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Instructions for Authors


Submit your manuscript
The Information Society (TIS) is a multidisciplinary refereed journal that provides a forum for thoughtful commentary and discussion of information technology and social change and information policy. It serves as a key critical forum for leading edge analysis of the impacts, policies, system concepts, methodologies related to information technologies and changes in society and culture. Some of the key information technologies include computers and telecommunications; the sites of social change include homelife, workplaces, schools, communities and diverse organizations, as well as new social forms in cyberspace. The journal appeals to scientists, scholars and policymakers in government, education, and industry.

TIS's articles are typically 8,000-10,000 words long, and are written vividly with coherent analyses and minimal jargon. TIS also publishes shorter "position statements" of up to 4,000 words and debates in a section, called "The Forum." You can assume that TIS's readers are familiar with many of the debates and studies of information policy and information technology and social change. They would be interested in reading your article if it helps advance the leading edge studies and discussions. The research literature about these topics is moving rapidly and published in diverse outlets. It helps if you relate your article to recent relevant articles published in TIS (see our bibliography for titles and links to abstracts.)

You can contact the Editor-in-Chief Harmeet Sawhney to discuss your ideas for possible articles or special issues of the journal.

Review Process
Your article will be previewed in the editorial office for its quality and suitability for publication in The Information Society (TIS). If your article appears to be a work that our readers would be eager to read, it will be sent to an Associate Editor who belongs to TIS' editorial board to manage the review. You can correspond directly with the Associate Editor who is managing the review of your article about its status and the nature of any changes required for publication.

Taylor & Francis will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication. Therefore, it is required that each submitted manuscript be in complete form. Please take the time to check all references, figures, tables, and text for errors before submission.

Manuscripts will be accepted with the understanding that their content is unpublished and not being submitted for publication elsewhere. All parts of the manuscript, including the title page, abstract, tables, and legends, should be type-written double-spaced on one side of white bond in English. Allow margins of at least 1 in. (3 cm) on all sides of the typed pages. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper.

It is with great enthusiasm that we would like to formally introduce and invite all our contributors to ScholarOne Manuscripts! ScholarOne Manuscripts is our new system to expedite the entire manuscript submission process. This program will keep all stages of the submission process organized and manageable. As an author, it will now be easier than ever track and monitor the progress of your manuscript as it goes through the peer review process. The Information Society prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically. Author instructions for using ScholarOne Manuscripts can be downloaded here.

All titles should be as brief as possible, 6 to 12 words. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.

Include full names of authors, academic and/or other professional affiliations, and the complete mailing address of the author to whom proofs and correspondence should be sent on the title page. Please include your email address and the URL of your home page (if you have one).

Be sure to date the manuscript and any copies of the same draft. Dated manuscripts help distinguish original drafts from revisions, and facilitates the editorial process of review.

Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 150 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text.

Authors must supply from three to ten key words or phrases that identify the most important subjects covered by the paper.

Running Head
Authors should supply a short version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.

All references should be listed alphabetically at the end of every paper. In the text, references should be cited by author's last name, year of publication, and page in parentheses.

Journal example:

Buchanan, Thomas. 1985. Commitment and Leisure Behavior: A Theoretical Perspective. Leisure Sciences 7(4):401-420.

Book example:

Kelly, John R. 1982. Leisure. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Multiple authors and editors examples:

Jeong, K. and J. King. 1997. Korea’s national information infrastructure: Vision and issues. In National Information Infrastructure Initiatives, eds. B. Kahin and E. Wilson, III, pp. 112-149. The MIT Press.

Sudweeks, F., M. McLaughlin, and S. Rafaeli, eds. 1997. Network and netplay: Virtual groups on the Internet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Please refer to the TIS Reference Guide for additional examples.

Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • Sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
  • Submitted as separate files, not embedded in text

Color illustration will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first figure is $900.00. Subsequent figures, totaling no more than 4 text pages, are $450.00 each. Good quality color prints should be provided in their final size. Figures needing reduction or enlargement will be charged an additional 25 percent. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of any prints deemed unacceptable.

Tables and Figures
Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included at the end of the paper after the references section. All tables and figures must be discussed or mentioned in the text and numbered in order of mention. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend, and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Every table should be fully understandable even without reference to the text. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction.

Book Reviews
We mostly publish unsolicited book reviews. Solicited reviews, including queries about titles not on hand at our editorial office, require written confirmation that there is no conflict of interest, and for any review we reserve the right to ultimately not publish the review. Our reviewers are typically professors, grad students, and occasionally independent scholars or industry professionals. Interested reviewers should send qualifications and areas of specialty, and all related queries about any title or book review question to Emily Bowman. Email Emily for more information, including a current list of unassigned titles on hand needing review. Publishers should send review copies to Prof. Emily Bowman, Coe College Department of Sociology, 1220 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

When your manuscript is accepted for publication


Now there are a few things to take care of before your paper appears in The Information Society:

Permission to Reprint
If any figure, table, or more than a few lines of text from previously published material are included in a manuscript the author must obtain written permission for republication from the copyright holder and forward a copy to the editorial office..

Transfer of Copyright Agreement
Under the copyright law, the transfer of copyright from author to publisher must be explicitly stated to enable the publisher to ensure maximum dissemination of the author's work. Please fill out the Copyright Release Form and send a scanned copy to Harmeet Sawhney at hsawhney@indiana.edu.

Page Proofs
All proofs must be corrected and returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. If the manuscript is not returned within the allotted time, the editor will proofread the article and it will be printed per his instruction. Only correction of typographical errors is permitted. The author will be charged for additional alterations to text at the proof stage.

Each author of the article will receive a complete copy of the issue in which the article appears, up to a total of 3 copies per article. The corresponding author is responsible for distribution of copies to coauthors. Offprints of an individual article may be ordered from Taylor & Francis. Use the offprint order form included with page proofs.


Last updated: August 22, 2016
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