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Author Guidelines

IJPDS invites authors to submit original manuscripts that fall within the focus and scope of the journal.



IJPDS has the right to first publication of all submitted manuscripts. Submission of a paper to IJPDS is taken to indicate the author's commitment to publish in this Journal. No paper known to be under jurisdiction by any other journal will be reviewed by IJPDS. Papers proposed to IJPDS cannot be submitted simultaneously to another publication.


In order to submit a document to be considered for publication, please register with the journal (if you are not yet registered). You may register for multiple roles, such as reviewer, author and reader. After you log-in, click on your role as author, and a screen directing you to start a new submission will appear. Follow the directions in the five-step submission process. If you would rather email your manuscript, please send it to the Journal Site Manager at

For a video providing instructions on how to submit a document electronically, consult the following site:



To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and endotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  3. With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.


Include (in the space provided) a short biography (five or six lines) for each author, which should include the author’s name, title, rank, department, institution, and a brief description of current research interests, publications, or awards.



The manuscript should not exceed 30 pages (about 7500 words).

All pages must be typed on (12-point Times New Roman type size), 1.5 line spacing (including endnotes and references); block quotes are single spaced.

Use normal settings on word processing software. Do not create special characters on the keyboard.


Include the full title of the article, the author(s) name(s) and institution(s) (listed vertically if there is more than one author), a running head (60 characters or less), the word count for the manuscript, and a title footnote, if needed.

An asterisk (*) by the title refers to the title footnote at the bottom of the title page. The title footnote includes acknowledgments, credits, and/or grant information.

Title: Times New Roman; uppercase and lowercase characters; size 12; 1.5 spaces; centered; bold.

Author(s): 3 spaces (2 x 1.5) below the title; centered

Affiliation: after the author’s name.


All manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract in English as well as in the language of the paper submitted for publication, and should include 5 keywords.

The abstract should be brief (one paragraph of 150 to 200 words), descriptive (a summary of the most important contributions in a paper), and accessible (jargon-free and clear to the general reader).


Content: As you revise your text, read it objectively from a reader’s point of view. Use terminology consistently throughout the text (e.g., use variable names consistently). Also active writing (“I discovered that …”) is more concise and accurate than passive writing (“It was discovered that …”).

Subheadings: Generally, three levels of subheadings are sufficient to indicate the organization of the content. See recent journal issues for subheading formats. Avoid using automatic numbering.

Quotations in the text: use quotation marks and, if you use punctuation marks after the quotation, place them before closing the quotation marks.

Quotations(with 4 or more lines): do not use quotation marks; indent on both sides .5 inches (1.3cm) set off from the text; size 12; single space.

Endnotes: write the note number after the text. Do not separate it from the text with one space. Begin each note with the superscript numeral to which it is keyed in the text. Endnotes are used to supply brief commentary or additional information. Use endonotes only when necessary. As an alternative, consider stating in the text that information is available from the author or adding an appendix.

Appendices: Appendices appear at the end of the article and should be labeled “Appendix A,” “Appendix B,” etc.

Tables, Figures and Other Artwork: Number tables, figures or illustrations consecutively throughout the text. Each should include a title. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. All labels on figures and illustrations must be typeset.

IMPORTANT: All artwork and type must be legible when sized to fit one column widths, 5-5/16 inches wide.

Author(s) must secure permission to publish any copyrighted figure, illustration, or photograph.


MLA Guidelines:

APA Guidelines: or



The length of submissions for book reviews cannot exceed the maximum of 3,000 words or be shorter than 1,000 words. Submissions for book reviews must comply with the stylesheet for article submissions. and should follow the same citation and references guidelines, in either APA or MLA, specified above.

For additional suggestions on how to write a book review, authors may consult the following websites:


NOTE: Authors will be provided with online access to the volume in which their work appears. The print version of the voume may be purchased throught this site or through


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. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1.5 spaced; uses a 12-point font in Times New Roman; 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal (See The Effect of Open Access).

  1. Authors warrant that their work will in no way infringe upon any copyright or proprietary rights of others and that it will not contain anything unlawful, libelous, or be a violation of any right of privacy.  The author also agrees to hold the publisher (editors, and the journal IJPDS) harmless from any and all liability, expenses or damages arising out of the contents of his/her work, or the publication of any unlawful matter, excepting, however, any matter added upon the request of the publisher.


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