Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Publication Formatting

The following guidelines will enable you to properly prepare your accepted manuscript for publication in the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE).

General Information
The text of the journal is English. Your manuscript must not contain corrections, comments, page numbers, headers, or footers. Final manuscript submissions must include references, figures, tables, appendices, etc., as well as pictures and short biographies of the author(s). The manuscript should be printable on 8.5" x 11" paper. Remove all HTML and XML formatting. Your final manuscript submission must be a Word document - do not send a PDF.

Document Setup - Margins
Using the Page Setup menu under the Layout tab, adjust the settings to the following:
  • Top Margin = 1.0"
  • Bottom Margin = 1.1"
  • Left Margin = 1.0"
  • Right Margin = 1.0"
  • Orientation is Portrait

Document Setup - Font and Spacing
Format your manuscript using the following specifications:
  • Font is Times New Roman for all text.
  • One (1) 18-point blank line before the title.
  • The title should be in 18-point, bold, Title Case, and centered. If a Teaching Case or Teaching Tip, include that designation as the first line of your title in italics with your manuscript title beginning on the next line.
  • Two (2) 12-point blank lines after the title.
  • The names, mailing addresses, and email addresses of all authors are next. Names should be bold and all text should be centered.
  • All text from this point on is in 9-point font.
  • Two (2) 9-point blank lines after the author information.
  • The word "ABSTRACT" in bold and centered.
  • One (1) 9-point blank line before the text of the abstract.
  • The text of the abstract in full justification.
  • One (1) 9-point blank line after the text of the abstract.
  • The word "Keywords:" in bold followed by 4-6 keywords describing the manuscript's theme and content. The first word of each keyword phrase should begin with a capital letter.
  • Two (2) 9-point blank lines after the keywords.
  • The manuscript text is to be in two equal columns, with a 0.2 inch column separation. The width of each column should be 3.15 inches with full justification.
  • The manuscript should not contain any page numbers, headers, or footers.

Section Headings
Major headings are to be column centered, numbered, and in a capitalized bold font. Manually insert numbers; do NOT use the Bullets and Numbering feature of Word. Do NOT indent the first line of the paragraph immediately following the heading, but DO indent all subsequent paragraphs by 0.2".

First Level Subheadings are to be numbered, left justified, bold font, and Title Case. No blank line is to appear between the sub-heading and the text. Do NOT indent the paragraph immediately following the subheadings, but DO indent all subsequent paragraphs by 0.2".

Sub-subheadings are to be in bold font, numbered, and run in at the beginning of the paragraph.

Figures and Tables
Figures and tables should be original and placed in the manuscript on the page where they are referenced or on the beginning of the following page. Titles should be centered, bold font, and below the figure or table in a text box without borders or fills. Figures and tables that will not fit in one column should span the entire page and should be located at the top or bottom of the page. Section breaks should not be used when adding tables or figures. To achieve this, format figures and tables with text wrapping and position the item where you desire.

Manuscript Sections
While every manuscript is different, most manuscripts will have a sub-set of the following sections: Introduction, Literature Review or Prior Research, Research Questions and Hypotheses, Methodology, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Do not repeat the abstract in your conclusion. If you wish to include Acknowledgements, they should appear in their own section immediately before the References. Endnotes, while generally discouraged, should appear before the References if they are used. Footnotes are NOT allowed.

Following the References, include a picture and biographies for all authors under a section titled "AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES" with no section number. The picture should be approximately 1.25" wide by 1.5" tall. The author's name should be in bold font.

Any appendices are included on the page following the author biographies. They should be clearly labeled (e.g., Appendix 1) and titled. Appendices should appear in a single column width with "APPENDICES" as the section title.

When citing references in the text, use the last name(s) and year. The citation should appear in parentheses and use "and" instead of "&" as appropriate (Dumdum and Tastle, 1998). Groups of citations should appear in a single set of parentheses separated by semi-colons and ordered chronologically and then alphabetically by author last name (Ashby, 1956; Harris, 1995; Freeman, 2002). If two or more papers are cited that were written by the same author, separate the years with commas (Harris, 1995, 1996). List all last names of references with three or fewer authors. If there are more than three authors, list the last name of the first author, followed by et al. for the citation (Ngai et al., 2005), but list all authors in the references section.

List all references at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by primary author last name. No blank lines should appear between references. Utilize the hanging indent format with 0.13" indent. Following are four examples:

Cappel, J. J. & Schwager, P. H. (2002). Writing IS Teaching Cases: Guidelines for JISE Submission. Journal of Information Systems Education, 13(4), 287-294.

Lending, D. & Vician, C. (2012). Writing IS Teaching Tips: Guidelines for JISE Submission. Journal of Information Systems Education, 23(1), 11-18.

Schneider, D. (2011). An Introduction to Programming using Visual Basic 2010. (8 ed.). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.

Initial Submission Instructions (2017). Retrieved November 2, 2017, from

Any questions should be addressed to the Editor at

Abstract Tips

The abstract should summarize the content of the manuscript. The abstract should ideally not exceed 250 words and should not include equations or references. If you use abbreviations or acronyms in the paper, e.g., CIS, use the full meaning of the abbreviation/acronym in the abstract, e.g., Computer Information Systems.


You can access the active JISE keywords through this list or all historical keywords through the Search page.

Author Guide

The AuthorGuide Word document contains a template for publication formatting based on the rules and guidelines on this page.

Copyright Transfer

When you submit your final, formatted manuscript to JISE, you are attesting that the manuscript is original and that exclusive copyright of the material in the manuscript is held by the manuscript's author(s). You are further attesting that you transfer this exclusive copyright of the material in the manuscript to Information Systems and Computing Academic Professionals (ISCAP) through the publication Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE).

Copy Editing

All authors are strongly encouraged to have their manuscripts professionally edited by a copy editing service. A copy editor will check the manuscript for grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation; consistent use of terminology throughout the manuscript; proper use of the English language; and overall layout. Sometimes referred to as proofreaders, copy editors often charge by the manuscript length or the requested turnaround time in combination with the specific services provided.

The following list contains links to professional copy editors and proofreading services you may find useful as you prepare your manuscript, though this list is by no means exhaustive and this list does not imply any connection to or sanctioning by JISE: