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Author Guidelines

  • Manuscript Preparation

      The JISCR requirements for manuscript publication are generally in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to IEEE Journals. These requirements may also be found in the introductory issue of the JISCR, and many other journals.

The JISCR guidelines integrate the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to computer science Journals, and are intended to help authors prepare their papers to meet the specific requirements of the JISCR so that their work may proceed smoothly through the publication process. Manuscripts should be written in English and submitted online:

Text Formatting

Manuscript, including title page, abstract, the main text, conclusion, acknowledgments, references, individual tables and legends, must be typewritten (Times New Roman) with a font size of 12, on 8 1/2 x 11 inch (21.5 x 28 cm) or size A4 paper, with margins of at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) and double spacing. Insert page numbers consecutively, beginning with the title page.  Put the page number in the upper right-hand corner of each page.

Tables, figures and figure legends are uploaded as separate files on the manuscript submission website. Figure legends should be included on a separate page from the figures themselves. If the abstract is not typed directly into Manuscript Central, please submit that as a separate upload. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter signed by the author and all co-authors. The JISCR  recommends that authors should consider having their manuscripts professionally edited prior to submission; even more so for authors for whom English is a second language.

Word Limits

Original articles should be up to 5000 words, (excluding abstract and references), and have no more than six figures and tables.

Review articles should have a maximum length up to 6000 words, (excluding abstract and references), plus 4-5 tables or figures. Subheadings should be used within the article to highlight the content of different sections.

Case reports should be prepared in a narrative style and comprise an abstract; a short introduction stating the reasons for reporting the case; the case report including history, investigations, and outcomes; and a discussion referring to the relevant literature. Maximum length 2000 words with no more than two figures and tables.

Title Page Information

Title. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems and, therefore, the title of the submitted work should be concise, informative and in English. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publishing, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.


Abstract should be in English. Each abstract should be no more than 200 words.  Although the JISCR uses unstructured abstracts; however, the abstract should include the following – background, brief description of methods and results (give specific data and their statistical significance, if possible), and conclusion.  Emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations.  The word “Abstract” should be in Title case and bolded. 


Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, that will aid in cross-indexing the article. Keywords must enable abstracters to properly categorize the manuscript so interested researchers can easily find it in journal article data bases.

Text Structure

The text of observational and experimental articles is usually – but not necessarily – divided into sections with headings.  JISCR make use of headings which include Introduction, Methods (or Materials and Methods), Results, Discussion and Conclusion.

Long articles may need subheadings within the sections to clarify their content, especially the Results and Discussion sections.  Other types of articles, such as Case Reports are likely to need different headings and subheadings.  Generally, avoid overuse of subheadings, especially in the Methods section.  Headings should be numbered, bolded and subheadings italicized.


This must include the adequate background and objectives of the work, avoiding a detailed literature surveys or lengthy result summaries of previously published relevant studies.

Materials and Methods

Experimental methods must be presented in a concise and informative way with enough detail to enable the work to be reproduced. Any published methods must have references and modifications should be described. In studies of diagnostic accuracy, the methods section should mention the inclusion and exclusion criteria of patients or healthy subjects involved in the study together with information on patient recruitment. Textual re-use of portions of an author’s previous work in the methods section will be considered, providing that an explanatory note is included with appropriate referencing: “The methods are exactly as published in the previous publication....”.

Statistical Analysis

Any calculation sections must clarify a practical development taken from a theoretical basis. The author(s) should adequately describe or reference all statistical procedures used in the current study in a paragraph at the end of the methods section. It is expected that the statistical tests used are appropriately selected and applied, with an indication of the related assumptions and how they have been tested. The ambiguous use of statistical terms should be avoided such as random with the meaning of haphazard, correlation instead of association, etc. In presenting results, all the participants in the study must be accounted for. Exact p-values and confidence intervals are to be used.


Present results in a logical sequence according to the flow of information in the text, tables and illustrations. Do not repeat all the data in the tables or illustrations. Emphasize or summarize only important observation and avoid repetition of all of the data.


Highlight new and important aspects of the study and any conclusions based on them. Be concise and avoid repetition of any data and material given in the Introduction or the Results section. Mention the implications of the findings and any limitations, and state possible implications for future research. Other relevant studies should be linked to the observations.


Conclusions must be linked to the aims of the research and must be supported by the data. Any new hypotheses may be stated, but must be highlighted as new. Authors are free to include recommendations based on their work.

