About the Journal

Mission

The mission of the journal Telemática is to publish research results, the state of the art of the technologies involved, and innovative solutions, with the purpose of increasing the level of theoretical and practical knowledge in the broad field of Telecommunications/ICTs, which is constantly being updated, and thus promote the technological and scientific development of the country and the national and international scientific discussion.

Focus and Scope

The Telemática journal is a scientific-technical journal dedicated to the wide field of Telematics and Telecommunications, which is constantly being updated. Its articles address scientific and innovative topics that include the state of the art of the technologies involved and results obtained in the area of interest. It is aimed at academics, researchers, and students related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and aim to disseminate research, increase the level of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field and promote the technological and scientific development of the country and national and international scientific discussion.

  • Communications and wireless systems. Emerging communication systems. Passive and active microwave devices.
  • The convergence of networks, services, equipment, terminals, and applications for voice, data, and video.
  • Network management, services, and telecommunications business.
  • Technologies and services for the Internet.
  • Information integration and management.
  • Security in telecommunications and telematics.
  • Energy, environment, and telecommunications.
  • Standards and technical norms for telecommunications and telematics.
  • Radar applications (to meteorology, space geophysics, and others) and radio astronomy (the study of the sun).
  • Digital television.
  • Digital signal processing and pattern recognition applied to telecommunications
  • The teaching of telecommunications and telematics.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published quarterly but will publish articles continuously throughout the year as soon as they are approved and edited. The articles will be incorporated into four issues, each with its own table of contents.  These four issues will make up the annual volume.

Materials accepted by the journal

Telematica journal accepts the following types of documents: appendix, research article, review article, letter, article commentary, brief communication, rapid communication, guidelines or standards, speech, discussion, editorial or introduction, essay, interview, errata, collective positioning, case report, book review, response, retraction, partial retraction and "other" (when the document has scientific content that justifies its indexing but none of the above types apply).

 

Open Access Policy

The Telemática journal is open access and therefore provides immediate free access to its content under the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater exchange of global knowledge. Submission of manuscripts, processing, and publication is free of charge to authors.

Open access is formalized by means of Creative Commons access assignments:

CC-BY International (Creative Commons Attribution) for the texts of the articles which authorize the exchange, use, and adaptation of these as long as the credit is guaranteed to the authors.

CC0 (Creative Commons Zero or public domain) for the metadata of the articles, which will be made available upon request of the authors.

The full license can be found at Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Unported License

Open science policy

Telematica works to align itself with open science practices with the objective of accelerating research communication with an emphasis on process transparency and content sharing in favor of methodological rigor and cooperation among researchers.  Therefore, it is established:

 

The option for authors to use the preprint modality for articles ready to be sent to Telematica, which allows them to be deposited in preprint servers accepted by Telematica, before or in parallel with their submission to the journal.

The underlying contents of the articles must be properly cited and referenced by the authors to allow the exchange of data, codes, methods, and other materials used and resulting from research.

The progressive opening of the peer review process for manuscripts by which referees are offered the option to dialogue directly with the authors of the work they evaluate with or without opening their identities and to publish the opinions of approval of the articles with or without the identification of the reviewers who receive a treatment similar to that of research articles.

Peer Review Process

Contributions submitted to the journal undergo a peer-review process. The evaluation process consists of the following phases: Editorial evaluation, Academic evaluation, and Final evaluation.

Editorial evaluation: This is the first stage of the review process. It is carried out by the Executive Editor with the objective of verifying that the manuscript complies with the rules for the submission of articles defined in the instructions for authors and its relation with the thematic lines of the journal. The maximum duration of this evaluation phase is 15 days. The evaluation criteria considered are:

  1. Relationship of the content of the contribution with the thematic lines of the journal.
  2. The submission includes all the required presentation data as metadata:

      o Title in Spanish and English.

      o Authors' data: names and surnames, institutional affiliation (country, city, and institution), e-mail, curricular summary, and ORCID registration.

     o Abstract in English and Spanish.

     o Keywords in Spanish and English.

  1. That the format, structure, and length of the manuscript correspond to the standards defined in the Instructions for Authors.
  2. Correct use of citations and bibliographic references, in accordance with the IEEE standard.
  3. General aspects of the novelty of the work.
  4. That the submission includes as complementary files: the cover letter duly completed and signed by all authors of the paper, which includes the authorship and conflict of interest statements and the Open Science Compliance Form.
  5. Whether the data, codes and other materials underlying the articles are cited and referenced and are available in open access.

