The Journal of Visualization and Interaction (JoVI) is an open access publication for scientific work related to the fields of visualization and human-computer interaction. Contributions to the journal include research in how people understand and interact with information and technology, (novel) techniques/systems and their evaluations, systematic literature reviews, replication studies, and comments on existing publications. Cross-disciplinary work from other fields such as statistics or psychology, which are relevant to the fields of visualization or human-computer interaction is also welcome. JoVI strongly supports transparency and openness and implements it as a default: submitted manuscripts must either link to all relevant research material (such as analysis scripts, data, software, interview protocols, and preregistrations – see also policy) or explain why the material cannot be shared, e.g., in cases of privacy concerns.

JoVI is a venue pushing the boundaries of how scholarly publications look. All articles will be published in HTML (and optionally interactive JavaScript) format, and authors are free to experiment with interactivity in their publications. The article format will be archivable and accessible. As part of a commitment to a continuously corrected scientific record, endorsed publications in the journal are living documents, where Digital Object Identifier (DOI) versioning is used to give all publications an overarching DOI and a DOI specific to each revision, allowing easy publication revisions alongside stable citation.

We consider how research advances knowledge rather than superficial novelty as a criterion for reviewing, and reviewing efforts are focused on the soundness of the methods used. Reviews aim to evaluate the credibility of a manuscript’s claims and the clarity of its evidence rather than reviewer preference. Registered reports, the submission of study plans prior to data collection, are therefore strongly encouraged by JoVI. The journal values empirical replicability and computational reproducibility to enable readers to scrutinize and build on the research.

JoVI aims for a collaborative, humane review process. Reviewing is implemented as a (potentially anonymous) discussion between the authors and the reviewers rather than a one-sided argument about whether to accept or reject a manuscript. To start a review conversation, individual reviews are synthesized by an associate editor into separate topics of concern. The conversation proceeds as a back and forth around each issue between authors, reviewers, and any other interested parties with the goal of improving the work. All conversations are publicly accessible (and for reviewers, optionally signed). To foster discussions that go beyond the initial reviewer/author exchanges, we welcome post-endorsement commentaries on articles.

JoVI does not publish a limited number of manuscripts and does not seek to have a certain rejection rate. By default, all submitted work, reviews, and discussions will be publicly available for other researchers to use. Manuscripts that have successfully addressed all the issues raised by the reviewers and editorial team are considered “endorsed” by the editor and approving reviewers, not “accepted” by the JoVI. To encourage accountability, editors’ names are listed on the articles they endorse, and reviewers may choose to be named or anonymous. As articles are living documents, which versions have received endorsements are clearly indicated with the article. All submissions and their accompanying reviews and discussions remain accessible whether or not an article secures an endorsement or is retracted.

JoVI is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The journal strives to maintain an editorial board with varied representation of gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, ability, and sexual orientation. We value diversity as an empowering force that leads to better, more innovative, and more impactful research. We commit to DEI by requiring editors, authors, and reviewers to follow our code of conduct, any who do not do so will lose the opportunity to review for or contribute to JoVI in the future. Part of our commitment involves being sensitive to contributors at different stages of their careers; as such, we allow reviewers to review anonymously and authors may opt for anonymity prior to the first endorsement. We also strive for all endorsed articles to be accessible to people of different abilities.