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KEIO SFC JOURNALInvitation to Submit Your Manuscript

The KEIO SFC JOURNAL is published twice a year to present achievements in academic research at SFC. A special theme is selected for every issue, in addition to that, we accept general papers as well.

Accepting papers on the featured theme

For this edition, Vol. 21, No. 2 (scheduled for publication in March 2022), we are accepting papers on the featured theme of "India Japan Innovation Potentials". We only accept previously unposted manuscripts. Submitting to SFC Journal implies that the manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Volume Submission Deadline Theme & Overview
Vol. 21 No. 2 16:00 on May 31 (Mon), 2021
India Japan Innovation Potentials
Keio University established India Japan Laboratory (IJL) to enhance education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship potentials between India and Japan, especially targeting students and young professionals in both countries. With the great potential of innovation in the India Japan bilateral cooperation, Keio IJL is working closely toward enhancement of young talents in both the countries to drive innovation to achieve sustainable development goals. Keeping this in mind, the proposed special issue will cover three important pillars of bilateral cooperation: 1) technology, 2) culture and 3) development. Papers are invited to broadly cover these three aspects, while focusing on innovation potentials. The panel talk will focus on excerpts from the IJL Rakuten webinar series.
Vol. 22 No. 1 16:00 on November 30 (Tue), 2021
  • Furthermore, we welcome submissions regarding any topic on a continual basis in accordance with the guidelines described below.

Application guidelines and submission rules

1. Categories of manuscripts

Please select the most suitable manuscript type from the following a to f.
For the number of characters and details of each manuscript, refer to the writing procedure section below.

a Research articles: Research Articles should comprise reports of original work of empirical or theoretical nature. The articles should include clear research objectives, methods, findings, and discussion of possible implications.
b Review articles: Articles comprehensively evaluate or analyze information collected from relevant literature on the specified topic, discuss issues based on the literature, and present the author's original ideas and viewpoints.
c Practice reports: Practice reports should focus on innovative activities and field experiences. Ideally, the content of the reports should include implications for wider areas of practice, for scaled-up research, or for providing improvement to the policy in the given field.
d Progress reports: Progress reports summarize the status, preliminary findings and likely future direction of the research in progress.
e Books or media reviews: This category comprises critiques or introductions of books and other content.
f Academic trend reports: Academic trend reports include analysis of trends and perspectives in a specific research field, etc.

2. Preparing your manuscript

Manuscript deadline

Vol. 21 No. 2 Submission deadline: 16:00 on May 31 (Mon), 2021
Vol. 22 No. 1 Submission deadline: 16:00 on November 30 (Tue), 2021
  • Furthermore, we welcome submissions regarding any topic on a continual basis in accordance with the guidelines described below.

Submission method

Create the manuscript in the order of Cover (including abstract), text, and charts with MS-Word software, and submit both an electronic file and a hard copy in one file.

How to submit an electronic file

Please send manuscript (MS-Word and PDF files) and "Submission form" to gakkai@sfc.keio.ac.jp (Keio SFC Society Office). For the PDF file, please prepare a manuscript that does not include the author's name, affiliation name, position, and acknowledgment.

How to submit a hard copy

In addition, a hard copy of the manuscript for blind review should be printed in A4 size and be directly submitted to Keio SFC Academic Society Office in Tau14 room in SFC. If accepted, you may be asked to submit diagrams and charts in the original format.

3. Submission eligibility

Those eligible to make submissions are as follows.

A full member of the Keio SFC Academic Society All undergraduate and graduate students, who are currently enrolled at Keio SFC. ※1
Undergraduate and graduate students in SFC
Those who paid the academic society fee or were requested to write by the editorial board, etc
  • All assistant professors in the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care are enrolled in Keio SFC Academic Society.
  • Fixed-term contract faculty members of the Faculty of Policy Management, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and the Graduate School of Media and Governance can become members by paying the academic society fee for Keio SFC Academic Society.
  • In either case you do not have to pay a posting fee.

