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Author Guidelines



DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology (DJLIT), a bimonthly, peer-reviewed publication of the Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC) which publishes research and review papers on subjects of Library science and  IT-enabled technology and applications. Papers submitted to DJLIT are evaluated by eminent experts in the  field. Interested author(s) may submit research papers based  on the following guidelines:

(a) Typescript Requirement
Research papers (max length 3000 words) containing original research findings in a clear and concise manner.
Review articles (max length 5000 words) should survey, integrate and examine new information accumulated in recent years on a particular subject.
(b) Submission of Typescript
Authors should submit the soft copy (MS-Word compatible) in A-4 size. It should include: (i) title page with a running short title, (ii) abstract, (iii) keywords (iv) nomenclature of symbols used, (v) tables/figures/illustrations along with their captions in serial order as they appear in text (vi) Address, telephone numbers, and e-mail ID.
It is mandatory for authors to submit manuscript via online submission system at: in MS Word format only. In case of problems in uploading, a copy can be sent at
It is mandatory on the part of the corresponding author to furnish the following certificate at the time of submission of manuscript in the online submission

[This is to certify that the reported work entitled, “....” submitted for publication in DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology (DJLIT) is an original work and has not been submitted/published elsewhere. I/We further certify that proper citations to the previous reported work have been given and no data/tables/figures have been quoted verbatim from other publications without giving due acknowledgement and without the permission of the original author(s). The consent of all the authors of this paper has been obtained for submitting the paper to the Journal.
[Signature and names of all the authors]

Title Page
The title page should include: title of the article, name(s) of author(s) and affiliation(s), and the contact person to whom communications should be sent (in the case of a multi-authored paper).
An abstract of about 200 words for research papers and for about 150 words for review articles should be provided along with the paper. An abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the study, indicate significant data, and point out major findings, conclusions and overall relevance and benefits to the LIS community.
At least six to ten keywords representing the complete subject content of the paper should be given.
References to published literature should be numbered consecutively in order of their citation in the text and placed at the end of the paper. In the text, these should be indicated by superscripts. Latest references should be provided. Use of ibid., idem., op. cit., may be avoided. A reference should be listed only once. but cited in the text in parentheses (for example, ref. 5, p. 79). Explanatory material may be given as an appendix. Some examples of references are:
(i) Journal Article
Brown, S.J. & Duguid, P. Balancing act: How to capture knowledge without killing it. Harvard Business Rev., 2000, 78(3), 73-80.
Kumbhar, Rajendra. Academic library’s responses to the emerging trends in higher education. DESIDOC J. of Lib. & Inf. Tech., 2014, 34(6), 477-85. (accessed on 5 December 2014).
The electronic sources should include the URL and date of access. Standard abbreviations as per the international standards should be used for the titles of periodicals. However, single and double word journal titles should be given in full.
(ii) Book/Monograph
Lancaster, F.W. & Warner, Amy. Intelligent technologies in library and information service applications. Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 2001.
(iii) Chapter from a Book
Gupta, Dinesh K. A focus on customers: Imperative for managing quality in library and information services. In Delivering service quality: Managerial challenges for the 21st century, edited by M. Raghavachari & K.V. Ramani. Macmillan, New Delhi, 2000, 401-06.
(iv) Conference Paper
Huggett, Sarah & Lau, Georgin. Metrics in research evaluation. In 10th International CALIBER 2015: Innovative Librarianship: Adapting to Digital Realities, 12-14 March 2015, Shimla, HP. 2015. pp. 12-20. (accessed on 15 April 2015).
(v) Report
Birkler, John; Smith, Giles; Kent, Gleen A. & Johnson, Robert V. An acquisition strategy, process, and organisation for innovative systems. National Defence Research Institute, RAND, USA, 2000. RAND-MR-1098-0SD.
(vi) Standard
Bureau of Indian Standards. Quality management and quality assurance standards, Part 3: Guidelines for the application of 180 9001:1994 to the development, supply, installation and maintenance of computer software (first revision). BIS, New Delhi, 1997. 32 p. 18/IS0: 9000-3 (Part 3)-1997.
(vii) Thesis/Dissertation
Dutta, Nandini. Changing ethos of library service in the new environment: A study of select special libraries in Delhi. University of Delhi. 2012. PhD Thesis. 372p. URI:
Tables should supplement and not duplicate the information contained in the text. They should be explicitly referred to in the text in numerical order with brief titles. Column headings should be brief, bold and the units of measurement should be placed below the headings in parentheses.
All figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings and photographs) should be of good quality. Illustrations should be numbered in order of their occurrences in the text with Indo-Arabic numerals and with short descriptive captions. Lettering should remain legible after a reduction of 50-60 per cent. Scanned/photocopied images reproduced poorly should be avoided. Illustrations taken from other publications must be acknowledged. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission for reprinting illustrations in DJLIT. Colour should be used only where absolutely necessary for understanding of the figure.
Non-standard abbreviations may be shown in brackets where they are first mentioned, and these abbreviations should be used whenever the same terms appear again in the text. Abbreviations should, however, be kept to a minimum.
Proofs & Complimentary Journal Copies
Final proofs of the papers will be sent for correction (to be carried out within
three working days) to all the authors for clearance before sending for printing. All the authors(s) will be given a hardcopy of Issue free of charge.
Papers which do not conform to these guidelines will not be accepted for publication in DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology.

Papers submitted to the journal are subjected to checking through plagiarism checking software. However, it is authors' responsibility to check the plagiarism before submission to the Journal.


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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Pdf/Zip/Rar or other files are not acceptable.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

    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.

  4. References are accurate and well formatted according to style of DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology. All references mentioned in the Reference list must be cited in the text, and vice versa. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.


  5. I verify that permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web). Publisher is nowhere involved in the process.

  6. It is mandatory for all Authors to submit the following certificate duly signed and submit as supplementary (.doc) File along with the manuscript.


    This is to certify that the reported work entitled, ……………………………………………………………………………… submitted for publication in DJLIT is an original work and has not been submitted/published elsewhere. I/We further certify that proper citations to the previous reported work have been given and no data/tables/figures have been quoted verbatim from other publications without giving due acknowledgement and without the permission of the original author(s).

    Please note that each contributor must complete an individually signed agreement

    Contributor Signature:


    Contributor Full Name :
    AFFLIATION (Company, Univ.):

    This Agreement must be on file prior to the publication of the work. If you are unable to send through  OJS, please e-mail the scanned copy of the signed certificate to or through post.

    How to submit the Certificate

    (1) Copy the text from the above and paste in the doc file
    (2) Scan your signature and paste in the Contributor Signature section
    (3)  Save and upload as supplementary file along with manuscript


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