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Surveillance & Society encourages submissions that could not be published in conventional paper journals such as html, photographic, video and new media work.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 their university and / or other open access repository. We only ask that you make sure to include a link to the original version on the Surveillance & Society website. 


Section Policies


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Review Articles

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Book Reviews

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  • Kevin Walby
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Artistic Presentations

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

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Research Notes

Brief reports on work in progress

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Peer-Review Process

The reviewing process is double-blind: 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 typically take no more than 3 months. We would generally prefer to publish articles within 1 year of submission.
  • 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 2 months. We would generally prefer to publish review articles within 6 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 1 month. We would generally prefer to publish Opinion Pieces and Responses within 4 months of submission unless they are commissioned for a specific issue.
  • Book Reviews will be moderated by the Book Review Editors. The moderation process will take no more than 1 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 and / or in any other open access archive.



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.


  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 *Preliminary Updates, 2017*

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 for job and tenure applications. So here are some facts and figures - all of which show that publishing in Surveillance & Society is a good idea!

Impact Factor (2017 preliminary)


(2016: 2.22; 2014: 1.38; 2013: 1.1; 2012: 1.2; 2011: 1.33; 2010: 1.11, 2009: 1.1 and 2008: 0.75)

1.54 puts us in with several other strong interdisciplinary social science journals in our general area, for example Media, 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 2016) of peer-reviewed articles published by Surveillance & Society in the two previous years, 2014 and 2015, divided by the total number of peer-reviewed articles published by Surveillance & Society in those two years.

NB: It is worth noting that the outlier 2016 figure was mainly due to the exceptional number of citations for one particular article from 2014, Jose Van Dijk's piece on datafication.

h5-index: 18

We have a Google Scholar h5-index, which relates to the number of citations for articles published in the last 5 years, of 18, up from 15 in 2014 and 11 in 2012, and an h5-median of 19. See here.

SJR: 0.79

We have a SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR) of 0.79 as of 2016 (last available figures), up from 0.54 in 2015.

That puts us 11th out of 63 ranked journals in 'Safety Research' (just above Armed Forces & Society) (up from 13th in 2015), and 27th out of 138 ranked journal in 'Urban Studies' (up from 31st in 2015). We are ranked 821st (out of over 5300 ranked journals across all the Social Sciences) and 48th of Open Access journals in Social Science (out of 631, up from 131st in 2015).

*Scimago is based on data from Elsevier's Scopus.

Acceptance / Rejection rates

Crude acceptance / rejection rate (from initial submission): 60% / 40%

Acceptance / rejection rate of articles sent out for review: 75% / 25%

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 Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources, Scopus, Google Scholar, EBCSO SocINDEX™ (and Academic Search™), both CSA Sociological Abstracts and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, 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 Pieces

Top 30 most highly cited pieces (including Articles, Editorials and Review Articles) in Surveillance & Society to the end of 2017 (previous position in 2016) are:

