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Article posting rules

Article posting rules


Journal of Digital Life

Submission Guidelines


1. Fields to be Assessed

In this journal, Social Science, Life Science, Engineering, Frontier Science, Education, Sports Science, Digital Education, Exergames, Serious Game, Gamification, Digital Health, esports are the fields to be assessed.


2. Responsibility for Article Submission

Responsibility for submitted articles should be assumed by the corresponding author and coauthors related to the article. In any experiments or investigations involving humans or animals, consideration must be taken to ensure that human rights are protected and that there is no abuse of animals. The article submitted for publication should clearly state the content in accordance with these ethical considerations.


3. Qualifications for Submission

3-1. Qualifications of Authors
Any member or non-member may submit an article to this journal.

3-2. Submitted Articles
3-2-1. Articles must be unpublished in other journals and must not infringe on other copyrights. However, articles that have been published in other journals and for which the authors have obtained permission from the copyright holder may be translated into English and accepted for Secondary Publication. However, this is limited to the case where the requirements described in 3-3. are fulfilled.
3-2-2. If a photograph or video of an Article or Technical Article as described in 4-1. shows an individual subject, the permission of the subject must be obtained in advance (if the individual is shown in the photograph or video, the privacy of the subject must be considered by using a mosaic, etc.).

3-3. The Definition of Secondary Publication and Collateral Requirements
3-3-1. Secondary Publication refers to the submission of an article previously published in a language other than English to the Journal of Digital Life for publication as an English article.
In this case, the contents should not be translated into English, but should be summarized in accordance with this guideline (4-2.).
3-3-2. Authors should obtain permission from the editorial board of the organization that has published the article in the past.
3-3-3. The article for Secondary Publication should correctly reflect the purpose, results, and discussion of the original article.
3-3-4. In the footnote of the second publication, it should be mentioned that the first publication of the article was reported in a previous academic organization.


4. Types and Contents of Submitted Articles

4-1. Types
The Journal welcomes submissions of the following types of articles Article, Technical Article, Secondary Publication

4-2. Length and Format of Articles
4-2-1. As a general rule, the length of Article, Technical Articles, and Secondary Publication should not be more than 10 pages. Additional publication fee may be charged for excess pages of published papers. Title, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures should be included for counting pages.
4-2-2. Regarding the format of the articles, paragraph sections may be added or deleted as needed.
4-2-3. If using video material, the length of the video should be within 1 minute.

4-3. Article
Article which provides new concepts and findings and makes a clear conclusion through reasonable evidence will be appropriate for publication in this journal.

4-4. Technical Article
Articles that describe new facts, data that are worth publishing, or new findings in science and technology that can be applied to practical use but are not yet complete as research.


5. Language and Units Used in Articles

5-1. Language
Articles should be submitted in English

5-2. Units
The International System of units (SI) is preferable.


6. Submission

6-1. Submission of an Article
6-1-1. If English is not your first language, it is preferable for article to be checked by native check prior to submission.
6-1-2. Follow the instructions for submitting a manuscript on the Editorial Manager (Online Article Submission System).
6-1-3. Authors should select the field(s) in which they would like to be peer reviewed when they submit their articles.

6-2. Contact Information
Digital Life Editorial Office
1-7-2 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8077, Japan


7. Assessment of an Article

7-1. Assessment
Any article will be assessed by the editorial board, and the assessment will be conducted by peer-review.

7-2. Reception and Acceptance of an Article
The date of online reception on the Editorial Manager is the date of receipt of the paper, and the date of online acceptance after the decision of publication by the editorial board is the date of acceptance. The accepted article will be edited and proofread by the editorial board.


8. Publication Fee

Article: 150,000 yen
Technical Article: 20,000 yen per page
Secondary Publication: 150,000 yen


9. Author Withdrawal Policy

Once an article has been submitted and has entered the peer-review process, it cannot be withdrawn in principle. However, the editorial board will discuss the withdrawal of an article only when there is a special reason. If an article that has entered the peer-review process is withdrawn for an author’s own reason, the author will be required to pay 40% of the publication fee.


10. Copyright

10-1. All copyrights to the articles published in this journal (including the rights under Articles 27 and 28 of the Copyright Act) shall belong to or be transferred to SANKEI DIGITAL Inc. However, the responsibility for the content of the article belongs to the corresponding author and co-authors of the article.

10-2. If there is a co-author, the author must obtain prior consent from the co-author that all copyrights (including the rights under Articles 27 and 28 of the Copyright Act) of the article published in this journal shall belong to or be transferred to SANKEI DIGITAL Inc.


11. Obtaining Prior Consent for the Use of Personal Information when Submitting an Article

11-1. When registering personal information (including name, e-mail address, and affiliations) of the recommended reviewers in the online article submission system (Editorial Manager), authors must obtain prior consent for the use of their personal information.

11-2. When submitting an article with the Online Article Submission System (Editorial Manager), if there are co-authors, the author of the article must clearly indicate to the coauthors the purposes of using their personal information (including name, e-mail address, and affiliations) and obtain their prior consent. The purposes of use are as follows,


  • To register personal information (including name, e-mail address, affiliations, and) when an author of an article registers a co-author as a corresponding author, and to use the information to contact the registered individual.
  • To be used for contacting the editorial board members and reviewers in the article review process.
  • To display personal information (including co-author’s name, e-mail address, and affiliations) as contact information when the article is published.
  • To provide the above-mentioned personal information to the international editorial board members and reviewers when assessing or reviewing articles.

11.3 In addition to the above, when registering personal information on the Online Article Submission System (Editorial Manager), the author must clarify the purpose of use and obtain the prior consent of the individual whose personal information is to be used.


Enacted on August 11, 2021
Revised on May 26, 2022

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