Manuscript Submission Guidelines

 | Post date: 2021/03/14 | 
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Research on Information Science and Public Libraries
Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. Please read the guidelines below and then upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Submission of a manuscript implies a commitment to publish in the journal. A manuscript can only be submitted to RISPL if it has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration by another journal. Also its publication should be approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities-tacitly or explicitly-at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Research on Information Science and Public Libraries will be reviewed.

Preparing Your Paper

Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, literature review, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; conflict of interest; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list). Figures, tables, and other displayed matter must be clearly readable.

Article Length
Submissions, initial as well as final, are expected to be between 20 and 25 pages in length.

Article files should be provided in Microsoft Word. Figures should be saved separately from the text. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract. The paper should provide a balanced and thoughtful review of previous related literature, placing the its contribution in context and indicating how it adds to what has gone before.

Title Page
Please use this template title page for providing the following information.
The title page should include:
  • A concise and informative title
  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country
  • A clear indication and an active e-mail address of the corresponding author
  • If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s)

Please provide a structured abstract of 200 to 250 words which should be divided into the following sections:
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Originality/value
Authors should avoid the use of personal pronouns within the structured abstract and body of the paper (e.g. "this paper investigates..." is correct, "I investigate..." is incorrect).
The keywords should be informative and adds to the existing information available in the title and abstracts. Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Text Formatting
Manuscripts should be submitted in Word document. It should include the original source (including all style files and figures) of the compiled output.

Headings must be concise, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings.
The preferred format is for first level headings to be presented in bold format and subsequent sub-headings to be presented in medium italics.

Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.

Abbreviations should be spelled out in full the first time they are used.

Footnotes can be used and are usually listed at the bottom of each page in your manuscript. It can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list.

All Figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted in electronic form.
All Figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.
All Figures should be kept to a minimum. And integrated within the text. They should be in either of these format, MS powerpoint, tif, jif, jpeg, bmp and sized to fit within a 15cm wide page.

Tables should be typed and included in a separate file to the main body of the article. They must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text.
Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements' section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
For single agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
For multiple agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].

Conflict of interest
The corresponding author must inform the editor of any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the authors interpretation of the data.

Reference Style
References to other publications must be in APA style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency.

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