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.


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.


Journal History

The Journal of Virtual Studies began publication in 2010, primarily as a vessel for proceedings for the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference. It was published once a year, during the conference.

The journal undergoes a radical rebranding in 2014, with expanded sections, new section editors, and a new publication biannual cycle, with a special proceedings publication.