4. List of recommended reviewers

Author(s) can suggest two experts whom they consider particularly suited to review a submitted manuscript. This recommendation would be very helpful to the editor to speed up the reviewing process, particularly when the work is in an interdisciplinary research area. The editor is, of course, not constrained to select a reviewer from that list. In recommending reviewers, please avoid faculty members belonging to SFC and soliciting candidates from those people who have a close relationship with the author (s): for instance, members affiliated with the same research group and/or unit with the authors.
When you make a list of recommended reviewers, please be sure to enter the following information on the "Submission Form":

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Position
  • Contact email address
  • The reason why you suggest
  • All assistant professors in the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care are enrolled in Keio SFC Academic Society.
  • Fixed-term contract faculty members of the Faculty of Policy Management, the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and the Graduate School of Media and Governance can become members by paying the academic society fee for Keio SFC Academic Society.
  • In either case you do not have to pay a posting fee.

5. Review process

"KEIO SFC JOURNAL" is a peer-reviewed journal. This journal uses double-blind review, which means that the identities of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from each other throughout the review process. The number of reviewers in each manuscript category is as follows:

a Research Articles In principle, three people will review submissions, comprising an internal reviewer (the primary reviewer) and two external reviewers.
A "Research Articles," which is accepted for publication in the SFC Journal, can be considered as partially fulling the requirement of the Doctoral Program of Keio SFC's Graduate School of Media and Governance.
b Review Articles
c Practical Reports
d Progress Reports In principle, submissions will be reviewed by two people, one internal reviewer (the primary reviewer) and one external reviewer.
e Books or Media Reviews Submissions will be reviewed by a single reviewer.
f Academic Trend Reports

6. Notification of review result

Preliminary feedback will be provided to the author in 1-3 months from the date of submission. The review result is either "A: Accept", "B: Accept with minor revision", "C: Revise and resubmit," or "D: Reject" Results will be returned with the comments of the reviewer(s).
Manuscripts re-submitted with appropriate modifications will be re-reviewed, and we will inform the author of the result of the second review.

7. Copyright policy (excerpt from "KEIO SFC JOURNAL" Publication Rules [Copyright] Article 5)

(1)

The author will entrust the copyright of the paper and other materials published in KEIO SFC JOURNAL to Keio SFC Academic Society. The Society will retain the compilation copyright and publication right.

(2)

Based on 1, Keio SFC Academic Society will have the right to re-publish and re-distribute the prints and electronic media versions of the original papers and other materials submitted by the author.

(3)

In the event the submitted material is to be reproduced in other printed matters or electronic media, the author shall notify the Keio SFC Academic Society in advance.

(4)

As a general rule, the Keio SFC Academic Society shall obtain the prior consent from the author in case the submitted material will be summarized and re-published or re-distributed in printed matters or electronic media.

  • In accordance with Article 5 of the Publishing Rules, the selected manuscripts will be registered and posted on the Keio SFC Academic Society website as well as websites and databases operated by Keio University.

8. Research Ethics

For research involving human subjects, it is necessary to ensure necessary ethical considerations in terms of bioethics, privacy protection, human rights protection, etc. When publishing such research papers, in principle, you need to obtain approval from the Ethics Committee of the institution (i.e. Institutional Review Board) to which the first author belongs. However, this does not apply to “Practical Reports”.

〈reference〉

SFC Experiment/Ethics Committee (only available in Japanese)
https://www.sfc.keio.ac.jp/faculty/personnel_general/ethical_committee.html

About the research ethics review of the Graduate School of Health Management (only available in Japanese)
https://www.students.keio.ac.jp/

9. Other notices

In the submitted manuscript, please avoid making reference to the author's name, affiliation, or other personal information such as acknowledgment, grant information including Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research.
"KEIO SFC JOURNAL" is A5 size and monochrome. Prepare tables and figures taking into consideration the reduction ratio and the appearance in monochrome, such that it occupies half of A5 size on all pages.