Article Types / Software

Software Article

This category is designed for concisely written submissions introducing new software programs, mobile applications, online services, games, etc., related to the field of education.

Manuscripts may provide detailed account and critical evaluation of innovative products, report substantial improvements to the existing products, or present experimental findings on the use of new systems and their features. Regarding the experimental or applied papers describing the use of technology, authors are required to provide sufficient data or documentation in support of the stated outcomes and benefits.

The information necessary for adoption of the technology should be stated in the article or readily available upon request. Manuscripts may also provide a critical review of the literature regarding the existing products and technologies.

Besides their relevance and technical contribution, submissions will be evaluated for their likely impact, and should be of considerable interest to the wider readership of IJVLMS.


The format of a Software article should be as follows:

Abstract: (100-150 words): Authors should provide an unstructured (narrative) abstract summarizing the main points in the paper.  

Keywords (3-10 keywords) are provided for indexing purposes and online searches.

Main Text (2500 words) contains no section headings.

Footnotes; Manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Footnotes' (at the end of the main text, before the References section):

  1. Conflict of Interest: Authors must disclose any financial and non-financial competing interests in advance of the review process. They need to declare if they received financial payment for the research, or if they have close relationships with people or entities that could inappropriately influence (bias) their study. Non-financial interests may include the disclosure of any personal, political, religious, ideological, academic and intellectual interests that might bias a study. If there are no competing interests, add the following statement: “The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper”.
  2. Funding/Support: All sources of financial and material support for a research work are acknowledged in this section. Authors should identify the roles of the sponsor(s) if any, in study design, collection, analysis, interpretation of data, and in preparing the manuscript. Please include the name(s) of the funding organization(s) along with the grant number(s). If no funding has been provided for the research, please add the following statement: "This research did not receive any outside funding or support".
  3. Availability of Data and Materials: A Data Availability Statement should be included in all Technology manuscripts.


References: references conform to the style outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), also referred to as the “Vancouver” style.

References in the text should be numbered sequentially and placed in parentheses. At the end of the manuscript, references are listed in numerical order as they appear in the text.

At least 80% of the references must have article identifiers, such as digital object identifier (DOI) or PubMed PMID (or PubMed central PMCID). Please add these identifiers at the end of your references when available. You can visit the following link to search for DOIs and PMIDs of articles: It is highly recommended to use EndNote software for writing and managing references.

A Software article includes a maximum of 3000 words (including references), 2 authors3 tables/illustrations, and 30 references.