JETS — A New Journal for Election Technology!

The USENIX Journal of Election Technology and Systems (JETS) is now accepting papers! Here’s the website for JETS.

And here is the journal overview:

In a number of countries, votes are counted and transported electronically, but there are numerous practical and policy implications of introducing electronic machines into the voting process. Both voting technology and its regulations are very much in flux, with open concerns including accuracy, reliability, robustness, security, transparency, auditability, equality, privacy, usability, accessibility, cost, and regulation.

USENIX is proud to announce the creation of a new Journal of Election Technology and Systems (JETS), which will operate in conjunction with the ongoing USENIX Electronic Voting Technology Workshop/Workshop on Trustworthy Elections (EVT/WOTE ’13). If you want your paper to appear at EVT/WOTE, you submit it to JETS. JETS brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines, ranging from computer science and human-computer interaction experts through political scientists, statisticians, legal and policy experts, election administrators, and voting equipment vendors. JETS seeks to publish original research on important problems in all aspects of electronic voting.

JETS is an example of a new trend in academic computer science—a hybrid of a conference and a journal. All papers will have a two-round review process (longer than a conference, shorter than a journal). After the first round, authors will get anonymous feedback from the editors. Their manuscripts may be accepted without changes, accepted with minor required changes, rejected with major changes recommended, or simply rejected. Accepted papers will have a brief window to make any necessary changes and will then be subject to an additional round of review. By having quarterly submission deadlines with rapid reviewing, JETS promises to offer authors a rapid and predictable process. By having online open-access dissemination, JETS promises timely, free access to readers worldwide.

JETS authors pay nothing to submit manuscripts and JETS readers pay nothing to read accepted papers. Authors of accepted JETS papers will be invited to present their work at the USENIX EVT/WOTE workshop. EVT/WOTE ’13 will be a two-day event, Monday, August 12, and Tuesday, August 13, 2013, co-located with the 22nd USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, DC. In addition to JETS paper presentations, the workshop may include panel discussions and other events of interest to our attendees. With EVT/WOTE in our nation’s capitol, we will have a great agenda. Attendance at the workshop will be open to the public, although talks and refereed paper presentations will be by invitation only. There will be an award for the best paper.

It’s exciting to see this new journal, it’s been a long time in development!