Student Guidelines








Student Submission Guidelines

Students send us those informatics related papers for potential publication. Especially those that have had some serious peer and faculty critique. Don't just let them gather dust on faculty shelves or be put in the famous round file (trash can). See our student submission guidelines to take part in the professional experience of publishing. It is fun to see your name in print.

Manuscripts should be voluntary contributions, although the editors reserve the right to invite contributions from selected informatics experts, to be submitted for the exclusive attention of OJNI. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they represent original, unpublished material not being considered for publication elsewhere. The manuscripts must be submitted in soft copy. 

Your manuscript must be submitted after it has been reviewed, critiqued, and graded by your faculty member. Your manuscript must also be accompanied by a recommendation for submission from your faculty member.

E-Mail Copy

E-mail one copy of the manuscript, cover letter, and recommendation letter in the body of the e-mail document (preferred), or as an attached document to:  Dr. Dee McGonigle       

If you do not receive a reply from the editor within five days confirming receipt of your submission, please contact her via e-mail.

Disk Copy

Send the disk with the manuscript, cover letter, and recommendation letter saved in .txt or ASCII format. If there are images and other embedded items, provide OJNI with the software title and version it was saved under. Mail the disked manuscript, cover letter, and recommendation letter to:

Dr. Dee McGonigle, Editor in Chief, OJNI
Penn State University - New Kensington
3550 7th Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068

If you do not receive notification within two weeks, please contact the editor via e-mail.

Manuscripts undergo a double-blind, peer review. A decision to publish is based upon the reviews. No manuscript will be returned.


No author information should appear on the manuscript
Use the most recent Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
ABSTRACT - no longer than 150 words
No longer than 20 pages including references
Font must be 12 point Courier or Times New Roman
Must contain 5 key words that can be used to search for the paper using a search engine or library data base.

Cover Letter

Include a cover page with the following:

Title of manuscript
Indicate that the manuscript is intended for the Student Space
Name(s) of author(s). The first author listed will be considered the principal author unless stated otherwise*.
Fax and phone number(s)
E-mail address(es) and URL(s)

    *The principal author will be contacted regarding the manuscript.

Recommendation Letter

Include the Recommendation Letter from your faculty member recommending your submission.

Principal Author's Responsibilities

Upon acceptance for publication, the principal author must

Approve the e-galley and assume responsibility for scrutinizing the accuracy of the material, including references, as it appears in the edited copy
Submit written e-mail approval for the e-galley as edited within the timeframe designated by OJNI

Provide a biographical sketch for each author

Grant permission to publish the manuscript and assign issue copyright to OJNI in writing via e-mail

Submit a floppy diskette containing the manuscript, cover letter, and recommendation letter upon request

OJNI reserves the right to edit all manuscripts not only to conform to style and space limitations, but also for clarity. 

Letter of inquiry to the editors is welcome. However, such letters are not required.