Authors' Guide

Authors' Guide


The Journal of Information Security and Cybercrimes Research (JISCR) is a peer-reviewed, open access (CC BY-NC), international journal, that publishes specialized researches on Information Security and its pertinent topics in order to disseminate the comprehensive concepts of security policies and mechanisms in the cyberspace. JISCR contributes also to the advance of knowledge related to the regulations and laws for insuring cybersecurity. JISCR is an official publication of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The topics covered in JISCR include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer and network security and its applications (encryption, e-commerce security, intrusion detection systems and firewall, biometric applications security).
  • Policies, laws and legal frameworks (cybercrime laws), developing cyber safety policies.
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property Law.
  • IT Governance, Risk Management, Incident Response, Digital Forensics & Security, Blockchain and Smart Contract.
  • Security, privacy, multimedia and mobile security.
  • Data Science Security.
  • Computer physical security.
  • Human Factors in Cyber ​​Security.

Manuscript categories

  • Original research papers
  • Case reports
  • Review articles
  • Rapid communications
  • Brief/Technical notes
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Book reviews
  • Conferences/Symposia proceedings
  • Announcements
  • Legal analysis and updates

Terms and Conditions of Publishing in the JISCR

The journal welcomes original contributions from scholars, researchers, academics, and information security & digital forensic practitioners from all over the world, under the following terms and conditions:

  • Papers must be written in English.
  • Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere unless it was a conference paper. If it was a conference paper, then this should be noted together with a statement that the paper has been completely re-written and that either:
    • It was not originally copyrighted or
    • That the author has cleared any necessary permission with the copyright owner if it has been previously copyrighted.
  • Previous publication in another language should also be disclosed.
  • All papers are refereed, and the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to refuse any manuscript, whether on the invitation or otherwise, and to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication.
  • JISCR places great emphasis on the originality and quality of the papers published in this journal. Submitted manuscripts are first reviewed by the EIC who has the authority to reject the paper or he can refer to one of the Associate Editors (AE) for further review. The AE evaluates the paper and decides whether it describes a sufficient body of work to support a major advance in a particular field. If the AE does not judge the manuscript suitable for the journal, alone or in consultation with other AEs, the manuscript may be rejected outright, without external peer review, with the reasons outlined in the decision letter sent to the author. If the AE does judge the manuscript suitable for the journal, it will then be subjected to external peer review with the consent of EIC.

Peer-Review Process

A full double-blind refereeing process is applied in which papers are sent to 3-4 experts for their peer review. The opinions of up to three experts are sought to evaluate the manuscript fully with respect to its significance, relevance, quality, and clarity. On receipt of all reviewer comments, and potentially further consultation amongst other editors, a decision is rendered by the AE and co-signed by the EIC, who will send the decision to the corresponding author. The whole process may take 2-3 months.

Possible decisions include:

  • Accept
  • Accept with minor revision
  • Accept with major revision
  • Reject

For papers, which require changes, the same reviewers will be used to ensure that the quality of the revised paper is acceptable.

 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).
  • Keywords
  • All figures (include relevant captions)
  • All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
  • Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided.

Copyright Notice

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 reserves 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.

The JISCR retains the 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.

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 Copyright

Submitted manuscript should provide publishing request 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.

Conflict of interest

The authors of the submitted manuscript have to mention financial or any 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.

Online Submission requirements 

The JISCR requirements for manuscript publication are generally in accordance with the uniform requirements for social science journals. Manuscripts may be written in Arabic or English and submitted online:

Text Formatting

The text formatting can be found in

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: These instructions give you guidelines for preparing papers for IEEE Computer Society Transactions. Use this document as a template if you are using Microsoft Word 6.0 or later. Otherwise, use this document as an instruction set. Please note that use of IEEE Computer Society templates is meant to assist authors in correctly formatting manuscripts for final submission and does not guarantee how the final paper will be formatted by IEEE Computer Society staff. This template may be used for initial submissions; however, please consult the author submission guidelines for formatting instructions as most journals prefer single column format for peer review. An abstract should be 100 to 250 words for regular papers, no more than 50 words for short papers and comments and should clearly state the nature and significance of the paper. Abstracts must not include mathematical expressions or bibliographic references. Please note that abstracts are formatted as left justified in our editing template (as shown here).

