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Author Guidelines

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit their manuscripts to the editors for publication in EJISDC.

Authors are reminded of our guidelines which state that "authors are cautioned that they should not submit their manuscripts to multiple (more than one) publication outlets in parallel (including conferences, journals, etc.)."  In this respect, EJISDC operates in the same way as most other reputable journals.  It means that authors should send their manuscript to only one journal and not to another one until they have received a response from the first.  Moreover, once your manuscript has been accepted for publication by a journal, you should not submit it to another one without formally withdrawing it from the first before it is actually published.  With most journals now having an online presence, it is very easy to detect instances where authors have previously published their work and when they try to do this their academic reputation will suffer.

All research papers are subjected to a regular peer-review process that is handled by a senior editor. Other forms of submission are also welcome, such as position papers, commentaries, opinion papers and book reviews. Please contact the editor for details. The Journal will focus on information technologies and practices relevant in the context concerned rather than on any accepted norms that might be prevalent in developed countries. In acknowledging that the digital divide is not defined by national borders alone, EJISDC is also interested in issues surrounding information systems among less privileged indigenous communities within otherwise developed countries. Examples are Native Americans, the aboriginal populations of Australia and the Maoris of New Zealand. Authors should ensure that their work is presented clearly, cogently and completely. Manuscripts that are poorly presented may be rejected without review. Authors are encouraged to obtain comments from their colleagues before they submit an article to the journal, particularly with regard to readability of the subject matter. Furtherore, authors should be careful to position their work in such a way that it is interesting for the broad community of people interested in the application of information technologies in developing countries. Papers that present results from a very narrow domain of information, especially exclusively technical topics, and that provide few or no implications for the broader community are unlikely to be accepted. Normal paper length is around 8000-10,000 words. Very short papers are unlikely to be complete and will be rejected. Excessively long papers will subject to careful scrutiny - and authors can expect to be asked to reduce the length. If necessary, you may choose to split a paper into two - but each paper must stand lone as a complete paper. Authors should explain in a covering letter why they believe their submission is appropriate for the journal, and how it will be valuable reading for the journal's readers. They should also indicate if they wish a paper to be given a regular review or a light review. The default option is a light review. Authors are cautioned that they should ensure that they conform to conventional standards of style and authorship, specifically with respect to the citing of material in other sources. All such citations must be indicated by the use of quotation marks and reference information - author, year, and page numbers where appropriate, with a corresponding item in a list of references. Manuscripts that fail to attribute material correctly, or are otherwise deemed guilty of plagiarism, will be rejected. Note: all submissions are pre-reviewed by a senior editor to determine if the manuscript is of interest to and relevant for the journal. Authors are also cautioned that they should not submit their manuscripts to multiple (more than one) publication outlets in parallel (including conferences, journals, etc.). Topics of interest are as wide and diverse as the audience that we address. However, certain issues relating to ICTs in developing countries sit at the forefront of system planning and development activities and contributions relating to these are especially sought as it believed that they will have an immediate interest among a wide audience. Such topics are: Internet Usage * Diffusing access * ISP Management Issues * Maximising the use of limited resources * Adapting technologies to local conditions * Evolution of the Internet * Internet policies and regulations * National and regional level Internet policies IT in Development Practice * Technology transfer * Sustainability * Measuring the social value of IT * Telecentre impacts * IT spending-benefit relationships * Societal impacts of IT implementation * Coping with resistance to change IT Policy Making * Policy making processes for IT in the developing world * IT to support policy decision making * National policy analyses and comparisons * Role of the government * Government - private sector cooperation and competition * IT implementation success/failure factors Rural Applications of IT * Telecommunications in rural & remote communities * Supporting rural economies * Developing and managing telecentres * Health care delivery * IT support for rural commerce * eGovernance for rural communities Educational and Cultural Issues * Teaching computing in developing countries * Computer literacy for development * IT curriculum development * Organisational capacity building * Cross-cultural analyses of IT applications * Cultural adaptation to IT * Cultural brriers to IT diffusion Research Practice in IT in Development * Theory building for IT in development * Bibliographic analyses of IT issues in development * Research relevance and impact * Methodologies for IT and IS research in development: * Action research * Ethnography * Phenomenology and critical hermeneutics Manuscripts are invited covering research, case studies or commentaries on the above topics, or an any other topic considered relevant to the Journal's theme. Comparative analyses between the developed and developing world are encouraged. Send your submissions to the Editor-in-Chief or any of the senior editors.


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 doc (or docx) format. Please do not submit pdf, rtf, txt or LaTeX files.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  4. The text is single-spaced and single-columned; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); with figures and tables placed within the text, rather than at the end.
  5. Please see recent articles published by the journal for a guide to publication style. As a brief guide, here is how we format journal articles, books, conference papers and websites:

    Journal Article:

    Tessler, S., Barr, A. and Hanna, N. (2003) National Software Industry Development: Considerations for Government Planners. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. 13, 10, 1-17.


    Schumpeter, J.A. (1934) The Theory of Economic Development. Cambridge Mass., Harvard University Press. 

    Conference Paper: 

    Xia, E.J., Zhang, M., Zhu, H.J. and Jia, S.N. (2012) Research on the Performance of Innovation Subjects in Different Innovation Models. 19th International Conference on Management Science and Engineering. Dallas, September 20-22.


    InfoDev/World Bank (2014) Enhancing Access to Finance for Technology Entrepreneurs in Southern Africa,

  6. Indicate your preference on whether you want this paper to be subjected to review by editors only or by a panel of reviewers at the Comments for the Editor (text area below). The default is review by editors only.
  7. The authors confirm that all previously published material that is included in this paper is appropriately cited - with the use of quotation marks where appropriate, and complete reference details. Plagiarism (unattributed copying of material from other sources, whether books, journals, conference papers, other monographs or any web pages) is explicitly forbidden. Authors who include plagiarised content are liable to have their submission rejected without further consideration. In case of doubt, please contact the editor at
  8. The authors ensure that the manuscript has been proofread and where necessary copyedited so as to ensure that the English standard is as good as possible. A manuscript that has many grammatical and spelling mistakes, or is otherwise impossible to read, will be rejected without review.

Copyright Notice

An author submitting a paper agrees to license EJISDC to publish the paper if and when the manuscript is accepted. Papers published in EJISDC are protected by copyright, which is retained by the authors. Authors control translation and reproduction rights to their works published in EJISDC. Permission of the author must be secured if a paper originally published in EJISDC is being considered for reprinting or translation. Authors are expected to ensure that any reprinting or translation contains a reference or pointer to the original paper published in EJISDC. Authors submitting papers to EJISDC do so with the understanding that with Internet publishing authors and publishers do not always have the means to prevent unauthorized copying or editing of copyrighted works. Downloads of papers in EJISDC are permitted for personal and educational use only. Commercial use requires explicit permission from the Editor in Chief.

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The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
ISSN: 1681-4835