In shorter manuscripts, such as those intended to be Technical Notes or Case Reports, the Results and Discussion sections should be combined. 



The Acknowledgements section immediately precedes the Reference list. List all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be listed.


The heading of the reference list should be 'References,' and it should contain only published or in-press references cited by number (s) in the text. The References header should be bolded. Published abstracts, printed manufacturer’s protocols or instructions, and World Wide Web (WWW) site URLs may be validly cited as references. However, when citing the WWW as a reference, mention the date and time of accessing the website.

Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in tables, and legends by Arabic numerals.  References cited only in tables or legends should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure.

Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.

Example: '.... as demonstrated [3,6]. Barnaby and Jones [8] obtained a different result ....' 
List:  Within the reference list, number the references 1., 2., 3., etc., in the order in which they appear in the text.  

Reference Style

References should be in the IEEE style. Further details of IEEE style of references can be found at the following website:


Examples of correct forms of references are given below.

Print References


Author(s). Book title. Location: Publishing company, year, pp. Example: W.K. Chen. Linear Networks and Systems. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1993, pp. 123-35.

Book Chapters

Author(s). “Chapter title” in Book title, edition, volume. Editors name, Ed. Publishing location: Publishing company, year, pp. Example: J.E. Bourne. “Synthetic structure of industrial plastics,” in Plastics, 2nd ed., vol. 3. J. Peters, Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964, pp.15-67.

Article in a Journal

Author(s). “Article title”. Journal title, vol., pp, date. Example: G. Pevere. “Infrared Nation.” The International Journal of Infrared Design, vol. 33, pp. 56-99, Jan. 1979.

Articles from Conference Proceedings (published)

 Author(s). “Article title.” Conference proceedings, year, pp. Example: D.B. Payne and H.G. Gunhold. “Digital sundials and broadband technology,” in Proc. IOOC-ECOC, 1986, pp. 557-998.

 Papers Presented at Conferences (unpublished)

 Author(s). “Paper’s title,” Conference name, Location, year. Example: B. Brandli and M. Dick. “Engineering names and concepts,” presented at the 2nd Int. Conf. Engineering Education, Frankfurt, Germany, 1999.


Author(s)/Inventor(s). “Name/Title.” Country where patent is registered. Patent number, date. Example: E.E. Rebecca. “Alternating current fed power supply.” U.S. Patent 7 897 777, Nov. 3, 1987.

Electronic References


 Author. (year, Month day). Book title. (edition). [Type of medium]. Vol. (issue). Available: site/path/file [date accessed]. Example: S. Calmer. (1999, June 1). Engineering and Art. (2nd edition). [On-line]. 27(3). Available: [May 21, 2003].


Author. (year, month). “Article title.” Journal title. [Type of medium]. Vol. (issue), pages. Available: site/path/file [date accessed]. Example: A. Paul. (1987, Oct.). “Electrical properties of flying machines.” Flying Machines. [Online]. 38(1), pp. 778-998. Available: www.flyingmachjourn/properties/ [Dec. 1, 2003].

World Wide Web

Author(s)*. “Title.” Internet: complete URL, date updated* [date accessed]. M. Duncan. “Engineering Concepts on Ice. Internet:, Oct. 25, 2000 [Nov. 29, 2003].

Odd Sources


Author(s)*. “Article title.” Newspaper (month, year), section, pages. Examples: B. Bart. “Going Faster.” Globe and Mail (Oct. 14, 2002), sec. A p.1. “Telehealth in Alberta.” Toronto Star (Nov. 12, 2003), sec. G pp. 1-3.

Dissertations and Theses

Author. “Title.” Degree level, school, location, year. Example: S. Mack. “Desperate Optimism.” M.A. thesis, University of Calgary, Canada, 2000.


 Lecturer(s). Occasion, Topic: “Lecture title.” Location, date. Example: S. Maw. Engg 251. Class Lecture, Topic: “Speed skating.” ICT 224, Faculty of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Oct. 31, 2003.


 Author. Subject line of posting. Personal E-mail (date). Example: J. Aston. “RE: new location, okay?” Personal e-mail (Jul. 3, 2003).

 Internet – Newsgroup

 Author or Topic*, “Title,” Complete network address, date when it was updated [date accessed]. Example: G.G. Gavin. “Climbing and limb torsion #3387,” USENET: sci.climb.torsion, Apr. 19, 2000 [Oct. 4, 2002].

* if you can’t find this information, exclude it.

