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About Communications in Mobile Computing
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Communications in Mobile Computing, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
Mobile user experience (mUX) encompasses a broad sweep of technology, social and business research - from new interaction techniques for mobile devices, through location-based applications, to mobile services in entertainment, advertising, retail and gaming. This is a field where studies are rapidly executed and lean prototypes are quickly built and explored with users to evaluate the potential for new services. We want to create a journal that brings research to the community quickly - enabling new ideas to get traction allowing researchers to share first-view thinking with their peers - but with the academic rigour of a peer-reviewed journal.
ComC will accept short articles of 2-4 pages. These may be extended conference articles, or contain studies that build towards full journal articles.
ComC operates an open peer review system. The identities of reviewers will be available to each other, to authors, and to readers of the journal.
In keeping with the rapid publication nature of ComC., we aim to review all papers within 30 days.
- Context aware devices and services.
- NFC communication.
- 3D interaction and AR.
- Social characteristics of mobile use and adoption.
- Social mobile gaming.
- Multimodal interaction.
- Location sharing.
- Voice and sound user interfaces.
- Mobile search experience.
- Sensor-based experiences.
- Enterprise mobile services.
- Mobile imaging experiences.
- Information visualisation.
We expect that articles will address a range of vertical and horizontal markets:
- Social gaming.
- Location-sharing services.
- Information discovery.
Original submission types
We expect the following types of original submission to feature in ComC:
- Research articles: describing research studies, user experience trials, real-world software and platform trials;
- Design sketches: early stage descriptions of applications and platform and user experience concepts;
- Commentaries: on key issues in the mUX space;
- Debate articles: articles that take controversial or outspoken positions on current topics;
- Reviews: analyses of current research, key articles or publications.
All articles published by Communications in Mobile Computing are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Communications in Mobile Computing are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Communications in Mobile Computing therefore levies an article-processing charge of £550/$850/€660 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
SpringerOpen is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Communications in Mobile Computing will be available.
Publication and peer review process
ComC is peer-reviewed.
ComC articles are usually reviewed by two or more experts. Peer reviewers will be asked to recommend whether an article should be accepted, revised or rejected.
Open peer review
ComC operates an open peer review system. The identities of reviewers will be revealed to each other, to authors, and to readers of the journal.
Aims of peer review
The aim of peer review in ComCis to establish whether the article is valid, coherent and will be of interest to readers of the journal.
In keeping with the rapid publication nature of ComC, we aim to review all articles within 30 days.
Length and scope of reviews
Reviews are required to be no longer than 750 words. Reviewers are asked to provide constructive comments that will help the editors make a decision on publication and the author(s) improve their article.
The following will be helpful in completing reviews. Not all of the issues below will be appropriate for every article.
- Is the question posed in the article original, important and well defined?
- Are the data sound?
- Are the methods appropriate and well described?
- Are the writing, organization, tables and figures appropriate?
Communications in Mobile Computing operates an 'open peer review' policy meaning reviewers are asked to sign their reviews. The pre-publication history including all submitted versions, reviewers' reports and authors' responses will be linked to from the published article.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system after editorial acceptance by logging into My Communications in Mobile Computing, a personalized section of the site.
Portability of peer review
In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from Communications in Mobile Computing, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in Communications in Mobile Computing and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.
If a manuscript is published following peer review in another journal, we will make every attempt to ensure that the reviewers' reports are made available through the pre-publication history of the article (the pre-publication history, including the initial submission, reviews and revisions, is posted on the web alongside the published article; see, for example, pre-publication history). However, on some occasions this will not be possible, for example when the manuscript has been peer reviewed in a closed peer-review journal first and the original referees cannot be persuaded to make their reports public.
Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.
Communications in Mobile Computing will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.
Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.
Correspondence concerning articles published in Communications in Mobile Computing is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by Communications in Mobile Computing. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.
SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.
We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:
- Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
- A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
- Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
- Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
- Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.
Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.
Data and materials release
Submission of a manuscript to Communications in Mobile Computing implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes.
Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.
Communications in Mobile Computing's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Communications in Mobile Computing to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.
Citing articles in Communications in Mobile Computing
Articles in Communications in Mobile Computing should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Commun Mob Comput [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Commun Mob Comput 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Communications in Mobile Computing?
Communications in Mobile Computing's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
Communications in Mobile Computing offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Communications in Mobile Computing and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in Communications in Mobile Computing gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Communications in Mobile Computing are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Communications in Mobile Computing's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.
In addition, articles published in Communications in Mobile Computing may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Communications in Mobile Computing.
Authors of articles published in Communications in Mobile Computing retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement).
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