Information Polity

An International Journal of Government and Democracy in the Information Age

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Information Polity
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22; 4 issues
Last issue (21:4) online on 03 January 2017
Next issue
22:1 scheduled for April 2017
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Information Sciences, Social Sciences
Institutional subscription for 2017 €375 / US$495 Excluding VAT

Information Polity is a tangible expression of the increasing awareness that Information and Communication technologies (ICTs) have become of deep significance for all polities as new technology-enabled forms of government, governing and democratic practice are sought or experienced throughout the world. This journal positions itself in these contexts, seeking to be at the forefront of thought leadership and debate about emerging issues, impact, and implications of government and democracy in the information age.

The journal is dedicated to publishing work from two main sources: academic and practitioner. The journal publishes work from academics that is both of top quality and, equally, of high strategic relevance to practitioners. Secondly, the journal is intent on publishing work undertaken by practitioners – professional, administrative and political – who are actively engaged in the broad arenas of government and democracy, whether at local, regional, national or supra-national levels.

The journal promotes interdisciplinary work drawing from the wider social sciences (e.g. public policy, public management, public administration, political science, information systems, information science, media studies, philosophy, sociology, law, economics) and welcomes articles with an empirical, theoretical or conceptual contribution from scholars and practitioners throughout the world. The journal is both international and comparative in its perspectives and publishes articles on political, public policy, institutional, social, economic, legal, managerial, organizational, ethical, and wider social scientific themes and issues as they relate to the application of ICTs in government, governing and democratic practice. Examples of such themes and issues are:

-       Bureaucratic reform and modernization
-       Public and democratic innovation
-       Public policy in the information age
-       Citizenship in the information age
-       The impact of ICTs on political institutions and democratic practice
-       ICT regulation and governance
-       Social media and citizen engagement
-       Political information and the role of new media
-       Internet activism, political organization and collective action
-       Government ICT strategy, leadership and management
-       Service transformation and multi-channel service provision
-       Cross-government information-sharing
-       Digital identity and privacy
-       Surveillance and cybersecurity
-       Open government, transparency and accountability
-       Public records management in the information age
-       Public innovation management, evaluation and benefits realization

Publishing in Information Polity
The journal is keen to receive well-written rigorous journal articles from its targeted authors on topics as stated above. Articles submitted for consideration must be written in English and checked by a native speaker. The journal will welcome expert opinion pieces as well as articles deriving from research and practice.

Academic articles submitted should normally not exceed 8000 words in length [including references]. Articles in the form of authoritative, well-researched case studies or country reports will be welcomed and will not normally exceed 4500 words. The journal will also commission reviews, including book reviews, social media reviews, reviews of research reports and strategy documents, expert opinion pieces, and short research notes, which normally will not exceed 2000 words.

Peer Review Policy
Published articles in Information Polity have all been subject to rigorous peer review, based on an initial editorial screening and anonymous refereeing by a minimum of two referees.

Miriam Lips, Ph.D.
Professor of Digital Government

Victoria University of Wellington
School of Government
Rutherford House, Rm 806, 23 Lambton Quay, Pipitea Campus
PO Box 600
New Zealand


Honorary Editor in Chief 
John Taylor

Associate Editor [Administration]

Dr. Alasdair Marshall
School of Management
University of Southampton
Room 4045
Building 2, Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom

Reviews Editor

Dr Karl Lofgren
Associate Professor
School of Government
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand
Tel.: +64 4 463 6349

Editorial Board

Associate Prof. Frank Bannister, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Victor J.J.M. Bekkers, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Prof. Christine Bellamy, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
Prof. Colin J. Bennett, University of Victoria, Canada
Prof. John C. Bertot, University of Maryland, USA
Dr. Eleanor Burt, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Dr. Lemuria Carter, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Prof. Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, USA
Prof. Andrew Chadwick, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom
Prof. Heungsuk Choi, Korea University, South Korea
Prof. Soon Ae Chun, City University of New York, USA
Prof. Stephen Coleman, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Prof. William H. Dutton, Michigan State University, USA
Dr. Elizabeth Eppel, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Prof. Leif Skiftenes Flak, University of Agder, Norway
Prof. Jane E. Fountain, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Prof. Mila Gascó, University at Albany, SUNY, USA
Dr. J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, State University of New York, USA
Prof. Olivier Glassey, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof. Jens Villem Hoff, Copenhagen University, Denmark
Prof. Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University, Portugal
Prof. Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Prof. Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Prof. Klaus Lenk, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Prof. Brian Loader, University of York, United Kingdom
Prof. Helen Margetts, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Prof. Ian McLoughlin, Monash University, Australia
Prof. Albert J. Meijer, Utrecht School of Governance, The Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel, University of Konstanz, Germany
Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi, Waseda University, Japan
Dr. Theresa A. Pardo, State University of New York, USA
Prof. Peter Parycek, Donau-Universität Krems, Austria
Dr. Tiago Peixoto, World Bank, USA
Prof. Charles Raab, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Prof. Christopher G. Reddick, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA
Prof. Alasdair S. Roberts, University of Missouri, USA
Prof. Scott Robertson, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Dr. Jesper Schlaeger, Lund University, Sweden
Prof. Hans Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA
Prof. Tino Schuppan, The Potsdam eGovernment Competence Centre, Germany
Dr. Colin F. Smith, Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom
Prof. Maddalena Sorrentino, Università degli studi di Milano, Italy
Dr. Thierry Vedel, Centre for Political Research SciencesPo, France
Prof. Mirko Vintar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Stephen Ward, Salford University, United Kingdom
Prof. William Webster, University of Stirling, United Kingdom
Prof. Elin Wihlborg, Linkoping University, Sweden
Prof. Rob Wilson, Newcastle University, United Kingdom


Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial Management System (
Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Word document, a PDF, or a zip file. 

Required files for final submissions
After the article has been accepted, the authors should submit the final version as source files, including a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LateX (If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file).

Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access option
The IOS Press Open Library® offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library® the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. Open Access is entirely optional.
See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library®


Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

Peerwith offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
  • Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords

Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.

Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.

Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.

Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.

Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.

Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.


Authors are requested to use the Vancouver Citation Style.

Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines.

References must be listed in Vancouver Style:

[1] Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6.

[2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.

[4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93-113.

[5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from:

[6] Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. In press 2002.

[7] Fletcher D, Wagstaff CRD. Organisational psychology in elite sport: its emergence, application and future. Psychol Sport Exerc. 2009;10(4):427-34. doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2009.03.009.

Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.

If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.

Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.

Colour figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.

For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:

  • Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
  • Grayscales (incl photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
  • Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
  • Do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
  • Do not use colour in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is colour, you should change the settings)
  • For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.

On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.

Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.

Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.

Accepted articles will be placed online as "pre-press" articles shortly after acceptance. This process will occur before the author receives proofs. The pre-press file will remain as the uncorrected proof version until the article is published in an issue and the final published version replaces the pre-press file.

The corresponding author will receive a pdf proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.


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The corresponding author of a contribution to the journal will receive a complimentary PDF Author’s Copy of the article, unless otherwise stated. This PDF copy is watermarked and for personal use only. A free PDF copy will not be provided for conference proceedings and abstract issues. An order form for a PDF file without watermark, reprints or additional journal copies will be provided along with the PDF proof.

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