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Author Guidelines

We recommend that authors review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies first.

1. Registration

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting, or if already registered can simply log in and begin the 5 step process.
During registration authors will be asked to fill out a form giving details on their name, affiliation, address, email, phone, discipline and a short bio statement. This data is used for internal communication and enables authors to foster their personal presence on the web (e.g. the bio statement and affiliation will be available with every article they will publish with tripleC). Authors can administrate or update their profile at any time.

2. Submission

2.1 Authors start with choosing the section (articles or book reviews) they want to submit their paper to; check the submissions checklist and agree to the terms of the Copyright notice.

2.2 The authors data is automatically imported from the registration database. If a paper is a joint work additional authors data should be entered now. The author has to add title, metadata for indexing (Academic discipline and sub-disciplines; keywords; type, method or approach; and language), and if appropriate supporting agencies. Authors can administrate or update the metadata (which is most important for visibility on the web!) during the review process until the article is publicly published.

2.3 Authors upload the first draft of their paper. They must use our Word template for formating their contribution according to our formal guidelines.


The template can be downloaded here:

Please consult this example file or copy your file directly into this file in order to use our layout guides for standard text, quotations, title, headlines, header, footer, footnotes, endnotes, title, abstract, keywords, references, figure captions, listings, etc.

Please do not use a download application but choose “Save target as …” with a right click on the download link

If authors want to choose an anonymous review they should have a close look at Ensuring an Anonymous Peer Review before submitting their draft papers. If the authors of the document have deleted their names from the text we assume they wish to choose an anonynous review.

3. Types of reviewing

tripleC offers two types of reviewing: Anonymous and open refereeing, in the latter case author names will be told to the reviewers and the reviewers will decide whether they will reveal their identity to the authors or not. We encourage authors and reviewers to choose open reviewing due to democratic reasons and in order to achieve transparency.
If you want an open review process, then leave your name in the article. If you prefer a blind review, then delete your name throughout the article and also in the references and bibliography.

Reflections (comments, reviews, discussions, interviews, etc) are also welcome, they are not peer-reviewed.

4. Title page

Title (please use Headline Style Capitalization)
Author's Name
Author's Contact (Affiliation, City, State, Email, Website)
Abstract: 100-150 words
min. 5 Keywords (please use Capitalization)

5. Sections and subsections

If authors use sections and subsections to structure their article, sections must be numbered with Arabic numerals (such as e.g.: 1. Introduction), and must be identified with section and sub-section numbers (e.g. 1.1. Subsection). Our template gives clear directions how to format these sections. Please use Headline Style Capitalization (all words are capitalized except in, and, (n)or, to, of, the, a(n),...).

6. Exact layout details

Authors have to use our Word template for formatting their contribution. The template defines format details such as style of continuous text, headings, subsection headings, footnotes, header, footer, etc.

7. Mathematical notation

should be typewritten. Authors should use the Word formula-editor and try to limit the use of mathematical formulas and notations. tripleC favors excellent qualitative analysis over excessive quantitative data.

8. Illustrations (tables, images, diagrams, charts etc.)

are to be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (such as Table 1: Description of Table 1, or: Figure 2: Description of Figure 2). All illustrations must be complete and final. Illustrations should be inserted wherever they should appear in the text. Illustrations should not be inserted on separate pages, files or documents, or at the end of the document.

9. References

tripleC uses the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper in a section titled References and referred to in the text by name and year in parentheses (Author-Date System). Please use Headline Style Capitalization in the reference list; that means, all words are capitalized except prepositions, conjunctions, and articles such as in, and, (n)or, to, of, the, a(n),... Please do not use quotation marks for titles of articles in the reference list. Page numbers in both text and reference list should appear in a complete form (e.g. 11-13, 147-151). The style and punctuation of the references should conform to that used in the journals template illustrated by the following examples (each example of a reference list entry is accompanied by an example of a corresponding citation in the text):

Article in a print journal

Bellman, Steven, Eric Johnson, Stephen Kobrin and Gerald Lohse. 2004. International Differences in Information Privacy Concerns: A Global Survey of Consumers. The Information Society 20 (5): 313-324.

Bellman et al. (2004, 321) argue...

Article in an online journal

Gandy, Oscar H. Jr. 2011. Consumer Protection in Cyberspace. tripleC – Cognition, Communication, Co-operation: Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society 9 (2): 175-189. Accessed December 3, 2011.

I characterize these systems [...] as discriminatory technologies (Gandy 2011, 175).

Article in a newspaper

Silverman, Rachel. 2000. Your Career Matters: Raiding Talent Via the Web – Personal Pages, Firm’s Sites Are Troves of Information for Shrewd Headhunters. The Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2.

(Silverman 2000, 2)


Boltanski, Luc and Ève Chiapello. 2006. The New Spirit of Capitalism. London: Verso.

Boltanski and Chiapello (2006, 134, 217) mention...

Fuchs, Christian, Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund and Marisol Sandoval, eds. 2011. Internet and Surveillance: The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media. New York: Routledge.

Webster, Frank. 2002a. Theories of the Information Society. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

(Webster 2002a, viii; Fuchs et al. 2011)

Marx, Karl. 1992/1885. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy: Volume Two. London: Penguin.

(Marx 1992/1885)

Book review

Sandoval, Marisol and Thomas Allmer. 2009. Book Review of “Social Networking Sites and the Surveillance Society”, by Christian Fuchs. American Philosophical Association (APA) Newsletter on Philosophy and Computers 9 (1): 40-42.

“In the ‘Preface to Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy’ [...], Marx stresses an antagonistic character of productive forces in capitalist society” (Sandoval and Allmer 2011, 41).

Conference proceeding

Acquisti, Alessandro and Ralph Gross. 2006. Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook. In Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, edited by Phillipe Golle and George Danezis, 36-58. Cambridge: Robinson College.

(Acquisti and Gross 2006, 41-42)

Contribution to a book

Webster, Frank. 2002b. The Information Society Revisited. In Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Social Consequences of ICTs, edited by Leah Lievrouw and Sonia Livingstone, 22-33. London: Sage.

Webster (2002b, 22; see also: 2002a, 4) highlights...

Government document

TNS Opinion & Social. 2011. Special Eurobarometer Report on Attitudes on Data Protection and Electronic Identity in the European Union. Conducted by TNS Opinion & Social at the Request of Directorate-General Justice, Information Society & Media and Joint Research Centre. Brussels: European Commission.

TNS Opinion & Social (2011, 174)...

Research report

Sevignani, Sebastian, Verena Kreilinger and Christian Fuchs. 2011. Analysis of Existing Empirical Research Methods for Studying (Online) Privacy and Surveillance. SNS3 Research Paper No. 10. Accessed December 3, 2011.

(Sevignani, Kreilinger and Fuchs 2011, 54-56)


Google. 2008. Press Center: Google Closes Acquisition of DoubleClick. Accessed December 1, 2011.

DoubleClick [owned by Google; F.L.] is a premier provider of digital marketing technology and services. (Google 2008)

Kellner, Douglas. 2004. Cultural Marxism and Cultural Studies. Accessed November 25, 2011.

Kellner (2004) introduces...

For more reference list and citation in the text examples using Chicago Manual of Style please visit:

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide (go to AUTHOR-DATE)

10. Footnotes

If necessary and used, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Authors should place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Authors should not use endnotes.

11. Word count limits

There are no word count limits for articles. The format has to be Word because it's easiest to process for us.

12. Page charges

The journal makes no page charges. tripleC is a freely available online-journal. This ensures a large readership and a high degree of reception in the scientific community.

13. Publication frequency

Although tripleC is published twice a year, we don't agglomerate articles and publish them all at once. Individual items will be published immediately after acceptance as soon as they are ready. By adding them to the current issue's Table of Contents we make use of the advantages of online publishing. Instant publishing allows reducing publication time and publishing up-to-date articles.


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. The submission file is in English and uses a Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. Authors have to format their article accordingly by using the tripleC template.
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. The text 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.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, we encourage authors to choose open reviewing, a process in which the names of authors and reviewers are known to each other. However, also conventional double-anonymous reviewing is available as an option. If you want to choose this option please take care that the instructions in Ensuring an Anonymous Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

tripleC is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal (ISSN: 1726-670X). All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Austria License.


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Creative Commons License tripleC is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal (ISSN: 1726-670X). All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.