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Gerontechnology is about designing technology and environments for older adults. We are seeking papers that provide technology-related solutions with proper user evaluation. Gerontechnology is transdisciplinary in nature. We are seeking papers that provide value to general readers from various backgrounds.

1. Peer Review Process

This journal follows a double-blind peer review process. Peer reviewing will be exercised on scientific contributions, such as review articles (2 peers), contributions on original research or design (at least two peers for full papers and 1 for shorter communications), and best practices (1 peer). Provide in your cover e-mail full contact information (e-mail and mailing addresses) of at least three potential peer-referees. The list should not name current or prior collaborators. You are also free to list persons you wish to be excluded from the review process. The editors will make the final choice of reviewing peers. Comments of peers will be communicated to the corresponding author of the manuscript. After peer review, the acting editor will inform the corresponding author as to the changes or corrections that are needed before publication can take place. The authors should submit the updated manuscript within two weeks when minor corrections are required or six weeks after major changes. When the updated manuscript is not received after this period, it is considered a new submission of a previously rejected manuscript. For the progress of any submission, please kindly log in to the manuscript handling system (https://www.gerontechnologyojs.org/) and check it on the user webpage. Any email consulting on the status of submissions may not be replied to individually.

2. The Article Processing Charge (APC)

All articles published in Gerontechnology are immediately open access to the public upon publication and free to download on our journal website. This is made possible by an article-processing charge (APC) of 600 Euro that covers our publishing services. The APC payable for an article is agreed upon as part of the manuscript submission process in the journal handling system. Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be notified that payment is due and needs to be arranged. Please note that an article will not be processed until APC is received. Upon payment of APC, the first or corresponding author (only one) automatically becomes a member of the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG) for one year. If the first/corresponding author is already an ISG member, the APC is reduced to 500 Euro.

3. Article types

3.1 Editorial

An editorial of 1,000 words is composed on a subject of current concern, written at the request of the editor-in-chief. An editorial is published after a successful editorial review.

3.2 Review article

A review article comprises up to 10,000 words of text and supporting tables and figures. Three types of review articles are sought:

  • Scientific overviews: demography, economics, politics, physiology, genomics, psychology, sociology, technology, ergonomics, assistive technology, health and self-esteem, housing and living, mobility and transport, informatics, communication and governance, work and leisure;

  • National overviews, including country-specific good practices;

  • Educational overviews: e.g., life-long learning curricula, courses for older persons, continuing education and specialist training for professionals, etc. All review articles are published after successful peer review.

3.3 Original research or design

An original research or design article comes in two categories: short (up to 3,000 words) and full (up to 7,000 words). Short communications cover discoveries and developments that merit fast-track publication. Short communications will be published in the issue immediately following acceptance. An original research or design article is published after a successful peer review.

3.4 Student papers

Student papers are short or full research communications derived from Master's or Doctoral thesis research and written by the student. Manuscripts submitted in this category will receive extra guidance from editors and reviewing peers. Care will be taken to assist the student author in producing a scientifically valid publication and to ease the first steps of our youngest colleagues on the road toward a career in science or technology. Provided that the submitted manuscript's topic lies within the journal's scope, no immediate rejection of a student paper will occur. Student papers are published after successful peer review.

3.5 Best Practice

Best practice is the description of an evidence-based methodology, a set of procedures that has optimal outcomes or a new or unexpected application of an existing technology that has recently come on the market. A Best Practice report should not exceed 500 words and is always illustrated with a photo, graph, or other graphic material. Best practices are published after successful peer review.

3.6 Correspondence

Correspondence carries comments, questions raised in the field, or criticism of published articles with responses from the original authors. Individual items in the correspondence section will generally not surpass 500 words and may be abridged by the editors. The editor-in-chief decides on acceptance of a correspondence item or contribution. Editorial review will be exercised.

3.7 Book Review

The editors are happy to receive reviews of books relevant to the multidisciplinary field of gerontechnology. Book Reviews should not exceed 1,000 words. The editor-in-chief decides on acceptance of a Book Review. Editorial review will be exercised. Shortening may be needed.

3.8 ISG business

Gerontechnology gives limited space to important or useful items to the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG) membership and its local chapters. The editor-in-chief decides on ISG business acceptance by the ISG president. Editorial review will be exercised.

4. Writing Standards and Font Policy

4.1 Authorship

For information on criteria for authorship, the number of authors and contributors listed in acknowledgments, please refer to http://www.cochrane.org/editorial-and-publishing-policy-resource/authorship-and-contributorship

4.2 Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be in English. If a manuscript is scientifically sound and fits in the scope of Gerontechnology, but the language is substandard, ISG offers a correction service at the expense of the author or his/her affiliation. Texts formatted in MS Word and graphical material (in EPS, PDF, JPEG, or TIFF ) should be submitted through the Open Journal System at https://www.gerontechnologyojs.org. Please include information on prior or concurrent related submissions in the ‘Comments for the Editor.’ The following headings for the manuscript are required: (1) Introduction (may include background, brief literature review, and research aim/question(s)), (2) Methods, (3) Results, (4) Discussion(s), and (6) Conclusion(s). Subheadings under each of these major headings are allowed. Please use a consistent format for the same level of subheadings.

