For Authors of Policy and Internet


Philosophy of Policy and Internet

For more information, please see Policy and Internet Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Policy and Internet provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

  1. Policy and Internet welcomes papers that present genuinely new approaches to a policy question or problem relating to the Internet and related information and communication technologies. Such approaches may include methodological innovation, theoretical development or new data. Please ensure that the paper considers the policy implications of the research presented.
  2. Papers should observe standard practice for a peer reviewed academic journal. The argument and findings should be placed in the context of existing academic literature in the field. Empirical claims should be substantiated with appropriate evidence and referencing.
  3. Policy and Internet is an international multidisciplinary journal in a new and fragmented field: our potential audience is therefore very wide. Please ensure that there is enough context to your argument that the paper can have value for people outside of your specific field or geographical region.
  4. Papers should be succint, written in clear English, and closely and critically argued. A word count between 6,000-8,000 words is ideal.
  5. We are unlikely to accept papers that are mostly or entirely descriptive, or that lack depth, substance, critical assessment and clear contribution to the field.
  6. Papers must include an up to date reference list. Referencing should be in Harvard style.
  7. We welcome submissions that have been previously published as working papers.
  8. Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Policy and Internet, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Policy and Internet. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Policy and Internet, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Policy and Internet has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for bepress journals. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that bepress can convert to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Copyright and Open Access Permissions

As further described in our submission agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Policy Studies Organization all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Policy Studies Organization, requires credit to Policy Studies Organization as copyright holder (e.g., Policy Studies Organization © 2009).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Policy Studies Organization provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series);
  • Authors are allowed to deposit their articles to PubMedCentral and UKPubMedCentral twelve months after publication, which satisfies the open access mandates of all major government and foundation research grants. Bepress deposits the content of some journals automatically on behalf of authors; see http://www.psocommons.org/policyandinternet/about.html to see if this applies in your case.
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author; and
  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s).

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact Policy Studies Commons at .

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