Focus and Scope

The Faculty of Systems Engineering publishes in this Journal research articles and technical reports, related to the various academic and professional fields of Information Technology, Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology, which are produced in the context of research projects and / or contributions from researchers from universities worldwide.

We cordially invite academics, professionals and students from around the world to submit their research papers and technical reports in either English or Spanish, in the following research areas:

  1. Semantic Web and Information Retrieval
  2. Information Systems
  3. Management, Security and Information Communication in Private and Public Sector Environments
  4. Formal Methodologies and Emerging Technologies in Software Engineering
  5. Artificial Intelligence

The papers can be published or unpublished, however, the originality of them will be strictly considered.

E-ISSN: 1390-9134

ISSN:1390-9266

Peer Review Process

All articles and technical reports of the Journal will be reviewed by the Editorial Team, which consists of:

Editor in Chief

Editorial Board

Associate Editors

Social Media Chair

Assistant Editors

Responsible for Submission Handling

Once the topic has been approved, at least one evaluator peer or academic collaborator will be assigned to review the content and format adjustments.

Publication Frequency

Authors are free to submit their manuscripts for publication in either, the January to June Number, or July to December Number.

For publication in the January to June Number:

  • Send manuscripts from January 1 to March 31
  • Manuscripts submitted after this date will be reviewed for the next number.

For publication in the July to December Number:

  • Send manuscripts from 1 July to 30 September
  • Manuscripts submitted after this date will be reviewed for the next issue

Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Guidelines for Reviewers

The main collaboration from reviewers is to provide feedback on articles that guarantees a high quality publication and to provide feedback to authors that may assist them in preparing quality manuscripts for submission in the future.

The reviewers committee is formed by specialists in the area of research where the article fits. All reviewers must base their judgment on the same interpretation of the review criteria that are: Originality, Significance, Relevance, Presentation and Content (See considerations for evaluation criteria).

For each criteria, reviewers use a unified rating scale divided into five units. The units are expressed by adjective like 1) Poor, 2) Needs Improvements, 3) Average, 4) Good and 5) Excellent. Where 1 is the lowest value that can be assigned to an specific criteria and 5 the highest.

For each article, reviewers must complete a review form with the evaluation of the 5 criteria mentioned above. At the end of the review form, the reviewer can make comments. These comments have to be constructive and friendly and can not include any personal remarks to the author. There author can also make confidential remarks for the program committee.

Considerations for Evaluation Criteria

1. Originality.

  • Are the problems discussed in the article new?
  • Does the article point out differences from related research?
  • Does the article describe an innovative combination of techniques from different disciplines?
  • Does the article introduce an idea that appears promising or might stimulate others to develop promising alternatives?

2. Significance.

  • Does the article have a considerable contribution to a certain area of research?
  • Does the article stimulate discussion of important issues or alternative points of view?

3. Relevance

  • Does the article fit in information security, information systems, intelligent systems or software engineering as area of research?
  • Does the article present relevant information for its area of research?

4. Presentation

  • Does the article have a logic structure?
  • Is the article clearly written?
  • Is the article correctly written (from the grammar point of view)?
  • Is the article correctly formatted?

5. Content
Title

  • Does the title clearly express the content of the article?

Abstract

  • Is the abstract sufficiently informative?
  • Does the abstract describe the research and the results?
  • Does the abstract provide a good perspective on the final message of the article?

Keywords

  • Are the number of keywords enough?
  • Are the keywords representative or relevant?

Introduction

  • Does the introduction correctly highlight the current concerns in the area?
  • Does the introduction specify the research objectives?

Methodology

  • Are the methods used clearly explained?
  • Are the methods used validated / recognized?
  • Are the data and statistics used reliable?

Results

  • Are the results clearly presented?
  • Are all relevant connections with others' work/research declared?
  • Is the literature used in support of research sufficiently comprehensive and current?
  • Do the results sufficiently avoid misinterpretation?
  • Do the results sufficiently avoid assumptions and speculations?

Conclusions

  • Are the conclusions correctly / logically explained?
  • Do the conclusions sufficiently avoid misinterpretation?
  •  Do the conclusions sufficiently avoid too general or biased information?

References

  • Do the references reflect the latest work/research in the considered area?
  • Are the references correctly indicated in the article?
  • Are the references properly indexed and recorded in the bibliography?

Tables

  • Do the tables correctly indicate the measuring units and the source?
  • Are the tables correctly named and numbered?
  • Are the data presented in tables correctly valued and interpreted in the article?
  • Are the tables well proportioned and aesthetically placed in the article?

Graphs and figures

  • Do the graphs and figures properly illustrate the discussed subject?
  • Do the graphs and figures correctly indicate the measuring units and the source?
  • Are the graphs and figures correctly named and numbered?
  • Are the data presented in graphs and figures correctly valued and interpreted in the article?
  • Are the graphs and figures well proportioned and aesthetically placed in the article?
  • Are the problems discussed in the article new?

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The Latin American Journal of Computing (LAJC) aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to present original research papers, technical reviews and state-of-the-art reviews for publication.

The LAJC undertakes to defend the rules of ethical behavior in every stage of the publishing process. Our efforts are oriented to guarantee that all the persons involved in the publishing process (authors, editorial board members and reviewers) must comply with ethical standards at every stage of the process.

The LAJC is a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). As such, this journal follows the DOAJ Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing. In addition, the LAJC adopts and promotes the standards set by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) by their Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Both organizations, the DOAJ and the COPE, have collaborated to identify principles of transparency and best practice for scholarly publications.

Below is a summary of our commitment, but you should always refer to the two documents listed above for full details. They are LAJC Editor’s responsibilities:

  • Strive to constantly improve the journal.
  • Commit their efforts to assure the quality of published articles.
  • Publish updates (corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies) when needed.
  • Seek the views of other members about the ways of improving processes.
  • Support initiatives to reduce research and publication misconduct.
  • Educate researchers about publication ethics.
  • Inform readers about who has funded a research work.
  • Ensure that articles have been reviewed by suitably qualified reviewers who are able to judge the work and free from disqualifying competing interests.
  • Ensure that submissions from members of the journal’s staff receive an objective and unbiased evaluation.
  • Ensure that decisions to accept or reject a paper are based the paper’s importance, originality and clarity; and the study’s validity and its relevance.
  • Do not deviate or change the published peer-review process.
  • Provide guidance about criteria for authorship.
  • Be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism and encourage reviewers to comment on the originality of submissions.
  • Acknowledge the contribution of reviewers to the journal.
  • Ensure that peer review is fair, unbiased and timely.
  • Ensure that material submitted to LAJC remains confidential while under review.
  • Follow COPE’s guidelines for dealing with misconduct allegations.

Journal History

The LAJC Journal is an initiative of the Faculty of Systems Engineering of the National Polytechnic School, which aims to contribute to the dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge, without barriers, according to The Open Archives Initiative (OAI).