Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Surveillance & Society exists to:

  • publish innovative and transdisciplinary work on surveillance;
  • encourage understanding of approaches to surveillance in different academic disciplines;
  • promote understanding of surveillance in wider society;
  • encourage policy and political debate about surveillance.

Surveillance & Society is the premier journal of surveillance studies.

Surveillance & Society publishes rigorously peer-reviewed academic work of the highest quality.

Surveillance & Society is a free-to-access electronic journal.

Surveillance & Society charges no fees for publication.

Surveillance & Society encourages submissions that could not be published in conventional paper journals such as html, photographic, video and new media work.

Surveillance & Society supports open access to scholarly work and encourages all authors to deposit the final published copy of their work in the open access paper repository and publication platform for the social sciences, SocArXiv. Created in partnership with the Open Science Framework, SocArXiv provides a genuinely public and permanent place for your work. You are welcome to post the final published version of your articles from S&S there or in any open access repository, but we ask that you also link to S&S address of your paper.

https://socopen.org/

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Articles

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Review Articles

Re

Editors
  • Randy Lippert
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Opinion

Editors
  • Randy Lippert
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Interviews

Editors
  • Randy Lippert
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Book Reviews

Editors
  • Anders Albrechtslund
  • Kevin Walby
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Artistic Presentations

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Presentation

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Open Section

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Views

Editors
  • Randy Lippert
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Poetry

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Conceptualising CCTV

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Governance and Regulation

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Case Studies

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Revisiting Foucault

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The Urban Panopticon

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Resistance / Subversion

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After Panopticism

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Debate

Shorter moderated articles responding to a specific theme, question or challenge

Editors
  • Randy Lippert
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Research Notes

Brief reports on work in progress

Editors
  • Randy Lippert
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Non-theme Articles

Peer-reviewed articles not part ofthe Issue Theme

Editors
  • David Murakami Wood
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Peer Review Process

>P>All submissions and referees' reports are fully anonymous, and known only to the Editors.

 

The final decision on any submission rests with the Editors.

All submissions to Surveillance & Society will be subject to the rigorous quality standards:
  • Articles are reviewed by two reviewers who will be either full-time academic faculty with a specialism in surveillance studies and/or the particular field in question, or an otherwise recognised expert. In the case of disagreement, a third reviewer of similar standing will be appointed. The initial reviewing process will take no more than three months. We would generally prefer to publish articles within a year of submission and usually less.
  • Review Articles will be reviewed by one external referee, who will be an expert in the particular field. The review process will take no more than three months. We would generally prefer to publish review articles within 8 months of submission.
  • Opinion Pieces and Responses will be moderated by the Editors for legally and ethically acceptable content only. The moderation process will take no more than one month. We would generally prefer to publish Opinion Pieces and Responses within 4 months of submission.
  • Book Reviews will be moderated by the Book Review Editors. The moderation process will take no more than one month. We would generally prefer to publish Book Reviews within 4 months of submission.
  • For Artistic Presentations, please contact the Editor-in-Chief

 

Publication Frequency

Quarterly (March, June, September, December)

 

Open Access Policy

Surveillance & Society provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. However please also see our copyright statement. Surveillance & Society actively encourages authors to deposit a copy of their paper in their institution's Open Access Repository.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Surveillance & Society Annual Paper Prizes

The Surveillance Studies Network will award up to 4 prizes of £100 each for papers that demonstrate exceptional promise in Surveillance Studies.

Rules

  1. To be eligible for the SSN Annual Paper Prize, all authors must:
    • be paid-up members of the SSN;
    • be within 5 years after completion of a PhD on submission of the paper;
    • specify entry for the prize on submission of the paper;
  2. To be eligible for the SSN Annual Paper Prize, your paper must:
    • be published in Surveillance & Society (S&S);
    • be an 'Article' (i.e. a fully peer-reviewed piece conforming to the guidelines on the S&Swebsite).
      • Adjudication
        • will be carried out by the Editorial Board of S&S, or a sub-committee of no less than 3 members appointed for this purpose by Editorial Board;
        • the judges will meet annually in person or online, and the minutes of their meeting will be available to all members of the SSN,and subject to approval at the following Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the SSN;
        • the judges will award up to four prizes of £100 annually (the numbers and amount of the prizes will be subject to review at the SSN AGM);
        • the judges' decision will be final;
        • the judges will not enter into any personal correspondance with authors.