Keywords:Keywords should be taken from the taxonomy Keywords should closely reflect the topic and should optimally characterize the paper. Use about four key words or phrases in alphabetical order, separated by commas

(there should not be a period at the end of the index terms)


This document is a template for Microsoft Word versions 6.0 or later. If you are reading a paper version of this document, please download the electronic file from the template download page so you can use it to prepare your manuscript.

When you open the document, select “Page Layout” from the “View” menu in the menu bar (View | Page Layout), which allows you to see the footnotes. Then type over sections of the document or cut and paste from another document and then use markup styles. Please keep the template at 8.5” x 11”—do not set the template for A4 paper. The pull-down style menu is at the left of the Formatting Toolbar at the top of your Word window (for example, the style at this point in the document is “Text”). Highlight a section that you want to designate with a certain style, and then select the appropriate name on the style menu. The style will adjust your fonts and line spacing. Use italics for emphasis; do not underline.

Do not change the font sizes or line spacing to squeeze more text into a limited number of pages. Please be certain to follow all submission guidelines when formatting an article or it will be returned for reformatting.

To modify the running headings, select: View/ Header and Footer. Click inside the text box to type the name of the journal the article is being submitted to and the manuscript identification number. Click the forward arrow in the pop-up tool bar to modify the header or footer on subsequent pages.

To insert images in Word, position the cursor at the insertion point and either use Insert | Picture | From File or copy the image to the Windows clipboard and then Edit | Paste Special | Picture (with “Float over text” unchecked).


All tables and figures will be processed as images. You will have the greatest control over the appearance of your figures if you are able to prepare electronic image files. Save them to a file in PostScript (PS) or Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) formats. Use a separate file for each image. File names should be of the form “” or “fig2.eps.”

For more information on how to format your figure or table files for final submission, please go to and View transactions art_guide.pdf (PDF, 4.69MB).


As demonstrated in this document, the numbering of sections is upper case Arabic numerals, then upper case Arabic numerals, separated by periods. Initial paragraphs after the section title are not indented. Only the initial, introductory paragraph has a drop cap.


IEEE Computer Society style is to note citations in individual brackets, followed by a comma, e.g. “[1], [5]” (as opposed to the more common “[1, 5]” form.) Citation ranges should be formatted as follows: [1], [2], [3], [4] (as opposed to [1]-[4], which is not IEEE Computer Society style). When citing a section in a book, please give the relevant page numbers [2]. In sentences, refer simply to the reference number, as in [3]. Do not use “Ref. [3]” or “reference [3]” At the beginning of a sentence use the author names instead of “Reference [3],” e.g., “Smith and Smith [3] show ... .” Please note that references will be formatted by IEEE Computer Society production staff in the same order provided by the author.


If you are using Word, use the MathType add-on ( for equations in your paper (Insert | Object | Create New | Microsoft Equation or MathType Equation). “Float over text” should not be selected.

For display equations as seen below, number equations consecutively with equation numbers in parentheses flush with the right margin, as in (1). First, use the equation editor to create the equation. Then, select the “Equation” markup style. Press the tab key and write the equation number in parentheses. To make your equations more compact, you may use the solidus ( / ), the exp function, or appropriate exponents. Use parentheses to avoid ambiguities in denominators. Punctuate equations when they are part of a sentence, as in (1).

