Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Authors are requested to submit his/her manuscript for the publication in ‘International Journal of Information Research’. The International Journal of Information Research is a peer-reviewed journal that is being published quarterly by the ‘Society for Scholarly Publishing and Open Access Resources (SPOARS)’. You may submit literature review, research articles, case study, book’s review, proceeding papers, reports and news items for publication. Authors are requested to follow these guidelines before submission:

1. Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts in text file format (.doc, .docx or .odt) by email attchment or through online submission. Submissions should not be longer than 8,000 words including abstract, figures, tables, references and appendices. All manuscripts submitted to the journal will be double-blind reviewed by expert and members of the editorial board. The journal’s committee will remove personal details for the purpose of blind review process.

2. The Journal’s committee may also decide for open review process. Therefore, for fast processing of peer-review, author can also send two reviewers name in their concerned specialised areas. But, it will be decided by the journal’s committee that nominee by authors would review the article or not.

3. Manuscript should start with the title of paper, names of the authors and affiliations, the full address and Email with contact numbers. When the paper is published online there will be a link to the author's email address so that readers can contact you for further information. It is also required but not compulsory that author will submit his brief introduction for publication with article.

4. Authors are requested to submit his manuscripts with abstracts of 250-300 words outlining the objectives, scope, methodology, key findings of the paper, and its implications with selected keywords. It is important that the abstracts should be clear, easily understandable, specific and in concise form.

5. Manuscript reference style should be properly in American Psychological Association (APA) format. Fonts of the articles should be in twelve (12) points and in ‘Times New Roman’ style.

6. Contributors should also provide at least four broad terms or keywords for search facility that highlight the topics covered by the paper. Within the journal website there will be a search facility to look for papers that have been published and the keywords will be used in conjunction with this.

Instructions for Manuscript Formating Tables and Figures
Insert the tables and figures into the text. To help the reader, insert each table or figure on the next available page after it is first mentioned in the text. Images may be in .gif, .png, or .jpeg formats. Images can be handled several ways— as in-lines or as linked files. They normally should be no more than 700 pixels in width. Large tables (containing only words and numbers) and figures (charts, graphs, photos, diagrams) may take a whole, single page, but short tables may be inserted directly into a page of text, usually at the top or bottom of a page. Neversplit a table or figure across two pages, unless it is unavoidable. Note tables can be presented in landscape (horizontal) format. Figure captions/titles should be typed on the bottom of the figure or if necessary on the facing page, if the figure is too large. The caption is not italicized, in sentence format (only first word and proper nouns capitalized), and ends with a period. Table titles go at the top of the table; they are not italicized, and have all words of four or more letters and other major words capitalized, no period at the end.

Space Between Lines You may use 0.5 cm line space between two lines.

Footnotes Use all footnotes carefully in the last page after references.

Margins Use a 1.5 cm left side margin and 1.0 cm on the other three sides. The top margin of preliminary pages, each chapter, references, and appendices should be 1.0 cm. Always continue the text to near the bottom margin. Do not leave a gap on the page where a table or figure was first mentioned.

Pagination It is required that all pages, starting with the title page, be numbered with Indo-Arabic numbers in the lower middle.

Guidelines for References Journal follows the American Psychological Association (APA) style for references. As just mentioned theses, dissertations, and student papers should use APA style for references with the exception of single space within a reference (with 1.0 cm space between references). For more details and examples please study pages 193-224 of the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). The Manual also explains how reference lists are constructed and ordered (pp. 180-183). The APA Style Manual provides answers to frequently asked questions about references and other topics. Guidance on APA style can be found details in:

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American psychological association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

