Instruction for authors

Type of Articles

JDIS will publish mainly theoretical and empirical research papers, but would also welcome systematic reviews, insightful perspectives, and applied research based on integration, customization, and improvement of new methods and techniques.

1.Research Articles

Essential sections: Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion & Conclusion.

Research aims and objectives, summary of previous related research, how the study was carried out, major findings, weakness of experimental design/condition and any other research limitations, data collection, data analysis, and the significance and implications of the research must be contained in the articles.

2.Application Articles

Essential sections: Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion & Conclusion.

Application articles consist of two major types.

Technology application
Essential elements: context of application, system environment, what the key points and implementation difficulties during application and how to solve, operation framework, application effects and application experiences, etc.
Service application

Essential elements: context of service, service environment, what the key points and implementation difficulties during service application and how to solve, service implementation architecture, service effects and related experiences, etc.


Essential sections: Introduction, Literature coverage, Results, Limitations, Conclusions.

Key requirements: A clearly formulated and focused question should be addressed; Specify literature coverage, report characteristics; How to identify, select, and critically appraise relevant research; How to collect data, process the data and analyze the data; Specify limitations; Provide a general interpretation of the results and implications for future research.


The perspectives of JDIS shall be of invitation by the Co-Editor-in-Chief or editorial members. Unsolicited submissions for perspective will not be considered by JDIS.

Submission Guidelines

Basic Format and Style

Item Requirement guideline
File format Manuscript files with any of the following formats, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or PDF are acceptable but DOC or DOCX are welcome.
Language All articles shall be published in English.
Elements All articles must contain the following essential elements:
  • Title
  • Structured Abstract &Keywords
  • Text main body (what and how many sections this part shall include will depend on type of the articles, for example, for research articles, Introduction, Methodology (Design/Approach, Data Collection), Results, Discussion & Conclusion must be contained).
  • Reference
  • Figures and Tables with Captions
  • Supplementary material is allowed and should be included in the initial submission for peer review purposes.
  • Length We encourage authors to write manuscripts concisely. The maximum length (excluding tables, figures, appendices, and references) for each type of articles is listed below:Research Articles: 20 pagesApplicable Articles: 20 pagesPerspectives: 20 pagesSystematic Review: 20 pages
    Font Use standard font Times New Roman or Arial with 12 size for English
    Headings Main text body of manuscripts must be divided into clearly defined sections. Make sure section levels are clearly indicated in a numeral way. Sections should be numbered 1 (then Subsections should be numbered 1.1, 1.2 and the same as subsequent...), 2, etc. Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to “the text”. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. Please note: Limit manuscript sections and sub-sections to 3 heading levels and the abstract is not included in section numbering.
    Layout, Page and line numbers Manuscript text should be double-spaced, with page numbers and line numbers included. Please note: Do not format text in multiple columns.
    Reference style See reference formatting examples and additional instructions below.
    Abbreviations Abbreviations should be defined at first appearance in the text. Do not use non-standard abbreviations unless they appear at least three times in the text. Please note: List all non-standard abbreviations (with definitions) in alphabetical order in a separate section at the beginning of the manuscript. Keep abbreviations to a minimum.
    Equations We recommend authors to use MathType or Equation Editor for display and inline equations, as they provide reliable outcome.

    Cover Letter

    A cover letter must be submitted along with the manuscript, explaining the scientific questions authors are addressing, the novelty, significance, and importance of the research. Authors should also state that neither the manuscript nor any part of its content has been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, except as a brief abstract or an article in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium. Any closely related papers that are in press or that have been submitted elsewhere should be noted in the cover letter and cited in the submitted manuscript if appropriate. Authors also need to detail the conflicts of interests in the cover letter. The cover letter must also contain a detailed author contribution statement and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript.

    Structured abstract & Keywords

    All articles should have a brief abstract that summarizes the questions being addressed, the approaches taken, the major findings, and the significance of the results. An abstract is required for all manuscripts in order for readers to acquire the key points of a manuscript. It should be concise, complete, and clearly communicate the novelty and possible limits of the work for a broad audience. The following elements must be contained in a structured abstract:

    (1)PurposePurpose must be focused and practical and should be summarized concisely. Please note: Do not make them too broad or vague. Stick to the specific aims and objectives of your actual research study.
    (2)Design / methodology /Approach: Describe briefly the new method, way, tool, and/or new technology created by authors for solving the key problems, or methods taken by authors to answering the core questions or experimental conditions in which the research is conducted.
    (3)Findings: Show the major objective findings in a straight way.
    (4)Research Limitations: Point out explicitly the possible limitations of experimental design, sampling, data collection, condition controlling and/or data processing and analysis in the research.
    (5)Practical implications: Indicate the significance to potential applications of the research.
    (6)Originality /valueDeclare simply the novelty and contribution of the research. Please note: Do not exaggerate the significance of the research.

