry out the selection process, after proposing a review committee to the JIMIS editorial board.

Generally, a paper is accepted if it has not been totally rejected by one of the reviewers, and the second reviewer has given a favourable opinion on publication. Between the two extremes, there may be intermediate exchanges between authors and reviewers.

There is no difference in treatment between unsolicited articles or articles selected from the parent conference, where applicable.

Due to HAL's open access and open science policy, it is not possible to ensure a double-blind evaluation process, as once moderated, the versions deposited in the online archive are public. The evaluation process is therefore carried out on a single-blind basis, with the authors known to the evaluators, who remain anonymous.