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Editorial Board Guidelines

1. Management of Editorial Board
The Editorial Board does not hold regular meetings. When deemed necessary by the members of the Editorial Board or the Editorial Office, it will be held after notification by email through the Editorial Office. The date and time of the meeting will be decided upon consultation between the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Office.

2. Participation in Editorial Board
  1. Those who wish to become an Editorial Board member or those who are recommended to become an Editorial Board member shall inform the Editorial Office by email of their wish to become an Editorial Board member and of their recommendation to become an Editorial Board member, and the Editorial Office shall ask the Editor-in-Chief to decide by email or otherwise whether or not they wish to become an Editorial Board member. The Editor-in-Chief will evaluate whether or not the candidate is eligible for participation and the position (Editor or Editorial Board Member) based on the candidate’s publications and others. If the participation is approved by the Editor-in-Chief, the Editorial Office will send an email to all Editorial Board members asking for approval or disapproval of the participation and confirmation of the position, and official approval will be granted when 80% or more of the Editorial Board members approve the participation. Only those who have disagreement should reply to the email from the Editorial Office, and if no reply is made by the deadline, it shall be deemed that they have agreed to participate in the Editorial Board.
  2. The Editor-in-Chief decides on the position of Editor based on the following four criteria.
    ・Academic rank of professor or above.
    ・Recommendation by other Editorial Board members.
    ・Being motivated to encourage journal submissions and to improve the quality of the journal.
    ・Having a sufficient number of publications to serve as an editor
3. Selection and Appointment of the Editor-in-Chief, and Term
Office of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board Members The Editor-in-Chief will be selected by the Editorial Board members by email during the month prior to the expiration of the term of office of the Editor-in- Chief and the person with the most recommendations will be asked to serve as the Editor-in-Chief. The term of office of the Editor-in-Chief shall be three years in total, with one year from April to March of the following year. If the Editor-in-Chief wishes to resign during the term of office, he/she should inform the Editorial Office by email at least three months prior to the date he/she wishes to resign and express his/her intention of resignation. The Editor-in-Chief will not be reappointed in general. The term of office of the Editorial Board member shall be one year. The term of office of an Editorial Board member shall continue until he/she expresses his/her intention of resignation by sending an email to the Editorial Office during the month prior to the month in which his/her term of office expires.

4. Editor-in-Chief Meeting
The Editor-in-Chief Meeting will be held when deemed necessary by the Editor- in-Chief or the Editorial Office.

5. Responsibilities and Honorarium

The Editorial Board members are responsible for the following tasks related to the “Journal of Digital Life” based on a separately signed consignment agreement.
  1. For the categories of Article, Technical Article, and Review, the members are responsible for appointing reviewers and making final decisions on papers based on the reviewer’s reports. For the categories of Secondary Publication and Report, the members are responsible for directly reviewing the papers and making final decisions.
  2. The members are also responsible for other tasks necessary for the review of papers.
As compensation for the above tasks, an honorarium will be paid according to the following terms and conditions.
  1. Sankei Digital Inc. will pay an honorarium of 10,000 yen (excluding consumption tax) per paper reviewed as compensation for the tasks of the Editorial Board members.
  2. Sankei Digital Inc. will transfer the amount of the honorarium as specified in the above paragraph for the current month, minus the withholding tax, to the bank account designated by the Editorial Board members by the 25th of the following month. The transfer fee will be taken by Sankei Digital Inc.
  3. An honorarium will be made only when the review of the paper is completed (at the time when the Editorial Office is notified of the acceptance or rejection of the paper) and no payment of an honorarium will be made for papers that are under continuous review, including revisions until the above review is completed. In addition, no payment of an honorarium will be paid if the reviewer is changed during the process of review.

Revised on May 18, 2023

Journal of Digital Life Award Descriptions

1. Purpose
The awards are designed to enhance the Journal of Digital Life, a platform for the publication of articles in the digital field, and to support the development of companies that create new services based on evidence from interdisciplinary research. We hope that it will help promote further development of the digital industry.

2. Types of Awards
The following three awards will be established by the Awards Selection Committee, and the eligible recipients of each award will receive a certificate and a supplementary prize.
  1. Digital Life Outstanding Paper Award The award is given to all authors of outstanding research papers in the four fields of Life Science, Social Science, Engineering, and Frontier Science.
  2. Digital Life Young Researcher Award The award is given to the primary author of a paper selected from particularly outstanding papers in which the first author is a researcher under the age of 40 at the time of submission of the paper.
  3. Digital Life Special Award The award is given to the author(s) of a paper selected as particularly outstanding for its potential and novelty.
3. Awards Selection Committee
The committee is established on a non-regular basis with the approval of the Editorial Board Chiefs’ Meeting.

4. Procedures for Selection
  1. The committee will carefully review the articles in the categories of “Article,” “Technical Article,” and “Review Article” published in the Journal of Digital Life. Papers eligible for selection must have been published in the Journal of Digital Life between April 1 and March 31 of the year prior to the conference (for the 1st conference, however, papers published from September 2021 to the end of March 2023 are eligible for selection).
  2. The committee members may not be involved in the selection and review of papers for which they themselves are included as authors.
5. Awards
Awards are presented at the Conference.

Enacted on May 15, 2023
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