Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer) welcomes researchers in ICT related fields, particularly from emerging regions, to disseminate knowledge through an international network to an international audience by way of an internationally acclaimed open access journal. ICTer journal aims to promote journal level publications through a peer review process. The journal will promote research findings in all aspects of Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering and Computer Engineering which would have a significant impact on sustainable development and socio-technological advancement in the emerging regions of the world. In addition, this journal will also encourage the publication of ICT related technical and interdisciplinary research work conducted in the emerging regions, contributing to the advancement of the knowledge horizon. The emphasis will be on the publication of papers based on original research work, but will also be open to, case studies and extended versions of peer-reviewed conference papers.


Section Policies


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Special Issue on Cloud Computing

  • Prof. San Murugesan
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All research articles published in ICTer Journal are peer-reviewed. ICTer Journal operates with “double blind” peer review policy in which neither reviewer nor the author will not get to know the identity of themselves.
Following is the peer review process applied in ICTer Journal.

Peer Review Process – Regular Papers

i. Upon receiving a new submission, each paper is subjected to a preliminary review by a member of the steering committee to assess the suitability of the paper and relevance to the ICTer journal.
ii. The paper is checked for plagiarism through plagiarism detection tools.
iii. If the preliminary review is successful, the paper is assigned to an associate editor.
iv. The Associate Editor sends the paper for blind review to 3 reviewers picked from the reviewer database. There is a template for obtaining the feedback/comments of the reviewers.
v. Upon receiving the blind reviews, the associate editor decides whether the paper is suitable for publishing in the journal and authors are informed of the decision. (If there are concerns raised by the reviewers, the authors may be given an opportunity to submit a revised version and address the concerns, upto the satisfaction of the associate editor).
vi. If suitable to be published, the paper is proof-read and subjected to copy-editing.
vii. The copy-edited paper is again checked for plagiarism through the Turn-it-in software.
viii. The paper is approved and assigned to an issue in an ICTer Journal Steering Committee meeting.
ix. The Web Master publishes the paper in the online issue of the journal.

Criteria for Publication

A journal paper to be published in ICTer journal should meet following general criteria:
● Relevance to ICTer Scope
● Followed author guidelines
● Substantial literature review
● substantial research contribution
● Critical Evaluation

Review Decisions

Associate editor will provide a recommendation regarding a particular manuscript based on reviewers’ comments as following:
● Accept without further modifications
● Accept with further modifications
● Reject, providing resubmission with substantial modifications
● Reject, no resubmission allowed


Publication Frequency


The ICTer will publish journal issues biannually for which papers can be submitted for review all year round. In addition to regular issues, special issues will be published with respect to specific themes. All online issues are published in print issue annually.


Open Access Policy

ICTer journal is an open access journal allowing the the peer-reviewed scholarly articles freely available to anyone interested in reading. The journal adopts the Creative Common License CC-BY as the open access policy. Journal articles are available for copying, distributing in any medium and for remixing, transforming and build upon for any purpose, even commercially.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are used to align with the requirement of permanence of publication record.



All submissions are treated in confidence throughout the reviewing process. Any details of a manuscript’s review is not revealed to any third party during or after the review process. ICTer journal operates double blind process in which the manuscripts are reviewed anonymously.


Objectivity and Fair Play

Each manuscript is reviewed objectively and without any discrimination with regard to citizenship, ethnic origin, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors.


Plagiarism Policy

Both plagiarism and duplicate publication are taken into account with reference to plagiarism policy of ICTer Journal. If a submission is found to be plagiarized, such paper will not be considered for reviewing. Therefore the authors are deemed to be responsible for the content of a submission.



ICTer journal editorial process has established several methods to ensure the correctness of the publishing articles. Corrections will be made for any error in a published article which distort the scientific meaning or any other detail with substantial potential to damage the reputation of authors, ICTer journal and third parties. If any error occurs during publishing process, ICTer journal will correct and the corrections will be published in print and online version.


Publisher Policies

The publisher of ICTer journal, University of Colombo School of Computing adhere to the described policies in the journal in order to provide accurate, useful and ethical publication of scholarly articles in emerging regions through ICTer journal.


ICTer Theme/Background

Emerging regions offer a wealth of opportunities in trade, technology, and investment. The recent economic development in these regions has spurred them to seek a more important role in world affairs. This has been particularly evident in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), where emerging regions have seen a very rapid growth. This growth is mirrored by the wealth of the increasing number of research publications produced.
Unfortunately, much of this work has gone largely unnoticed by the world community. This is partially due to the fact that such notice requires publication in internationally reputed journals, and partially due to the fact that applicable researchers in emerging regions get little or no global exposure.
The International Journal on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer) aims at solving this problem. It is a project initiated by University of Colombo School of Computing in collaboration with SPIDER (the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions), IEEE computer society (Sri Lankan Chapter) and CSSL (The Computer Society of Sri Lanka) in 2008.


Research Fields/Discipline

.All computing based research disciplines and its sub-disciplines together with computing based interdisciplinary research studies. For example, these can be in innovative approaches to providing access to the Internet, support for local languages and search techniques, applications for emerging regions in areas of eHealth, eLearning, eGovernment etc.


Beginning of ICTer Journal

This journal was initiated as a project by University of Colombo School of Computing in order to promote computing publications in 2008. The project is initiated by University of Colombo School of Computing in collaboration with SPIDER (the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions), IEEE computer society (Sri Lankan Chapter) and CSSL (The Computer Society of Sri Lanka)