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Information for Authors


The Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice (JISTaP), which is published quarterly by the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KISTI), welcomes materials that reflect a wide range of perspectives and approaches on diverse areas of information science theory, application and practice. JISTaP is an open access journal run under the Open Access Policy. See the section on Open Access for detailed information on the Open Access Policy. JISTaP does not charge author fees.

Originality and Copyright

All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Once an article is accepted for publication, all papers are accessible to all users at no cost. If used for other researches, its source should be indicated in an appropriate manner and the content can be used for both uncommercial and commercial purpose under  Creative Commons License.


Peer Review

All submitted manuscripts undergo a single-blind peer review process in which the identities of the reviewers are withheld from the authors.


Manuscript Submission

Authors should submit their manuscripts online via Article Contribution Management System (ACOMS). Online submission facilitates processing and reviewing of submitted articles, thereby substantially shortening the paper lifecycle from submission to publication. After checking the manuscript’s compliance to the Manuscript Guidelines, please follow the “e-Submission” hyperlink in the top navigation menu to begin the online manuscript submission process.


Open Access and Creative Commons License Statement

All JISTaP content is Open Access, meaning it is accessible online to everyone, without fee and authors’ permission. Open access articles are automatically archived in the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI)’s Open Access repository (OAK Central).
All JISTaP content is published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( Under this license, authors reserve the copyright for their content; however, they permit anyone to unrestrictedly use, distribute, and reproduce the content in any medium as far as the original authors and source are cited. For any reuse, redistribution, or reproduction of a work, users must clarify the license terms under which the work was produced.


Manuscript Guidelines

Manuscripts that do not adhere to the guidelines outlined below will be returned for correction. Please read the guidelines carefully and make sure the manuscript follows the guidelines as specified. We strongly recommend that authors download and use the manuscript template in preparing their submissions.

1. Page Layout :
All articles should be submitted in single column text on standard letter size paper (21.59 x 27.94 cm) with normal margins.
2. Length :
Manuscripts should normally be between 4,500 and 9,000 words (10 to 20 pages).
3. File Type:
Articles should be in submitted in Microsoft Word format. To facilitate the manuscript preparation process and speed up the publication process, please use the manuscript template.
4. Title Page :
The title page should start with a concise but descriptive title and the full names of authors along with their affiliations and contact information (i.e., postal and email addresses). An abstract of 150 to 250 words should appear below the title and authors, followed by keywords (4 to 6).
5. Text Style :
  • Use a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) no smaller than size 10.
  • Use single line spacing for paragraphs.
  • Use footnotes to provide additional information peripheral to the text. Footnotes to tables should be marked by
    superscript lowercase letters or asterisks.
6. Figures and Tables :
All figures and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript after the reference list. To note the placement of figures and tables in text, "Insert Table (or Figure) # here" should be inserted in appropriate places. Please use high resolution graphics whenever possible and make sure figures and tables can be easily resized and moved.
7. Acknowledgements :
Acknowledgments should appear in a separate section before the reference list.
8. Citations :
Citations in text should follow the author-date method (authors' surname followed by publication year).
  • Several studies found ... (Barakat et al., 1995; Garfield, 1955; Meho & Yang, 2007).
  • In a recent study (Smith & Jones, 2011) ...
  • Smith and Jones (2011) investigated ...
9. Reference List :
Reference list, formatted in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) style, should be alphabetized by the first author's last name.

  • Journal article
    Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (Year). Article title. Journal Title, volume(issue), start page-end page.
    Smith, K., Jones, L. J., & Brown, M. (2012). Effect of Asian citation databases on the impact factor. Journal of Information Science Practice and Theory, 1(2), 21-34. 
  • Book

Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Book title. Publisher location: Publisher Name.
Smith, K., Jones, L. J., & Brown, M. (2012). Citation patterns of Asian scholars. London: Sage.

  • Book chapter

Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Chapter title. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Book title (pp. xx-xx). Publisher location: Publisher Name.
Smith, K. & Brown, M. (2012). Author impact factor by weighted citation counts. In G. Martin (Ed.), Bibliometric approach to quality assessment (pp. 101-121). New York: Springer.

  • Conference paper

Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Article title. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Conference title (pp. xx-xx). Publisher location: Publisher Name.
Smith, K. & Brown, M. (2012). Digital curation of scientific data. In G. Martin & L. J. Jones (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Digital Curation (pp. 41-53). New York: Springer.

  • Online document

Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Article title. Retrieved month day, year from URL.
Smith, K. & Brown, M. (2010). The future of digital library in Asia. Digital Libraries, 7, 111-119. Retrieved May 5, 2010, from

Manuscript Template for JISTaP