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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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments for the Editor).
  • The paper is in PDF format and prepared using the IJOCTA's two-column template.
  • All references cited in the manuscript have been listed in the References list (and vice-versa) following the referencing style of the journal.
  • There is no copyright material used in the manuscript (or all necessary permissions have been granted).
  • Details of all authors have been provided correctly.
  • I know that the ORCID profile numbers of "all" authors are mandatory, and they are provided at the end of the manuscript as in the template (visit for more details on ORCID).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Maximum five AMS Classification number ( of the study have been provided after keywords.
  • The names and email addresses of at least FOUR (4) possible reviewers have been indicated in "Comments for the Editor" box in "Paper Submission Step 1-Start". Please note that at least two of the recommendations should be from different countries. Avoid suggesting reviewers you have a conflict of interest.

Author Guidelines

New Submissions

Solicited and contributed manuscripts should be submitted to IJOCTA via the journal's online submission system. You need to make registration prior to submitting a new manuscript (please click here to register and do not forget to define yourself as an "Author" in doing so). You may then click on the "New Submission" link on your User Home.

IMPORTANT: If you already have an account, please click here to login. It is likely that you will have created an account if you have reviewed or authored for the Journal in the past.

On the submission page, enter data and answer questions as prompted. Click on the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. The names and contact details of at least four internationally recognized experts who can review your manuscript should be entered in the "Comments for the Editor" box.

You will be prompted to upload your files: Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer. Select the description of the file in the drop down next to the Browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload” button. Review your submission before sending to the Editors. Click the “Submit” button when you are done reviewing. Authors are responsible for verifying all files have uploaded correctly.

You may stop a submission at any phase and save it to submit later. Acknowledgment of receipt of the manuscript by IJOCTA Online Submission System will be sent to the corresponding author, including an assigned manuscript number that should be included in all subsequent correspondence. You can also log-on to submission web page of IJOCTA any time to check the status of your manuscript. You will receive an e-mail once a decision has been made on your manuscript.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts can be prepared using LaTeX (.tex) or MSWord (.docx). However, manuscripts with heavy mathematical content will only be accepted as LaTeX files.

Preferred first submission format (for reviewing purpose only) is Portable Document File (.pdf). Please find below the templates for the first submission.

Download Word and LaTeX templates


Revised Manuscripts

Revised manuscripts should be submitted via IJOCTA online system to ensure that they are linked to the original submission. It is also necessary to start the revision with a point-by-point explanation given to the specific points/questions raised by the referees and the corresponding changes made in the revised version.

To upload your revised manuscript, please go to your author page and click on the related manuscript title. Navigate to the "Review" link on the top left and scroll down the page. Click on the "Choose File" button under the "Editor Decision" title, choose the revised article (in pdf format) that you want to submit, and click on the "Upload" button to upload the author version. Make sure that the file uploaded starts with your responses to the comments of the reviewer(s). IMPORTANT: Eventually, one single PDF document including (i) your responses to the comments of the reviewer(s) and (ii) the revised manuscript on which the changes made are highlighted must be uploaded to the system. Any nonconformity may result in the rejection of your paper.

To avoid any delay in making the article available freely online, the authors also need to upload the source files (Word or LaTex) when submitting revised manuscripts. Files can be compressed if necessary. The two-column submission templates are as follows:

Download Word and LaTeX templates

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.

Submission Metadata

During submission, the authors need to enter all required metadata into the OJS submission system. It must be ensured that:

  • The “Title and abstract” are exactly the same as those on the manuscript.
  • The list of contributors is complete, and all authors are listed in the correct order.
  • The name and surname of each author are given correctly, only the initals of name and surname must be written using capital letters (i.e. Name Surname)
  • The affiliation of each author is correct, and given using the same format as it appears on the manuscript file (i.e. Department of …, Technical University of …, City, Country)
  • The ORCID of each author is provided in the format:
  • A brief bio (max. 150 words) is provided for each author.
  • The keywords are the same as those included in the final manuscript.
  • Any supporting agencies are declared suitably.
  • The list of references is correct and matches with the final manuscript.

