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Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission


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Policy Commitments of JoM-EMIT to Authors

General Theme and Scope

Any papers that fall within the theme and scope of the journal will be considered for publication. This can include letters, research notes and survey articles. Letters must be comments about a previous publication in JoM-EMIT. Research notes are very brief papers that extend or evaluate previous work. Survey articles can be either tutorials or literature reviews, but they should contribute an analysis or perspective that advances our understanding of the subject matter.

Each paper should be original unpublished work that is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Versions of works that have been published at conferences will be considered.


JoM-EMIT sees itself as a place for quality academic debate rather than as a showcase for perfectly finished texts. We only accept papers that reach high standards of content and style. If the reviewers feel the paper is acceptable in terms of content, we will not make this publication conditional upon changes of this content (for instance additional references), although the reviewers may well give advice. If the paper has stylistic or factual deficiencies the managing editor may insist on these being remedied as a condition of publication.

If the paper is rejected on grounds of content, the author will be given clear reasons why this was so. The managing editor will also give an opinion as to whether the paper would be acceptable if revised. Only if the deficiencies communicated are remedied can the paper can be accepted for review once more.

Criteria for Publication

  1. Content: relevance to the journal, originality, soundness of argument, validity of method and sources, and the importance of its conclusion.
  2. Style: readability, clarity of aims and conclusion, clarity of reasoning, conciseness, good grammar and adherence to the journal style.
The managing editor can refuse papers before review on the grounds of clear absence of quality or relevance to the journal and any abusive or insulting language.

The Review Process

Optional Commentary Process

The author can request that short commentaries be published alongside the paper. This means that the paper will be published along with a number of short commentaries [less then 800 words]. If authors choose a commentary process, they must submit a list with e-mail addresses of at least five people that could submit a relevant commentary. Author must then also submit the points on which they think their paper is suitable for commentary [for instance controversial issues, or new theories].

The managing editor decides if a paper is suitable for commentary, but will not decline before discussing it with the author, and the reviewers.

Commentaries can only be asked on the basis of a paper that is already approved of in peer-review. All commentaries will be reviewed by one reviewer. After all commentaries have been approved, the author can write a reaction. This reaction will be reviewed by one reviewer.


Initial Submission for review

With every initial submission there should be an e-mail to the managing editor at which must include the following information:
  1. the names and affiliations of all authors;
  2. the e-mail addresses the authors (at least one must be provided);
  3. contact addresses for all authors;
  4. a short abstract of not more than 300 words;
  5. a list of all external URL links referenced in the paper
  6. a description of any software or other related materials the authors wish to be made accessible with the paper.
Receipt of submissions will be sent by e-mail.

If it is possible and the author does not feel it is inappropriate to the nature of the submission, we prefer the initial submission to be in the form of ascii text. In this case please email it directly to .

If this is difficult to provide or the paper includes many diagrams, tables or equations then they will have to use one of the formats specified below and use anonymous ftp to upload it to the /pub/jom-emit/submissions directory at using binary mode.These can be collected and/or compressed using gzip, compress, tar, pkzip or programs that are 100% compatible with these.

Exceptionally we will also accept articles on a 3.5" floppy disk. In this case please e-mail the managing editor for instructions.

Acceptable Formats

The following is a list of formats are acceptable for submission: Images of all types must be submitted in GIF or JPEG formats because these are readable by most WWW browsers. We ask that authors reduce the image to as small as possible, while retaining legibility. Exceptionally we will accept other formats, but check this with the publisher first.

If computer programs are to be included then they must be in a form that is freestanding or will operate with public domain software that is readily available over the Internet. Each computer program should be accompanied by its source code and complete documentation including step by step instructions for the installing and running the program. If you intend to submit software please contact the publisher first.

Articles may be accompanied by appendices containing data, instructions, or any other material that is relevant but might make the main article unwieldy.

Any queries about formats should be e-mailed to the publisher.


Final displayed format

The final format will be html. Each page will be in the house style with the journal logo, journal name and url of the paper at the top. Informative use of the hypertext is encouraged, but effects which are distracting or have no informative purpose (e.g., cute animations, flashing text) will not be used. The overriding principles being the accurate and effective presentation of the content and ease with which the information can be accessed.

The publisher may make reasonable changes, in consultation with the author, in order that the hypertextual nature of the presentation works to the best advantage of the reader.

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Bruce Edmonds, Centre for Policy Modelling, 2-Feb-1997.
© JoM-EMIT 1997