 

Metrics

We don't support the march of metrics and crude counts of the impact of scholarship, however we recognise that many of you are required to provide such information. So here are some facts and figures:

Impact Factor (2014)

1.38

(2013: 1.1; 2012: 1.2; 2011: 1.33; 2010: 1.11, 2009: 1.1 and 2008: 0.75)

If we were to be included by Thomson Reuters, 1.38 would put us above other interdisciplinary social science journals like Identity in the Information Society (IDIS), Media, Culture and Society, Urban Studies and Theory, Culture and Society.

What this means:

This impact factor was calculated using the same method used by Thompson Reuters, but based on Google Scholar figures: number of citations (in any peer-reviewed journal articles, in 2014) of peer-reviewed articles published by Surveillance & Society in the two previous years, 2012 and 2013, divided by the total number of peer-reviewed articles published by Surveillance & Society in those two years.

h5-index

15

We have a Google Scholar h5-index, which relates to the number of citations for articles published in the last 5 years, of 15, up from 11 in 2012, and an h5-median of 19. See here.

 

Acceptance / Rejection rates

Crude acceptance / rejection rate (from initial submission): 59% / 41%

Acceptance / rejection rate of articles sent out for review: 72% / 18%

Articles accepted without revisions or resubmission required: 0%

What these figures mean:

We operate a two-stage reviewing process. First editorial sorting to remove any clearly unpublishable or inappropriate articles. Secondly, high quality double-blind peer reviewing, which always results in suggested revisions or full resubmission. We almost never publish a piece as it is, or with only minor corrections. However we also receive a relatively high quality of submissions in the first place.

 

Indexing and Directories

Surveillance & Society is indexed by EBCSO SocINDEX™ (and Academic Search™), and both CSA Sociological Abstracts and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Scopus, .Google Scholar, the International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS), and the  Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

We are also listed by the SocioSite, and OJS journals.

 

Top 30 Most Highly-Cited Articles

Top 30 most highly cited pieces (including Articles, Editorials and Review Articles) in Surveillance & Society to the end of 2014 (previous position in 2012) are:

