Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (JHRI) aims to be the leading peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of human-robot interaction. Publication preference is given to articles that contribute to the state of the art or advance general knowledge, have broad interest, and are written to be intelligible to a wide range of audiences.

Submitted articles must achieve a high standard of scholarship. Authors must ask themselves if their research is presented well and (1) advances understanding in the field of human-robot interaction, (2) adds state-of-the-art or general information to this field, or (3) challenges existing understandings in this area of research.  

JHRI encourages submission of well-written papers from all fields, including robotics, computer science, engineering, design, and the behavioral and social sciences. Published scholarly papers can address topics including how people interact with robots and robotic technologies, how to improve these interactions and make new kinds of interaction possible, and the effects of such interactions on organizations or society. The editors are also interested in receiving proposals for special issues on particular technical problems or that leverage research in HRI to advance other areas such as social computing, consumer behavior, health, and education.

Once a paper appears in the journal, reader comments can be posted on the journal's website, provided that these comments are polite and germane to the paper's content. We encourage reader dialogue to improve research and to help the community grow.



Authors will want to visit the website of our journal's future direction (https://thri.acm.org) and consider the following guidelines when submitting their papers.

Formatting instructions can be found here: http://www.acm.org/publications/authors/submissions. Select one of these templates and follow it as closely as possible.

Author guidelines for composing your work can be found here: http://humanrobotinteraction.org/journal/index.php/HRI/about/submissions#authorGuidelines. Authors will especially want to pay close attention to the Submissions Checklist section on this page.

When you are ready to submit your written work, please follow the instructions on our THRI submissions website: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/thri.


Section Policies

Robotics, Computer Science, and AI

  • Ladislau Bölöni
  • Jacob Crandall
  • Takayuki Kanda
  • Jeanie Lyubelsky
  • Brian Scassellati
  • Andrea Thomaz
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Behavioral and Social Science

  • Cindy Bethel
  • Vanessa Evers
  • Sara Kiesler
  • Jeanie Lyubelsky
  • Bertram Malle
  • Aaron Steinfeld
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  • Jodi Forlizzi
  • Wendy Ju
  • Jeanie Lyubelsky
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Gems from the Past

This track focuses on classic papers that have high relevance to the field of HRI and that probably need to be read by a wider range of HRI researchers. The track will consist of both invited papers as well as regular submissions. Papers submitted to this special track should focus on a single paper or a set of papers from a single author or group. Papers will be reviewed for relevance to the HRI community, and should address a subset of the following issues: * What are the key ideas from the papers that are important to HRI today? * Why are these ideas relevant to HRI today? * How are the ideas applicable to HRI today, and is there work that "reinvents" these ideas? * How could HRI research be improved if attention was better paid to these papers or, in other words, what is HRI research not doing that should be done? * How does current technology impact the relevance of the ideas of the paper, and how does the current state of the field differ from what was known when the paper was originally written. It is intended that these gems be available in digital form from some current archive, but if not then JHRI will seek permission to include a reprint the gem in the journal archive. Papers should be written for a general HRI audience, and should aim to be research reports (up to 4000 words).

  • Michael Goodrich
  • Sara Kiesler
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The Journal of Human-Robot Interaction uses an online submission and manuscript tracking system. To submit your paper, please register as an author and create your user profile. Then go to the author home page and you will be guided through the submission process. Upon submission, you will receive an automatic email acknowledging the receipt of your paper. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please verify that the paper has been submitted using the manuscript tracking system.

Once a submission is received, the editor will review it and send it to the pertinent section's associate editor. The editor or associate editor will read each article and determine if the article should be returned without further review or advanced to full review. The opportunity for your paper to be accepted into the review process is dependent on its readability, so you will want to make sure that your article has been written well. Rejected articles cannot be reconsidered unless invited by an editor or associate editor for resubmission. The philosophy of this journal is that editors are actively engaged in review and make a judgment rather than merely taking a vote among reviewers.

If advanced to full review, submissions will be managed by the associate editor of each section, who will obtain full reviews by expert referees in the discipline or disciplines represented in the paper. Reviews are single-blind, meaning that the names of the reviewers are not made known to the authors. The standard number of reviews will be three and will span the disciplines that the paper covers. Our journal's goal is to complete reviews in a timely manner. Should the article advance, there will be only one chance for revision, as endless revisions prolong everyone’s effort for questionable gain. Authors will be asked to revise within a reasonable time period, depending on the level of effort required. The revised paper, once submitted, will be reviewed.

After final revision, the paper will be edited and checked for readability. The journal’s editorial policy is that readability is a measure of a paper’s accessibility and usefulness, particularly when the audience is international and interdisciplinary. When editing is extensive or when meaning is not clear, articles will be returned to the author for further revision.

For papers that make substantive contributions but that either fail to conform closely enough to the citation standard or have poor English usage, authors may be required to obtain professional pre-submission copyediting. These authors will be required to provide proof that they have revised their papers in accordance with the guidelines of the copyediting service.

Because the HRI community is relatively small, JHRI and the HRI Conference are experimenting with a process by which a paper submitted to one venue can be published in the other. In accordance with this experiment, some papers submitted to the journal may be recommended to the conference program chairs as appropriate for the conference venue.


Publication Frequency

Individual items will be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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ISSN: 2163-0364