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Season's Greetings

Dear readers, J.UCS contributors, members of the editorial board and reviewers,

The editors-in-chief and the J.UCS team thank all persons involved in the publications process of the Journal of Universal Computer Science for their interest in our journal, their support, cooperation and trust.

Particularly, we'd like to thank all reviewers who were involved in the review process of all published papers in the year 2016 for their valuable support and help.

Our thanks go also to the members of the J.UCS consortium whose generous financial support makes it possible to continue to offer J.UCS as a true "open access" journal.

We wish all readers, authors, reviewers and members of the editorial board good health, prosperity and peace for the New Year 2017.

Christian Gütl, managing editor


Impact Factor 2015

We are proud to announce that the 2015 impact factor of the journal has raised as compared to 2014. The impact factor is now 0.546, the 5-year impact factor is 0.684.

We thank all members of our editorial board, authors and readers as well as the supporting institutions who made this possible for their continuous support!

J.UCS Pre-publishing Policy

J.UCS is an open access journal without submission, publication or access charges. Since the financing of the journal depends on the citation values, access and download numbers, it is mandatory that the full text of articles published in J.UCS is only available from the J.UCS site. For this reason, pre-publishing of articles which are submitted to J.UCS on such sites as for example ArXiv is not allowed.

  1. The full text of papers published in J.UCS may only be available on the J.UCS server.
  2. The authors are permitted to make an electronic version of their articles available on the repository of their institutions prior to their publication in J.UCS (pre-print). After the publication in J.UCS, the pre-print version must be replaced by a pdf version of the final published version of the article with the complete bibliographical reference (/volume/, /issue/ and /page number/) and the appropriate URL.
  3. Pre-publication on such sites as ArXiv is not allowed, i.e. submissions of articles which have been pre-published on e.g. ArXiv are not accepted.
  4. Metadata of J.UCS articles and links to published articles at the J.UCS site are welcome.

Social Media

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J.UCS Consortium

As of January 2012, J.UCS is run by a consortium consisting of nine research organisations, listed in what follows in alphabetical order:

  • Austrian Competence Center for Knowledge Management, Graz, Austria, represented by Professor Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt
  • Faculty of Informatics, University of Passau, Germany, represented by Professor Dr. Michael Granitzer
  • Galileo University, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Contact person: Rocael Hernández
  • Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, represented by Dozent Dr. Christian Guetl who also acts as Managing Editor
  • Institute for Information Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, represented by Professor Dr. Matthias Jarke
  • L3S Research Center Hannover, Hannover, Germany, represented by Professor Dr. Tilo Balke
  • Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, represented by Dr. Muhammad Tanvir Afzal
  • National University, San Diego, USA, represented by Professor Dr. Peter Serdiukov
  • ZBW, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel, Germany, represented by Dr. Tochtermann

The editorial team is headed by Dana Kaiser (dkaiser@iicm.edu).

For more details concerning the J.UCS Consortium have a look at http://www.jucs.org/jucs_info/aims/jucs_consortium_agreement.html.

If you and your organization are interested in joining the J.UCS Consortium, please contact the Managing Editor, Christian Guetl, at Christian.Guetl@iicm.tu-graz.ac.at.

J.UCS Supporters

J.UCS acknowledges the support of Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW, "Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaf").

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

All articles and issues including Volume 18, have been assigned a digital object identifier.

In 2008, a significant new addition to the J.UCS publishing system was made: each published article and issue has been assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which can be found above the abstracts. We thankfully acknowledge the support and help of the staff of the library of the Graz University of Technology for accomplishing the gargantuan task of registering all published papers.

J.UCS Folder

You are cordially invited to download a new information folder about J.UCS which you can freely distribute to promote J.UCS at meetings, conferences and workshops and to attract new editors. Members of the editorial board can contact Dana Kaiser (dkaiser@iicm.edu) to order the printed folders.

Open access

We are convinced that open access has made J.UCS a very attractive journal: a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal published in an electronic edition and annually in printed form. (The latter will still have to be paid for since the printing costs and postage must be covered by the sale.)

External Reviewers

J.UCS would like to thank external reviewers for their support and help with the evaluation of submissions to our journal.

Submissions

J.UCS accepts submission from all areas of computer science. The submitted article must be an original contribution and may not be submitted to or already have been published in another journal. Furthermore, the article has to be a self-contained entity, i.e. the paper can be understood without knowledge of any previous articles published in J.UCS or elsewhere.

Submissions will only be dealt with if

  1. The paper is formatted according to the J.UCS guide lines (see http://www.jucs.org/ujs/jucs/info/submissions/style_guide.html)
  2. The submitted paper is written in flawless English. Since J.UCS is an open access, no-cost journal, no copy-editing can be done by J.UCS staff.
  3. We have received a copyright transfer statement for the paper. You can either upload an electronic version of the copyright transfer statement via web together with your paper or you can fax us the signed copyright transfer statement to +43 316 873 5699
  4. Pre-publication on such sites as ArXiv is not allowed, i.e. submissions of articles which have been pre-published on e.g. ArXiv are not accepted.
  5. The copyright transfer statement can be downloaded from http://www.jucs.org/ujs/jucs/info/submissions/copyright.html.

Note: An author can only submit one article at a time.

The submission is sent to the members of the J.UCS editorial board. If at least three reviewers sign up for a review of the paper, the submission is admitted to the evaluation process. The authors are notified about the status of their submission within approximately 4 weeks. If we fail to find the required number of reviewers, the authors are notified and can submit their paper to another journal of their choice after the notification.

December 2016