Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Editorial Policy: Articles submitted to the JICT should not be under consideration by any other journal, and the letter accompanying the submission of the paper should contain a clear statement to this effect. The Editors reserve the right to edit/format the accepted manuscript to maintain a consistent style.
Review Process: Each paper is first assessed by the editor in charge within TWO (2) weeks after submission. A paper that does not fulfil the content requirements is rejected immediately and the authors will be notified through email. If the paper fulfils the content requirements; the editor in charge will identify  TWO (2) independent reviewers within TWO (2) weeks. Then, it is sent to the reviewers for double-blind peer review. The reviewers are given FOUR (4) weeks to review the paper and submit their report. In the case that the reviewers do not submit the report within the given time,  a reminder will be sent to them. Other new reviewers will be identified if no review report is submitted after six weeks from the assigning date. The reviewers’ recommendation will be used by the editor in charge to recommend the paper’s acceptance or rejection. After the reviewers submit the review report, the editor in charge will provide his/her report to the Editor-in-Chief within TWO (2) weeks. Authors will be notified through email on the acceptance/rejection of the paper. For accepted papers, the authors are given TWO (2)  weeks to address the reviewers’ comments. The revised papers will be included in the JICT pipeline publication and undergo the editing and layout processes. JICT  receives many papers submission; therefore, accepted papers will have to wait for the next available issue.
Article-processing charges: JICT charges neither article processing charges nor article submission charges.
Copyright: JICT is an open-access journal. All articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) that permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction provided that the authors, citation details and publisher are clearly identified. For any reuse or distribution, make clear that the article is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution license. 
Screening Policy: All submitted papers are checked for plagiarism using Turnitin before they undergo the peer-review process.
Open-access journal: JICT is an open-access journal; therefore, all content is freely available without charge to the readers or his/her institution. Readers are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.
Paper preparation: Author must prepare the paper using Microsoft Word. The entire paper should be written between 5000 to 7000 words.  The paper should be typed in double-spaced A4 size paper using 11 point Times New Roman font. Please set the margins to 1" on the top, bottom, left and right) with pages numbered consecutively at the bottom. 
Title: The title of the paper should be concise and informative. Avoid writing abbreviation/acronym in the title.
Authors' names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses should only be written on accepted paper after the review process. When making a new submission, please remove author names, affiliations, and email address for the blind-review process.
Abstract: The abstract should contains 150-250 words with no more than five keywords.
Headings: Headings must be short, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings. The first-level heading should be capitalized, bold-faced and centred. The second-level heading should be left-justified and bold-faced.
Notes/Endnotes: All endnotes should be used only if is necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers and listed at the end of the article.
Paragraphs: The first line of a new paragraph should be indented by 0.25”. All paragraphs should have a consistent length of words preferably between 150 to 180.
Equations: Equations should be written using Equation Editor in Microsoft Word, and they are numbered consecutively. It should be placed immediately after the paragraph where the equation is mentioned. The symbol used in the equation should be described after its appearance.
Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should be placed immediately after the paragraph they are mentioned. All figures should be in high resolution and readable. Authors are encouraged to submit the original format and file of the figures if they are created using other software. Please write a succinct and clear caption for all tables and figures. Caption for tables and figures are written in sentence case. They should be numbered in Arabic numerals.
Acronym or Abbreviation: Define acronyms or abbreviations in the abstract and the text upon first use.
Acknowledgements: Authors need to include Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. It should be brief and concise. For example, “The authors gratefully acknowledge the use of service and facilities of the Human-Centered Computing Research lab at Universiti Utara Malaysia. This study receives funding from the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, under the Prototype Research Grant Scheme [grant reference code].” If the paper received no funding, then write “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.” 
References and Citations: In-text citations and references must be formatted using the American Psychological  Association (APA) 7th Edition. References, only of works cited, should be listed in full at the end of the paper arranged alphabetically. Authors are encouraged to use Reference Manager such as EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero to organise the citations and reference. Please remove the reference manager field codes when submitting a paper to JICT.
Example of writing in-text citations using APA 7th Edition

Number of authors of the reference

Citation at the end of the sentence

Citation in the sentence

 1 Author

 (Forouzan, 2007)

 Forouzan (2007) proposed …

 2 Authors

 (Wegener & Petty, 1994)

 Wegener and Petty (1994) suggested …

 3+ Authors

 (Morgan et al., 2017)

 The study by Morgan et al. (2017) found …

Example of writing reference using APA 7th Edition
Journal Article
Wegener, D. T., Petty, R. E., & Klein, D. J. (1994). Effects of mood on high elaboration attitude change: The mediating role of likelihood judgments. European Journal of Social Psychology, 24(1), 25–43.
Conference Proceedings
Morgan, R., Meldrum, K., Bryan, S., Mathiesen, B., Yakob, N., Esa, N., & Ziden, A. A. (2017). Embedding digital literacies in curricula: Australian and Malaysian experiences. In G. B. Teh & S. C. Choy (Eds.), Empowering 21st century learners through holistic and enterprising learning: Selected papers from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College International Conference 2016 (pp. 11-19). Springer.
Forouzan, B. A. (2007). Cryptography & network security. McGraw-Hill, Inc..
Department of Education. (2020, April 22). Physical activity and health. Queensland Government.
Author self-citations: Author’s self-citations should be minimal.
Guideline Compliance: The editor has the full right to rejects articles which does not comply with the guideline.
Template: Download the Microsoft Word format here.
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