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Author Guidelines

The submission should be in a Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (RTF), WordPerfect or equivalent open source document file format. All identifying author information should be removed from the submission file. This includes any author names, affiliations, and/or other identifying information.


For each article, the author must provide a 100-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 abstract should not be placed in the submission file but copied into the appropriate text box during the on-line submission process.


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:

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Unpublished paper presented at a symposium, conference, meeting: Bishop, A. P., & Bruce, B. C. (2005, August 12-14).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


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.

  1. 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.
  2. All identifying author information has been removed from the submission file. This includes any author names, affiliations, and/or other identifying information.
  3. The author's name has been removed from the document's 'Properties', which in Microsoft Word is found in the 'File' menu.
  4. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, WordPerfect or equivalent Open Source document file format.
  5. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  6. Images are provided in .jpg, .bmp or .gif format.
  7. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); with figures and tables placed within the text, rather than at the end.
  8. A 100 word abstract and a short biography of the author has been prepared (but not included in the submission file).
  9. The text meets this journal's formatting requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines found in About the Journal.
  10. 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.

Copyright Notice

All material submitted to the Journal of Community Informatics is protected by and subject to the Creative Commons Public License "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5". Subject to the following conditions, all material submitted to the Journal of Community Informatics may be freely copied, distributed, or displayed, or modified:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
  • Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one.

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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441