For Authors

Instruction for Authors

On this webpage, you will find the guidelines and technical instructions for the preparation of contributions to be published in Technology Horizons. Please note that by submitting an this article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that editorial office may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify us immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication,
the editorial office will contact you using the email address you have used in the submission process.

Publication Policy

The Technology Horizons Journal seeks original unpublished research papers and engineering reports of archive quality on subjects related to the audio domain. All submissions will go through a peer review process to check their suitability for the journal. Manuscripts should describe original work unpublished elsewhere and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Further information describing the different types of possible submission is given here.

Manuscript Submission System

ALL ARTICLES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL. For submitting a new manuscript or a revised version of a manuscript, please send it by email to the Editorial Manager.

Prepare a Manuscript

The Technology Horizons publishes original, innovative contributions in its scope. Manuscript must be exclusively submitted to this journal, must not have been published before, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Significantly extended and expanded versions of papers published in conference proceedings can be submitted, providing also a detailed description of the additions.

Manuscript type:

  • Regular paper: the full-length manuscript presents an innovative idea in a complete way, suited for an archival journal, including a clear definition of the problem addressed, the goals, the literature background, the solution proposed, the theoretical proofs if applicable, the experimental results, the discussion and the comparisons with the literature and/or the practice;
  • Short paper: the short manuscript presents a simple innovative idea, focusing on a very specific aspect of the overall problem addressed; even though concise, the presentation should be complete and suited for an archival journal;
  • Survey or tutorial paper: the manuscript is a comprehensive survey of a field or an introductory tutorial on a specific fundamental area or an advanced topic.
Manuscript style
  1. Authors are required to use MS Word template to prepare their final manuscripts (double column, font 10 Times Roman, keywords, corresponding author, …etc). Download MS Word Template
  2. Only manuscripts written in English are considered. Contributors for whom English is not a native language may consult a colleague who is familiar with the English language, prior to submitting the paper, for the purpose of editing the manuscript for proper English
  3. usage.
  4. An informative abstract should be provided at the beginning of the manuscript (see details below).
  5. At least five keywords should be included after the abstract to characterize the manuscript.
  6. Acknowledgement of possible financial support will be listed in the first page of the final manuscript, as a footnote.
  7. References should appear in a separate section at the end of the paper, with items referred to by numerals in square brackets. References must be complete: Style for papers: Author, first initials followed by last name, title in quotations, periodical, volume,
  8. page numbers, month, year. Style for books: Author, title. Location: publisher, year, chapter, and page numbers (if desired).
  9. Figures and tables should be sharp, noise-free, and of good contrast: unfortunately, we cannot provide drafting or art service. On graphs, show only the coordinate axes, or at most the major grid lines to avoid a dense hard-to read image. All lettering should be large enough to permit legibility in the final Journal format. If a figure is to be reproduced in color the author is responsible for the incremental cost of printing in color; otherwise, the author should verify readability of grey-scale printing (the electronic version will remain in color without charge).

