• The guidelines for full and short papers are the same; it is only the length that differs. The length for full papers is 5 500 words, excluding references and 2 000 words for short papers, excluding references.
    Preparing your paper
    Full and short papers must be prepared according to the guidelines below. These are the same as
    the guidelines for Information Research (http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html or the .pdf version).
    (Please notify us if you come across any discrepancies.)
    •A template for submissions can be downloaded using the Information Research Template.
    •Please adhere to the examples of different levels of headings.
    •Please adhere to the examples for figures and tables.
    •Follow the Style Manual at http://www.informationr.net/ir/StyleManual.html.
    •The paper should be prepared as a .doc or .docx file (max. 20 MB). This is important for later
    editing if your paper is accepted for inclusion in the conference programme. (It will, however, need to be submitted as .pdf for review.)
    •Full paper submissions may contain max. 5 500 words, and short paper submissions max.
    2 000 words – excluding the list of references.
    •Since ISIC2020 is a scholarly conference appropriate references are important; the state of the art,
    should be reflected by references to the most recent literature.
    •Please adhere to the guidelines for in-text referencing as well as the list of references.
    •Please, use A4 paper format, with the following layout: top margin 3.5 cm; bottom margin 3.0 cm; left margin 3.0 cm; right margin 3.0 cm.
    •Papers must be written using:
    British style English.
    •Times New Roman font size 12
    •Single spacing
    •Left side alignment
    •Page numbers inserted on the upper right side.
    •Include a structured abstract (200 word max.), including the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Analysis, Results and Conclusions (for details, see: http://www.informationr.net/ir/author2.html). Please adapt where necessary for conceptual papers.
    •Select at least three keywords from the list of terms in the Information Research subject index found at http://www.informationr.net/ir/irsindex.html
    •Avoid footnotes. If these cannot be avoided, locate them at the end of the text, just before the references.
    •Any tables or figures must be numbered and have captions at the bottom. Please consider the examples in the Information Research template.
    •Do not use ad hoc abbreviations and acronyms. For example, do not refer to “information behaviour” as IB.
    •Please ensure that your in-text references and the references in the list of references adhere to the Style Manual at http://www.informationr.net/ir/StyleManual.html.
    •Please remove any data indicating the identity of authors (name, surname, institution, CV, acknowledgements) from the uploaded document to ensure blind review.
    •When citing your own work, just indicate Author (2010), Author 1 & Author 2 (2018). You can have references to your
    own publications at the start of the list of references.
    •Do not state the name of the institution; replace with Institution A, Institution B or Institution B in Country 2.
    •It might be good to remove hidden data, although this will not show when you submit your paper in .pdf format to EasyChair.
    •Before submission please save your paper with the name of the title / part of the title; NOT the author name(s) and NOT ISIC2020 only.
    •Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their manuscripts read by a native English-speaking colleague, or professionally edited, before submission.

Submitting paper
Submit your paper through the ISIC2020 paper submission site at EasyChair ISIC2020. This site is managed using the EasyChair conference management system. If you do not have an EasyChair account, you have to sign up for an account by following the instructions on the site before submitting your paper. If you have any problems or questions about the electronic submission process using the EasyChair system, please feel free to contact us at isic2020@up.ac.za. Upload as a .pdf

Revising your paper
You will receive feedback from at least two reviewers. If reviewers request revision it is important to adhere to requests, or where appropriate, explain why it is not possible or preferable. Please use this table when submitting a revised version of your paper so that it is clear to reviewers and the ISIC2020 organisers how you adhered to feedback.

Preparing your final paper submission
When you receive the final acceptance notification, you will be asked to add all the removed author information, like author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and self-cited references in the final paper version.
•Please add full author detail and email addresses according to the Information Research template.
About the author(s) [First level heading]: At the end of the paper, before the References, you need to add a section with brief detail about the author(s). The brief biographies of the authors should provide only the basic details of the author’s education, present position, research interests, full mailing address and contact e-mail address. Please refer to Information Research (http://www.informationr.net/ir/) for examples.
Acknowledgement [First level heading]: At this stage you can add acknowledgements you consider necessary e.g. to research participants, an editor, colleagues who gave feedback, grants received, even anonymous reviewers.
•Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their manuscripts read by a native English-speaking colleague, or professionally edited, before (re)submission. In some cases, reviewers may require professional language editing.

For the ISIC2020 local committee the following people will assist to ensure a smooth review process, checking adherence to reviewers’ feedback and proofreading:
Full papers: Jaya Raju (Chair) and Peter Underwood (Co-chair) (University of Cape Town)
Short papers: Sandy Zinn (Chair) (University of Western Cape)
Posters and workshops: Ruth Hoskins (Chair) (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal) hoskinsr@ukzn.ac.za
Mentorship programme: Dennis Ocholla (Chair) (University of Zululand) and Hester Meyer (Research Associate, University of South Africa)

Final decisions on acceptance in the conference programme will be made by the ISIC2020 Chair of the Local Organising Committee and the ISIC Standing Committee Chair Officers:
Ina Fourie (Chair, ISIC2020 Committee; Secretary, ISIC Steering Committee): ina.fourie@up.ac.za
Heidi Julien (Chair, ISIC Steering Committee): heidijul@buffalo.edu
Ian Ruthven (Vice-Chair, ISIC Steering Committee): ian.ruthven@strath.ac.uk
(With input from Jaya Raju [Chair full papers]; Peter Underwood [Co-Chair full papers]; Sandy Zinn [Chair short papers])