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Author Guidelines

Informatics Studies is a cross-disciplinary and refereed journal, focusing on areas that constitute the discipline of Information Science. Informatics Studies welcomes submission of manuscripts that meets the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.

For registering as author, reader etc contact editor@informaticsstudies.org  by sending e-mail, with affiliation and permanent address.

The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the co-authors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the concerned institution.


Only acknowledgment e-mail from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the corresponding author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. It is a condition for submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability. All enquiries concerning the submission of manuscript(s) should be addressed to: edtor@informaticsstudies.org


Electronic version of manuscripts should be submitted to the editor as MS Word file attaché with first author's surname plus year as filename (e.g.: hussain2012). The text, tables, photographs and figures should be included in a single MS Word file (preferably in Times New Roman font) with text double-spaced. Page settings should be for A4 size paper with 2.5 cm margin for all sides. Copies of illustrations and photographs should be attached also as separate TIFF files each file with the file name of the paper followed by un underscore and C, I or P for chart/illustration/photograph followed by its number (e.g.: hussain2012_C5) for Chart-5 in the above paper.


Manuscripts and illustrations etc can be uploaded at the journal website informatics.in. They should also be uploaded as e-mail attachment to the editorial office at:
editor@informaticsstudies.in. with a copy marked to informaticsstudies@gmail.com.


The cover letter should include the corresponding author's full address and telephone/mobile numbers and should be MS Word file attaché in the e-mail message sent to the editor, with the first author's surname plus year followed by an underscore and cl, (e.g.: hussain2012_cl) as filename. The body of the e-mail also should contain an exact copy of teh text of the cover letter. The author(s) may also suggest three to five reviewers for the manuscript. Informatics Studies may designate other reviewers.


Informatics Studies will only accept manuscripts uploaded at informatics.in and copy submitted along with cover letters as separate files as e-mail attachments as per the specification mentioned above.


References
The author-date system should be used for references in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style abstrcthed here. More details are available in web also at:
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
References should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the references.
A standard Reference Style Manual for Informatics Studies is available at informaticsstudies.in. Several examples follow:

Journal Article
Lancaster, F. W. (2003). Do indexing and abstracting have a future? Anales de Documentación, 6, 137-144. (Note: If each issue in a volume begins with page 1, then the issue number should be given, as 6 (3), 137- 144)

Book
Suber, Peter. (2012). Open access. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
Chapter in Book
Parthasarathy, S. (1963). Standard for bibliographical reference. In Ranganathan, S.R. (Ed.), Documentation and its facets. (pp.501-505). Bombay: Asia.

Website
Subirats, Imma, Irene Onyancha, Gauri Salokhe, and Johannes Keizer. (2007). Towards an architecture for open archive networks in Agricultural Sciences and Technology. Retrieved: November 20, 2012. http://eprints.rclis.org/handle/10760/15658#.UKPLn4esiSo

Copyright
Submission of a manuscript implies; that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to the following terms of licensing/copyright ownership:
First publication rights to original work accepted for publication is granted to Informatics Studies but copyright for all work published in the journal is retained by the author(s).

Works published in Informatics Studies will be distributed under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).

Authors are free to post online their work published in Informatics Studies in any Open Access institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in Informatics Studies as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.

All materials published in the Informatics Studies website are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license, unless otherwise noted.
Detailed Author Guidelines are available in the website: informaticsstudies.in.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Ethics and Publication Malpractice statement of the Journal


    Standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing given belwo: have been read and agreed upon.

    Decision on Publication

    The editors of the Journal are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
    The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

    Fair play

    An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

    Confidentiality

    The editors and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

    Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

    Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

    Duties of Reviewers

    Contribution to Editorial Decisions

    Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

    Promptness

    Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

    Confidentiality

    Any manuscripts received for review will be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

    Standards of Objectivity

    Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

    Acknowledgement of Sources

    Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

    Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

    Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


    Duties of Authors

    Reporting standards

    Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

    Data Access and Retention

    Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

    Originality and Plagiarism

    The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

    Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

    An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

    Acknowledgement of Sources

    Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

    Authorship of the Paper

    Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
    The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

    Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

    All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

    Fundamental Errors in Published works

    When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  3. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

Works published in Informatics Studies will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).

 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Referees shall treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication.