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Before submitting your final paper for the first time, ensure that you have completed all the writing and editing processes, including a review by the writing center. Format your paper according to the IACIS guidelines for first submission.

Prepare your Paper – 1st Submission Authors’ Guideline

Organizing Your Paper

There are no strict format guidelines for original submissions. However, we recommend that you follow the Final Paper Formatting Instruction below. Papers normally consist of the following sections: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Background and literature review, Presentation of the main contribution of the paper, Methodology, Results/Findings, Discussion of Findings, Implications for Research/Practice, Limitations, Conclusions, and References.

Format for Original Submission

Submissions must be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). All papers are subject to blind review. Therefore, you must remove any identifying information (name, affiliation, etc.) from the paper prior to submission. Information regarding the authors is collected by the Conference Submission System when the paper is being submitted.

Other Formatting Requirements

Length: Papers must NOT exceed fifteen (15) pages single spaced, including tables, figures, references, abstract and keywords list.

Column: Place text in one (1) column, full justification.

Margins: All four margins (top, bottom, left and right) must be one (l) inch. The page layout and reference defined here generally follow the Guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Page Numbers: DO NOT put page numbers at the top or bottom of the pages.

Page Size: The page size is 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

Title: The title must be in 16 points & bold, Left Justified, Times New Roman. Only the first word in the title is capitalized.

Abstract: Please provide a one paragraph (100 – 200 words, Times New Roman 11, justified text) abstract.

Keywords: Select four to six keywords that capture the essence of your paper. List the words in decreasing order of importance from left to right immediately below the abstract. Keywords will be used for an electronic index of your paper. Please use initial caps on all keywords.

Tables and Figures: The formatting of tables and figures is left largely up to the authors. Tables and figures should be sized and placed in the body of the paper. Care should be taken so that tables and figures are not separated between pages. Generally, tables and figures should be in Times Roman 11 type, and table column headings should be in bold. Graphics should be clearly rendered so as to yield attractive, readable black-and-white copies. All graphics should be included in the paper. Graphics can be in color, black and white or shades of gray.

References: In-text citations in the body of the paper should be formatted in APA format (ex.: (McKinney, 2015, p. 10). The References at the end of the paper should be in alphabetical order by author’s last name. Please type the word References (bold, l2 point, Times New Roman) above the reference section.

Footnotes: Footnotes are NOT permitted and will be deleted from your paper.

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