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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 submisson 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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The abstract of 150 to 250 words should be provided.
  • 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.
  • the text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Auther Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • if submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • References should follow APA style.

  • Did you check your paper through plagiarism check system before submitting the paper?
  • All authors who contributed to this paper have been added.

Author Guidelines

Author responsibilities

Our goal is to provide you with a professional and courteous experience at each stage of the review and publication process. There are also some responsibilities that sit with you as the author. Our expectation is that you will:,

•Respond swiftly to any queries during the publication process.
•Be accountable for all aspects of your work. This includes investigating and resolving any questions about accuracy or research integrity
•Treat communications between you and the journal editor as confidential until an editorial decision has been made.
•Read about our research ethics for authorship. These state that you must: -Include anyone who has made a substantial and meaningful contribution to the submission (anyone else involved in the paper should be listed in the acknowledgements).
-Exclude anyone who hasn’t contributed to the paper, or who has chosen not to be associated with the research.

•If your article involves human participants, you must ensure you have considered whether or not you require ethical approval for your research, and include this information as part of your submission.


Informed consent

If the research involves procedures or equipment which are unusually or inherently hazardous, authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the research involves the use of animal or human subjects, the manuscript must include a statement in the manuscript that all procedures were performed in full compliance with all relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them. In the case of human test subjects, authors must include a statement in the manuscript stating that informed consent was obtained prior to experimentation. Authors must always take care to observe and protect the privacy rights of human subjects.

If your article includes an image of someone’s face, or anything else that might identify them, you must provide proof of informed consent via a completed consent to publish form.


Research and publishing ethics

Our editors and employees work hard to ensure the content we publish is ethically sound. To help us achieve that goal, we closely follow the advice laid out in the guidelines and flowcharts on the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) website. Please note, the journal editor may use Crossref Similarity Check to check on the originality of submissions received.
Your work should not have been submitted elsewhere and should not be under consideration by any other publication. If you have a conflict of interest, you must declare it upon submission; this allows the editor to decide how they would like to proceed.


Conflicts of interest

Authors, reviewers and editors all have a duty to report possible conflicts of interest. In the case of authors, you should declare anything that may have influenced your research or could influence the review process or the publication of your article. If you are unsure whether it’s a conflict of interest, always check with the editor or publisher ahead of submission.

Possible conflicts of interest include:

A prior relationship between author and editor. A financial or personal interest in the outcomes of the research.
Undisclosed financial support for the research by an interested third party.
A financial or personal interest in the suppression of the research.
A pending patent.
When submitting your work, you should include a note providing the background to any financial support for the research from third parties and highlight any other possible conflict of interest.

If you are concerned the editor or reviewer handling your submission might have a conflict of interest, please let the journal publisher or book commissioning editor at IJKCDT know.
By submitting your work to IJLCDT, you are guaranteeing that the work is not in infringement of any existing copyright.


Third party copyright permissions

Prior to article submission, you need to ensure you’ve applied for, and received, written permission to use any material in your manuscript that has been created by a third party. Please note, we are unable to publish any article that still has permissions pending. The rights we require are:

  • ● Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.
  • ● Print and electronic rights.
  • ● Worldwide English-language rights.
  • ● To use the material for the life of the work. That means there should be no time restrictions on its re-use e.g. a one-year licence.

 In some cases, this may mean that you don’t need permission to re-use content. If so, please highlight this at the submission stage.



Open access submissions and information

The International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology (IJKCDT) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, online journal, publishing original research, reports, reviews and commentaries on all areas about content development and related technology.


Peer Review Policy

IJKCDT uses a double blind peer review process; neither the author nor the reviewer knows one another’ identity. The reviewer may include their name in their review if they wish but our standard policy practice is for both parties to remain anonymous. Each manuscript is read and reviewed by at least three referees. Manuscripts are reviewed as quickly as possible, and an editorial decision is most often reached 4-6 weeks after submission.


Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines

we encourage you to:

● Cite and fully reference all data, program code, and other methods in your article.
● Include persistent identifiers, such as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), in references for datasets and program codes. Persistent identifiers ensure future access to unique published digital objects, such as a piece of text or datasets. Persistent identifiers are assigned to datasets by digital archives, such as institutional repositories and partners in the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS).
● Follow appropriate international and national procedures with respect to data protection, rights to privacy and other ethical considerations, whenever you cite data.