Entering all this information into the OJS is important for a smooth process.

Article Processing Charges (APC)

There are no charges for submission and/or publication.

English Editing

Papers must be in English. Both British and American spelling is acceptable, provided usage is consistent within the manuscript. Manuscripts that are written in English that is ambiguous or incomprehensible, in the opinion of the Editor, will be returned to the authors with a request to resubmit once the language issues have been improved. This policy does not imply that all papers must be written in "perfect" English, whatever that may mean. Rather, the criteria require that the intended meaning of the authors must be clearly understandable, i.e., not obscured by language problems, by referees who have agreed to review the paper.

Presentation of Papers

Manuscript style

Use a standard font of the 11-point type: Times New Roman is preferred. It is necessary to single line space your manuscript. Normally manuscripts are expected not to exceed 25 single-spaced pages including text, tables, figures and bibliography. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

During the submission process, you must enter: (1) the full title, (2) names and affiliations of all authors and (3) the full address, including email, telephone, and fax of the author who is to check the proofs. Supply a brief biography of each author at the end of the manuscript after references.

• Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

• Enter an abstract of no more than 250 words for all articles.

Keywords. Authors should prepare no more than 5 keywords for their manuscript.

Maximum five AMS Classification number ( of the study should be specified after keywords.


An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and convey the following:

1. An introduction to the work. This should be accessible by scientists in any field and express the necessity of the experiments executed.

2. Some scientific detail regarding the background to the problem.

3. A summary of the main result.

4. The implications of the result.

5. A broader perspective of the results, once again understandable across scientific disciplines.

It is crucial that the abstract conveys the importance of the work and be understandable without reference to the rest of the manuscript to a multidisciplinary audience. Abstracts should not contain any citation to other published works.

Reference Style

Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in square brackets "[ ]". The bibliography of the work is arranged by the order in which the citations appear in the text. The original number assigned to the reference is used each time that reference is cited in the text.

The first reference cited will be numbered [1] in the text, and the second reference cited will be numbered [2], and so on. If the reference number [1] is cited again later in the text, it will be cited using the number [1].

All references must be complete and accurate. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

DO NOT use abbreviations in the journal names.

Online citations should include the date of access.

References should be listed in the following style:

Journal article
Author, A.A., & Author, B. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, Vol(Issue), pages.
Castles, F.G., Curtin, J.C., & Vowles, J. (2006). Public policy in Australia and New Zealand: The new global context. Australian Journal of Political Science, 41(2), 131–143.

Author, A. (Year). Title of book. Publisher, Place of Publication.
Mercer, P.A., & Smith, G. (1993). Private Viewdata in the UK. 2nd ed. Longman, London.

Author, A. (Year). Title of chapter. In: A. Editor and B. Editor, eds. Title of book. Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
Bantz, C.R. (1995). Social dimensions of software development. In: J.A. Anderson, ed. Annual review of software management and development. CA: Sage, Newbury Park, 502–510.

Internet document
Author, A. (Year). Title of document [online]. Source. Available from: URL [Accessed (date)].
Holland, M. (2004). Guide to citing Internet sources [online]. Poole, Bournemouth University. Available from: [Accessed 4 November 2004].

Newspaper article
Author, A. (or Title of Newspaper) (Year). Title of article. Title of Newspaper, day Month, page, column.
Independent (1992). Picking up the bills. Independent, 4 June, p. 28a.

Author, A. (Year). Title of thesis. Type of thesis (degree). Name of University.
Agutter, A.J. (1995). The linguistic significance of current British slang. PhD Thesis. Edinburgh University.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • Sized to fit on journal page
  • TIFF or JPEG format only
  • Embedded in text files and submitted as separate files (if required)


Tables (and figures) should be embedded in the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below.


Page proofs are sent to the designated author using IJOCTA EProof system. They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt.


The corresponding author of an article will receive a notification of that their article has been published and made available online in PDF format. The authors can download their manuscript free of charge and use considering the rights expressed in the Copyright Notice (see below).


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