  1. (1) Christian Fuchs (2011) Web 2.0, Prosumption, and Surveillance (26.3 citations/year)
  2. (2) Steve Mann, Jason Nolan and Barry Wellman (2003) Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments. (25.8)
  3. (7) Mark B. Andrejevic (2004) The Work of Watching One Another: Lateral Surveillance, Risk, and Governance (19.6)
  4. (-) Jennifer Whitson (2013) Gaming the Quantified Self (19)
  5. (-) Alice Marwick (2012) The Public Domain: Surveillance in Everyday Life (16.3)
  6. (3) Gary T. Marx (2002) What's New About the "New Surveillance"? Classifying for Change and Continuity.(15.6)
  7. (4) Peter Adey (2003) Secured and Sorted Mobilities: Examples from the Airport. (15.3)
  8. (11) Clive Norris, Mike McCahill and David Wood (2004) Editorial: The Growth of CCTV (14.6)
  9. (15) Colin Bennett (2011) In Defense of Privacy: The Concept and the Regime (14.5)
  10. (9) Hille Koskela (2004) Webcams, TV Shows and Mobile phones: Empowering Exhibitionism (13.2)
  11. (6) Trine N. Fotel and Thyra U. Thomsen (2004) The Surveillance of Children's Mobility (13.1)
  12. (8) Bart Simon (2005) The Return of Panopticism: Supervision, Subjection and the New Surveillance (12.4)
  13. (12) Gavin J.D. Smith (2004) Behind the Screens: Examining Constructions of Deviance and Informal Practices among CCTV Control Room Operators in the UK (11.7)
  14. (5) Michalis Lianos (2003) Social Control After Foucault / Le Contrôle Social après Foucault. (11.7)
  15. (-) David Lyon (2002) Surveillance Studies: understanding visibility, mobility and the phenetic fix (11.5)
  16. (10) Hille Koskela (2003) ‘Cam Era’ — the contemporary urban Panopticon. (11)
  17. (-) Mark Andrejevic (2011) Surveillance and Alienation in the Online Economy (10.8)
  18. (20) C. William R. Webster (2009) CCTV Policy in the UK: Reconsidering the Evidence Base' (10.7)
  19. (14) Paulo Vaz and Fernanda Bruno (2003) Paulo Vaz and Fernanda Bruno — Types of Self-Surveillance: from abnormality to individuals ‘at risk’. (9.9)
  20. (13) Lucas Introna and David Wood (2004) Picturing Algorithmic Surveillance: The Politics of Facial Recognition Systems (9.6)
  21. (17) Felix Stalder (2002) Privacy is not the Antidote to Surveillance (9.2)
  22. (23) Aaron K. Martin, Rosamunde E. Van Brakel and Daniel J. Bernhard (2009) Understanding resistance to digital surveillance: Towards a multi-disciplinary, multi-actor framework (9)
  23. (16) Majid Yar (2003) Panoptic Power and the Pathologisation of Vision: Critical Reflections on the Foucauldian Thesis. (7.8)
  24. (21) Stuart Elden (2003) Plague, Panopticon, Police (7.6)
  25. (-) Joe Doherty, Volker Busch-Geertsema, Vita Karpuskiene, Jukka Korhonen, Eoin O'Sullivan, Ingrid Sahlin, Agostino Petrillo, Julia Wygnanska (2008) Homelessness and Exclusion: Regulating public space in European Cities (7.4) 
  26. (18) Sean P. Hier (2003) Probing the Surveillant Assemblage: on the dialectics of surveillance practices as processes of social control. (7.2)
  27. (-) Dean Wilson and Leanne Weber (2008) Surveillance, Risk and Preemption on the Australian Border (7)
  28. (22) David Wood (2003) Editorial: Foucault and Panopticism Revisited (6.8)
  29. (19) Torin Monahan and Tyler Wall (2007) Somatic Surveillance: Corporeal Control through Information Networks (6.5)
  30. Anne Marie Kenner (2008) Securing the Elderly Body: Dementia, Surveillance, and the Politics of "Aging in Place (6.3)

What these figures mean: for any kind of piece published in S&S, these are total citatations in any format for the time period since publication until the end of 2014, divided by the number of years since publication - to arrive at a simple average citations/year figure. This is not a formal 'Impact Factor'.

h5-index articles

Christian Fuchs also tops Google Scholar's h5-index chart of the articles that garnered most citations for us in the last 5 years. See more here.

 

Top 10 Most-Read Recent Articles

The 10 most-read recent pieces in Surveillance & Society from 2010 to mid-2015* (previous position in mid-2013) are:

  1. (1) Alice Marwick (2012) The Public Domain: Surveillance in Everyday Life (9031 views/year)
  2. (-) Jennifer Whitson (2013) Gaming the Quantified Self (1842)
  3. (4) Christian Fuchs (2011) Web 2.0, Prosumption, and Surveillance (1439)
  4. (-) Jose van Dijck (2014) Datafication, dataism and dataveillance: Big Data between scientific paradigm and ideology (1386)
  5. (3) Kenneth Farrall (2012) Online Collectivism, Individualism and Anonymity in East Asia (1375)
  6. (2) danah boyd (2012) Networked Privacy (1305)
  7. (5) Lorna Muir (2012) ‘Control Space?: Cinematic Representations of Surveillance Space between Discipline and Control’ (930)
  8. (8) David M Bozzini (2011) Low-tech surveillance and the despotic state in Eritrea (907)
  9. (-) Sara Degli Esposti (2014) When big data meets dataveillance: the hidden side of analytics (892)
  10. (-) Casey O'Donnell (2014) Getting Played: Gamification and the Rise of Algorithmic Surveillance (887)
*since we moved to Queen's university servers in 2010. Before that, we did not have such convenient download statistics. The figures are only for direct downloads from this site or on-site views of the full article, and do not include any other method of reading or downloading (for example, from other open access repositories). Again, this is not a formal impact factor, but it might indicate which articles are being used in teaching, being read by journalists, activists and policy-makers, or which are likely to be more cited in future...