Information For Authors

The Journal of Human-Robot Interaction (JHRI) aims to be the leading peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of human-robot interaction, which, broadly, covers 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 people and society.

JHRI encourages submission of papers from all fields including robotics, computer science, engineering, design, and the behavioral and social sciences. Preference will be given to articles that contribute to the state of the art or general knowledge, that have broad interest, and that are written to be intelligible to a wide range of audiences.  All articles must achieve high standards of scholarship.

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.

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines for following the Submissions Checklist 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:


ISSN: 2163-0364