Submission guidelines

Submissions are welcome in all areas of Object Technology. JOT welcomes original research contributions, empirical studies, mature best practice reports and state-of-the-art surveys.

Submissions must not have been previously published or submitted for publication in another venue. Research submissions that extend a previously published conference or or workshop paper must contain at least 30% new material to be considered original. The cover letter to the submission must list all related previous publications and detail the differences to the submitted paper. Manuscripts should be concise and complete, and should be carefully proofread. Submissions that do not meet these standards may be returned without review.

Submissions must use the JOT LaTeX template. Papers not using this format will not be considered for review. JOT does not have fixed page limits, though a typical paper is around 25–30 pages. Lengthier submissions may be considered if justified. (Supporting material, such as extended code examples or full proofs of theorems may be placed in a separate appendix.)

Authors are invited to suggest an Associate Editor of JOT with the appropriate expertise to assess the paper, provided no conflict of interest exists. (An author is considered to have a conflict of interest with an editor or reviewer if they have co-authored papers or have otherwise been in a close professional relationship within the past six years.) An acknowledgement of receipt from the editor should be expected within a few days of submitting a paper.

Members of the Editorial Board are permitted to submit papers to JOT.

Review Process

Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their relevance, originality, timeliness, significance and presentation.


Upon acceptance of your submission, you are required to choose to license your paper under either CC BY, CC BY-ND, or CC BY-NC-ND. This is specified in the LaTeX template and is binding.

Blog Entries

JOT also welcomes short articles, technical notes, tutorials, technology updates, book and product reviews, guest editorials, columns, and other timely and newsworthy announcements. Whereas refereed articles should have a strong scientific component, blog postings will be selected for newsworthiness, technical relevance and accuracy. Submissions will be accepted at the editor's discretion, possibly entailing a streamlined review process, and will be published on the JOT Blog as they become available.

Special Sections

A special section of JOT consists of a number of papers on a specialized topic. The papers may be extended versions of “best” papers that have already been presented at a conference, workshop, or another event, or they may be papers submitted to an open call for a special section.

A special section is prepared by one or more guest editors, who should also prepare a guest editorial introducing the special section. One option is to invite a JOT Associated Editor to act as a guest editor.

Extended versions of previously published papers should contain at least “30% new content” over the published version. This may take the form of, say, full proofs of theorems, empirical validation, or new results.

There is no fixed minimum number of papers that are needed to form a special section. There is no fixed page limit for JOT articles, though it is expected that most submissions will not exceed 25 pages with the standard JOT template. If justified, longer submissions can be considered.

All papers in a special section must go through a full review process, as described on the JOT web site. In particular, each paper should undergo at least three peer reviews. Accepted papers should be of “journal quality” — that is, they should describe mature and complete results, rather than work in progress. A standard review form is available.

The guest editors are free to propose the schedule for the special section.

Once the camera-ready copy is received for the special section, papers will be put online as soon as practically possible. (Normally within a few days.)



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The JOT Journal   |   ISSN 1660-1769   |   DOI 10.5381/jot   |   AITO   |   Open Access