Abstract style

The abstract is what users and researches will read when deciding whether your article pertains to their interests and needs. For this reason, your abstract is an extremely important and powerful representation of your article. As an author, you should spend time ensuring that it is readable and that it contains a complete description of your research.
In approximately 150-200 words, you will need to summarize your findings, and describe the implications of those findings.
  • Your abstract must be self-contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
  • Your abstract must be written as one paragraph, and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
  • Your abstract should include three or four different keywords or phrases, as this will help readers to find it. (It is important to avoid over-repetition of such phrases as this can result in a page being rejected by search engines).
  • Ensure that your abstract reads well and is grammatically correct.
  • Visit the journal’s “Information for Authors” page to review its abstract’s specifications and description. Be sure that you adhere to its guidelines and limitations; otherwise, it is likely that you will be asked to edit your abstract accordingly.
When submitting an abstract for your original research, it is important to state the primary objective and offer any tested hypotheses. Describe your research design and methodology and accurately state the following: the methods and procedures you employed, the main outcomes and results, and the conclusions that might be drawn from these data and results. Include any implications for further research or application/practice.
Submit a Manuscript
All articles must be submitted by email to the Editorial Manager. No other submission procedure is accepted. Authors are required to use MS Word template to prepare their final manuscripts. Download MS Word Template
In addition to the manuscript, attachments (video, animations, applets, code, data, etc.) may be emailed to be considered in the review process and, possibly, posted as supplementary material with the online version of accepted papers. Currently the following files are accepted: avi files (PowerPoint animations), MPEG video files, Java applets, code with specific compilation instructions and execution instructions and machine specific information, and data sets with a description of the data format.
Page limits and extra page charges. By submitting a manuscript authors automatically commit to accept the page limits on the final manuscript for the corresponding type (regular, short, and survey/tutorial paper) and to pay the possible related extra page charges if the manuscript will be accepted for publication. Each extra page or fraction of page exceeding the complimentary pages is subject to a mandatory extra page charge of 150 SD (Sudanese Pound). Payment will be requested for accepted papers during the production stage.
Color figure charge. There is no charge for printing figures in black and white. Production costs associated with color printing are 1045 SD for every four pages of color figures, plus 125 SD per figure. After their manuscript has been accepted for publication, authors may choose to pay for color printing or avoid such charges by converting their figures to grayscale. Staff will process all color figures for free online display in color unless directed otherwise by the authors. The authors must submit figure and photo files in the appropriate format and resolution.
Review Process
All manuscripts are subject to the following review process.
  1. The manuscript is verified with respect to the scope of the journal. If the manuscript is out of the journal scope, it is rejected (desk reject) by the Editor-in-Chief, possibly in consultation with an Editor, without performing the complete review process.
  2. An administrative check is performed on the submitted material. Completeness is verified. All questions in the submission form must be answered and, eventually, properly documented in the cover letter. All authors must be listed in the submission form. The manuscript must be readable both in PDF and DOC formats. The manuscript cannot exceed the page limit of the manuscript type selected by the authors. The manuscripts must be written in English. If any of the above aspects is not satisfying the requirements, the manuscript is returned to authors for proper correction. Then, the complete review process is started.
  3.  A manuscript submitted to regular issues is assigned by the Editor-in-Chief to an Editor. Authors are allowed to name possible non-preferred Editors: no suggestion for preferred Editors will be considered. Manuscripts submitted to special issues will be forwarded to the Guest Editors.
  4. The Editor (or the Guest Editor for a special issue) assigns the manuscript to at least 3 independent reviewers.
  5.  The reviewers return their evaluation, recommendations, and suggestions for improving the manuscript.
  6.  The Editor (or the Guest Editor for a special issue) makes a recommendation for acceptance, revision, or rejection to the Editor in-Chief, on the basis of the received reviews and his/her personal assessment of the manuscript. Recommendation will be always based on at least 2 independent reviews.
  7.  The Editor-in-Chief takes the final decision about acceptance, revision, or rejection on the basis both of the Editor’s recommendation and assessment and the reviewers’ reports.
  8.  If the final decision for a manuscript is revise, the review process is repeated from step 2.

The first review cycle is on average 1.5 months long. The second review cycle is about 1 months long.

Check the Status of a Manuscript
Authors should contact the Editorial Manager for information about the status of the review process.
Prepare and Submit a Revised Manuscript
If revisions have been requested for a manuscript, the revised version should be prepared by following the same guidelines provided above for the manuscript which has been initially submitted.
Authors are also requested to prepare a separate document describing which action has been taken for each of the recommendations given by the reviewers, the Editor or the Editor-in-Chief.
The Technology Horizons Journal currently accepts manuscripts and documents containing the answers to reviewers/editors’ recommendations only in Adobe Acrobat PDF file format.
By submitting the revised version of a manuscript, authors implicitly commit to pay all applicable charges, as described above for the initial submission, if their manuscript will be accepted for publication.
Prepare and Submit the Final Material for an Accepted Manuscript
The final material of an accepted manuscript should be prepared by following the same guidelines provided above for the initial submission.
In the first page, the first footnote should be “Manuscript received…” (date to be filled in by Editor-in-Chief), followed by the affiliation of the author(s) with possible contact information and possible acknowledgement of financial support.
For the final production process, authors should submit the source files of the manuscript in Microsoft Word.
Each figure and photograph should be submitted in a separate file in one of the following formats: TIFF (.tif), Postscript (.ps), or Encapsulated Postscript (.eps).
A short technical biography (usually less than 100 words) and a recent head-and-shoulder photo of each author should be provided. Typically, the biography includes: name, degrees earned and schools, main employments and positions, fields of work, professional society membership and activities, offices, awards.
The copyright transfer form should be filled and mailed during the submission of the final material.
Correction of the galley proofs
The final formatted manuscript (galley proofs) will be made available to authors for final verification and correction of possible minor errors occurred during the formatting phase. Significant corrections not due to production errors, but by authors’ autonomous choice may be subject to a processing charge: before applying these corrections authors will be contacted to verify if they accept to pay this processing charge. Details about the proof-reading of the final formatted manuscript will be provided to authors.