Title Page

A Title Page is required for each submission. The Title Page should be submitted as a separate file to “Supplementary File” via the Open Journal System at https://www.gerontechnologyojs.org. To ensure a blind review, this is the only file that should include the authors’ names. The Title Page needs to include: (a) Complete manuscript title; (b) Authors’ full names, academic degrees (not the current academic positions), and affiliations (should include department, organization, town, and country); (c) Corresponding author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; and (d) Acknowledgments, if the authors wish to include them. A maximum of five printed lines (about 300 letters and spaces) are allowed for acknowledgments. Please disclose the source of funding for the research. Other financial and material assistance, specifying the nature of the support, should also be acknowledged. If the work has been presented orally previously, for example, at a scientific meeting, then the conference's name, place, and date should be noted. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from persons acknowledged by name, as readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions.

Abstracts

Reviews, papers of original research or design, editorial, and best practices should contain a structured abstract with no more than 300 words. The following headings are required: (1) Background, (2) Research Aim/question(s), (3) Methods, (4) Results, and (5) Conclusion(s). Please provide 4-5 keywords below the abstract. The keywords should express the manuscript's content, as they are used for indexing purposes.

Writing style

Gerontechnology is interdisciplinary. Assume readers are researchers or other professionals but not necessarily experts in your field. Provide enough introductory material to establish an appropriate background. Write concisely but not at the expense of clarity. The international system of units (SI units) should be used. The text is single-spaced and uses a 12-point font. In general, numbers should NOT be written out. Equations should be given on separate lines with the equation number in parenthesis at the right-hand margin.

Statistics

The description of statistical methods should be detailed enough to enable a knowledgeable reader to access the original data to verify the reported results. Quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Avoid relying solely on statistical hypothesis testing, such as using p values, which fails to convey important information about effect size. References for the study's design and statistical methods should preferably be standard works with pages stated. Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. Specify the computer software used.

Tables

A table should fit one column (width 67 mm) or two columns (width 140 mm) of one page (maximal height 210 mm), with a 9 pt Arial font for the text. Supply tables as text files in Word, NOT as a graphic file. In the manuscript, please list tables, one on each page, after the References, and indicate in the manuscript text the approximate place of each table.

Illustrations

Photos, Graphs, and other graphic material (not tables) should be uploaded as supplementary files and be in black and white, with or without grey shades. Please refrain from using greyed backgrounds in figures and 3D effects in 2D histograms or graphs. Lettering should be in Arial-font. Font size should be 8 to 9 pt when the figure is resized to either a width of 67 mm (1 column) or 140 mm (2 columns). The maximal height of the figures is 210 mm, including the caption. Place legends of graphs and histograms within the figure field (captions are not included in the figure). Best printing results of graphical material are obtained when sending a file in one of the following formats: EPS, PDF, JPEG or TIFF. The illustrations should be in good resolution. The dimensions of a JPEG or TIFF graphic - the width in pixels - should be 790 pixels for a one-column graphic and 1650 pixels for a two-column graphic. Please do not artificially increase the resolution. The pixels should bear the original information of the picture. In the manuscript, captions of all figures should be listed on a single page, after the page with the last table. Indicate in the manuscript text the approximate place of each figure. The TOTAL number of tables and illustrations should be no more than 6.

References

All in-text citations and the reference list must be APA formatted. 80% of the references need to be current, published within the past five years, except for classic works in the field. All in-text citations must be cited in the Reference list. Examples of APA formatted references are listed below. Please list all authors and use the complete titles of journals in the Reference list. Please also note that the title of the journal and volume number, book or web-based article should use an italic font style.

Journal

Carlijn Valk, Yuan Lu, Xipei Ren, Marjolein Wintermans, Ivar Kraaijevanger, Jim Steenbakkers, Vincent Visser (2017). Towards personalized persuasive strategies for active aging. Gerontechnology, 16(3), 160-172

Book

Michaels, P. J., & Balling, R. C., Jr. (2000). The Satanic Gases: Clearing the Air about Global Warming. Washington, DC: Cato Institute.

Book

United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016). Climate Change. Retrieved from the Environmental Protection Agency website: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange

4.3 Informed consent and study design

Human subjects, including patients, have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Complete anonymity is often difficult to achieve. In relevant cases, informed consent should be obtained and indicated in the manuscript. If a randomized controlled trial is reported, authors should refer to the CONSORT statement, available in six languages (www.consort-statement.org), and follow its recommendations.

5. Copyright Notice

Copyright Protection: authors submitting manuscripts do so upon the understanding that the work is unpublished, is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and has been checked and approved by all co-authors. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that they automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to the International Society for Gerontechnology (ISG) if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication by clicking the checkbox in the Open Journal System at https://www.gerontechnologyojs.org/. The work shall not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of ISG. The articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes or in electronic databases and the like or reproduced photographically without the prior written permission of ISG. However, the ISG permits authors to reproduce their contributions on their website for non-commercial purposes, provided a link is made to the content page of the issue in which the contribution appeared.

6. Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

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