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Author Guidelines

General Guidelines

Publication policies:

All DCTTI journals will be published both in print and in electronic version. If the authors want to subscribe printed issues, please contact us and we will mail you the copies immediately. We have electronic version of every issue updated on our website, where authors can check and download their articles as well as others authors’ works shortly after the publication of their papers.

Apart from avoiding plagiarism of others’ work, authors should also avoid multiple publication of the same work and not submit one work to more than one journal at a time.

l  Language: We only accept the manuscript(s) written in English. Both American and British English are accepted but please make sure to avoid using a mixture of both.

l  Grammar: Grammatical errors shall be carefully avoided. Papers with serious grammatical errors, typos, sentence composition and structure issues will not be accepted.

l  Length of the manuscript: 3000-20000 words for research articles. Lengths are varied for essays, literature reviews, comments and case studies.

l  Reference Style: APA Style  

l  Color pictures: Avoid using colors except for black and white in your manuscripts because the layout of the journal supports only black and white color.

l  Title Page

  • TitleTitle of your work should be very concise and meaningful because titles of the manuscripts are often used to search the required contents by the users so avoid using formulas, abbreviations and jargons where possible.
  • Author names and affiliationsAuthors’ name along with family names should be written clearly. Right below the authors’ name, write authors’ affiliation addresses i.e. where the actual work was done. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Also should be included in this part the full postal addresses of authors’ each affiliation which include city and country name, and, if available, the e-mail address, and telephone number of each author.
  • Corresponding authorThere must be someone in the authors’ who is willing to have all the pre and post publication correspondence with the journal. Make sure that along with e-mail address and the complete postal address of that author, his/her telephone number (with country and area code) must also be written.
  • Sponsoring informationIf the submitted research work is sponsored or supported in any way by an organization or an NGO, please mention it.


Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation

The following rules shall be followed by authors when submitting their manuscript to us.

Font: Times New Roman; Size: 11

Paragraph Spacing: Above paragraph – 0 pt; Below paragraph – 4 pt

Line Spacing: fixed – 12 pt

Heading 1: Times New Roman; Size-11; Bold; for example, 1. Introduction

Heading 2: Times New Roman; Size-11; Italic; for example, 1.1 Leadership

Heading 3: Times New Roman; Size-11; for example, 1.1.1 Leadership Theories


Manuscript Preparation

  • Abstract

The paper submitted should be accompanied by an abstract which should not exceed 200 words. This abstract should entail the purpose of the study, methodology employed and findings of the study. Abstracts are often presented separate from the article/manuscript so it must be written in a way that it is able to stand alone.

  • Keywords

Right after the abstract, write down a maximum of 6 keywords. Try to avoid general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for instance, ‘and’, ‘of’). Be very careful while using abbreviations in keywords; use only those abbreviations which are resolutely recognized in the field of study.

  • Subdivision of the manuscript

Authors are hereby directed to clearly divide their articles/manuscripts into defined and numbered sections. Subsections should also be numbered like 1.,2.,(then 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2), 1.2, etc. (except the abstract which is not included in section numbering). Authors should use this numbering for internal cross-referencing as well: they should not simply refer to ‘the text’. Subsections of the articles/manuscripts should ideally be not more than 650 words. Be as concise as possible but not on the account of clarity.

  • Figure legends, figures and schemes

Authors should include these, in this sequence, at the end of their articles/manuscripts. The files having high-resolution graphics must be provided separate from the main body of the article/manuscript.

  • Tables

Tables should also be presented at the end of the article. Kindly note that tables should be numbered one after the other according to their appearance in the text. Description of the tables should be presented right below the body of the table. Where possible, avoid vertical rules. Kindly make that data presented in the table do not duplicate the results presented in the manuscript elsewhere.

  • Formula

The text size of the formula, if any, should be similar to the normal text size of the manuscript.

  • File format

We recommend authors Microsoft for manuscript preparation. Manuscript files can be in the following formats: DOC, DOCX, or PDF. Microsoft Word documents should not be locked or protected.Your manuscript will be more quickly prepared for publication if the format is well organized.


Manuscript Submission

We provide two submission opetions: online submission and email submission.

We recommend online submission for your manuscript submission, through which you can also track the status of your article at any time. Before your formal submission, first you need to choose one DCThink journal that covers the scope and theme of your paper. Registration and login are required to submit items online and to check the status of the submitted paper. Please follow the online submission procedures to complete the submission process.

You can also choose email submission as an alternative. Please send your manuscript to We do not accept submission through postal services or fax.

Please refer to the checklist for manuscript submission which provides details guidelines for further improvement and perfection of your manuscript before final submission. Your article may be refused if it is not in line with these guidelines. You don’t need to submit this checklist along with your article.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. 1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

    2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

    3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

    4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

    5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

    6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Copyright Notice

Developing Country Think Tank Institute provides open access to works we publish on the principle of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Under this license, we require publishing rights from authors to publish and disseminate their research articles, while authors retain ownership of the copyright in their works. Thisallows anyone to download, print, distribute, reuse, modify and copy the content without requesting extra permission from the authors or the publishers only if appropriate credits are given to the original authors and source.

A proper citation of original article can be made like below:

Balzer, A., & Jacobs, C. A. (2011). Gender and physiological effects in connecting disgust to political preferences. Social Science Quarterly, 92(5).

For anyone who plans to republish or redistribute a work, the person must also make clear the license terms under which the work was published.

This standard license will ensure a permanent free and open access to the unrestricted reuse of all types of original works.

If you have any further question about the license, please email us at

Ethics and permissions

All articles dealing with original data or opinion should include a statement or permission to clarify the originality. Basic ethical and legal principles underlie all scholarly research and writing. Whether paraphrasing, quoting an author directly, or describing an idea that influenced your work, you must credit the source to cite and acknowledge others’ work appropriately. It is the author’s responsibility to find out whether permission is required from the copyright owner and to obtain it for both print and electronic reuse. You need to contact all persons or organizations with a legal interest in the work you wish to reproduce to obtain permissions.


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