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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 to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format (or RTF or OpenOffice), using the IQ template linked below in Author Guidelines. Submissions not using the template will be returned.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than bold and underlining.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. All MUST include alt-text descriptions so the material is accessible for non-visual readers.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial License 4.0 International applies to all works published by IASSIST Quarterly. Authors retain copyright of the work.

Author Guidelines

The template including guidelines for authors of the IASSIST Quarterly is available as Word template for download here:

Letters to the Editor

The IASSIST Quarterly recognizes the importance of post-publication commentary on published research in extending the research enterprise and developing new lines of inquiry.  Such commentary on published papers can involve clarifications of, alternate perspectives on, or challenges to the author’s line of thinking. The original author(s) will be offered the opportunity to respond, and so letters may be accompanied by a reply from the original author(s) if they wish. 

Letters to the Editor should ideally be based on knowledge contemporaneous with the original paper, rather than subsequent research developments.  Authors of very extensive works, including replications of original research, will be advised to re-submit them as regular articles.  Letters will not be peer-reviewed but submissions that appear to be simply attempts to avoid peer review will not be published.  If a submission serves only to identify an important problem with the published paper, it will usually lead to the publication of a clarification statement, e.g., a correction or retraction, rather than publication of the letter itself.

Letters to the Editor and replies will cite the original published paper.  The journal will only consider Letters to the Editor on papers published in the IASSIST Quarterly.  Letters to the Editor should be less than 1,100 words, excluding references.  They should be written in a neutral tone and all discussion must relate to the original published article.  Letters should employ the regular author template (although letters do not require abstracts) and should be submitted through the journal’s online system.  Submissions not using the template will be returned.  Contributions that do not comply with the stated submission criteria will not be considered. 

Author names for published letters will be omitted from issues' table of contents but included in the paper itself.  Letters will receive their own Digital Object Identifiers in the same way articles do.  The decision to accept or reject these submissions is at the sole discretion of the Editor(s).

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