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Author Guidelines

1. The scope of the journal

Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace is inter-disciplinary journal publishing articles with focus on social science related to cyberspace. We publish original work by scientists emphasizing psychology, media studies, communication science, sociology, political science, nursing, ICT security, organizational psychology and also other disciplines with relevance to psychosocial aspects of cyberspace. We accept all original research articles as well as theoretical studies and research meta-analyses.

2. Review process and publication of accepted manuscripts

Submitted articles will be first reviewed internally by editors to assure their basic quality and relevance for the journal. In the next step, submissions will be subjected to the double-blind peer review by at least two external reviewers (authors and reviewers are anonymous to each other). Reviews will be forwarded to authors along with the editor's decision.

Typical review process takes from 3 to 6 months (average 4 months), but can be longer under special circumstances. The papers are typically published within 1 to 6 months since acceptance of the paper.

To avoid editorial rejections, please read editorials How to increase probability of manuscript acceptance and How to get your manuscript accepted where we described typical reasons for editorial rejects and the best practices to get your manuscript accepted.

2.1. Publication fee. Publication in Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace is free of charge.

3. Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace follows the standard for Ethics and Publication Malpractice set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors, reviewers, editors, and publisher are expected to conform to these standards.

4. Manuscript preparation

This section summarizes the journal’s requirements regarding the format, structure, and other aspects of the submission. Please go through these instructions carefully. Not adhering to these requirements can lead to a desk rejection of the article without assessing its quality.

Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace uses a double-blind peer-review process. You will be asked to fill in all of the authors’ short biographical notes, add conflicts of interests, and add acknowledgements to designated fields in the submission system, and this information will not be provided to the reviewers. The reviewers will receive the main document in the properly anonymized form (see the section "Anonymization of the manuscript" below).

4.1. Length
To facilitate the review process and publication clarity, manuscripts should be no longer than necessary. The submissions should be up to 11,000 words, including references, tables, and figures.

The length of articles can be exceeded when justified by the authors (i.e., in case of multiple studies published in one article or in a deep qualitative investigation). Journal’s editors will critically review articles exceeding the recommended length. Authors may be asked to shorten the submission before sending it to the external reviewers.

4.2. Manuscript structure and citations format
The American Psychological Association (APA) standards is used for publications, both in terms of publication structure (i.e., IMRaD) and citation style. Please follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7ed.). Manuscripts that do not follow the required APA style will be rejected directly by editors.

4.3. Manuscript format. The preferred format for articles is MS-Word. Prepare one document that will include:

4.4. Title page. The title page should include the title of the article, the abstract, five to eight keywords, and the disclosure of interests. The title should be concise and accurately depict the manuscript’s content. The abstract should be unstructered (i.e., without subtitles), self-explanatory and reflect the study well. It should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should briefly mention the focus of the study, the design and the sample, and the basic findings and the importance of the study. The disclosure of interest should include any conflicts of interest that the authors might have. Please state these in anonymized fashion in line with the double-blind review process. You will be asked to declare these in full detail in the designated field of the submission form. If the authors do not have any conflicts of interest, please state so (suggested formulation: “The authors do not have any conflicts of interest to report.”).

4.5. The main text. Use Times New Roman font, size 12, with double spacing. The structure of the manuscript should correspond to the APA citation style. The main sections, with Level 1 Heading (bold, centered, title case), are: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, and References. Level 2 Heading should be bold, left-aligned, and in title case; Level 3 Headings should be bold italic, left-aligned, and in title case; Level 4 headings should be indented, bold, in title case, ending with a period; and Level 5 Headings should be indented, bold italic, in title case, ending with a period.

Headings examples:

The Main Section Title (Level 1 Heading)

The text begins as a new paragraph.

Level 2 Heading

The text begins as a new paragraph.

Level 3 Heading

The text begins as a new paragraph.

Level 4 Heading. The text begins on the same line.

Level 5 Heading. The text begins on the same line.

Please limit the number of footnotes and/or endnotes to a minimum.

4.6. Tables, figures, and other visual materials. All tables and images should be named and numbered in Arabic numerals. Place all tables and pictures in the text at the position where they should be placed. All common formats of tables, images, sound, and videos are accepted. Permissions for all formerly published figures such as tables and pictures are required. An author of an article should obtain written copyright permissions from their original holders.

