Author Guidelines

Paper and document guidelines


There are four issues per year. In irregular frequency, there will be special issues focussing on a specific subject matter each, while still providing a section for general submissions.


We accept two categories of paper formats for submission:


This category is the most common. It can encompass a variety of genres and methodologies, ranging from conceptual papers, empirical studies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method), papers that focus on modeling, to design research. The word count of papers should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. For well-justified reasons of complexity or scale (e.g., historical analyses, literature reviews), extended papers may be submitted and the word limit may be exceeded. Manuscripts that exceed the recommended length should justify this in the cover letter. As a rule of thumb, we urge the authors to write as concisely as possible to avoid lengthy papers.


This category typically includes invited opinion papers, essays, manifestos, and relevant reviews. Generally, commentaries are invited, but we are also open to unsolicited submissions of pressing issues surrounding digitalisation. In this case, we recommend getting in contact with the editors prior to submission. An approximate expected submission length of commentaries is 5,000 words, up to a maximum of 10,000 words. Decisions on commentaries will be taken directly by the editors, and hence, will not be subject to the regular review process.


You may submit documents in .docx or .tex format. The text should be double spaced and have a font size of 12 pt. Please additionally submit all figures included in the submission in a vector-based format (e.g., .eps or .pdf). Please include an abstract (200 words) in your submission. Please format (sub-)headings accordingly, as this will facilitate further editing. To allow double-blind reviewing, the document must not contain information that allows identification of the authors.

Citation Formats

We expect citations in submissions to follow the American Psychological Association (APA) Style (7th). Submissions in the field of law may use the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

Online Supplementary Material (OSM)

We encourage the inclusion of OSM for reasons of traceability and quality control. You may upload these materials to our repository during the submission process. If you choose not to, you will be asked to state why this is the case and provide an additional statement with your submission, e.g. the availability of supplementary material upon request. Please anonymize all data before upload.

Weizenbaum Journal of the Digital Society