The Journal of Systems Research(JSys) is a new diamond-access journal.
Diamond access indicates that the papers are free to read, submit, review, and publish.
The design of JSys borrows heavily from the databases, security, and crypto communities; it includes several interesting features:
- One-shot Revisions. Authors get a single chance to revise their papers based on reviewer comments, forwhich they have three months after getting the “revise and resubmit” decision.
- Quick Turn-Around. Initial decisions will be returned to authors in 1.5 months. Final decisions after revisions will be returned to authors in 5.5 months (1.5 initial review + 3 months for revision + 1 month for reviewing revised manuscript). The paper will be published at the latest one month after the final accept decision.
- Light review load. A common problem many conferences face is being unable to find enough reviewers for all their submissions. JSys will return manuscripts to authors if the appropriate reviewers are already fully occupied; authors can then choose to submit at the next quarterly deadline or submit to a different conference or journal. By doing so, JSys aims to ensure high-quality of reviews by making sure that reviewers are not overloaded.
- No cap on number of accepted papers. JSys is not tied to a conference, and hence does not have to consider constraints such as number of presentation slots. JSys will accept every paper deemed by reviewers as contributing to the field.
- No page limits. JSys recognizes that current conferences force authors into describing their systems and techniques in 12 to 14 pages, regardless of the complexity of these systems. While this provides focus and works well for some papers, it is detrimental to some papers which need more space for fully describing the system and experiments. JSys does not enforce page limits, either for the submitted version, or the final camera-ready version.
- Multiple paper types. Authors can submit one of different types of papers: regular, vision, systematization of knowledge, analysis, experience reports, or replicability studies. Each paper type has its own purpose, goal, and corresponding expectations. Reviewers are provided guidance on how to rightly evaluate each type of paper.
- Papers are published together with their reviewers' name and a review summary. Each paper will have a “Reviewed by” line containing the names of the JSys editorial board members who reviewed the paper. Prior to publication, the reviewers and authors work together to make the paper as strong as possible. This provides more transparency in the review process as well as fair credit for the work of reviewers.