4.7. References list. All sources that are cited in the text must be included in the Reference list. The journal uses APA citation style.

4.8. Examples of references.

Books:
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Publisher.

Chapters in books:
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). Publisher.

Journal articles:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), xxx–xxx. https://dx.doi.org/xxxxx

Advance online publication:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/xxxxx

Conference Proceedings:
Conference proceedings published in a journal or book follow the same format as for a journal article, edited book, or edited book chapter.

Conference paper/poster:
Author, A. A. (Year of event, Month Day–Day). Title of work [Paper/poster presentation]. Conference Name, Location.

For more examples and advice please check Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th. ed.) or https://apastyle.apa.org/blog


5. Anonymization of the manuscript

5.1. Replacing identifying self-citations. “Identifying self-citations” are references from which a reviewer can recognize the authors of the submitted manuscript based on the context in which they are used. For instance, a sentence “In a previous study, we suggested that…. (Smith & Clark, 2010)“ contains an identifying self-citation. On the other hand, a sentence “In a study by Smith and Clark (2010), the authors suggest that…” contains a non-identifying citation, because the reviewer is unable to tell that Smith and Clark are the authors of the submitted manuscript. To ensure the double-blind review, identifying self-citations must be replaced. In-text citations should be replaced by “AUTHOR, 2010” (e.g., “In a previous study, we suggested… (AUTHOR, 2010)”) and the source in the Reference list should be replaced by “AUTHOR (2010). Blinded for review purposes,” and placed at the beginning of the Reference list. Non-identifying self-citations, on the other hand, are not replaced and remain un-anonymized

We recommend using non-identifying self-citations where possible because the referred-to work may contain crucial information (e.g., for justification of the conducted study) for the reviewer to properly evaluate the submitted manuscript.

5.2. Replacing other identifying information. Other information that might lead reviewers to recognize the authors might include, for instance, the name of the institute or university where the study was conducted/approved, the project name, the acknowledgement, or the number of preregistered research. Please, replace all such information (e.g., “the project (blinded for the review).”)

5.3. Removing author information from the document metadata. The document may keep the information about authorship in its metadata. See here how to remove such information from MS Word: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/remove-hidden-data-and-personal-information-by-inspecting-documents-presentations-or-workbooks-356b7b5d-77af-44fe-a07f-9aa4d085966f

6. Language requirements
It is authors' responsibility to have their manuscripts proofread before submission. Submissions can be rejected due to language insufficiencies.

7. Manuscript submission
Log in the journal's system, click on Start a new submission and follow provided instructions.

If you already have a reviewer account, log in, go to „User“ tab, select „Edit profile“, scroll down, and tick the option „Roles: Author".

8. Publisher
The Journal is published by the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Joštova 10
602 00, Brno, Czech Republic, fax: +420 5 4949 1920, e-mail: info(at)cyberpsychology.eu

 

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. Confirm that the manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere. Authors should disclose any prior posting, publication or distribution of all or part of the manuscript to the journal (use Comments for the Editor field below).

  2. Confirm that all authors of the submited manuscript have read and agreed with submission in its current version to this journal.

  3. Confirm that you have checked the manuscript submission guidelines (https://cyberpsychology.eu/about/submissions) and complied with any specific policy requirements specified. This includes but is not limited to: Disclosing any potential conflict of interest (use Comments for the Editor field below), confirming that you have a permission to use all reproduced figures, tables, and other material in your manuscript, and that all sources used for preparation of the manuscript are properly acknowledged.

  4. Confirm agreement with license terms of the journal (available here: https://cyberpsychology.eu/about/submissions).

 

License Terms

By submitting a work (hereinafter referred to as the “Work”) into the Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace (https://cyberpsychology.eu/) (hereinafter referred to as the “Journal”) for the consideration for publication, the author grants the Masaryk University (hereinafter referred to as “MUNI”) a license to the Work, under the following conditions:

1. Author’s Statements

1.1 The author declares that the Work is free of copyright or other legal defects, it was neither published anywhere else, nor simultaneously offered for publication, except the platforms of standard scientific pre-submission communications (e.g. SSRN, ResearchGate, Academia).

