Author Guidelines

 Article Types

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 References should be formatted according to the APA style. Use of DOIs is encouraged. 
    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

    The corresponding author is responsible for the appropriateness and completeness of the author list and the credit attribution and for agreement of all authors to the journal’s open access, data sharing, and ethical policies. JDIS follows the guidelines set out by the Contributor Roles Taxonomy Project (CRediT) to assign author contributions.

    References should be formatted according to the APA style. Use of DOIs is encouraged. 

    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