Be sure that the symbols in your equation have been defined before the equation appears or immediately following. Italicize symbols (T might refer to temperature, but T is the unit tesla). Per IEEE Computer Society, please refer to “(1),” not “Eq. (1)” or “equation (1),” except at the beginning of a sentence: “Equation (1) shows ... .” Also see The Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, 1993. Published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, this handbook provides some helpful information about math typography and other stylistic matters. For further information about typesetting mathematical equations, please visit the IEEE Computer Society style guide:

Please note that math equations might need to be reformatted from the original submission for page layout reasons. This includes the possibility that some in-line equations will be made display equations to create better flow in a paragraph. If display equations do not fit in the two-column format, they will also be reformatted. Authors are strongly encouraged to ensure that equations fit in the given column width.

Helpful Hints

Figures and Tables

Because IEEE Computer Society staff will do the final formatting of your paper, some figures may have to be moved from where they appeared in the original submission. Figures and tables should be sized as they are to appear in print. Figures or tables not correctly sized will be returned to the author for reformatting.

Detailed information about the creation and submission of images for articles can be found at:

where you can View transactions art_guide.pdf (PDF, 4.69MB). We strongly encourage authors to carefully review the material posted here to avoid problems with incorrect files or poorly formatted graphics.

Place figure captions below the figures; place table titles above the tables. Figure captions appear as left justified. Table captions are restricted to one sentence and are formatted as title case. Any additional sentence in a table caption will be formatted as a footnote below the table (see Table 1 in this document). If your figure has two parts, include the labels “(a)” and “(b)” as part of the artwork. Please verify that the figures and tables you mention in the text actually exist. Figures and tables should be called out in sequential order, as this is how they will be placed in your paper. For example, avoid referring to figure “8” in the first paragraph of the article unless figure 8 will again be referred to after the reference to figure.

Please do not include figure captions as part of the figure. Do not put captions in “text boxes” linked to the figures. Do not put borders around the outside of your figures.

Per IEEE Computer Society, please use the abbreviation “Fig.” even at the beginning of a sentence. Do not abbreviate “Table.” Tables are numbered numerically.

For journals that use print for publication, please verify with IEEE Computer Society that the journal you are submitting to does indeed accept colour before submitting final materials. Do not use colour unless it is necessary for the proper interpretation of your figures.

Figures (graphs, charts, drawing or tables) should be named fig1.eps,, etc. If your figure has multiple parts, please submit as a single figure. Please do not give them descriptive names. Author photograph files should be named after the author’s LAST name. Please avoid naming files with the author’s first name or an abbreviated version of either name to avoid confusion. If a graphic is to appear in print as black and white, it should be saved and submitted as a black and white file (grayscale or bitmap.) If a graphic is to appear in color, it should be submitted as an RGB colour file.

Fig. 1. Magnetization as a function of applied field. Note that “Fig.” is abbreviated. There is a period after the figure number, followed by one space. It is good practice to briefly explain the significance of the figure in the caption.

Figure axis labels are often a source of confusion. Use words rather than symbols. As an example, write the quantity “Magnetization,” or “Magnetization M,” not just “M.” Put units in parentheses. Do not label axes only with units. As in Fig. 1, for example, write “Magnetization (A/m)” or “Magnetization (A m-1),” not just “A/m.” Do not label axes with a ratio of quantities and units. For example, write “Temperature (K),” not “Temperature/K.” Table 1 shows some examples of units of measure.

Multipliers can be especially confusing. Write “Magnetization (kA/m)” or “Magnetization (103 A/m).” Do not write “Magnetization (A/m) ´ 1,000” because the reader would not know whether the top axis label in Fig. 1 meant 16,000 A/m or 0.016 A/m. Figure labels should be legible, approximately 8 to 12 point type. When creating your graphics, especially in complex graphs and charts, please ensure that line weights are thick enough that when reproduced at print size, they will still be legible. We suggest at least 1 point.


Number footnotes separately in superscripts (Insert | Footnote)[1]. Place the actual footnote at the bottom of the column in which it is cited; do not put footnotes in the reference list (endnotes). Use letters for table footnotes (see Table 1). Please do not include footnotes in the abstract and avoid using a footnote in the first column of the article. This will cause it to appear above the affiliation box, making the layout look confusing.


