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Author Guidelines

Authors will especially want to pay close attention to the Submissions Checklist section on this page.

Then, formatting instructions can be found here: Select one of these templates and follow it as closely as possible.

When you are ready to submit your written work, please follow the instructions on our THRI submissions website:



The journal follows APA Style, sixth edition, with a few journal-specific variations, and Standard American English. Please make sure your paper, including the references section and citations, consistently follows this style before its submission. Many questions can be answered by looking through the journal's most recent issue. Well-written papers allow reviewers and editors to review the paper in a form very close to the final "camera ready" format and increase the opportunity for publication.

Section numbering is optional. The LaTeX template includes section numbers, and the Word template does not. Also note that using acronyms generally reduces the readability of an article; avoid acronyms in the text unless there is a compelling reason to use them, especially in captions, the abstract, and the conclusion.

When writing your paper, please use active voice and avoid overuse of abstract “-tion” and “-ment” words, such as “collaboration” and “management.” Use “we” for multiple authors only. Use the past tense when presenting earlier studies and your data, methods, samples, findings, and results. Use the present tense for presenting figures, tables, statistics, discussions, and conclusions. Define your terms, or any specialized concepts, in their first appearance in the paper, and then use a consistent meaning throughout the paper. Keep your writing concise. You can avoid repetition by expressing the idea well at its first presentation. Many authors find it useful to have some guidelines on how to use statistical analysis. Please consult this statistical guide. The guide is not exhaustive and many authors may find it useful to consult with a statistician, but the guide can help authors avoid unnecessary delays or criticisms in otherwise good work.

Please note that the copyright of each review belongs with the reviewer and may not be published without the reviewer's consent.


Types of Contributions

Research Reports. Research reports (up to 4,000 words) are expected to present new research findings and will be favored if they present innovations in approach or method. Research reports are likely to be published more quickly than research articles. Overlap with a conference paper may be no more than fifty percent. We especially encourage reports, which count as “articles” for archiving purposes just the same as regular articles. Recent research suggests that shorter papers are downloaded, printed, read, and cited more than longer articles.

Research Articles. Research articles (up to 8,000 words) may present new theory, new data, new methods, or any combination of these. Even the most specialized articles must be written to be intelligible to a broad audience. Poor writing may be a reason for rejection. Broad significance and interdisciplinary interest are major criteria for acceptance.

Perspective/Review/Tutorial Articles. Articles of these types (up to 8,000 words but may be much smaller) may give perspectives on theory, discuss issues or new developments in the field of HRI, review an area that would be of interest to readers, or present a tutorial or critical review. These articles also present the results of a program of research that has been separately published in different conferences or journals, pulling together the results to make a new contribution. The reference list should contain no more than 50 items.

Other Content. The journal will experiment with other types of content including datasets, source code, presentations (e.g., for teaching purposes), video, critiques of articles, and grant proposals. This other content may be published as stand-alone contributions or as supplementary material with articles.

Special Issues. All or parts of issues may be allocated to special issues. Prospective editors should submit ideas to the Editor.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission should not have been previously published and has not been submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in your required Cover Letter, see item 5E below).

  2. A. The submission file must be formatted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or LaTeX format using the provided template files. Also, please include a PDF version for editors and reviewers to use.

    B. The paper should be written in Standard American English and APA Style, sixth edition, as much as possible.

  3. Where available, references should include DOI links in compliance with the DOI formatting agreement.
  4. Submit a cover page to your paper as supplemental material. This cover page should include the following:

    A. All author names, affiliations, and contact information (email addresses).

    B. A descriptive title of the submission. The reader should learn from the title what is unique about your article.

    C. The intended type of contribution on your cover page (e.g., research article, review, research report, and so forth).

    D. Up to eight keywords that will help readers find your article in searches.

    E. The relationship of this JHRI submission to the authors’ own most closely related prior papers (or concurrently submitted papers), including conference papers. This description should clearly state the unique contribution of the current submission relative to the authors' prior publications, or, if the paper has no relation whatsoever to prior papers, the statement should clearly say that. If your paper was submitted to another journal or conference before being submitted to JHRI, even if it was revised after that prior submission experience, we require that you inform us of the prior submission.

    F. Confirm explicitly that all authors on the paper had a significant role in preparing the submission. All authors share responsibility for the content of the submission, unless you explicitly state that responsibility is divided (e.g., "author 1 analyzed the data," "author 2 collected the data," and so forth). The latter information should also be included in a footnote in the paper.

    G. Please review all journal sections and then send your submission to the open JHRI Section. Your cover letter needs to include your preferred section(s) for review and publication. Also include your first and second choice of a Section Editor to review your paper. If an Editor is unavailable or any conflicts of interest exist, then an another Section Editor will be assigned to review your paper.

    H. Optional: Suggest reviewers who do not have a conflict of interest with the authors. This journal will not do blind reviews unless requested by the authors. There is no evidence that blind reviews are fairer than open reviews, and some studies suggest they are biased against junior authors. (For a review of research in many disciplines: Newcombe, N. S., & Bouton, M. E. [2009]. Masked reviews are not fairer reviews. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4(1), 62-64.)

    I. Please indicate whether at least one author is willing to present the work at the HRI conference if the paper is accepted by JHRI and the HRI conference committee wishes to invite journal authors to present. (Willingness to present will not affect acceptance but helps in planning the conference.)

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book) with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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ISSN: 2163-0364