 Exact page number References

To refer readers to specific page numbers in a text, use the number of the reference followed by a colon (:) and the page numbers. Example: Johnson suggests that citing will lead to a decrease in being cited for plagiarism [1:28- 29].

 The [1] refers to the numbered reference

And the 28-29 refers to the pages being cited

Additional Information


  • Tables must have a title and be ordered consecutively according to their citations in the text. Columns must contain a heading and explanations may only be placed in footnotes.
  • Non-standard abbreviations must be clarified in footnotes and the following symbols must be used in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, **, ††, ‡‡, §§ 
  • Bar graphs and pie charts should not be used unless absolutely necessary.

 Legends for Tables

The JISCR has a slightly modified pattern of legends for tables and figures. Table legends should follow the pattern: [Table 2- Average height and weight of patient…….”]. In-text: [Table-2 indicates the average height and……”.]


Figures must be submitted in a neutral data format (Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) or Portable Network Graphics (PNG)) with a resolution of 300 dpi. Do not use Power Point, Harvard Graphics, or PC Paint and do not import illustrations into Microsoft Word. Scanned figures must have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) relative to the reproduction size.

 Legends for Illustrations

Legends must be submitted as a separate file, double-spaced, and numbered according to the illustrations,. In-text: [Figure-1 shows the effect of ………]. Symbols, arrows, numbers or letters used must be clearly identified and explained in the legend. The internal scale and method of staining in photomicrographs must be explained.

 Units of Measurement

Measurements of volume, height, length, and weight must be reported in metric units or their decimal multiples. Temperatures must be represented in degrees Celsius. Blood pressures must be represented in millimeters of mercury. The International System of Units (SI) must be used to report all hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements. Non-metric units are only permitted if commonly used in a specialist field.

 Abbreviations and Symbols

Terms and nomenclature must adhere to standards and lists used by appropriate international committees or organizations (the International Anatomical Nomenclature Committee, I.U.P.A.C., I.U.B., the Enzyme Commission, the Committee on International Standardization of Gene Nomenclature (ISGN)). The full term for an abbreviation must precede its first use in the text. Standard units of measurement may be abbreviated e.g., Liter(s) L, Micro µ etc.

 Electronic submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts can be sent by e-mail or submitted electronically via the JISCR website: by first registering to the website and then submitting your manuscript by signing in using your username and password. Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors are required to provide the original copy of the assignment of copyright dully signed by all authors.

A cover letter and permissions to reproduce previously published material or to use illustrations identifying human subjects must be submitted with the manuscript. The EIC reserves the right to publish the manuscript in a different category than specified by the author.

Possible duplicate publication issues, or financial or other factors that may cause conflicts of interest, should be stated in the cover letter along with any other information the EIC may need in making a decision in such cases. Permission to include sensitive personal information about identifiable persons, or to name persons for their contributions must be included.

For manuscript publication, a Copyright Assignment Form must be signed by all authors and submitted. This demonstrates that all required approvals and/or reviews have been obtained. The EIC reserve the right to request a written clarification of individual author’s roles in the manuscript content. Submission of manuscripts from third parties without the explicit, written permission of the author(s) will not be accepted.

Submission checklist

You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in the JISCR Authors Guidelines for more details.

 Ensure that the following items are present before uploading your manuscript:

  • Title page along with required information
  • One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details (E-mail and full postal address).
  • Key words
  • All figures (include relevant captions)
  • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
  • Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided

 Supplemental files (where applicable)

  • Manuscript has been “spell and grammar” checked
  • All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
  • Relevant declarations of interest have been made
  • Journal policies, detailed in Author Guidelines, have been reviewed

Policies of the Journal for Information Security and Cybercrimes Research (JISCR )

Journal for Information Security and Cybercrimes Research (JISCR ) strictly follows the publication policies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on Ethical Standards, Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest.

Ethical Standards

When human subjects are involved in experimentation, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and / or with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Do not disclose a patient's personal information at all, especially in illustrative material. Every effort must be made to protect the anonymity of patients or victims and their families.

Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution's policy on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Journal for Information Security and Cybercrimes Research (JISCR )  is committed to following and upholding the highest standards of research and publication ethics, international guidelines, procedures, and policies [such as outlined by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), and Office of Research Integrity (ORI)] when dealing with any case of suspected ethical misconduct. If such a case arises, the Journal may share relevant information with necessary third parties (for example, authors’ institutes). All information is treated in a strict confidential, factual, and non-judgmental manner. The JISCR will also retain the right to pursue any issues of ethical misconduct even after rejection or withdrawal of a manuscript from the Journal.

