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Author Guidelines

1 Aims and scope

DecisionTech Review is an international peer-reviewed journal of interdisciplinary character. The journal covers cutting-edge potential topics ranging from the quantitative aspects of science and the evaluation of research systems and policies to science communication and publishing.

DecisionTech Review accepts theoretical and empirical contributions in several topics (but not limited to), including scientometrics, bibliometrics, informetrics, webometrics, altmetrics, research evaluation, patentometrics, sociology of science, scholarly publishing, and science communication.  

The journal intends to serve as a common platform for researchers and practitioners, enhancing the cooperation between information scientists, librarians, computer scientists, mathematicians, communication specialists, science policymakers, and analysts from the public and private sectors.

DecisionTech Review potentiates the publication of studies focused on the Iberoamerican context, but the journal is neither restricted to this geographical space. Contributions worldwide referring to the topics above are more than welcome.

2 Before you submit

2.1 Editorial policies

DecisionTech Review ensures the publication of high-quality content derived from transparent and trusted research practices. All the guidelines and best publication practices defined by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) will be followed. In this sense, the iThenticate software for screening plagiarism is used.

2.1.1 Authorship

DecisionTech Review demands that all authors listed in the manuscripts have taken real responsibility during the research process and article creation. We encourage the corresponding authors, project leaders, or institutions to avoid adding people who did not contribute to the research output (Gift authors) or excluding people who did contribute and whose name is not finally included (Ghost authors). To prevent so, deciding on the authorship before the project writing is strongly recommended.

Before considering a paper for publication, a decision must be made regarding the ‘corresponding author’ and ‘order of authors’. The corresponding author will play an administrative role since the Editorial Office will contact them during the manuscript evaluation, production, and post-publication processes.

contribution statement needs to be submitted together with the manuscript describing the role per author. The authors can find support for the roles defined by CRediT. This information will be published together with the full text. All those whose contributions are not listed in the taxonomy determined by CRediT can be listed in the Acknowledgements section.

If someone requests to withdraw their name from a paper or even claim for inclusion, a formal declaration must be submitted to the Editorial Office. This request will be considered once all authors sign a letter of agreement.

2.1.2 Conflict of interest

A Conflict of Interest (COI) occurs when authors have personal, academic, or financial relationships with third parties that could influence the content of research work submitted for publication.

When submitting any paper, authors are requested to complete the COI Statement by which all potential interests are declared, if applicable. Through this statement, the following issues might be expressed:

  • Direct or indirect resources received by any institution to complete the research work.
  • Financial relationships with entities that supported the performance of the research work. 
  • Patents and copyrights, whether pending, issued, licensed, and/or receiving royalties related to the research work.
  • Personal relationships with people who can influence the research content.

These are some examples of COI statements: 

  • [Author name] has received [state the received benefits] from [Institution name or equivalent].
  • [Author name] has [type of relationship] with [Institution name or equivalent].

If there is no conflict of interest, the authors must declare:

  • The author(s) declare that there is no conflict of interest.

2.1.3 Research data, reproducibility, and transparency

The authors are encouraged to share the data behind the research work. DecisionTech Review’s policy is to make all scientific data of open access since we follow the Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data defined by the European Commission.

The data-sharing process can occur in the following ways:

  • Depositing data in a public repository. The Registry of Research Data Repositories can help select a platform to host the data. The link(s) to access the data should be included in the manuscript.
  • Data as supplementary material. Authors can submit supplementary files containing relevant data to share during the submission stage. These files will be available during peer review and published with the paper's main text. 
  • Data on request. Before the publication process, authors may be asked for research data at the request of the editors or reviewers.   

Citations to research data should appear in the full text in the reference section. Authors need to follow the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles to provide the correct citation and referencing of the data.

2.1.4 Statement of data consent 

To make science more transparent, open, and reproducible, DecisionTech Review encourages its authors to submit a data statement, which will be publicly available. These are some examples:

  • The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study has been deposited in (Repository name), and it is accessible at (Data URL).
  • The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study has been included in the manuscript. 
  • The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study has been published as supplementary material. 
  • The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study cannot be freely available due to (reasons), but they might be requested to (contact information).
  • The (Name/type of data) generated during the development of this study cannot be freely available due to restrictions imposed by (Name of the restrictor).
  • No data have been generated during the development of this study.

2.1.5 Open access and copyright

All articles published by DecisionTech Review are open-access, meaning they are freely available without subscription or restriction. The IJSMC adheres to the DOAJ definition of open access. The articles are published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license. By this license, it is permitted to share and adapt materials as long as appropriate credit is given, a link to the license is provided, and all changes are indicated.

2.1.5 Article Processing charge (APC) 

Fees or charges will not be applied for article processing and/or publication in the journal.

2.1.6 Preprints

Authors can use preprint servers to host their articles before journal submission. This will not count as multiple or redundant publications. Some preprint servers that can be used are ArXivbioRxivpsyArXivSocArXivengrXive-LISRePEc, etc.

3 Article preparation

3.1 Article type

  • Original article: It requires a structured abstract of 150 to 250 words. The article structure should include title, abstract, keywords, introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, acknowledgements (if applicable), funding, statement of data consent, references, and appendixes (if applicable). The article length can be between 3000 to 8000 words, discarding references and appendixes.
  • Review article: It requires a structured abstract of 150 to 250 words. These articles may follow a more free writing structure compared to the IMRaD format; however, the following elements are necessary: title, abstract, keywords, introduction, conclusions, acknowledgements (if applicable), funding, statement of data consent, references, appendixes (if applicable).

