No Charge for Article Submission and Publication
International Journal of Doctoral Studies (IJDS) is a publication of the Informing Science Institute (ISI), and so does not charge for submitting papers to the journal nor for publishing an accepted paper. ISI is a truly scientific organization, not a commercial enterprise masquerading as a professional organization. We believe in free dissemination of high quality research.
Manuscript May Not Be Under Review or Copyrighted
By submitting an article to International Journal of Doctoral Studies, the submitter stipulates that the submitter is the author of the manuscript, that it has not accepted for publication and is not under consideration for publication here, and that the submitter will not submit it for publication elsewhere while the submission is still under consideration by the journal. The Informing Science Institute considers violations of this stipulation as serious professional misconduct and will impose professional sanctions. The ISI will contact the authors' supervisors in cases of serious violations. Submissions that build on earlier work are welcome so long as they contain new or refined ideas and that the earlier works upon which this paper is built are acknowledged and cited. A fuller statement of these ethical standards can be found at http://www.informingscience.us/icarus/Ethics.htm
Check ISI Journals for Current Relevant Research
Be sure that your submission benefits from relevant current research by checking at http://isjournals.org/search.html . Enter keywords for your research into the search box to see to determine if there is current research that can strengthen your submission.
Timeframe for Review
Typically, within a week from submission the Editor-in-Chief, Michael Jones will contact the corresponding author with news of whether or not the submission will be advanced to the first round of reviews (or is being rejected as not suitable for publication in the journal). (If you do not hear from the Editor-in-Chief Michael Jones in two weeks, feel free to contact Michael Jones at [email protected].)
If the submission is accepted for the first round of reviews, a panel of reviewers and Editor will assigned to blind review the submission. Typically the first round of review concludes approximately 10 weeks later with the Editor sending the corresponding author a letter regarding acceptance. The decision may be to reject, conditionally accept pending specified revisions, or accept the paper. Most commonly papers that are accepted require several rounds of revision. Since the submission may require several rounds of review and most of this time is determined by how promptly the author responds, there is no meaningful average time between submission and publication or rejection. While most rejections occur within one week of submission, submissions may be rejected during any point during the review cycle.
How to Submit Your Manuscript
Authors submit their manuscripts electronically using the submission and review system.
All manuscripts must be the authors' original, unpublished work. The manuscript must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Tips for Organizing a Paper
Commonly papers consist of the following sections: an abstract or executive summary, an introduction, a background or literature review, presentation of the main contribution of this paper, methodology, findings, discussion, limitations, and conclusions.
See below for more detail:
The abstract is a brief (150-200 words), comprehensive summary of the paper. It should provide enough information to give the reader a clear idea of the topics the paper covers, typically including the following: purpose or problem being investigated, design / methodology / approach, findings, practical implications, and contributions of the paper.
Begin the abstract with the most important information and highlight the four or five most important points of the paper.
To enable searches in databases, include all the keywords of your research here, as well as in the list of keywords.
Papers begin with an introduction that lays the groundwork for why the paper that follows is important. The introduction section introduces the research by presenting its context or background and explaining the purpose of this paper. This section often includes the definition of relevant terms, a literature review, any hypotheses, and how this paper differs from other studies or papers on this topic.
Body of the paper
The body of the paper often includes the following:
- Practical implications
Include any limitations of the paper here.
Include how the paper advances research in this area. What is unique about it? End with a statement that sums up the conclusion of the paper.
Papers are to follow the APA style for formatting references. A summary of these guidelines can be found here. All works cited within the paper must be included in the References list at the end of the paper, and all works in the References list must be cited in the paper.
Format for Original Submission
Submissions are to be in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Since all submitted manuscripts are subject to blind review (authors don't know the reviewers and reviewers don't know the authors), you must remove any identifying information (name, affiliation, etc.) from the paper prior to submission. Information regarding authors is collected by the system on the manuscript submission form.
If you use Microsoft Word, take off your identifying information from the file properties by clicking: File, Properties and deleting all identifying information.
While there are no strict format guidelines for original submissions, it is helpful to look at the format for accepted papers when preparing your paper for submission. All papers are to be written in English. While US spelling is preferable, other versions of English are acceptable. If you are not fluent in English, you may find this link helpful: http://www.learnstuff.com/guide-to-learning-english/
There are no regulations on length; however will be exceptional for an article to exceed 20,000 words.
Process for Review and Revisions
After an Editor or Associate Editor (AE) determines that the topic of the manuscript fits within the journal's purview, the AE will conduct a blind review of the paper using three or more reviewers selected from the journal's Board of Reviewers. Commonly, these reviewers are selected so as to assure variety of opinions from around the globe.
After the reviewers have submitted their comments you will be contacted by an editor or AE regarding acceptance, provisional acceptance, or rejection of a manuscript. Almost all accepted papers require one or more rounds of revision. You will upload your revised papers using the same login and password as for your original submission.
Format for Accepted Papers
When your paper is accepted for publication, you will be required to re-submit the final, formatted copy of your paper. The formatting guidelines for accepted papers can be found here. Since this document is a MS Word template, if you save it to your computer as a template and attach it to your paper (using Tools, Templates and Add-ins) you will have the correct formatting for the paragraphs. If you do not use MS Word, just print the document and follow its instructions.
Because the contents of a paper may shift during formatting, make figures so they can be moved and/or resized easily. As explained in the detailed guidelines, this can best be done by placing figures with multiple parts within a text box.
In addition to adding the name, affiliation, city, and country for each author at the beginning of the paper, end the paper with a Biography section that contains a brief paragraph or two about each author. Please insert a head-and-shoulders photo of the author beside the biographical information.
Upon final acceptance, the Editor will instruct the author to return a fully
formatted paper for her or his final review. If this version is ready to
publsher, the Editor will be send it the Informing Science publisher who will do the final formatting and quality control.
Articles appear on-line as soon as the final formatting is completed and in print annually.
If you have not heard word about your submission after a month, feel free to contact Editor-in-Chief Michael Jones