Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The mission of the Journal of Virtual Studies is to publish theoretical and practical concepts for the application of knowledge within virtual spaces. All methods, including, but not limited to, qualitative, quantitative, field testing, laboratory, meta-analytics, grounded theory, and combinations thereof are welcome. JoVS is interdisciplinary and international in scope. Preference is given to submissions that test, extend, or build either theoretical or practical frameworks dealing with knowledge emergence and virtual sciences outside traditional practice.


Section Policies


Submissions to the Perspectives section are editorial or opinion pieces with a philosophical view of how knowledge emerges, paradigms constructed, and varying views of reality co-construct culture through the use of virtual spaces. These may include philosophical discussions focused on education trends, theory, applications, virtuality, and/or platforms.

  • Henry C. Alphin Jr.
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Applied Research

Submissions to the Applied Research section should focus on the scholarly investigation of knowledge emergence in to virtual spaces. All research methodologies will be considered, as long as evidence of rigor, validity, and reliability are demonstrated within the presentation of the completed research.

  • Peggy Lee
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Practical Application

Submissions to the Practical Application section should focus on in-action knowledge advancement, which may reflect research based practice, theoretical application, and other methodologies within virtual spaces.

  • Rachel Umoren
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Cultural Narratives

Submissions to the Cultural Narratives section should include articles that expand our social understanding of the implications from the use of virtual spaces. These may include, but are not limited to, social groups, economic, political and/or behavioural systems. These articles should help to define the social impact, whether it be through perspectives, research, or practical application. These may include how they help build conceptual realities, define identities, and advance personal stories and epistemologies, in particular how they may advance a social construction of reality.

  • Susanna Nocchi
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In Review

The In Review section will consider pieces that critique books, gaming platforms, applications, or any form of virtual spaces. Special consideration will be given to reviews that explore cutting edge technologies and latest trends in the uses and advancement of a virtual science of knowledge emergence.

  • Dr. Mari Carmen Gil Ortega
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Peer Review Process

JoVS is peer reviewed. The process for review includes the following:

1. Initial screening by managing editors for suitability and adequate section criteria.

2. Respective section editors ensure document blinding.

3. Respective section editors assign three peer reviewers to the submission.

3. Each peer reviewer submits a completed review form.

The review process takes approximately 3-5 weeks.


Publication Frequency

JoVS publishes biannually, with a special proceedings edition.



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Roles and Responsibilities of Editorial Team

Editorial Review Panel

If you are interested in being a peer reviewer and joining the Editorial Review Panel, you will be part of a group of several individuals who will be assigned a submitted paper for review every so often, depending on submission frequency. Reviewers will be given a set of criteria by which to review each submission. Reviewers will have approximately 3 weeks to complete their reviews. Your name will appear in the credits of every issue of the journal. The entire process will be online through the journal’s submission and editorial process.

Section Editors

If you are interested in becoming a section editor, you will have the task of assigning reviewers to any papers that get submitted for your respective sections. Reviewers will report directly to the section editors. For instance, if you decide you want to be the section editor for the Practical Applications section of the journal, all papers submitted to that will be sent to you by the managing editors for distribution to three different reviewers. Section Editors, in consultation with the Managing Editors then determine publication, based on reviews returned. Please read through the Section Policies for a description of every section if you are interested in being a section editor, so that you may decide which is a better fit for you.

Copy Editors

If you are interested in becoming a copy editor, your job will involve proofreading all accepted papers for the next issue of the journal. Copy editors ensure that any final stray typos or format issues are fixed prior to publication. Major format or grammatical mistakes, however, should have been fixed by the authors prior to acceptance. The copy editor then sends all clean and proofread articles to the managing editors for final layout into the journal.

For any position in the editorial team, please email journals@urockcliffe.com to request an application.