Prepare your submission
Manuscript requirements

Before you submit your manuscript, it’s important you read and follow the guidelines below.



While you are welcome to submit a PDF of the document alongside the Word file, PDFs alone are not acceptable.


Article Types

IJKCDT publishes original research, review articles and book reviews on library and information science and knowledge content.

• Full Articles
Contributions should normally be between 4000 and 10,000 words in length. Contributions must include an abstract of approximately 100 words and up to six keywords. The abstract should include the following: underlying purpose or research problem (stated early in the abstract), methodology used (including research design, sample, and data collection methods), a concise discussion of afew significant research findings, and an overview of the main conclusions of the paper. The journal uses footnotes where necessary, marked in the text by a superscript number. Discursive footnotes are allowed. References in both the text and in any footnotes should follow APA style.

• Review Articles
A review article can be about a single significant book, several books, or ‘state-of-the-art’ articles.


Article structure

• Subdivision-Numbered Sections
The article should be divided into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. The abstract is not included in the section numbering. This numbering system should also be used for internal cross-referencing instead of referring to “the text”. Any subsection may also be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

• Introduction
This section gives the objectives of the work as well as an adequate background, not a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

• Discussion
This section explores the significance of the results without simply repeating them. Combining the Results and Discussion sections is often appropriate. Authors should avoid extensive citations or discussions of published literature.

• Conclusions
This section should be relatively brief and could be divided into specific points.

• Appendices
In the case of multiple appendices, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.


Article title

Titles must be concise and informative. Because titles are often used in information-retrieval systems, avoid abbreviations, acronyms, and formulae where possible.


Author details

All authors of a manuscript should include their full name, affiliation, and Position on the cover page of the manuscript. In cases where the family name may be ambiguous (such as a double name), please indicate correct usage clearly. The authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual research was conducted) should be presented below the names. All affiliations should be indicated with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author’s name and in front of the e-mail address of each author. The Position should be indicated before the author’s name, it could be divided into a professor, lecturer, student(Bachelor-, Master-, Ph.D. student), Post-Doctorate researcher, etc.

In multi-authored papers, it’s important that ALL authors that have made a significant contribution to the paper are listed. Those who have provided support but have not contributed to the research should be featured in an acknowledgements section. You should never include people who have not contributed to the paper or who don’t want to be associated with the research.


Corresponding Author

Authors should clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, including post-publication. Telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.


Biographies and acknowledgements

Acknowledgements should be in a separate section at the end of the article between the conclusion and the references. They should not be included on the title page or as a footnote to the title. Acknowledgements should list those individuals who provided help during the research such as providing language help, writing assistance, or proof reading the article.


Research funding

Your article must reference all sources of external research funding in the acknowledgements section. You should describe the funder or financial sponsor in the entire research process, from study design to submission.


Structured abstract

Authors will provide a concise and factual abstract. It should briefly state the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. Abstracts are often presented separately from the work, so it is important for it to be comprehensible alone. Because of this, references should generally be avoided, but if absolutely essential, then abstracts should cite the author(s) and year(s). Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should also be avoided, but if absolutely necessary they must be defined at their first use within the abstract.

All submissions must include a structured abstract, following the format outlined below.

These four sub-headings and their accompanying explanations must always be included:
● Purpose
● Design/methodology/approach
● Findings
● Originality

The following three sub-headings are optional and can be included, if applicable:
● Research limitations/implications
● Practical implications
● Social implications

The maximum length of your abstract should be 100 words in total, including keywords and article classification (see the sections below)



The author will provide a maximum of 6 keywords, taking care to avoid general and plural terms. Authors should also avoid using multiple concept terms such as keyword phrases with the words ‘and’ or ‘of’ . Use abbreviations sparingly, and then only abbreviations firmly established in the field. Keywords should follow the style of one of the major thesauruses. The selected terminology should be suitable for computer analysis because both the abstract and keywords will be used in automatic indexing.

Please note, while we will always try to use the keywords you’ve suggested, the in-house editorial team may replace some of them with matching terms to ensure consistency across publications and improve your article’s visibility.