    Keywords: Provide 3-5 words or phrases that reflect the key points of the content to be used for indexing, in consultation with a technical thesaurus, if helpful. Please use terms that are as specific as possible whose meanings are generally known.

    Author contribution statement

    Everyone listed as an author should meet our criteria for authorship. Everyone who meets our criteria for authorship must be listed as an author. The contributions of all authors must be described. Author lists should accurately reflect contributions to the work and we expect that all authors will take public responsibility for the content of the manuscript submitted to JDIS.

    All authors will be contacted by email at submission to ensure that they are aware of and approve the submission of the manuscript, its content, and its authorship. All authors must see the final draft of the manuscript before it is published. Those who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be mentioned in the Acknowledgments.

    Those who performed the following work are nominated as “Authors”, including but not limited to: Proposing the research problems; Performing the research; Designing the research framework; Collecting and analyzing the data; Writing and revising the manuscript.

    Those who participated in discussion or just offered language help should not be included in the author list. They can be mentioned in the Acknowledgments.

    All available sources cited in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list. Unavailable and unpublished work, including manuscripts that have been submitted but not yet accepted and personal communications should not appear in the reference list but should be cited in the text only. Instead, those data should be included as supplementary material or deposited in a publicly available database. Please note: Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Do not include citations in abstracts.
    In the text give the author's name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If there are two authors use 'and': Smith and Jones (2001); if cited within parentheses use '&': (Smith & Jones, 2001). When reference is made to a work by more than two authors, the penultimate name and the last name are connected by &: MacDonald, Liu, Zhang, & Liu. (2002). If more than one work is cited within parentheses, separate citations using a semi-colon (Friedman 1994; Wang et al. 1997), except in the case where the author of the works is the same, in which case the author's name should not be repeated, but the years should be divided with a comma (Smith 2000, 2002).

    Make sure format the references properly so as to be linked electronically. Example formats are listed below.


    Book with author(s)

    Chambers, A. (2011). The reading environment: How adults help children enjoy books. Gloucestershire: Thimble Press.
    Egghe, L., & Rousseau, R. (1990). Introduction to Informetrics: Quantitative methods in library, documentation and information science. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
    Book with editor(s)
    Ding, Y., Rousseau, R., & Wolfram, D. (Eds.). (2014). Measuring scholarly impact: Methods and practice. Berlin: Springer.
    Chapter in a book

    Prensky, M. (2005). Computer games and learning: Digital game-based learning. In Raessens, J., & Goldstein, J. (Eds.) Handbook of Computer Games Studies (pp. 97-122). Cambridge: The MIT Press.

    Journal papersPapers published in printed journals
    Zhou, P., & Leydesdorff, L. (2006). The emergence of China as a leading nation in science. Research Policy, 35(1): 83-104.

    Baranowski, T., Baranowski, J., Cullen, K.W., Marsh, T., Islam, N., Zakeri, I., Honess-Morreale, L., & deMoor, C. (2003). Squire's quest! Dietary outcome evaluation of a multimedia game. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 24(1): 52-61.

    Online, advance publication

    Rousseau, R., & Ding, J. L. (in press). Does international collaboration yield a higher citation potential for US scientists publishing in highly visible interdisciplinary journals? Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

    Conference papers

    McCain, K.W. (2013). Assessing obliteration by incorporation in a full-text database: JSTOR and the concept of bounded rationality. In Proceedings of ISSI 2013 Vienna, 14th International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (pp. 185–199). Vienna, Austria: Austrian Institute of Technology.

    Theses and dissertations

    Zhang, X.L. (1992). Information-seeking patterns and behaviors of selected undergraduate students in a Chinese university. New York. (Columbia University Ph.D. dissertation)

    Electronic sourcesElectronic journal

    Kim, S., & Yoon, J. (2011). The use of an online forum for health information by married Korean women in the U.S. Information Research, 17(2), paper 514. Retrieved on October 2, 2012, from

    Individual documents on websites

    Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative: Setting the default to open. Retrieved on November 10, 2012, from recommendations.

    Supporting Information

    Authors can submit essential supporting files and multimedia files along with their manuscripts. All Supporting Information will be subject to peer review. Authors may use almost any description as the item name for a Supporting Information file as long as it contains an “S” and number. For example, “S1 Appendix” and “S2 Appendix”, “S1 Table” and “S2 Table” and so forth.

    List Supporting Information captions in a separate page as part of the manuscript file. The file number and name are required in a caption, and we highly recommend including a one-line title as well. We recommend that you cite Supporting Information in the manuscript text, but this is not a requirement.

    How to Submit

    Online submission system

    JDIS uses an easily-used and user-friendly online system, ScholarOne Manuscript developed by Thomson Reuters to handle the processing of manuscripts. All manuscripts must be submitted to the system which is at:

    If you are a new user, click “Register for an account” to create an account. Once login, please follow the instructions step by step to submit your paper. If you are having trouble accessing an existing account, please email the editorial office at


    If you have any questions or queries, please contact the editorial office at