Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology

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Edited By: Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina

Online ISSN: 2330-1643

Author Guidelines

Prospective authors should submit manuscripts through the online submission system at

Types of manuscripts: Various contributions are considered for publication: full-length research articles (6,000-8,000 words), commissioned review articles (8,000-10,000 words, see ‘Advances in Information Science’ under ‘Overview: Aims & Scope’), occasional opinion papers (2,000-3000 words), brief communications (1,000-2,000 words), and letters to the editor.

Only articles that have not been published previously, that have not been submitted elsewhere, and that are not under review for another publication in any medium or forum should be submitted to JASIST. We do, however, encourage the submission of proceedings papers that have been expanded significantly. However, if any portion of the submission has appeared elsewhere, or in another language, the author must clearly indicate this in the text. The editors will assume that submission of an article to this journal implies that all the foregoing conditions are applicable. It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication.

All materials submitted will be acknowledged on receipt and (except for letters) subject to (single-blind) peer review. Opinion papers may be sent for review at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. Copies of the referees' comments will be forwarded to the submitting (or corresponding) author, along with the Editor-in-Chief’s decision.

Books, monographs, reports, and other items for review may be sent to the Associate Editor, Book Reviews: Dietmar Wolfram, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201. Tel: (414) 229-6836;

Format and file types: We ask that you submit a single MS Word document with all the text, captions and figures in a single file. The figures and tables should be placed in the manuscript after the paragraph in which they are first mentioned.

Please also submit separate files for the following:
  • Main document: A second Main Document should be text only (no figures, schemes or tables). Formats other than .rtf or .doc format will not be up-loadable for text, tables or captions. In the appropriate place in your text, please type “Insert Table (or Figure) # here.”
  • Captions: Captions should be text only (no figures, schemes or tables). They should all be included in a single MS Word document.
  • Tables: Tables should be created using the Table tool in MS Word. Tables can all be included in a single MS Word file.
  • Figures: Figures should be submitted separately, one figure per file, as figure # (i.e., figure 1, figure 2, etc.), and should be in .jpg, .tif, .gif, or .pict format.
Please also note that authors submitting in LaTex should not supply the references in a separate file but should include them in the same manuscript file with the text.

Language: Manuscripts submitted to JASIST must be in English, cleanly and clearly written; if not, they will be rejected. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission. Authors wishing to use a professional English-language editing service should make contact and arrange payment with the editing service of their choice. For more details regarding the recommended services, please refer to

Organization: The first page of the manuscript must bear the title of the paper and the full names of the authors, as well as their affiliations, full addresses, telephones and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses. In the case of multiple authors, please indicate which author is to receive correspondence and proofs.
  • An informative abstract of 200 words or less is required for all articles, including brief communications.
  • Section headings should be indicated in boldface type and subheadings in italics. Do not number section or subsection headings.
  • Financial support may be acknowledged in the Acknowledgment section at the end of the article.
  • Authors should not submit their article with Line Numbering enabled. Do not number sections in your article.
  • Do not use Word’s footnote feature. Instead, please insert footnotes in regular text at the end of the articles instead. If your paper contains fifteen (15) or more footnotes, they should be formatted as Endnotes in a separate section immediately preceding the References.
  • Do not include hyperlink citations in your submitted article and do not number your reference list.

Style and references: In general, the style should follow the forms given in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association ( Non-adherence to the journal style, including the points described below and in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010), may lead to delays in review and publication.

The accuracy and completeness of the references is the responsibility of the author. Failure to submit accurate and properly formatted references may delay review and publication. References to personal letters, papers presented at meetings, and other unpublished material may be included. If such material may be of help in the evaluation of the paper, copies should be made available to the editor. Papers which are part of a series should include a citation to the previous paper. Explanatory material may be appended to the end of a citation to avoid footnotes in text. Wiley's journal styles now include EndNote, a software product that may help simplify and streamline the research process.

Author Services: AFWALS Author Services enables authors to track their accepted article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production. The author will receive an email with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete email address is provided when submitting the manuscript.
Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Copyright/License Agreement
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the non-standard CTA
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the non-standard CTA to sign. The terms and conditions of the non-standard CTA can be previewed below:

Terms and Conditions of the non-standard CTA
Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to log in to Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version
Funder Arrangements:
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.
Institutions: Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

Note to Authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following:

Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA)

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA  
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit

Correspondence: All correspondence beyond that of the refereeing process should be addressed to:

c/o Wiley-Blackwell
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Christy Boos:

Reprints: Corresponding authors: In lieu of a complimentary copy, free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Therefore, please sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Should you wish to purchase additional copies of your article, please click on the link and follow the instructions provided:

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