References Cited in the Text APA style also specifies how references are cited in the text (pp. 174-179). APA uses the author-date method of citation in the text. In general, the surname(only) of the author(s) and the year(only) of publication are inserted at an appropriate place in the text. If the name of the author(s) is part of the narrative, cite only the date in parentheses. For example, Abdullahi (2007) wrote.… However, if the name(s) of the author(s) is/are not part of the narrative, include it/them in the parentheses. For example, several studies (Ashcroft, & Watts, 2005;Asundi, & Karisiddappa, 2007) discuss... If there are three to five authors, list them all in the text only the first time they are cited. After that, use et al.; for example, Aharony et al. (2008) discuss... Faculty, library staff, and students worked together to design an information product and service. Students gained experience not onlyin aspects of database and systems design, but in user needs assessment and information seekingbehaviour (Abels, Marchionini, &Wasserman, 1997). An evaluation of experiential learning approaches at the University of Hawaii's School of Library and Information Studies is presented by Garrett (1997).

The Reference List The general format and punctuation for periodical (i.e., journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters) references is: author(s) surname, initials. (Publication year in parenthesis). Title of article. Title of Periodical, in italics, and each main word capitalized, volume number in italics and issue number in bracket, and pages (without using "vol." or "pp.") The general format for a non-periodical(e.g. book, presentation, thesis, or document) is author’s surname, initials. (Publication year in parenthesis). Title of the non-periodical in italics, but only the first word capitalized. Publication city, postal abbreviation: publisher.

About URL and DOIs In the 6th edition of APA, writers are asked, wherever possible, to include DOIs for documents retrieved electronically. A DOI is a “digital object identifier.” Each DOI (a string of letters and numbers) is unique and refers to a single article or other digital object, such as an electronic book. DOIs can most often be found on the first page of a journal article, or on the referring database’s page about the article.

Corradini, E. (2008). Competencies and curriculum for IL. New Library World, 109(1/2), 90-95. DOI: 10.1108/03074800810846047

If you cannot locate a DOI for a document retrieved electronically, APA asks you to include the home page URL of the journal or publisher. The APA Manualsays, “You may need to do a quick web search to locate this URL” (p.192). Do not include the name of the database you used unless you cannot find the home page URL of the journal or publisher.

Genoni, P., & Smith, K. (2005). Graduate employment outcomes for qualifying library and records management courses at Curtin University of Technology, 1998-2002. Australian Library Journal, 54(4), 336-352. Retrieved January 10, 2011, from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00049670.2005.10721782

A Check List for Evaluation before Submitting the Manuscript
1. Do you have a good title? Is it short but informative?
2. Have you stated clearly and specifically what the investigation and the article are to accomplish?
3. Have you stated clearly and fully the outcome of the investigation? What is actually accomplished?
4. Have you clearly and fully described the objective, methods, scope and coverage and materials used while conducting the investigation?
5. Have you put into the article all that are required?
6. Is your article standard and easily understandable by the intended scholarly community?
7. Are your paragraphs clear, well organized and of reasonable length?
8. Is your prose style clear and readable?
9. Have you included all mechanical and prose elements that your paper needs?
10. Are your references properly in American Psychological Association (APA) style?
11. Have you cited author’s work with year properly into text and arranged in alphabetical order in references; and, also have you inserted all footnotes at last after references?
12. Have you made proper tables and figures in the text and sufficiently discussed them?
13. Are all parts and pages of the article is in the correct order?
14. While composing the article did you have any doubts and misgivings that you should now check out?

A General Format for All Types of Technical Papers
1. Title suggests the contents of the paper/article.
2. Abstract, not part of the paper is an adjunct intended to convey briefly the content of the paper/article.
3. Introduction contains the objectives.
4. Body consists of detailed answers to questions in the introduction.
5. Conclusion and recommendations interpret the answers found in the body of the paper/article.
6. Summary reviews the whole paper/article briefly.
7. Acknowledgement lists the help received in performing the work being reported.
8. References or bibliography should contain a numbered list of publications mentioned or quoted in the paper/article.
9. Tables and figures are used to present important aspects.
10. Appendices contain extended information on special points mentioned in the paper/article.