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Instructions FOR AUTHORS

COVID-19 impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we understand that many authors and peer reviewers will be making adjustments to their professional and personal lives. As a result they may have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process. Please let the journal editorial office know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be flexible.

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements.

Editing Support

For editing support, including translation and language polishing, contact our editorial office, we could recommend editing services companies, and it’s on authors’ own cost.

Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.


  • About the Journal
  • Open Access
  • Peer Review
  • Preparing Your Paper
    • Structure
    • Word Limits
    • Style Guidelines
    • Formatting and Templates
    • References
    • Checklist
  • Using Third-Party Material
  • Submitting Your Paper
  • Publication Charges
  • Copyright Options

About the Journal

Data Science and Informetrics is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research. Please see the journal's Aims & Scope for information about its focus and peer-review policy. Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English.

Data Science and Informetrics includes but not limited to research papers, commentary, technical reports, subject reviews, short comments, and book reviews.

Open Access

Although DSI will be published in traditional print-based format (in China only), all accepted papers will be freely available online for all to read, download, and share. We will not charge any Article Processing Charges (APCs) for the authors, which have been fully covered by Hangzhou Dianzi University.

Peer Review

DSI is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Preparing Your Paper


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).

Word Limits

Please include a word count for your paper. A typical paper for this journal should be 5,000-7,000 words, inclusive of tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes.

Style Guidelines

All submissions should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.

Formatting and Templates

Papers may be submitted in Word or LaTeX formats. Figures should be saved separately from the text. To assist you in preparing your paper, we provide formatting template(s).

Word templates are available for this journal. Please save the template to your hard drive, ready for use.

If you are not able to use the template via the links (or if you have any other template queries) please contact us.


Please use this APA 7th referencing style when preparing your paper. An EndNote output style is also available to assist you.

Checklist: What to Include
  1. Author details. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Where available, please also include ORCiDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal) and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted. 
  2. Should contain an unstructured abstract of 200 words.
  3. Graphical abstract (optional). This is an image to give readers a clear idea of the content of your article. It should be a maximum width of 525 pixels. If your image is narrower than 525 pixels, please place it on a white background 525 pixels wide to ensure the dimensions are maintained. Save the graphical abstract as a .jpg, .png, or .gif. Please do not embed it in the manuscript file but save it as a separate file, labelled GraphicalAbstract1.
  4. Between 3 and 5 keywords. Read making your article more discoverable, including information on choosing a title and search engine optimization.
  5. Funding details. Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
    • For single agency grants
    • This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
    • For multiple agency grants
    • This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].
  6. Disclosure statement. This is to acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research. 
  7. Biographical note. Please supply a short biographical note for each author. This could be adapted from your departmental website or academic networking profile and should be relatively brief (e.g. no more than 200 words).
  8. Data availability statement. If there is a data set associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). 
  9. Supplemental online material. Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, sound file or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper.
  10. Figures. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PS, JPEG, GIF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX).
  11. Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.
  12. Equations. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable.

Using Third-Party Material in your Paper

You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

Submitting Your Paper

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Publication Charges

There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.

Copyright Options

All contributions published in DSI will be under a Creative Commons Attributions license, with the default as CC-BY.

(Updated 19-4-2022)