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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.
  • All identifying author information has been removed from the submission file. This includes any author names, affiliations, and/or other identifying information.
  • The author's name has been removed from the document's 'Properties', which in Microsoft Word is found in the 'File' menu.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, WordPerfect or equivalent Open Source document file format.
  • All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://pkp.ubc.ca) are activated and ready to click. No URLs are presented as footnotes.
  • Images are provided in .jpg, .png or .tif format.
  • The paper has been formatted using the Journal template, which can be download from here.
  • A 100 word abstract and a short biography of the author has been prepared (but not included in the submission file).
  • The Journal accepts up to three orders of headings. Indicate clearly the status of your heading by using a 16-point font for the Title of the article, 14-point font for the title of the section and 12-point font for the subtitle of the section, all in bold.
  • The paper has an extension of up to 8000 words, besides abstract, references and annexes.

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: gurstein@gmail.com

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 http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/040708/d040708a.htm

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