Submission guidelines

Who are we?

The Journal of Digital Social Research – JDSR – is an international journal focusing on the relationship between digital technology and society. We are interdisciplinary, online and open-access. JDSR is associated with DIGSUM, the Centre for Digital Social Research at Umeå University, Sweden. DIGSUM gathers researchers from all fields of the social sciences with an interest in how digital technologies transform societies. Read more about JDSR here.

What are we looking for?

JDSR seeks to publish high-quality original research within all fields of social sciences interacting with digital issues. Social science is defined broadly to include, inter alia, sociology, informatics, pedagogy, education science, gender studies, law, economy, social work and geography. We do welcome submissions from neighbouring research fields if they are relevant to a social science audience.

We particularly encourage cross-disciplinary submissions and submissions focusing on theoretical and methodological issues. Furthermore, as digital issues tend to transcend borders JDSR, has an international viewpoint and prioritizes submissions which are of interest from an international standpoint. National or regional case-studies are of course of interest but should be put in context and made relevant for international readers. 

We give priority to research articles, but also publish book reviews, research overviews, opinion pieces and legal case commentaries. Material not subject to peer-review will also be published on our blog.

What do we require?

We require original and exclusive submission. The former means that the research in question has not been previously published in its finished form (though it may have been presented as a conference paper, workshopped or made available as a draft), the latter that it may not be simultaneously submitted to any other journal. As part of the submission process you will be asked to confirm that your contribution is original and exclusive.   

At the point of submission, your manuscript does not have to follow the JDSR style guide. We will review it for scientific value and following a positive peer-review decision you will be asked to make changes if needed to comply with our style guide. The manuscript should however at the point of submission be clear, transparent and coherent in its language and citations to enable proper scientific scrutiny.

JDSR does not employ a maximum length for contributions, but a submission should be no longer than necessary. A clear and concise submission will have a greater chance of publication. Similarly, JDSR does not operate a minimum word requirement. However, submissions shorter than 2.000 words are normally not classified as research articles. 

Submissions should normally be in English. For special issues other major languages may be used, at the discretion of the editors.

What do we offer?

JDSR offers fast, online publication and double-blind peer review. Also, we are nice, friendly people. We do not require you to change your manuscript to suit our style guide at the review stage.

JDSR is published solely online, using a consecutive publication system. This means that articles are published online (in PDF-format) as soon as they have completed the peer review process and been approved for publication, following the process described below. The publication is complete, with proper formatting, page numbers and DOI number. Published articles are consecutively gathered into volumes and issues for ease of identification and referencing. Exceptions to this rule are special issues under a common theme where publication of individual articles are deferred until the whole issue is completed.

JDSR is a full (no bullshit) open access journal (naturally). Articles are published under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. This means you will retain the right to use your publication as you see fit and upload it wherever you want without permission from us. We do not charge any fees for review or publication – there are no hidden costs so you can worry about quality instead.

How does the process work?

The process of publication follows these six steps:

1) Submission 

You submit your contribution via our online submission system, available here [hyperlink]. Follow the instructions provided by the system. If you want to check with the editors to see if your article fits the scope of the journal before submitting your manuscript you are welcome to contact us.

Please observe that you need to submit two versions of your contribution, one with your name and affiliation and one anonymous (all information identifying you as the author should be removed), to allow for double-blind peer review. Any tables, graphs and figures, as well as annexes, should be submitted separately, with their placement in the text clearly marked. You must also include an abstract of no more than one page, which is used in the peer review process.

Upon submission you will receive an automatic reply, acknowledging that your contribution has been received. 

2) Editorial review

As soon as possible, and normally within two weeks, you will receive the result of the editorial review. The editorial review is limited, examining whether the submission is complete, suitable for peer-review, and thematically relevant for publication in JDSR. 

3) Double-blind peer review 

Assuming that your contribution passes editorial review, it will be sent for double-blind peer review. JDSR is supported by a strong international network of academics in the field of digital social research. All submissions that fit within the scope of the journal are subject to double blind peer review by experts in the field.

The aim of the peer review process is for it to be constructive and reasonably fast. Normally, peer review is completed and communicated within a month.

4) Decision 

Following peer review the editor will make and communicate a decision concerning publication. If the decision is to decline publication the process ends here. If the editor finds it necessary for the submission to be revised before publication, further information and instructions will be given. If substantial revisions need to be made you may be asked to resubmit your paper for a new round of peer review.

5) Final editing, Typesetting and proofreading

Once the article is accepted, you will be asked to format your manuscript so that it follows our style guide. You as the author is responsible for type-editing, language check, and ensuring the submission is ready for publication whereafter you provide us with an author-finished and revised version of your manuscript. This is followed by a brief process of typesetting the article in the publishing format of JDSR. Once it is set in its finished form you are given the opportunity to proofread your article a final time before publication. We encourage you to be prepared to do so quickly and on short notice to expedite the publication process.

6) publication

Once cleared for publication your contribution is immediately published online and provided with full metadata (including page numbers) and a DOI-number. You are free to share the article and use it in any way you see fit. Your article will subsequently be collected into an issue which is more prominently featured on our website, this will however not delay the publication of your article and you will be provided with complete referencing information for your particular article upon publication. The only exception to this is special thematic issues (subject to a call for papers) where we will publish your contribution online as the issue is completed.

If you have any questions about submitting an article to JDSR, please contact us.

Ok! How do we do this?

Register an account with our OJS publishing system and submit your contribution: