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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The manuscript is original, has not been published and is not currently under consideration by another journal or conference (duplicate submissions will be desk rejected).
  • If the manuscript is an extended version of a paper already published, at least 35% of new and original content is provided.
  • If the manuscript is an extended version of a paper already published, the original paper is also included as an additional document in the submission.
  • All authors of the manuscript have read and agreed to its content and are accountable for all aspects of the accuracy and integrity of the manuscript.
  • The manuscript file is in PDF file format.
  • The authors agree with the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0), which will apply to this submission if accepted for publication in this journal.
  • IMPORTANT: The Cover Letter is presenting all the necessary information for Editors and Reviewers.

Author Guidelines

Please, read these instructions carefully before submitting your manuscript:

The SBC Journal on Interactive Systems (JIS) is a publication of the Brazilian Computing Society (SBC), maintained and supported by three special interest groups: Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality and Games. The journal is inherently interdisciplinary, and its main goals include:

  • To disseminate original scientific works on (and accross) the areas of human-computer interaction, virtual reality, augmented reality, games, and entertainment computing.
  • To introduce scientific projects under development by research groups focused on contributing to the state-of-the-art of the related themes
  • To openly disseminate high quality research results for a broad audience

Review Process

JIS operates under a single-anonymous peer-review system, where reviewers are aware of authors' names and affiliations, but review reports provided to authors are anonymous. Publication of research articles by JIS is dependent primarily on their scientific quality and contribution as judged by our external expert editors and peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

Submitted manuscripts are generally reviewed by two or three experts. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is helping the scientific community to advance on its capacity to deal with a clear and relevant research problem, whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

The 3 Rs

JIS values the 3 Rs: Rigour, Responsibility and Reproducibility (or rationale). Articles must be clear regarding how rigour was applied to research design, development and analysis; the reported work must be seen through the lens of social responsibility; and the article must present authors' critical thinking, discussions, communicated in a good style and improving reproducibility (offering everything readers need to reproduce or replicate the work, or to understand the research rationale and the researcher reasoning line).

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the research presented in your manuscript you need to ensure the English language is of sufficient quality to be understood. If you need help with writing in English, you should consider asking a native speaker to proofread your paper.

Cover Letter

Authors must present a cover letter pointing out the research problem the paper is approaching and the main contribution it is offering to advance our capacity to understand, solve, or deal with the problem.

The cover letter must also list up to the five key original contributions the paper offers to the scientific community.

Authors are encouraged to outline their individual contributions to the paper. In the cover letter, author must also suggest the name of three reviewers, with no conflicts of interest with the authors, who are specialists in the subject of the article.

If you are submitting an extended version of a previously published conference paper, ensure that the paper is a non-trivial extension from the version that has appeared in the conference. Please, pay attention to these 3 requirements:
1. Authors must ensure that the extended paper contains at least 35% new material compared to the previously published work.
2. The new version must explicitly cite the original work, indicating it is an extended and revised version of that work.
3. The published .pdf file of the original work must be provided (use the  Article Component "Other") when submitting the extend paper.  

Authors must also explain in the cover letter why the manuscript is suitable for publication in the journal, thus indicating how the paper was extended and why it constitutes a worthwhile extension of the original work. Authors should, for instance, point out areas where new text or results have been included, where the text has been re-written, and where extra depth is provided. 

The cover letter may also present:

  • An explanation of why your manuscript is suitable for JIS
  • An explanation of any issues relating to journal policies
  • A declaration of any potential competing interests
  • The name of the special issue you are submitting for (if this is the case)
  • The title and venue of previously published paper the article extends (if this is the case)


JIS publishes research articles that present contributions on several manners:

  • Concluded scientific works presenting algorithms, concepts, new devices or techniques
  • On-going research presenting new ideas with preliminary results and critical discussions, addressing important problems, describing systems´ implementations, etc.
  • Surveys with a critical vision of a specific area, including a complete revision of the state-of-the-art and presenting a rigorous methodology (e.g., systematic reviews)
  • Essays, Position articles or tutorials, deeply covering a specific topic, from a theoretical or practical point of view
Please, use the "Comments for the Editor" field during submission to provide any extra information.

JIS is free of charges for both authors and readers, and all papers published by JIS follow the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.


All submissions must be in pdf, following the JIS LaTeX or MS Word templates. Although we strongly recommend using the template for the first submission, the adherence to the template will be enforced only upon acceptance.

LaTex works better and makes the editing process easier. When compiling the sbc-sample.tex file on overleaf, pay attention to the error messages as overleaf may require changing the default compiler. Change the compiler to XeLaTex in the Menu\Compiler option.

Special Call Proposal

JIS now works with a single issue per volume. Therefore, Special Issues are approached as Special Calls for papers. Special Calls are an important mechanism for presenting a focused collection of significant work about challenging themes, hot or emerging topics, specific problems and opportunities relevant to HCI, Virtual Reality and Games communities.

See the Special Call Proposal guidelines.

Interactive Systems for the next 10 years

Read the call for papers

Submissions for this special call are open throughout 2021, and accepted papers will be published in JIS Vol 12 (2021) as soon as they have been accepted and their camera ready version have been aproved by the editors.

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