 Confidentiality (adapted from the ICMJE Statement on Confidentiality)

Manuscripts should be reviewed with due respect for authors' confidentiality. In submitting their manuscripts for review, authors entrust editors with the results of their scientific labor and creative effort, upon which their reputation and career may depend. Authors' rights may be violated by disclosure or by revelation of the confidential details of the review of their manuscript.

Reviewers also have rights to confidentiality, which must be respected by the editor. Confidentiality may have to be breached if there are allegations of fraud or dishonesty but otherwise must be honored.

The editor should not disclose information about manuscripts, including their receipt, their content, their status in the review process, their criticism by reviewers, or their ultimate fate. Such information should be provided only to authors themselves and reviewers. 

The editor’s makes clear to reviewers that manuscripts sent for review are privileged communications and are the private property of the authors. Therefore, reviewers and other people involved in the editorial process should respect the authors' rights by not publicly discussing the authors' work or appropriating their ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the manuscript for their files and are prohibited from sharing it with others, except with the permission of the editor. Reviewers’ identities are confidential, and will not be revealed to authors or to others. Reviewers' comments may be shared with other reviewers of the same manuscript.

Conflicts of Interest (adapted from the ICMJE Statement on Conflict of Interest)

A conflict of interest for a given manuscript exists when a participant in the peer-review and publication process – author, reviewer or Editor – has ties to activities that could inappropriately influence his/her judgment, whether or not judgment is in fact affected. Financial relationships with industry (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria or expert testimony), either directly or through immediate family, are generally considered the most important conflicts of interest. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic or research competition, and intellectual passion.

Public trust in the peer-review process and the credibility of published work depend in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer-review and editorial decision making. Bias can often be identified and eliminated by careful attention to the scientific methods and conclusions of the work. Financial relationships and their effects are less easily detected than other types of conflicts of interest. Participants in peer-review should disclose their conflicting interests, and the information should be made available so that others can judge their effects for themselves. 

Authors are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work when they submit a manuscript or letter. They should acknowledge in the manuscript all financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections to the work.

Submission of manuscripts or commentary primarily for the purpose of bolstering an author’s position as an expert witness in legal proceedings is not acceptable. 

Reviewers should disclose to the editor any conflicts of interest that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and they should disqualify themselves from specific manuscripts if they believe it to be appropriate. The editor must be made aware of conflicts of interest to interpret the reviews and judge whether the reviewer should be disqualified. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work gained during the review process, before publication of the work, to further their own interests.

The editor should have no personal financial involvement in any of the issues that he/she may be called upon to judge. Published manuscripts and letters should include a description of all financial support and any conflict of interest that, in the editor's judgment, readers should know about.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Journal retain copyright and users may read, copy and distribute the work in any medium or format for non-commercial purposes, provided the authors and the journal is appropriately credited. The users are allowed to remix, transform or build upon the published material.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

 Release of Full Text of Accepted Manuscripts Prior to Publication

Requests for the release of accepted Papers, Technical Notes or Case Reports prior to their actual publication are occasionally made by the media or by attorneys involved in courtroom proceedings.  The full release of accepted, but as yet unpublished, peer-reviewed items by authors is not permitted, except by permission of the editor and the publisher. 'Full release' means a complete copy of the manuscript, or any other type of reproduction of the complete work including all data.  This prohibition does not, and is not intended to, apply to short summaries (even in the form or brief news releases), or brief abstracts for or from meeting presentations.

Requests should be made in writing to JISCR, and provide the reasons for the request.  Requests for the pre-publication release of accepted items will be carefully considered, and generally honored for legitimate reasons.

If the approvals of JISCR and of Naif University Publishing House are granted, Naif University Publishing House will produce, for a one-time fee (approximately the same as the cost of reprints), the copies that are to be released.  Because many manuscripts go through several iterations of modification, correction, and revision, this procedure helps ensure that the actually accepted version of the work, as it will appear in print, is released.

For further clarification or information regarding JISCR Authors Guidelines, Policies, and procedure, please contact JISCR Editorial Office:

Dr. Meryem Ammi

Phone Numbers: 00966533451661

          00966112463444 ext. 2202





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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Journal retain copyright and users may read, copy and distribute the work in any medium or format for non-commercial purposes, provided the authors and the journal is appropriately credited. The users are allowed to remix, transform or build upon the published material.

For more information about copyright restrictions (JISCR copyright form )



Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.