• 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Pdf/Zip/Rar or other files are not acceptable.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is mandatory for all Authors to submit the CERTIFICATE OF ORIGINALITY 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 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]


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

Manuscript TEMPLATE

The manuscript should be submitted online in MS Word format only with typed in 12 fonts (Times New Roman), single space A4 size (210 mm x 297 mm) format, with a margin not less than 25 mm on each side. It should include

  1. Certificate of Originality
  2. Brief biodata with the individual contribution in the current study.
  3. Title page & Affiliation of Author (s)
  4. Full manuscript

Certificate of Originality

“This is to certify that the reported work in the paper entitled “.........................” submitted for publication in the DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology (DJLIT) is an original one and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. I/we certify that;

  • Citations to the previously reported works have been given and no data/tables/figures have been quoted verbatim from the other publications without giving due acknowledgement and without permission of the author(s).
  • The consent of all the authors of this paper has been obtained before submitting it.
  • All the author has participated sufficiently in any submission to take public responsibility for its content.
  • The publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out. And

Author(s) or author(s) institutions have no conflicts of interest. 

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Name of Author (s) with ORCID ID














(Signature of Primary Contact)”


DRDO Lab Clearance: (Only for officials of DRDO)

It is mandatory to submit the lab clearance by all serving/ retired officials (author’s/ co-author’s) of DRDO along with their manuscript.

“This is to certify that paper titled (title of manuscript), written by (author’s & Co-author’s name with designation), from (lab name) submitted for publication in the ‘DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology’, is categorised as classified/general and suitable for publishing in public domain.


                                                                                                                                                  Name and Signature of the author (s)


                                               Countersigned by Lab Director/ Authorized Officer

                                                                                      (Lab Name)”

Word Counts Accepted

Research articles (max length 3000 words) are expected to contain original research findings in a clear and concise manner.

Review articles (max length 5000 words) are expected to survey, integrate, and critically examine new information accumulated in recent years in a particular subject field. Review articles from subject experts are also commissioned by the Editor.

Short communications/research notes (max length 2000 words) are normally brief reports or technical notes on the progress of ongoing research and/or an application.


Title Page Information

  • Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address.  
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.



An abstract of about 150-200 words for research & review articles, and about 100 words for short communications should be provided in concise and factual manner. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. Any undefined abbreviations and references should be avoided.



Provide 4-6 keywords, which will be used for indexing purpose.


Subdivision - numbered sections

Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Each subsection is given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.  



State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.



The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.



If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc.


Language (usage and editing services) 

The author has to submit a 'Language Editing Certificate' from any professional agency or a native English-language expert, whenever the editorial team asked for it. Please write your text in good English (British usage is accepted).



Tables should supplement and should not duplicate the information contained in the text. Tables 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 Tables should be available with captions. Maximum Five (5-6) Tables are allowed in a manuscript. 



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. Maximum Six (6) figures are allowed in a manuscript. All Figures should be available with captions.


Reference Style

Citation in text 

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full.

Reference links 

Increased discoverability of research and high-quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as Scopus, CrossRef, please ensure that data provided in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect surnames, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. The use of the DOI is encouraged.

Web references  

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

Text: Indicate references by number(s) as superscript in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. Example: '..... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ....' 

List: Number the references (numbers in superscript) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text. References are each numbered, ordered sequentially as they appear in the text, tables, boxes, figure legends.

The maximum number of references, strictly enforced, is 50 for Articles. The latest references should also be provided, otherwise, an explanatory note should be provided separately. A reference should be listed only once. Use of ibid., idem., op.cit., should be avoided.


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.

http://publications.drdo.gov.in/ojs/index.php/djlit/article/view/6878/4701 (accessed on 5 December 2014).

Book/ Monograph

Lancaster, F.W. & Warner, Amy. Intelligent technologies in library and information service applications. Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ, 2001.

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.

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. http://ir.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/1944/1841/1/2.pdf (accessed on 15 April 2015).


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.


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.

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: http://hdl.handle.net/10603/28343


Author’s Proofs

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.

Papers which do not conform to these guidelines will not be accepted for publication in DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology.


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