3.2 Text

  • All manuscripts should be submitted in Word format.
  • Text line spaced at 1.5, plain font 10-point Times New Roman.
  • The sections ‘Introduction’, ‘Material and Methods’, ‘Results’, ‘Discussion’, and ‘Conclusions’ should be numbered (eg.: 1., 2., 3., 4., etc.), as well as all the subsections (1.1., 1.2., 1.1.1, 2.1, 2.2., etc.).
  • All pages should be numbered consecutively.
  • The manuscript should not include personal information about the authors (e.g.: names, affiliations, emails, etc.).

3.3 Language

DecisionTech Review accepts contributions in English, Spanish and Portuguese languages. Please consider the following issues:

  • To assess the quality of your manuscript, ensure that the content is professionally edited. 
  • Both American and British spelling are accepted for manuscripts written in the English language; however, only one of them can be adopted throughout the paper.
  • Non-native English authors are encouraged to find support from native English colleagues or use professional English editing services.
  • All authors whose manuscripts are written in Spanish and Portuguese should type the metadata's English version during the submission process in the journal platform. Remember that these manuscripts require the English version of the title, abstract, and keywords in the full text.    

3.4 Abstract

We recommend that abstracts should be structured according to the following format:

  • Objective.
  • Design/Methodology/Approach.
  • Results/Discussion.
  • Conclusions.
  • Originality/Value.

3.5 Keywords

Please provide 3 to 6 keywords that represent the content of the manuscript.

3.6. Tables

  • Submitted as editable text and not as a picture.
  • Cited in consecutive numerical order using Arabic numerals (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, etc.).
  • Placed next to the text where it is cited.
  • Contained data should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript.

3.7 Figures

  • Use Arial or Helvetica fonts.
  • Cited in consecutive numerical order using Arabic numerals (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).
  • For peer review purposes, low-quality figures can be accepted; however, for publication purposes, high-quality figures of at least 300 dpi are required.
  • Figures should be submitted in the main text and as separate files using JPG, TIFF, or PNG formats. Figures submitted as individual files should be named according to their numerical order in the text (e.g.: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).

3.8 Abbreviations

Non-standard abbreviations in the field should be defined at first mention in the text. Please avoid abbreviations in the title, abstract, and keywords.

3.9 Footnotes

Footnotes can provide additional information to the text, tables, and figures. They should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript.

3.10 References

DecisionTech Review follows the reference style of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition).

Citation in text

Citations in text must appear in the reference list and vice versa. Here are some examples:

Smith (2004) considers …

Smith and Kim (2004) consider …

Smith et al. (2004) consider …

... a technique widely employed in previous studies (Smith, 2004; Smith & Kim, 2004; Smith et al., 2004).

Reference list

Journal article

Osman, M. (2010). Controlling uncertainty: A review of human behavior in complex dynamic environments. Psychological Bulletin136(1), 65-86. doi:10.1037/a0017815


Berkman, R. I. (1994). Find it fast: How to uncover expert information. New York, NY: Harper Perrenial.

Book chapter

Baker, F. M., & Lightfoot, O. B. (1993). Psychiatric care of ethnic elders. In A. C. Gaw (Ed.), Culture, ethnicity, and mental illness (pp. 517-552). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.

Conference paper

Bowden, F.J., & Fairley, C.K. (1996, June). Endemic STDs in the Northern Territory: Estimations of effective rates of partner change. Paper presented at the Scientific Meeting of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, Darwin.


Atherton, J. (2005). Behaviour modification. Retrieved from


Rahman, M. (2013). Using authentic materials in the writing classes: Tertiary level scenario. (Unpublished master's thesis). BRAC University, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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3.11 Funding

If the research has received funds, please declare that this research has received funds by [Institution name or equivalent] (grant number).

3.12 Appendices

Appendices should be placed after references. Whether in a table or figure format, they must be numbered consecutively.

4 Post-submission

Once a paper is submitted, the journal’s Editor(s)-in-Chief, in coordination with the Associate Editor(s), checks its relevance to the journal, completeness of metadata and content, such as technical quality and presentation. At this stage, the Editor might reject the paper if they consider it not suitable for peer review. 

When the Editor-in-Chief moves the paper to the peer review phase, a Handling Editor is assigned to coordinate the review process. The Handling Editor invites two potential external reviewers of considerable expertise in the field who are willing to collaborate. The double-blind peer review is the method employed during this evaluation process. Reviewers perform voluntary work but are asked to consider timeliness, confidentiality, possible conflict of interest, and ethical behavior.

Once the review process is completed, the Handling Editor, in coordination with the Editor-in-Chief, makes a final decision, which can be one of the following:

  • Accepted
  • Considered with minor revisions
  • Considered with major revisions
  • Rejected

When the papers are ‘considered with minor revisions’, ‘considered with major revisions’ or ‘rejected’, the author(s) will receive the comments resulting from the evaluation process. Those authors whose papers are accepted in their current form may receive comments regarding the journal’s guidelines for publishing the final version.

The review process is closed when the author(s) addresses all the comments raised by the reviewers and/or editors after all the required review rounds.

5 After acceptance

5.1 Proofreading

Once the papers are accepted, the authors will receive proof to check the completeness of the text. Authors are asked to revise the entire content structure, author(s) information, numbering of figures and tables, references, and other issues. Please note that this is a critical stage because the article will be published after proofreading.

5.2 Online first

All articles that have passed proofreading by authors and editors will be published in the Online First section.

5.3 Complaints

Any misconduct or questionable practice allegation must be reported to the Editorial Office during the pre or post-publication stages. DecisionTech Review will follow the COPE’s Core Practices to decide on any ethical issue.


Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • This submission meets the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • This submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • All references have been checked for accuracy and completeness.
  • All tables and figures have been numbered and labeled.
  • Permission has been obtained to publish all photos, datasets and other material provided with this submission.

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