At the end of the editorial evaluation, three possible decisions can be made:
- Decision 1: Reject the submission if it does not comply with points 1, 2, and 6;
- Decision 2: Instruct the author to modify the document within a maximum period of one week so that it complies with all the requirements defined in the instructions for authors. Failure to do so will result in the rejection of the submission.
- Decision 3: Accept the submission without modifications and submit it to the academic evaluation phase.
The decision taken will be managed and informed by the editor to the authors.
Academic evaluation: The peer review method is used for academic evaluation. Two reviewers are used for this process and in case of contradiction in their decision, the manuscript will be evaluated by a third referee.
a) Selection of reviewers: The journal Telemática has a group of reviewers specialized in the topics it publishes. It also has a group of experts who may sporadically support the review of the contributions submitted. At all times it will be taken into account if there are conflicts of interest between the selected reviewers and the authors of the documents.
b) Time of the academic review: A contribution may be evaluated up to three times at most, according to the complexity of the changes and the suggestions of the referees. In a first academic review, the referees will issue the first opinion within a maximum period of four weeks. If necessary, two more rounds of evaluation will be carried out. The time available for the delivery of the second and third academic reports is a maximum of two weeks for each case. The total time for the academic review will not exceed four months.

  1. c) Criteria to be taken into account in the academic review: For the acceptance or rejection of a paper, the following will be taken into account:
    - Actuality and novelty.
    - Methodological quality, reliability, and scientific validity of the work.
    - Relevance and scientific or practical contribution of the results.
    - Organization and coherence.
    - Up-to-dateness and importance of the bibliographical references.
    In all cases, the academic evaluation also includes the verification of ethical aspects in order to avoid behaviors such as redundant or duplicate publication, plagiarism, manipulation and/or invention of data, and undeclared conflicts of interest.
    To carry out the academic evaluation, the reviewers have a review form where they must express their assessment of the work, as well as the recommendations for authors and editors.
    d) Decisions of the academic review: The referees can make three types of decisions:
    Decision 1. Reject the manuscript, in case:

- Do not make a new scientific contribution.

- The result is outdated.

- There is no correspondence between the objective of the research, the methods used, and the results obtained.

- The presentation of the results and their discussion is insufficient.

- There is suspicion of unethical conduct during the research and/or publication (duplicate publication, plagiarism, invented and/or manipulated data, undeclared conflict of interest, etc.).

Decision 2. Accept the manuscript with modifications, which may be minimal, moderate, or complex. For example:

Minimal modifications:

  1. Order bibliographic references.
  2. Consistent wording of the introduction.
  3. Adequate keywords.
  4. Titles of tables and figures.

In this case, the author will have two weeks to correct and submit the article. In case the article has been revised for the second time, the author will have one week to submit the corrected article.

Moderate modifications:

  1. Clarify the materials and methods used.
  2. Reorganize the structure of the article.
  3. Redo the introduction (clarify novelty, importance, and contribution).
  4. Synthesize the results.
  5. Improve tables and figures.

In this case, the author will have three weeks to correct and submit the article; in case the article has been revised for the second time, the author will have one week to submit the corrected article.

Complex modifications:

  1. clarify the correspondence between: introduction, materials and methods, results and conclusions.
  2. Improve the presentation of the results, in accordance with the established objectives.
  3. Improve the discussion of the results.
  4. To update the bibliography.

In this case, the author will have four weeks to correct and submit the article; in case the article has been revised for the second time, the author will have one week to submit the corrected article.

Decision 3. Accept the article without modifications.
The decision taken will be reported to the Editor, who is ultimately responsible for what is done with the article, who, according to his criteria, will inform the authors, referees, and Editorial and Conducting Committee, as appropriate in each case. In case of rejection of the manuscript, the Executive Editor will inform the author who, for his part, may submit a complaint within 72 hours, to which the editor will respond within a maximum period of five days.
Final evaluation: This takes place once the article has been edited and processed by the Editorial and Production Committee. The article is sent to the author so that he/she notifies the editor of the journal of his/her agreement to publish it within a maximum period of five days. The author may only make minor changes in grammar and wording. If the author exceeds the established time, the article will be postponed for publication in subsequent issues of the journal.

Editorial Committee 

Telemática has defined an editorial committee whose function is to advise the journal, evaluate its performance and make recommendations on editorial policies, visibility, and innovations for its improvement.  The editorial committee of Telemática is composed of a group of scientists with academic recognition in the areas of interest of the journal with institutional affiliation in Cuba or abroad.

Reviewer's Committee

It is comprised of professionals from different specialties related to Telecommunications/ICT from different affiliations in the country and abroad. The arbitrators are active professionals and are evaluated biannually to be ratified or not in their functions. They must also comply with the ethical obligations of the arbitrators (code of ethics) and with the principles described in the Committee on Publication Ethics  (COPE).

Archive

The journal executes the self-archiving policy, through its conservation in the institutional repository of the Havana University of Technology "José Antonio Echeverría", CUJAE, where the digital information of the published issues is stored and preserved. It uses as a legal deposit the Registry of Cuban Serial Publications. 

Besides, Telemática promotes and recommends the initiative of Open Research Data available in public repositories.

Plagiarism detection

The journal is opposed to plagiarism and other fraudulent practices, so all articles received will be reviewed for originality before being submitted for peer review and again before publication.

In the event of a possible suspicion of plagiarism, self-plagiarism, scientific fraud, double postulation, and conflict of interest, the following actions will be taken:

  • withdraw the document from the editorial process
  • inform the author of this decision

Code of Ethics

The editorial team of the journal Telematica is committed to the scientific community in the observance of good ethical practices in the handling of manuscripts, involving editors, reviewers, and authors.  Therefore, it has adopted the "Scielo Guide of good practices to strengthen ethics in scientific publishing" and the "Principles of transparency and good practices in scholarly publishing" recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ Directory), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the World Association of Medical Editors (World Association of Medical Editors-WAME).

