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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 to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Use of the ACM Journals/Transactions Word style is encouraged to ensure proper formatting.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • 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.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than as separate files at the end.
  • Once the copyright form is signed, please upload on the last step of the submission as a supplementary material.
  • All authors have been registered on the IJDAT Web portal.
  • Names, affiliations and e-mails of all authors are given on the paper.

Types of Papers

Submissions must be of one of the following types:

Survey Paper

A paper that summarizes and organizes recent research results in a novel way that integrates and adds understanding to work in the field. A survey article assumes a general knowledge of the area; it emphasizes the classification of the existing literature, developing a perspective on the area, and evaluating trends

Tutorial paper

A paper that organizes and introduces work in the field. A tutorial paper assumes its audience is inexpert; it emphasizes the basic concepts of the field and provides concrete examples that embody these concepts.

Paper Length

Papers should not normally exceed 35 pages, including references,  when formatted using the Surveys style. When justified, additional material may be published in an electronic supplement however you will need to go through the manuscript and indicate which pages will form your 35 pages for publication and which pages are for the electronic supplement. Both will be published simultaneously if your manuscript is accepted. Manuscripts of excessive length may be rejected without review.

Manuscript Preparation

Authors are required to prepare and submit their manuscripts electronically. This facilitates both a quicker editorial review process as well as faster and more accurate processing of accepted papers.

IJDAT permits electronic submissions for editorial review only in MS Word format. Use of the ACM Journals/Transactions Word style is encouraged to ensure proper formatting.

To ensure proper indexing, classification, retrieval and dissemination, authors must include the following in the manuscript:

  • Descriptive title
  • Author names and affiliations
  • Abstract
  • Content indicators
  • Citations to relevant literature

Guidelines for the preparation of this material follow.

Descriptive Title

Select a title that accurately and clearly tells what the paper is about. Choose title terms as specific as content and emphasis of the paper permit. Avoid special symbols and formulas in titles unless essential to indicate content.

Author Names and Affiliations

Authors' names should be given without titles or degrees along with the name and address of the organization for which the work was carried out. A footnote on the first page should acknowledge funding sources and presentations, if any, of the material at technical meetings (give dates and sponsoring societies). The author's current address should be given in a footnote on the first page.

The abstract should be at most 100 words long and consist of short, direct sentences. It should state the objectives of the work, summarize the results, and give the principal conclusions. The title need not be repeated. Because abstracts are extracted and used separately, do not use the first person, do not display mathematics, and do not use citation reference numbers. Try to avoid starting with the words "This paper ..."

Content Indicators

Three types of content indicators must be assigned: (1) general terms, (2) subject descriptors, and (3) keywords and phrases. The first two items are selected from the 2012 ACM Computing Classification Scheme. Select as many of these as may be applicable.

The keywords and phrases are additional English language words that indicate the content of the submission. They should not be synonymous with those already in the classification system: they can be more specific than the subject descriptors, or they may not be covered by the existing system at all. The following guidelines may be helpful.

  • Use important terms from the title; include their synonyms, related words and words of higher or lower generic rank.
  • Use English nouns, or noun-noun and noun-adjective combinations; do not use hyphens unless the hyphenated parts are alwaystreated as a single unit.
  • Use specific terms whose meanings are generally accepted; do not use broad catchall terms (such as "computer", "automatic", "machine", "system", "discussion", "description"); do not use private terms or acronyms that may not be generally known.
  • Do not use negative terms stressing what your paper does not do.


Citations must follow the guidelines found within the ACM templates information.Review Process

Papers are assigned to an associate editor who selects referees and oversees the refereeing process. After the refereeing process is complete, the associate editor either rejects the paper or makes a recommendation for acceptance to the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision on acceptance.

As an author you have the option to identify preferred or non-preferred reviewers. Please keep the following conflict of interest guidelines in selecting these reviewers; they are based on the National Science Foundation guidelines. You have a potential conflict of interest if any of the authors has one of the following relationships with a reviewer:

  • Known family relationship as spouse, child, sibling, or parent.
  • Business or professional partnership.
  • Past or present association as thesis advisor or thesis student.
  • Collaboration on a project or on a book, article, report, or paper within the last 48 months.
  • Co-editing of a journal, compendium, or conference proceedings within the last 24 months.
  • Other relationship, such as close personal friendship, that you think might tend to affect the reviewer's judgment or be seen as doing so by a reasonable person familiar with the relationship.

For further assistance

  • Questions regarding editorial review process should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.