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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.
  • The submission uses the IJDC template and conforms to the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission fulfils the requirements of the IJDC Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement.

Author Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit articles relating to data management, curation, or preservation of digital resources. The editors will inform you if your paper does not appear to be within the scope of the journal. For further information on this scope please refer to ‘About the Journal’.

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The IJDC Template

The IJDC supplies a template as an example of the required layout. It contains guidance on formatting your submission and preparing the references list of citations within your article. We currently provide a template in MS Word format. Submissions can also be made in the ODT format used by LibreOffice. 

If you have any queries about the template please contact 

Important notes:

  1. Submissions in the Research Paper, Conference Paper and General Article categories should be 5,000- 7,000 words in length. Brief Reports should be 2,000 - 4,000 words. These word counts exclude the first page, references, and any appendices. These figures are a guideline. Longer submisisions may be acceptable, at the editors discretion.
  2. When submitting your article please ensure you complete the metadata we need, preferably using the submission form. This must include at least the names, email addresses, and organisation of ALL authors. The article metadata must also include a title,  the text of an abstract, and the type of article you are submitting  (=section of the journal). You can do this on the submission form on the website, or in the body of a submission email. Failure to supply this information at submission stage will delay publication of your article.
  3. Unless you are submitting a Conference Paper, PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IN THE BODY OF YOUR SUBMISSION, and please also delete any that might be found in the document properties/metadata. 
  4. ALL submissions must use the IJDC template. The preferred submission formats are MS Word or Open Document format. If you require LaTeX for mathematical notation please contact the editors for advice on submitting in this format.  Lone PDF files or hard copies will not be accepted as complete submissions.
  5. If you are including supplementary content, i.e. any content not intended for presentation within the published version of your paper, please supply it in a separate file or files rather than within the body of your manuscript text.
  6. Please refer to the Data Policy (under ‘About the Journal’) and be prepared to provide the appropriate sources for the type of article you are submitting.
  7. The journal uses an adapted form of American Psychological Association (APA) bibliographic and formatting standards. For example:

Rusbridge, C., & Lyon, E. (2005). Editorial. The International Journal of Digital Curation 1(1), 1-2. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v1i1.1

If you submit a paper or article written using another citation and formatting manual, this will not be grounds for rejection, but we will require you to reformat your submission prior to publication.

More examples of APA referencing style can be found on the University of Arizona Libraries Web site.

We acknowledge receipt of all papers submitted to us. If you have not received an acknowledgement within 10 days of submission please contact us.

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