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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The submission should be prepared using the Journal template. Please download and use to pre-format your submission. It is a Microsoft Word .dotx file, but it can be used with many other word processing software. Save the resulting file in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) file format.

Submissions should not have more than 8000 words, excluding references, abstract and annexes. This limit will be enforced.

All identifying author information should be removed from the submission file. This includes any author names, affiliations, and/or other identifying information.

Authors retain copyright on their work. This is stated in the published copy of each submission to the Journal. Any version in the Journal is published under Creative Commons public licence "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5", as stated in the Copyright Notice for the Journal.


For each article, the author must provide a 200 to 300-word abstract in English. As well, since the Journal is of interest to a multilingual community of scholars, we ask that the English abstract be followed where possible and depending on its subject matter, by additional abstracts in French, Spanish and/or Russian.


The author(s) must supply a short (25 word) bio giving name, rank, institution, institutional address, and email address. For example:

Michael Gurstein is Executive Director: Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training, Vancouver, CANADA E-mail:

Do not place the biography in your submission file but copy it into the appropriate text box during the on-line submission process.

General Formatting

This journal adheres to the bibliographic and research paper formatting requirements laid out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th Edition (2001). For example...

Book chapter: Egan, D. E. (1988). Individual differences in human-computer interaction. In M. Helander (Ed.), Handbook of human-computer interaction (pp. 543-568). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Journal article: Aakhus, M. (1999). Science Court: A case study in designing discourse to manage policy controversy. Knowledge, Technology, & Policy, 12(2), 20-37.

Newspaper article: Chang, K. (2003, June 8). Questions raised on equation NASA used on shuttle peril, The New York Times, p. 38.

Edition: Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative research and evaluation methods (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Paper in regularly-published proceedings (treat as a periodical): Bilal. D. (1998). Children's search processes in using World Wide Web search engines: An exploratory study. ASIS '98: Proceedings of the 61st American Society for Information Science Annual Meeting, 35, 45-53.

Unpublished paper presented at a symposium, conference, meeting: Bishop, A. P., & Bruce, B. C. (2005, August 12-14). Community-based inquiry. Paper presented at the Learning in Communities symposium, Penn State, PA. de Moor, A. (2004). Strengthening civil society by developing stakeholder communities using intermedia. Proc. of the Building & Bridging Community Networks: Knowledge, Innovation & Diversity through Communication Conference, Brighton, March 31-April 2, 2004.

Unpublished dissertation: Hagar, C. (2005). The farming community in crisis: The information needs of Cumbrian farmers during the UK 2001 foot and mouth outbreak and the role of information and communication technologies. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Material available online: Statistics Canada. (2004, July 8). Household internet use survey. Retrieved October 1, 2004 from

Essays: On Communities

This section is for quick publication of essays by qualified authors on the present and future of communities of all sorts, all around the world. It looks to provide a space for open-ended discussions on the main subject of the Journal. Review will be conducted by the Editor of the Journal.

POV-Gurstein issue

For Points of View submitted for the extraordinary, non-sequential issue dedicated to the celebration of Michael Gurstein's life and work.

Special Issue: Designing Participation for the Digital Fringe

Only refereed articles for the Special Issue on Designing Participation for the Digital Fringe. 

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