Submitted papers are evaluated using a single-blind review process for originality, relevance, and presentation. Reviewers for a paper will be kept anonymous. The overall process is:
The Editor-in-Chief or his/her designee determines if the paper is appropriate for consideration by JDIQ and, if so, assigns it to an Associate Editor.
The Associate Editor also determines if it is appropriate for JDIQ consideration, and if so, selects usually three reviewers.
The Reviewers read the submission and evaluate its novelty, impact, and readability, and each reviewer returns a scoring template with written comments to the Associate Editor.
The Associate Editor collects the reviews and makes a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief with his or her written opinion on the acceptability of the submission.
The Editor-in-Chief, based on the reviews and Associate Editor's recommendation, makes a final, binding recommendation on the acceptability of the submission, which is communicated to the author in writing along with the Associate Editor's and Reviewers' comments.
JDIQ aims at a turn-around time of three months or less. If at any time during this process JDIQ determines a submission is inappropriate for consideration by JDIQ, the submission will be returned to the author immediately so the problem can be fixed or the submission can be sent to a more appropriate venue. Submissions will be returned to the primary contact author with one of the following recommendations:
Accept: The submission will appear in an upcoming issue of the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality.
Minor revision: The revised submission must be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief along with a response to the reviewer's comments. The revision will be verified by the corresponding editor and if approved, the submission will be promoted to an accepted paper.
Major revision: A new version of the paper must be prepared together with a detailed response to the comments of each of the reviewers. The paper and response must be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief and the material will be forwarded to the editor. The revisions will be verified by the original reviewers (to the extent possible) and a decision will be made based on how well the authors responded to the reviewers' comments.
Resubmit: The author is encouraged to submit a significantly revised version of the manuscript, beginning a new review process.
Reject: The manuscript has been judged to not meet the standards required for publication in the journal and has been rejected.
JDIQ expects authors to submit revised manuscripts within two months of the decision, unless a request for an extension is granted by the Editor-in-Chief.
JDIQ is published on a quarterly basis (4 issues per year). ACM has adopted an online-first publication policy for its publications in the ACM Digital Library. Once a paper has been accepted, JDIQ will strive to put the paper in the ACM Digital Library as soon as possible, and that will be the official date of publication.
If an author has concerns about how their paper was handled, that author should first bring those concerns to the Editor-in-Chief. In almost all cases, any misunderstanding will be able to be resolved then. The Editor-in-Chief will reexamine the materials, and make the final editorial decision. If the concerns are still not adequately addressed, then the author can appeal to the Chair of the ACM Publications Board, in accordance with ACM Appeals Policy.