Article classification

During the submission process, you will be asked to select a type for your paper; the options are listed below. If you don’t see an exact match, please choose the best fit:

● Articles
● Special Issue
● Invited Article



All figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, webpages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted electronically. Both colour and black and white files are accepted.

There are a few other important points to note:
● All figures should be supplied at the highest resolution/quality possible with numbers and text clearly legible.
● Acceptable formats are .ai, .eps, .jpeg, .bmp, and .tif.
● Electronic figures created in other applications should be supplied in their original formats and should also be either copied and pasted into a blank MS Word document, or submitted as a PDF file.
● All figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and have clear captions.



Tables should be typed and submitted in a separate file to the main body of the article. The position of each table should be clearly labelled in the main body of the article with corresponding labels clearly shown in the table file. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (e.g. 1, 2, etc.).

Give each table a brief title. Ensure that any superscripts or asterisks are shown next to the relevant items and have explanations displayed as footnotes to the table, figure or plate.



In the case of references, literature related to the thesis topic should be specified appropriately.

• Citation in Text
Authors must ensure that every reference cited in the text is present in the reference list (and vice versa). References cited in the abstract must be given in full (see Abstract instructions above). Unpublished results or personal communications are generally not recommended for inclusion in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text of the article. If these references are included in the reference list, they must follow the standard reference style of this journal. Instead of a publication date, they should include either "Unpublished results" or "Personal communication" Citing a reference as "in press" implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

• Web References
Web references should include at least the full URL or the resource and the date when it was last accessed. Authors should attempt to provide any further information if possible such as: DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.

• Reference Style
In Text: Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5, copies of which may be ordered from or APA Order Dept., P.O.B. 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784, USA.

List: References should be ordered alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if needed. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.


Reference to a journal publication:
Chang, Y. K., Morales, M., & Spink, A. (2010). Multimedia search capabilities of Chinese language search engines. Information Processing and Management, 46(3), 308-319. doi:10.1016/j.ipm.2009.07.003

Authors should attempt to provide DOI to ensure accurate identification and access to cited references.

Reference to a book:
Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style. (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan.

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Spink, A. (2011). Information behaviour development in early childhood. In: A. Spink & J. Heinstrom. (Eds.). New Directions in Information Behaviour (pp. 281-304). England: Taylor & Francis.

Website Access:

Noh, Younghee. (2011). A study on metadata elements for web-based reference resources system developed through usability testing. Library Hi Tech, 29(2), 242-265. Retrieved from


Submit your manuscript

There are a number of key steps you should follow to ensure a smooth and trouble-free submission.


Double check your manuscript

Before submitting your work, it is your responsibility to check that the manuscript is complete, grammatically correct, and without spelling or typographical errors. A few other important points:

● Give the journal aims and scope a final read. Is your manuscript definitely a good fit? If it isn’t, the editor may decline it without peer review.
● Does your manuscript comply with our research and publishing ethics guidelines?
● Have you cleared any necessary publishing permissions?
● Have you followed all the formatting requirements laid out in these author guidelines?
● Does the manuscript contain any information that might help the reviewer identify you? This could compromise the anonymous peer review process. A few tips: -If you need to refer to your own work, use wording such as ‘previous research has demonstrated’ not ‘our previous research has demonstrated’.
● If you need to refer to your own, currently unpublished work, don’t include this work in the reference list.
● Any acknowledgments or author biographies should be uploaded as separate files.
● -Carry out a final check to ensure that no author names appear anywhere in the manuscript. This includes in figures or captions.


The submission process

Please carefully read and follow all of the above guidelines and instructions before submitting a manuscript. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned.

All papers must be submitted via system:

If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact E-mail:

What you can expect next
You will receive an automated email from the journal editor, confirming your successful submission. If you have any reason to suspect the confirmation email you receive might be fraudulent, please contact our Rights team on (


Post submission
Review and decision process

Each submission is checked by the editor. At this stage, they may choose to decline or unsubmit your manuscript if it doesn’t fit the journal aims and scope, or they feel the language/manuscript quality is too low.

If they think it might be suitable for the publication, they will send it to at least two independent referees for double anonymous peer review. Once these reviewers have provided their feedback, the editor may decide to accept your manuscript, request minor or major revisions, or decline your work.

Each manuscript is read and reviewed by at least three referees. Manuscripts are reviewed as quickly as possible, and an editorial decision is most often reached 4-6 weeks after submission.



