JOURNAL OF VISUAL LANGUAGES & COMPUTING
The Journal of Visual Languages & Computing (JVLC) is
intended to be a forum for researchers, practitioners and
developers to exchange ideas and research results, for the
advancement of visual languages and visual
computing. JVLC publishes research papers, state-of-the-art
surveys, review articles, in the areas of visual
languages, visual computing, visual programming, visual human-machine interface
design, visual communication, multi-media communications,
pictorial databases, pictorial information systems,
information retrieval systems & algorithms, cognitive
aspects of human-machine systems, biological vision systems
and models, visualization of system design, visualization of
computational processes, large-scale scientific computing,
and parallel/distributed/neural computing & representations
for visual information processing. Papers are also welcome
to report on actual use, experience, transferred technologies
in visual programming, visual computing, and advanced applications in
geographic information systems, pictorial archiving and
communication systems, library information systems, biomedical
imagery, industrial automation, computer animation and
computer-assisted visual arts.
Book reviews and tool reviews, not to exceed four pages, can also be submitted
to the book reviews editor and tools reviews editor, respectively.
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Submission of Manuscripts
Manuscripts may be submitted electronically, or in hard copies, to
either Editor through our editorial office in London. Original papers only will be considered.
Book reviews may be submitted to the book reviews editor, and
tool reviews may be submitted to the tool reviews editor.
Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding
that the same work has not been and will not be nor is
presently submitted elsewhere, and that its submission for
publication has been approved by all of the authors and by
the institution where the work was carried out; further,
that any person cited as a course of personal communications
has approved such citation. Written authorization may be
required at the Editor's discretion. Articles and any other
material published in JVLC represent the opinions of the
author(s) and should not be construed to reflect the
opinions of the Editor(s) and the Publisher.
Form of Manuscript
Four copies of the manuscript including
the original (reproductions are acceptable if they are
clearly legible) and copies of all figures are required. In
addition, one reproducible set of figures (professionally
drafted ink originals of line drawings; glossy prints of
halftones will be required if the paper is accepted.
Manuscripts should be typewritten, double-spaced on one side
of 8.5 X 11 in white paper with 1 inch margins. Page 1
should contain the article title, author(s), and
affiliation(s); and the name and complete mailing address of
the person to whom correspondence should be sent. Any
footnotes to the title (indicated by *, +, etc.) should be
placed at the bottom of page 1. Page 2 should contain a
short abstract (100-150 words).
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The manuscript should contain a list of all
symbols used in the paper. They should be identified
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corrections in proof.
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Equations should be typewritten and with the number placed
in parentheses at the right margin. Reference to the
equations should use the form "Eq. (3)" or simply (3).
References should be indicated in the text by numbers in
square brackets and listed at the end of the paper in
numerical order; they should be typed double-spaced on a separate
page. Style and punctuation of references must be in
accordance with the following examples:
1. T. Y. Kong and A. W. Roscoe, Continuous analogs of
axiomated digital surfaces. Comput. Vision Graphics Image
Process 29, 1985, 60-86.
2. R. M. Haralick, edge and region analysis for digital
image data in Image Modeling (A. Rosenfeld, Ed), pp.
171-184, Academic Press, New York, 1981.
3. R. A. Schowengerdt, Techniques for Image Processing
and Classification in Remote Sensing, Academic Press,
New York, 1983.
Reports should not be cited unless absolutely necessary.
Tables should be umbered with Arabic numerals in order of
appearance in the text. They should be typed double-spaced
on separate pages. Each table should have a short descriptive
caption. Table footnotes (indicated by superscript
lower-case letters) should be typed at the end of the table.
Figures should be numbered in order of appearance (with
Arabic numerals) and should have short descriptive captions.
Line drawings must be professionally drafted originals, in
black ink, with lettering large enough to be legible after a
reduction of 50-60%. Photographs must be glossy prints. No
figures should exceed 8.5 x 11 inch in size; they should be
designed to fit the proportions of the printed page. All
figures should have captions typed double-spaced on a
separate sheet. Illustrations in color can be accepted only
if the authors defray the cost.
The electronic review form can be used
by reviewers to review papers submitted to JVLC.
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that if it is accepted for publication, copyright in the
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or her contributions to the journal.
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Check List for an Accepted Paper
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Original manuscript and two copies
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excess of 10% of the cost of composition.
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Acceptance Ratio and Expected Turnaround Time
The acceptance ratio for submitted papers is 38% for papers submitted in
1997-1998. The expected turnaround time is about eight to nine months, i.e.,
it takes about eight to nine months from the date of submission of paper to the date of acceptance decision.
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Send Manuscripts to:
Journal of Visual Languages and Computing,
c/o Academic Press Editorial Office
Cambridge, CB4 1YG, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 446000
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 460236
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Authors interested in online
submission are requested to go to the above website and upload their manuscript and its associated
artwork. An electronic (PDF) proof is generated and the reviewing process is carried out using
that PDF. The PDF file may be edited after acceptance to follow journal standards. Authors and
editors send and receive all correspondence by email via the website and no paper
correspondence is performed.
Authors can also submit their ps or pdf file to the editorial office by e-mail.
Send Correspondences to:
Prof. Shi-Kuo Chang, Dept. of Computer Science, University
of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, U.S.A. (Tel
412-624-8423, Fax 412-624-8423, E-mail
Prof. Stefano Levialdi, Dept. di Matematica, Universita di
Roma, Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185, Rome, Italy (Tel
39-6-4991-3250, Fax 4991-3249, E-mail
Send Book Reviews or Books to be Reviewed to
Dr Kang Zhang,
Dept of Computer Science,
Box 830688, MS EC31,
University of Texas at Dallas,
Richardson, TX 75083-0688, USA
Send Tool Reviews to
Prof. Tim Arndt,
Dept. of CIS,
Cleveland State University,
1983 East 24th Street,
Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
Call for Members of the Board of Reviewers
We are looking for people to serve on the Board of Reviewers who will be
acknowledged in the journal annually. Each reviewer receives at most three
papers per year to review. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer,
please send a list of keywords describing your area of interest and
the URL of your Web site via e-mail to Professor Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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