Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aims. LITES aims at the publication of high-quality scholarly articles, ensuring efficient submission, reviewing, and publishing procedures. All articles are published open access, i.e., accessible online without any costs. The rights are retained by the author(s).

Scope. LITES publishes original articles on all aspects of embedded computer systems, in particular: the design, the implementation, the verication, and the testing of embedded hardware and software systems; the theoretical foundations; single-core, multi-processor, and networked architectures and their energy consumption and predictability properties; reliability and fault tolerance; security properties; and on applications in the avionics, the automotive, the telecommunication, the medical, and the production domains. Preference is given to original articles. Survey articles and special issues from conferences may be considered forpublication.


Section Policies

Regular Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

LITES shall have an editor-in-chief and an editorial board consisting of 10 to 20 subject area editors. The editors will have a contract with Dagstuhl. LITES is operated not-for-profit. All editors and reviewers are unpaid. The APC is charged to compensate the real costs.

Duties of the editorial board

  • The editors shall find competent reviewers for submissions and assign submissions to these reviewers, monitor the reviews respecting the timelines. They shall respect the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Code of Conduct for Journal Editors/Journal Publishers (see http://publicationethics.org).
  • The editors will be supported by a submission management system.
  • The terms for editors last 4 years, renewable once.

Review Policies

Decisions are taken by the area editor in charge of a submission. A minimum number of 3 reviews for each submissions required. The journal uses a single-blind peer-review process (i.e. authors do not know who the reviewers are, but reviewers do know who the authors are).

The timelines for handling submissions are:

  • Max. 1 year overall from submission to publication.
  • 6 months in case of reviews recommending Minor Revision.
  • Max. 1 month for reviewer assignment
  • Max. 4 months from reviewer assignment to review.
  • Max. 3 months for author corrections to final version.

Full support for editors by a submission-management system will be provided. The editor-in-chief (EiC) has the final responsibility for decisions about acceptance and rejection of submissions. He/she assigns editors to submissions especially in case of

  1. unclear area, or
  2. conflict of interest of the corresponding area editor.

The area editors

  • filter out inadequate submissions (out of scope, inappropriate presentation, "spam").
  • depending on the case, trigger consultation with the editor-in-chief,
  • select, assign, and invite reviewers,
  • keep track of pending reviews,
  • if necessary organize additional reviews,
  • in case of ambiguous reviews
    • trigger clarification among conflicting reviewers, and/or
    • organize additional reviews.

Reviewers provide

  • a detailed review judging the scientic value and relevance of the submitted work,
  • a decision whether an article should be (conditionally) accepted or rejected,
  • a decision whether the submitted article would need language- and copy-editing in case of acceptance.


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.