1. The copyright of research papers already published or will be published in the journal shall belong to RIKCDT, and by submitting a manuscript, the copyright is considered to be transferred to RIKCDT.
2. No dispute shall be raised on matters RIKCDT already managed on research papers published in previous journals.
3. Once publication of the paper is confirmed, copyright transfer agreement shall be submitted.


Proofing and typesetting

Once we have received your completed licence form, the article will pass directly into the production process. We will carry out editorial checks, copyediting, and typesetting and then return proofs to you (if you are the corresponding author) for your review. This is your opportunity to correct any typographical errors, grammatical errors or incorrect author details. We can’t accept requests to rewrite texts at this stage.


How to share your paper

We use our global networks and advanced technology to optimise the reach of your journal article, book, book series or case study. But when it comes to getting your work seen, read, used and cited, you can play a crucial role. After all, no-one is better placed to explain the results than the author. We’ve drawn together some top tips to get you started.

Top tips for promoting your work
On average, a person sends more than 40 emails a day – make sure you include the title of your work and a link in your email signature.
Do you teach or speak at events or conferences? Feature a slide at the end of your lectures and presentations. Journal authors also have the option of distributing high-quality reproductions of their article – these can be ordered through our Reprints Service
Spread the word within your networks – post information about your published research to relevant contact lists, forums, associations, and listservs. Share it online – if you’ve got a blog or a website, make sure you add a link to your work.
Join the conversation – maximise the potential of your social media accounts. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Academia.Edu are all great ways to ensure your research is part of current discussions. Visit our social media advice page
Register with Kudos – use of Kudos leads to higher downloads of full text on the publisher site, so register with Kudos, and get sharing!
Think your research might have relevance outside the academic community? Consider creating a press release


Correcting inaccuracies in your published paper

Sometimes errors are made during the research, writing and publishing processes. When these issues arise, we have the option of withdrawing the paper or introducing a correction notice.

We follow the principles outlined in the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)/International Publishers’ Association (IPA) joint statement on retraction or removal of journal articles from the web.

These make it clear that an article or chapter may only be removed from a publisher’s database if it:

Infringes professional ethical codes such as the violation of the privacy of a research subject.
Is subject to legal dispute.
Includes the identification of false or inaccurate data that, if acted upon, would pose a serious health risk.
We retain the appropriate bibliographical citation of the removed content wherever possible (unless subject to legal dispute).

Need to make a change to the author list? See our frequently asked questions (FAQs) below.


Frequently asked questions


Is there a submission fee for the journal?

The cost of journal publication shall be supported by the Society for Knowledge Content for a limited time, and the contributors shall not pay for the publication cost.


How can I become a reviewer for a journal?

Please contact the editor for the journal, with a copy of your CV. You will find their contact details on the editorial team tab on this page.


Who do I contact if I want to find out which volume and issue my accepted paper will appear in?

Typically, papers are added to an issue according to their date of publication. If you would like to know in advance which issue your paper will appear in, please contact the content editor of the journal. You can email Journal Editorial Office shown at the bottom. Once your paper has been published in an issue, you will be notified by email.


Who do I contact if I have a query about my submission?

Please email the journal editor – you will find their contact details on the Journal Editorial Office shown at the bottom. If you ever suspect an email you’ve received from IJKCDT might not be genuine, you are welcome to verify it with the content editor for the journal, whose contact details can be found on the Journal Editorial Office shown at the bottom.


Is my paper suitable for the journal?

If you’ve read the aims and scope on the journal landing page and are still unsure whether your paper is suitable for the journal, please email the editor and include your paper's title and structured abstract. They will be able to advise on your manuscript’s suitability. Alternatively, you can email Journal Editorial Office shown at the bottom.


How do I make a change to the list of authors once the manuscript has been submitted?

Authorship and the order in which the authors are listed on the paper should be agreed prior to submission. If you need to make any changes to the author information once the paper is under review or has been accepted, we will look into your request and closely follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) authorship guidelines( We will also require a statement from each author confirming their agreement.

If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact

Journal Editorial Office
Youngji Shin (+82 043-840-4988)


Editing Process

The first review by the associate editor evaluates the overall editing and format of the publisher's version. Finally, the associate editor confirms the current version with the author and informs about the publication progress.

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