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Editorial and Copyright Philosophy

Our Editing Philosophy

Our main philosophy will be to not become an academic journal that requires very strict adherence to guidelines for original research and a lengthy peer review process; our process will be this: edit for technical quality and basic format, structure and clarity.

Our criteria will be focused around five main areas:

  • Relation to the main body of knowledge of TRIZ as defined and promoted by professional associations such as MATRIZ, Altshuller Institute and ETRIA.
  • Original application of known TRIZ methods and techniques to a case or example.
  • Extension of existing TRIZ concepts, processes or ideas, both in existing areas of practice or new areas.
  • Linkage of TRIZ approaches to other domains of knowledge.
  • Focus on extending the existing body of knowledge of TRIZ.

Generally, the content must be novel, interesting and intellectual, and demonstrate practicality and relevance that broadens the current knowledge of TRIZ.

We will have in place a process for both new, previously unpublished content and content that is being republished. New content will be held to a higher standard through an initial review by one of our editorial board members and basic editing as stated above. If the content is being republished, we believe the previous organization, such as MATRIZ or ETRIA, has already vetted and reviewed the quality of the content, and therefore we would be primarily focused on basic editing for format.

All content will be available on our website if it satisfies the above criteria; however, certain requirements and more extensive thought will be needed when determining articles for featured spots and for The TRIZ Journal monthly issue. Not all featured articles will be in the issue and articles saved for the issues will not be available right away on the website. We want to be able to build a backlog of content for months ahead so we can plan themes for our readers along with a level of anticipation for new content.


Our Copyright Guidelines

In terms of copyright, we want to make it simple: Authors will always remain in control of their content and will keep their copyright. Authors may submit their work to other media for publication, without requiring permission from The TRIZ Journal. If The TRIZ Journal is contacted regarding republication,  the editors will reach out to the author first.

We take copyright and content submissions very seriously. History has shown that falsifying, forcing or faking things to make them work rarely works out, so we want to put our best foot forward. To that end, we ask for your help in ensuring some basics hold true: Your work should be your own. Your sources should be given appropriate credit, including quotation marks around directly cited sections of material. Any images, photos or graphics should also include credit and source information.

For more details around our guidelines, copyright, and other areas please visit Submitting an Article.