1.2 The author declares that he/she is the real author or the joint author of the Work and his/her freedom to grant the license is not limited or excluded, and the author is entitled to dispose of the Work, because especially, but not limited to:

  1. the Work is not an Employee work where the employee would not be entitled to exercise the rights to the Work,
  2. using of the Work within the scope of the granted license is not limited by the conditions of provided grant or other financial support
  3. using of the Work within the scope of the granted license is not limited by the third parties’ rights (e.g. copyright, the right to the protection of personal data),
  4. the Work is not the work of joint authors, where the other joint authors would not agree to grant the license.

1.3 In the case that the Work is the work of joint authors, the author declares that all the joint authors have been informed of these License Terms and that he/she is authorized to grant MUNI the license under these License Terms on behalf of the joint authors.

1.4 The author agrees that if the Work is accepted for publication, the proposal to conclude a license agreement for the Work will be on his/her behalf aimed at an indefinite number of persons, while the content of the agreement will be determined by reference to the publicly available licence conditions Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 International (available from: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/); such proposal will not be done for the works or the elements (e.g. image or photographic documentation) used by the author in the Work under a contractual license with a third party.

1.5 If any of the author’s statements prove to be untrue, the author is aware that he/she is liable for the resulting damage, including the costs associated with any litigation and damage caused by a violation of the Journal’s and/or MUNI’s reputation.

2. License Grant

2.1 The author grants MUNI gratuitous non-exclusive license to use the Work in all the known manners of use (especially, but not limited to, reproduction, distribution and communication to public), individually, in the collection or together with any other works or elements unlimited as regards to amount and form and media of expression (including electronic).

2.2 The license is granted as territorially and quantitatively unlimited.

2.3 The license is granted royalty-free.

2.4 The license is granted for the duration of economic rights to the Work.

2.5 MUNI shall be entitled to grant an authorisation forming part of the licence to the third party or parties, in whole or in part under a sublicense agreement, with or without remuneration.

2.6 By granting the license, the author agrees with including the Work into the scientific and bibliographical databases (eg. EBSCO, CEEOL) as well as information systems for providing the informational services, where the Journal is currently indexed as well as those, where it will be indexed pro futuro.

2.7 MUNI shall be not obliged to make use of the license.

3. Further Use of Work

3.1 Given granted the non-exclusive license to the Work, the author shall be entitled to further use the Work. For the purpose of such further use of the Work, the author shall be obliged to state the Journal as the source of publication of the Work.

3.2 In the case of disclosure of the Work on the platforms of standard scientific pre-submission communications within the meaning of Art. 1.1, the author shall be obliged to additionally state the Journal as the source of publication of the Work, without undue delay.

3.3 The reputation of MUNI and/or Journal shall not be negatively affected by the further use of the Work.

4. Varia

4.1 Legal relations based on the license shall be governed by the laws of the Czech Republic; any disputes arising out of the license shall be settled by the courts of the Czech Republic.

4.2 If the Work is rejected for publication in the Journal, the license shall be, at the moment of the decision of rejection, restricted in such a way that it shall cover use of Work only in the necessary extent within related editorial activities (e.g. review and archiving).

 

Privacy Statement

We respect your privacy and we are committed to ensuring that your personal data is safeguarded. The following discloses our policies for collecting, using, and protecting the data that you provide to us when submitting an article.

1. Using Your Personal Data

Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace collects and uses personal data that is necessary for the processing and publication of submitted manuscripts. This data might include names, affiliation, and contact details, including email contacts and postal addresses.

Any personal data received by Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace will be used only for purposes connected to the processing and publishing of the manuscripts.

Access to your personal data is restricted to the editorial team of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace and the publisher’s editorial staff. We will not disclose, distribute, or sell your personal data to third parties unless we have your prior permission or are required to do so by law.

If the submitted material is accepted for publication, the authors’ names, institutional affiliations, and correspondence addresses, and the email addresses of corresponding authors, will be published on the internet and may be available around the world.

2. Contact us

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or about our treatment of your personal data, please contact us at info@cyberpsychology.eu. Please use the same email to request to update, change, or delete your personal data, or to request information about whether or not we will hold or process any of your personal data.