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.
The Technology Horizons Journal seeks original unpublished research papers and engineering reports of archive quality on subjects related to the audio domain.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 Manuscripts should describe original work unpublished elsewhere and not being considered for publication elsewhere.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
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- An informative abstract should be provided at the beginning of the manuscript (see details below).
- At least five keywords should be included after the abstract to characterize the manuscript.
- Acknowledgement of possible financial support will be listed in the first page of the final manuscript, as a footnote.
- 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,
- page numbers, month, year. Style for books: Author, title. Location: publisher, year, chapter, and page numbers (if desired).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Editor (or the Guest Editor for a special issue) assigns the manuscript to at least 3 independent reviewers.
- The reviewers return their evaluation, recommendations, and suggestions for improving the manuscript.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.