Submission guidelines

IT&Society seeks manuscripts that make original outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge about the social and behavioral impact of information technology on society. Preference is given to articles based on data from representative sample, especially at the national level. Articles should be written in traditional, scientific, third-person style.

Ethics: Submission of a manuscript to another professional journal while it is under review by IT&Society is regarded as unethical. Significant findings or contributions that have already appeared (or will appear) elsewhere must be clearly identified. All persons who publish in IT&Society are required to abide by the usual scientific guidelines and ethics codes regarding plagiarism and other ethical issues.

Manuscript Format: The following format guidelines should be followed for both email and paper submissions. The manuscript should be double-spaced on 8.5 by 11 inch paper size with 1.25 inch margins. Use an easy-to-read typeface; Century font, 11-point size is preferred. Number entries (except sample sizes) should in general not exceed 3 digits, 2 being ideal. Endnotes, not footnotes, should be used. References should follow American Sociological Review guidelines and be written in title case. You may cite your own work, but do not use wording that identifies you as the author. Tables and figures should appear at the top of the page after first mention. The title/abstract page should include 1) the full title of the article, 2) the author(s)'s name(s), position, department, institutional affiliation(s) and email contact, 3) an abstract of 150 to 200 words, 4) brief acknowledgements and 5) the approximate word count for the manuscript.

A submission letter giving the address, telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author, the manuscript title, and other important information should be included with the manuscript.

How to Submit: Contributors may submit their papers in either of two ways:

To submit by electronically via email, please email the attached manuscript file (Word is the strongly preferred format) to The email itself should serve as the submission letter.

To submit by postal mail, include two (2) copies of your manuscript, a copy on computer diskette, and a cover letter. Both IBM and Macintosh file formats are acceptable. Send manuscripts to IT&Society, Department of Sociology, Art-Sociology Bldg., University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.

Submission of an article implies willingness to blindly review up to three (3) other articles submitted for the journal.

We will acknowledge receipt of your manuscript if you provide your email address or enclose a stamped self-addressed postcard. Manuscripts are not returned after review.

Editorial Decision: Decisions are generally made within 4 weeks of the date your manuscript is received.

Legal Agreement: By submitting an article for review for publication you are agreeing to the following Stanford University Assignment. This Assignment relates to any and all content presented and materials specifically prepared by me for publication and distribution in connection with the on-line journal IT&Society ("IT & Society"). Note that this agreement in essence returns copyright ownership back to the authors, but protects Stanford University from improper conduct.

Through this assignment, I am providing all my interests in any copyright and other proprietary rights in and to the Article (collectively, the "Rights") to the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University ("Stanford"). My doing so is in exchange for good and valuable consideration, which I acknowledge receiving, and is according to the following terms and conditions:

1. Assignment: I hereby assign all my rights, title and interests in and to the Article to Stanford. I agree that I will provide Stanford with all cooperation necessary, at Stanford's expense, to complete this assignment. This assignment includes any past, present and future right I may have to enforce the Rights against third parties who may infringe them. To the extent this assignment provides Stanford with less than all my rights, title and interests in the Rights and Article, I hereby grant Stanford an exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, transferable license to use the Rights and Article anywhere in the universe, in any way, in all media now known or later invented and to license others to do the same.

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