Journal of Information Studies & Technology (JIS&T)

Instructions to Authors


Papers submitted to the journal must be previously unpublished and  If using previously published figures, tables, or parts of text, the copyright-holder's permission must have been obtained prior to submission. Further information is provided below.

Submission site: https://www.editorialmanager.com/jis-t/default.aspx. 

Article  Processing Charges: Charges are funded by the Special Library Association/ Arabian Gulf Chapter (SLA/AG) in case of acceptance of articles.

Plagiarism: We run plagiarism /similarity-check reports on submitted manuscripts before accepting papers for publication. Any sections of the manuscript found to be similar word by word to a previously published content and/or not citing the reference will cause the paper to be rejected or delay publishing.  Any cited sections must be paraphrased and summarised in your own words.

Manuscript preparation

The journal accepts papers written clearly in English or Arabic. If the paper is in Arabic, a translation of the abstract in English is required in addition to the Arabic. 

Manuscript Files:

Please divide your manuscript into the following separate files before submitting into the system:

1) Cover page file: This includes the title of the article, authors’ names (in Arabic and English for Arabic articles), affiliations of all authors, and email address of the corresponding author.

2) Main file: This should be up to 8000 words maximum. It includes an abstract (200-300 words); 5-6 key words which researchers are likely to use when searching for an article with a subject like yours; English translation of the abstract (if the article is in Arabic); main body of article (up to 8000 words); list of references, in the end, placed alphabetically (no numbering system, see the Reference section below). This is the file which goes to peer-reviewers, so ensure it does not reveal your names or affiliations.

3) Appendix files: Tables, images, graphs files should be clearly labeled. You can have to submit separate files for figures, images and tables or have them combined in one file. The location of tables and figures should be indicated in the body of article. Tables are needed in a text mode not as images (create tables using the Word processing software).  If you are a Macintosh user, you must also type the extension at the end of the file name you choose (.doc, .rtf, .jpg, .gif, .tif, .xls, .pdf, .eps, .ppt, .mov or .qt). All illustrations should be numbered and have clear relevant captions.  

Heading Levels and Formatting:

Please use clear styles for the different heading levels to make it smooth for readers to follow your article. It is better to use a numerical system like the example below:


1.1. Level two heading

1.1.1. level three heading

level 4 heading (bullet points)


Citation and References

This should follow the APA style. In-text citation in a numerical system would not be accepted anymore. Just include the name of the author and year of publication (i.e. Smith 2012) before or after the cited part. References at the end of the paper should be listed alphabetically (Arabic references then English references).

The reference entries should include names of journals in full; titles and subtitles of articles. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references and provide them in details. They will be returned to them for corrections and delay the publication. For formatting, instructions and examples are as follows:

Author last name, author initial. (year of pub). Title of article. Title of journal in full, volume number (issue no.) page numbers (if available) or URL or the article or DOI number.

If author’s name is Michael Bat Wooldridge and Jennifer J. Shapka

Wooldridge, M.B. & Shapka, J. (2012). Playing with technology: Mother-toddler interaction  scores lower during play with electronic toys. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 33(5), 211-218. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2012.05.005.

If authors are more than 7:

List the first six authors and then use ellipses (……) after the sixth author's name. After the ellipses, list the last author's name of the work.

Johnson, M. C., Carlson, M., Hanover, L. E., Chan, X. H., Smith, J. N. H., Kim, H. B., .... Watson, J. M.

Referencing a website:

Providing only the name of a website as a reference is not enough. Full details are required including title of the text, author/writer name of the piece, date of the publication (if no date found, put n.d.). Then the full website address of the article. The date of accessing the website is not required unless it is a website which is likely to change like Wikipedia. Example below:

      Feminism. (n.d.). In Encyclopædia Britannica online. Retrieved fromhttps://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/724633/feminism.

 Citing a book:

 Book in print:

Last, F. M. (Year Published) Book Name. City, State: Publisher.

Example: James, H. (1937). The ambassadors. New York, NY: Scribner.

Online book:

Last name, F. M. (Year Published) Book title. Retrieved from URL/or put the DOI number including the http before DOI

You can use Google Scholar to help in citing your references.


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