The IEEE Computer Society style is to create displayed lists if the number of items in the list is longer than three. For example, within the text lists would appear 1) using a number, 2) followed by a close parenthesis. However, longer lists will be formatted so that:

  • Items will be set outside of the paragraphs.
  • Items will be punctuated as sentences where it is appropriate.
  • Items will be numbered, followed by a period.

Theorems and Proofs

Theorems and related structures, such as axioms corollaries, and lemmas, are formatted using a hanging indent paragraph. They begin with a title and are followed by the text, in italics.

Theorem 1. Theorems, corollaries, lemmas, and related structures follow this format. They do not need to be numbered, but are generally numbered sequentially.

Proofs are formatted using the same hanging indent format. However, they are not italicized.

Proof. The same format should be used for structures such as remarks, examples, and solutions (though these would not have a Q.E.D. box at the end as a proof does).

Units for Magnetic Properties

Statements that serve as captions for the entire table do not need footnote letters.

aGaussian units are the same as cgs emu for magnetostatics; Mx = maxwell, G = gauss, Oe = oersted; Wb = weber, V = volt, s = second, T = tesla, m = meter, A = ampere, J = joule, kg = kilogram, H = henry.

End Sections


Appendices, if present, appear online as supplemental material. In the event multiple appendices are required, they will be labelled “Appendix A,” “Appendix B, “ etc.

IEEE Computer Society Transactions accepts supplemental materials for review with regular paper submissions. These materials may be published on our Digital Library with the electronic version of the paper and are available for free to Digital Library visitors. Please see our guidelines below for file specifications and information. Any submitted materials that do not follow these specifications will not be accepted. All materials must follow US copyright guidelines and may not include material previously copyrighted by another author, organization or company. More information can be found at


The preferred spelling of the word “acknowledgment” in American English is without an “e” after the “g.” Use the singular heading even if you have many acknowledgments. Avoid expressions such as “One of us (S.B.A.) would like to thank ... .” Instead, write “F. A. Author thanks ... .” Sponsor and financial support acknowledgments are included in the acknowledgment section. For example: This work was supported in part by the US Department of Commerce under Grant BS123456 (sponsor and financial support acknowledgment goes here). Researchers that contributed information or assistance to the article should also be acknowledged in this section. Also, if corresponding authorship is noted in your paper it will be placed in the acknowledgment section. Note that the acknowledgment section is placed at the end of the paper before the reference section.


Unfortunately, the Computer Society document translator cannot handle automatic endnotes in Word; therefore, type the reference list at the end of the paper using the “References” style. See the IEEE Computer Society’s style for reference formatting at: The order in which the references are submitted in the manuscript is the order they will appear in the final paper, i.e., references submitted non alphabetized will remain that way.

Please note that the references at the end of this document are in the preferred referencing style. Within the text, use “et al.” when referencing a source with more than three authors. In the reference section, give all authors’ names; do not use “et al.” Do not place a space between an authors' initials. Papers that have not been published should be cited as “unpublished” [4]. Papers that have been submitted or accepted for publication should be cited as “submitted for publication” [5]. Please give affiliations and addresses for personal communications [6].

Capitalize all the words in a paper title. For papers published in journals not published in English, please give the English citation first, followed by the original foreign-language citation [7].

Authors are required to cite underlying or relevant datasets in their manuscript by citing them in the text and including a data reference in the Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: Author, Title of Dataset, vol., Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of publication. [Format]. Available: internet address. [Accessed: Date of access.

Additional Formatting and Style Resources

Additional information on formatting and style issues can be obtained in the IEEE Computer Society Style Guide, which is posted online at: Click on the appropriate topic under the Special Sections link.


Although a conclusion may review the main points of the paper, do not replicate the abstract as the conclusion. A conclusion might elaborate on the importance of the work or suggest applications and extensions. Authors are strongly encouraged not to reference multiple figures or tables in the conclusion—these should be referenced in the body of the paper.


The authors wish to thank A, B, C. This work was supported in part by a grant from XYZ.