Guidelines for authors:

In this section, we present to the authors what the manuscripts and authors must comply with in order to be accepted for evaluation.  These are:

  1. Papers with current and relevant content related to the broad field of Telecommunications/ICTs are accepted. Authors should present a concise and accurate account of the work developed, as well as an objective discussion of its intellectual and scientific significance.
  2. Papers submitted to the journal Telematica must register the names of the authors accompanied by the respective unique ORCID identifiers and their institutional affiliations. Each institutional instance is identified by the names of up to three hierarchical or programmatic levels and by the geographic location (city, state, and country) in which it is located. In addition, e-mail addresses of all authors must accompany manuscript submissions.
  3. To structure and submit manuscripts, their elements, and supplementary materials, please follow the instructions that appear in the journal's template, which contains important details [place here a link to the templates].
  4. The manuscript submitted must accurately report, at the end of the text, the specific and significant contributions of each of the authors in the conception and/or development of the research and/or writing of the manuscript and compulsorily in the review and approval of the final version. For this, the CRediT (Collaborating Roles Taxonomy) specification system maintained by the Consortia for the Advancement of Standards in Research Administration Information (CASRAI) should be followed. CRediT considers 14 different roles of authorship or contribution: project management, formal analysis, conceptualization, data curation, writing - first draft, writing - review and editing, research, methodology, obtaining funding, resources, software, monitoring, validation, and visualization. Regardless of contribution and registration system, all authors are equally responsible for the article.
  5. It should be formally specified whether or not there are possible conflicts of interest in the conduct and communication of research.
  6. Bibliographic references are expressed according to the IEEE standard.
  7. Manuscripts previously deposited in a preprint server accepted by the journal are accepted. The author responsible for submission must inform if the manuscript is deposited in a preprint server, its name, and URL.
  8. The Open Science Compliance Form must be completed and submitted as a supplementary file to the manuscript, which will be accessible to reviewers.

Guidelines for reviewers:

  1. Reviewers should objectively judge the quality of the manuscript on its own merits for the sole purpose of promoting effective and accurate scientific communication. In addition, they will respect the intellectual independence of the author(s). Personal criticism is not appropriate.
  2. Reviewers should express their opinions and judgments objectively, accurately, clearly, truthfully, and convincingly, particularly negative judgments, so that editors and authors can understand the basis for their observations.
  3. If a reviewer has convincing evidence that a manuscript includes plagiarized content or falsification of research data or knows that it has been published, he or she should immediately notify the journal's management in confidence, who will take appropriate action.
  4. The content of an article submitted for refereeing is the property of the authors, will not be used in any way by the referee, nor will it be exposed in any other way except with the author's consent and with appropriate attribution.
  5. Reviewers should disclose conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships directly with any of the authors or persons involved, and avoid cases where such conflicts prevent an objective evaluation.
  6. The referee should note any substantial similarity between the article to be reviewed and any other article already published or if he/she is aware of any similar article submitted to another publication, in either case, he/she should immediately inform the editor.

Sponsors

This jorunal is sponsored by the following organizations:

  • Ministerio de las Comunicaciones
  • Tecnomática
  • ETECSA

 

         

Journal History

Telematica magazine has its antecedents in the Networking Bulletin issued for three years from 1999 to 2002. This was distributed with the constancy and dedication of the Networking Group of Cujae (Technological University of Havana "José Antonio Echeverría", CUJAE). This bulletin covered the growing need and demand for information in the field of data networks, which at that time began to spread in the country.
Telematica arose from the need for a Cuban scientific publication in electronic format, which would allow the communication of scientific and technical information in the field of Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). At the same time, to keep updated the professionals who needed to follow closely the dynamic development of this branch of knowledge.
On May 17, 2002, in honor of the "World Telecommunications Day", dedicated that year to the theme "ICT for all: empowering people to bridge the digital divide", the first issue of Telematica magazine was published. The magazine was born as an extension project of CUJAE that aimed to become a regular source of information. Until 2011, Telemática magazine was distributed mainly by mail (although it had a website), so only one article was sent in each issue. These articles were initially compiled on a weekly and then biweekly basis, which was done for interested people who did not have Web access to the journal. Each issue had, in addition to the aforementioned article, current news, a space to expand the technical vocabulary and promotions to products, services and events in the ICT area.
In 2012, Telematica magazine launched a new format using Open Journal System (OJS) as a software tool, maintaining its objective of disseminating scientific and technical knowledge in a constantly evolving field such as ICT. This allowed Telemática to share knowledge and experiences using a scientific publication system in which national and foreign specialists collaborated.
Throughout these years, the members of the Editorial Committee of the journal Telemática have made every effort and concern to publish original articles of great interest and high level, endorsed by the consensus of its Committee of Arbitrators. In this way, the journal Telemática has become an important publication in our country in specialized topics related to ICT.