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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).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript is fully anonymized.

Author Guidelines

The technical details of article submission and format will be set in the near future based on the requirements of the publisher and editorial system. Please feel free to contact Wouter van Atteveldt or any of the associate editors for any questions about scope, format, or procedures around submissions.

For the first issue, please submit your manuscript as PDF in email to submissions@computationalcommunication.org. If using Latex, please use the apa6 class set to manuscript mode.

  • For all submissions, follow APA style (6th edition) for manuscript, references, and figures. Use American English.
    Submissions should not contain information that identifies the author. Self-citations are permitted, but where obvious replace by (Author, 2017). Latex users can also use the mask option of the apa6 class and use the \maskcite command. External links to identifiable resources such as authors’ github repositories should be removed from the initial submission.
  • Research articles should be at most 9,000 words in length (including bibliography and tables)
  • Research notes should be at most 4,000 words and should focus on describing empirical results. They should contain a short theoretical introduction to link the research with the relevant communication science theory, but references and theoretical discussion should be kept to a minimum.
  • Descriptions of novel tools and data sets should be at most 4,000 words and describe a publicly accessible and novel (or major revision of a) tool or data set relevant to the communication science community. The manuscript should contain a link to the tool or data in question and describe the relevance and intended working and purpose of the tool or data. For tools, code examples or screenshots describing common use cases are encouraged.
  • For publishing software tools, please refer to the Nature editorial “Does your code stand up to scrutiny?” (Nature 555, 142, 2018) and checklist.
  • For publishing data, please archive the data in a repository that guarantees persistence.
  • For both tools and data, the repository or archive may be kept private until acceptance, but should be publicly accessible on publication of the description. If the tool or data cannot be made accessible due to business, legal, or ethical constraints, please contact the editor before submitting the manuscript.

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