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Information Visualization

2015 Impact Factor: 0.639
2015 Ranking: 78/106 in Computer Science, Software Engineering
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor-in-Chief
Chaomei Chen Drexel University, USA
Advisory Editor
Ben Shneiderman University of Maryland, USA


eISSN: 14738724 | ISSN: 14738716 | Current volume: 15 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

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Information Visualization is essential reading for researchers and practitioners of information visualization and is of interest to computer scientists and data analysts working on related specialisms. This journal is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing articles on fundamental research and applications of information visualization. The journal acts as a dedicated forum for the theories, methodologies, techniques and evaluations of information visualization and its applications.

The journal is a core vehicle for developing a generic research agenda for the field by identifying and developing the unique and significant aspects of information visualization. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary material and on the close connection between theory and practice.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Information Visualization is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing articles on fundamental research and applications of information visualization. The journal acts as a dedicated forum for the theories, methodologies, techniques and evaluations of information visualization and its applications.

The journal is a core vehicle for developing a generic research agenda for the field by identifying and developing the unique and significant aspects of information visualization. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary material and on the close connection between theory and practice.

The scope of the journal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Design theories and methodologies
  • Applications and case studies
  • Perception and cognitive factors
  • Evaluation and usability studies
  • Interactive data exploration
  • Standards and visualization languages
  • Multidimensional and multivariate analysis
  • Knowledge discovery and visual data mining
  • Requirement engineering and task analysis
  • Visual Analytics

Associate Editors
Gennady Andrienko Fraunhofer Institute IAIS, Germany
Matthew J Chalmers University of Glasgow, UK
Mary Czerwinski Microsoft Research, USA
Stephen Eick SSS Research, Inc, USA
Niklas Elmqvist University of Maryland, USA
Dainel Keim University of Konstanz, Germany
Andreas Kerren Linnaeus University, Sweden
Shixia Liu Tsinghua University, China
Alan MacEachren Penn State University, USA
Chris North Virginia Tech, USA
Catherine Plaisant University of Maryland, USA
Jonathan Roberts Bangor University, UK
George Robertson Microsoft Research, USA
John Stasko Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Masahiro Takatsuka University of Sydney, Australia
Jack van Wijk Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Colin Ware University of New Hampshire, USA
Pak Chung Wong Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
  • ACM Guide to Computer Literature
  • Abi/inform
  • Applied Science & Technology Index
  • Compendex
  • CompuScience
  • Computer Abstracts International Database
  • DBLP Computer Science Index
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • EMNursing
  • FLUIDEX
  • FLUIDEX on CD Rom
  • GEOBASE
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Information Science and Technology Abstracts
  • Inspec
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Library Information Science Abstracts
  • Mosby Yearbooks (Elsevier)
  • Scopus
    1. Article types
    2. Editorial policies
          2.1 Peer review policy
          2.2 Authorship
          2.3 Acknowledgements
          2.4 Funding
          2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
          2.6 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
          3.1 Publication ethics
          3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
          3.3 Open access and author archiving
          3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
          4.1 Word processing formats
          4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
          4.3 Supplementary material
          4.4 Journal layout
          4.5 Reference style
          4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
          5.1 How to submit your manuscript
          5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
          5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
          6.1 SAGE Production
          6.2 Access to your published article
          6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iv to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Information Visualization will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    Information Visualization publishes original articles and editorials, book reviews and letters for publication. The journal publishes articles on fundamental research and applications of information visualization; it acts as a dedicated forum for the theories, methodologies, techniques and evaluations of information visualization and its applications.

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    2. Editorial policies

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    2.1 Peer review policy

    Manuscripts will be reviewed by a panel of international reviewers in a double-blind review process. In addition, please see below for a set of article guidelines that are required to be met in order for manuscripts to be submitted to the peer review process.

    Acceptance of material is based on broad interest and significance. In our continuing efforts to publish only the most high-quality materials, and with a mind to maximizing the speed and efficiency of our review process, it is the editorial policy of Information Visualization to require that submitted manuscripts meet certain guidelines before they can proceed to peer review. Among the criteria used to judge a submission are the following:

    1. Does the manuscript adhere to the journal's editorial guidelines (Instructions for Authors)?
    2. Does the manuscript clearly demonstrate its relevance to the journal's scope and readership?
    3. Does the manuscript or its attending documentation explicitly state its significance and explain how it is relevant to the interests of our readers?
    4. Does the manuscript appear to provide a high quality and reasoned argument?
    5. Does the manuscript appear to provide an accurate and adequate list of references to the literature in its domain?
    6. Are the manuscript's focus, content, and style consistent with similar articles published in recent issues of the journal?
    7. Is the manuscript written in reasonably good English so that the content is readily accessible to reviewers?
    8. Have the authors failed to declare to the editors that the manuscript has previously been published elsewhere?

    Manuscripts that satisfy the above criteria will be reviewed by a panel of international reviewers in a double-blind review process. The Editor-in-Chief's decision is final.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

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    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

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    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    2.4 Funding

    Information Visualization requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Information Visualization  to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

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    2.6 Data

    Information Visualization requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at chaomei.chen@drexel.edu

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    3. Publishing Policies

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    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    Information Visualization and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

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    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Information Visualization offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

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    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. If you are submitting a Word DOC, the text should be double-spaced throughout. If you are submitting a LaTeX file, the text should be single-spaced throughout. There should be a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

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    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
    It should be noted that Information Visualisation, in all versions, is presented in full-colour throughout with no additional page or colour charges.

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    4.3 Supplementary material

    Information Visualization encourages submission of information supplementary to articles by authors. Supplementary material may consist of data files, graphics, videos or extensive tables. Articles must be complete and self-explanatory without the supplementary material. Both paper and online versions of the article will highlight the availability of supplementary material. The material itself will be published online only.
    Material must be submitted with the article for review. Java applets can be accepted, however executable programs cannot be. Authors wishing to make these available must do so on their own FTP or www sites. The journal can link through to these files from the supplementary material page. Files containing macros should be discussed with the Managing Editor prior to submission.

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    4.4 Journal layout

    Information Visualization conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

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    4.5 Reference style

    Information Visualization adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here

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    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

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    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Information Visualization is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iv to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

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    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

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    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

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    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

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    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the [Journal] editorial office as follows:

    E-mail: chaomei.chen@drexel.edu

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