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Author Guidelines

Instructions for Author

CJLIS is an open access, peer-reviewed, international journal that publishes academic research and discussions about Library and Information Science. The scope of the journal includes, but not limited to the following:

Content Development and E-Publishing, Cutting Edge Instruction and Reference Techniques, Copyright Issues in Digital Environment, Collection Development Strategies, Digital Library Development and Management, Digital Preservation, Document Delivery, Data Creation and Standards, Evaluation of Library and Information Systems, Faculty/ Librarian Collaborations, Library Management, ICT Applications in LIS, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking Behaviour, Information Literacy, Intellectual Property Rights, Knowledge Organization, Knowledge Management, Capacity Building Initiatives, LIS Education and Training, Preservation and Conservation Strategies, Subject Gateways and Data Mining, Social Networking and Libraries, Total Quality Management (TQM), Web Based Information Services, Internet of Things (IoT)

 The Journal, published biannually and online in open-access theme, welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically using the following link – The text, tables, and figures should be in a single Microsoft Word file (preferably Times New Roman font). The Editor-in-Chief will send an e-mail confirming the receipt of a submitted manuscript to the corresponding author within five (5) business working days of its receipt. By submitting their work, the authors explicitly imply that (i) their manuscript has not been published previously; (ii) it is not under review for publication in another journal; and (iii) the submission of the manuscript has the approval of all the authors.


The copyright of a published manuscript belongs to the authors, with the first publication rights granted to the Journal. The Journal and Covenant University (the Publisher) will not be held responsible for subsequent uses of the work.

Manuscript Types

Original Research Articles: Research articles should describe new, original and confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail to enable other investigators to verify the data. Abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words with 5 - 7 keywords, while manuscripts must be between 4000-5000 words. All references should be arranged using APA referencing style (6th Edition).                                

Reviews:  Reviews covering topics of current interest are solicited and encouraged. These should be concise and should not be longer than six (6) printed pages.

Opinion/Position papers: Opinion/position papers covering topics of current interest are also solicited and encouraged.

Review Process

Each manuscript will be peer-reviewed by at least two referees. The reviewers’ comments will be returned by e-mail to the corresponding author not later than twelve weeks after the confirmation of receipt of a manuscript. The author(s) will make any requested amendments to their manuscript and resubmit it within one month. Any amended manuscript not returned within one month will be treated as a new manuscript. Authors are free to rebut any comment they feel is inappropriate; but they must provide sufficient evidence to back up their rebuttal.


Fees and Charges

Authors publish their articles free of charge and they authorize the Publisher (or its Agent) to archive the article into databases and indexes (such as Google Scholar, Scopus, etc.). They permit the Publisher to apply a digital object identifier (DOI) to their article. The Journal is available online, and is free for view and download.

Formatting instructions

The text should be prepared in Microsoft Word in order to prevent conversion errors. Use a font size of 12 and 1.5 spacing with no paragraph indents. All manuscript pages should be numbered, starting from the title page. Do not italicize common Latin terms (e.g., i.e., in vivo, in vitro, et al., ad libitum).

Regular Articles

Article Title

The title must be concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. The title should be a brief phrase, not more than 150 characters, describing the contents of the paper. The title page should include the authors' full names and affiliations, the name of the corresponding author along with phone, fax and E-mail information. The present addresses of authors, if different from their affiliations, should appear as a footnote.

Structured Abstract

The Abstract should not be more than 250 words in length and should briefly present the topic, state the scope of the research/paper, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited. Following the abstract, provide five key words for indexing purposes.

In general, non-standard Abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and is used often. A list of non-standard abbreviations should be added. Each abbreviation should be spelt out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text.

Authors must supply a structured abstract in their submission, set out under the sub-headings:

  1. Purpose
  2. Design/methodology/approach
  3. Findings
  4. Originality/Value

Maximum is 200 words in total (including keywords and article classification, see below), with a maximum number of 7 keywords. Authors should avoid the use of personal pronouns within the structured abstract and body of the paper (e.g. "this paper investigates..." is correct, "I investigate..." is incorrect).

Review period: 8-12 weeks

The Introduction should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed approach or solution. It should be understandable to colleagues from a broad range of scientific disciplines.

Materials and Methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Methods in general use need not be described in detail. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer's name and address.

The Results should be written in the past tense. It should describe the findings in the authors' research clearly and precisely. Results should be explained, but largely without referring to the literature.

The Discussion should interpret the findings on the basis of the results obtained in the current and in past studies on the topic. It should highlight the main conclusions of the work, emphasizing its importance and relevance in as few sentences as possible. The Results and Discussion sections can include subheadings and, when appropriate, both sections can be combined.

Acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the paper before the references. It may include people, institutions and supporting grants.

Tables are to be typed double-spaced, including headings and footnotes. Each table should be on a separate page, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The legend should describe the details of the methods used in the experiments instead of in the text. The same data should not be presented in both tabular and graphical form or repeated in the text.

Figure legends should be typed in numerical order on a separate sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF or JPEG before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (e.g., Figure 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.


Authors are fully responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. Reference should be in APA format.


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 single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; 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

CUJs have legal responsibilities to ensure that its journals do not publish material that infringes copyright or includes libelous or defamatory content. If a manuscript is perceived to contain potentially libelous content, the Editors, with assistance from the publisher if required, will work with authors to remove the potentially problematic sections. Manuscripts containing material that infringes copyright or is potentially libelous or defamatory may be rejected at the Editor(s)’ discretion. 


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