Submission Requirements

Information & Culture welcomes submissions of original, high-quality research articles that deal with the role and impact of information in all areas of human activity, regardless of geography or time. The study of information and its impact on our world is not bounded by discipline or method, thus we adopt an inclusive approach, inviting any relevant work that engages thoughtfully with the role and reciprocal relationship of information within all social and cultural contexts. The journal emphasizes a human-centered approach to understanding our information world and this should be reflected in all submissions.

Authors may submit a complete manuscript or may contact the editor with a proposal. You are encouraged to consult the journal’s home page, which gives an overview of the material published in Information & Culture or discuss coverage with the editors if you wish to determine suitability.

Papers are not eligible for publication in the journal if their content is under consideration for publication elsewhere or if significant portions of the manuscript have been published as a journal article, a book chapter, conference proceedings, a research report, or a government publication. Research and data presented for publication in Information & Culture are expected to be complete and accurate. Falsification and misrepresentation of data or of the findings are considered unethical and will result in the rejection of the submitted work. 

Prospective authors should familiarize themselves with the submission requirements, the peer review process, and relevant journal policies. We expect authors to submit articles following all guidelines below. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will not be accepted for review.

Manuscript Requirements

  1. Manuscript. Articles should typically range from 6,000-10,000 words. Longer articles will be considered in the context of whether the topic and treatment merit the extra length, and whether the journal has the space. Shorter articles may also be considered under certain circumstances. The editorial office reserves the right to run a plagiarism check on the materials submitted for publication and will investigate all credible allegations of plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as submitting as one’s own and without due acknowledgement the work of others in part or in its entirety. Examples of plagiarism include copying (either language or ideas) without acknowledging the source, paraphrasing another person’s work without due acknowledgement, using others’ ideas without reference to the source, and not attributing work contributed by others to a joint project.
  2. Abstract. The article's abstract should be no longer than 100 words and should be independent from the body of the article. Care should be taken to craft a clear and compelling abstract. Authors should bear in mind that the abstract is the first thing that the reader and any potential reviewers will see.
  3. Keywords. Authors are encouraged to provide three to five keywords that capture the manuscript's salient points. Keywords should be listed on a separate line on the title page.
  4. Reviewers. Authors should submit, along with the manuscript, the names of at least two potential reviewers with expertise in the topic.
  5. Endnotes. All citations should be provided as endnotes. Endnotes should be placed in a Notes section following the body of the manuscript. For a sentence with citations, there should be only one callout for all references cited within that sentence, and with few exceptions, that callout should be placed at the end of the sentence. Endnotes must be formatted electronically in MS Word and conform to "Humanities Style" in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Notes should include all bibliographic information required by that style.
  6. Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments are not required, but when included, should appear at the beginning of the Notes as an unnumbered endnote.
  7. Cover Sheet. Include a separate page with article title, author name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, email address, and a 50-word biographical statement. For blind review purposes, do not include personal or institutional information on any page of the manuscript itself, including the abstract.
  8. Language. Should be written in Standard English. Word choice should be precise, and syntax should be clear. Articles written in a language other than grammatically correct English at a high academic level will not be considered.

Manuscript Format

  • MS Word document in Times New Roman 12-point font
  • Text should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
  • All text should be one and a half spaced, including headings, long quotations, endnotes, and captions
  • One-inch margins on all sides
  • Page numbers in the upper right margin
  • All copy aligned left; do not justify
  • Paragraphs indented five spaces (0.25”) with a single tab
  • An extra line of space should be inserted above and below extracts, subheads, and figure/table/image callouts, but not between paragraphs
  • One space only after each period at the end of a sentence
  • Include first name and/or initial(s) of all persons when referred to in the manuscript for the first time
  • Spell out the title of an organization when first referenced, with acronym in parentheses. Acronyms may be used in all subsequent references
  • Tables should be submitted as separate MS Word files

Photos and Illustrations

  • Permissions are required for all published images. Should the article be accepted for publication, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain official written permission to reprint an image from the copyright holder or owner, including preferred wording for crediting the source of the image. Any cost involved is the responsibility of the author.
  • Figure captions should always include a source attribution and a statement of permission to use the image. Images obtained at no cost should attribute the source “Courtesy of…” while permissions obtained for a fee should state the source and “Used by permission.”
  • All images (photos, maps, or illustrations) to be included with a manuscript should be noted in the cover letter.
  • Images should be submitted as separate files (one file per image). Images submitted in Word documents are not acceptable.
  • Each image file should be at least 300 dpi at the size at which it is to be published.
  • Grayscale images in TIFF format are preferred, but most standard formats will be accepted.
  • Figure callouts should be placed in the manuscript on a separate line as Figure X Here, or similar text.
  • Figure captions should be placed at the end of the manuscript, after the Notes section.
  • The editor will make the final determination as to which images, if any, will be published.

Submission Procedure

Once the manuscript meets the guidelines above, please submit via email to the editorial staff.

Special Notes and Recommendations:

Non-native English speakers preparing a manuscript for submission to Information & Culture may wish to utilize one of the many professional English language editing services that specialize in academic journal manuscript preparation. Clearly written manuscripts help editorial staff and peer reviewers better evaluate the paper for its content Submission with significant English language errors will inevitably be rejected immediately by the editors.

Please note, however, that the use of editing services is at the author's own expense and does not guarantee that the article will be selected for peer review or accepted for publication in Information & Culture.