  1. 1 (1) José van Dijk (2014) Datafication, dataism and dataveillance: Big Data between scientific paradigm and ideology (74.7 citations / year)
  2. 2 (3) Steve Mann, Jason Nolan and Barry Wellman (2003) Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments. (41.1)
  3. 3 (2) Jennifer Whitson (2013) Gaming the Quantified Self (38)
  4. 4 (4) Christian Fuchs (2011) Web 2.0, Prosumption, and Surveillance (36.5)
  5. 5 (5) Alice Marwick (2012) The Public Domain: Surveillance in Everyday Life (36.4)
  6. 6 (3) Mark B. Andrejevic (2004) The Work of Watching One Another: Lateral Surveillance, Risk, and Governance (26.5)
  7. 7 (8) Gary T. Marx (2002) What's New About the "New Surveillance"? Classifying for Change and Continuity.(20.3)
  8. 8 (9) Clive Norris, Mike McCahill and David Wood (2004) Editorial: The Growth of CCTV (17.9)
  9. 9 (7) Hille Koskela (2004) Webcams, TV Shows and Mobile phones: Empowering Exhibitionism (17.3)
  10. 10 (10) Michalis Lianos (2003) Social Control After Foucault / Le Contrôle Social après Foucault. (17.2)
  11. 11 (17) Steve Mann and Joseph Ferenbok (2013) New Media and the power politics of sousveillance in a surveillance-dominated world (16.5)
  12. 12 (20) Sara Degli Esposti (2014) When big data meets dataveillance: the hidden side of analytics (15.7)
  13. 13 (12) Peter Adey (2003) Secured and Sorted Mobilities: Examples from the Airport. (15.7)
  14. 14 (14) Mark Andrejevic (2011) Surveillance and Alienation in the Online Economy (15.7)
  15. 15 (13) Bart Simon (2005) The Return of Panopticism: Supervision, Subjection and the New Surveillance (15.6)
  16. 16 (15) Colin Bennett (2011) In Defense of Privacy: The Concept and the Regime (15)
  17. 17 (16) Trine N. Fotel and Thyra U. Thomsen (2004) The Surveillance of Children's Mobility (14.6)
  18. 18 (11) Ben Brucato (2015) Policing Made Visible: Mobile Technologies and the Importance of Point of View (14.5)
  19. 19 (19) Hille Koskela (2003) ‘Cam Era’ — the contemporary urban Panopticon. (14.5)
  20. 20 (18) David Lyon (2002) Surveillance Studies: understanding visibility, mobility and the phenetic fix (13.5)
  21. 21 Francisco Klauser and Anders Albrechtslund (2014) From self-tracking to smart urban infrastructures: towards an interdisciplinary research agenda on Big Data (13.3)
  22. 22 (24) Lucas Introna and David Wood (2004) Picturing Algorithmic Surveillance: The Politics of Facial Recognition Systems (12.3)
  23. 23 (21) Gavin J.D. Smith (2004) Behind the Screens: Examining Constructions of Deviance and Informal Practices among CCTV Control Room Operators in the UK (12.2)
  24. 24 (22) C. William R. Webster (2009) CCTV Policy in the UK: Reconsidering the Evidence Base' (11.9)
  25. 25 (23) Paulo Vaz and Fernanda Bruno (2003) Paulo Vaz and Fernanda Bruno — Types of Self-Surveillance: from abnormality to individuals ‘at risk’. (11.9)
  26. 26 (26) Felix Stalder (2002) Privacy is not the Antidote to Surveillance (10.7)
  27. 27 (29) 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 (10)
  28. 28 (30) Majid Yar (2003) Panoptic Power and the Pathologisation of Vision: Critical Reflections on the Foucauldian Thesis. (9.9)
  29. 29 (27) Dean Wilson and Leanne Weber (2008) Surveillance, Risk and Preemption on the Australian Border (9.4)
  30. 30 (28) Aaron K. Martin, Rosamunde E. Van Brakel and Daniel J. Bernhard (2009) Understanding resistance to digital surveillance: Towards a multi-disciplinary, multi-actor framework (9.3)

What these figures mean: for any kind of piece published in S&S up until the end of 2016, these are total citatations in any format for the time period since publication until the end of 2017, 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 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 20 Most-Read Recent Articles

 The 20 most-read recent pieces in Surveillance & Society from 2010 to the end of 2016 (previous position in 2015, when it was only a Top 10) are:

  1. 1 (1) Alice Marwick (2012) The Public Domain: Surveillance in Everyday Life (11341 views/year)
  2. 2 (4) Jose van Dijck (2014) Datafication, dataism and dataveillance: Big Data between scientific paradigm and ideology (3009)
  3. 3 (2) Jennifer Whitson (2013) Gaming the Quantified Self (2690)
  4. 4 (6) danah boyd (2012) Networked Privacy (2084)
  5. 5 (-) Mark Andrejevic and Kelly Gates (2014) Big Data Surveillance: Introduction (1906)
  6. 6 (3) Christian Fuchs (2011) Web 2.0, Prosumption, and Surveillance (1716)
  7. 7 (-) Jennifer Martin (2012) Second Life Surveillance: Power to the People or Virtual Surveillance Society? (1695)
  8. 8 (-) Julie Cohen (2015) Studying Law Studying Surveillance (1626)
  9. 9 (-) Michael Gallagher (2010) Are schools panoptic? (1621)
  10. 10 (5) Kenneth Farrall (2012) Online Collectivism, Individualism and Anonymity in East Asia (1618)
  11. 11 (9) Sara Degli Esposti (2014) When big data meets dataveillance: the hidden side of analytics (1464)
  12. 12 (10) Casey O'Donnell (2014) Getting Played: Gamification and the Rise of Algorithmic Surveillance (1323)
  13. 13 (-) Tyler Butler Reigeluth (2014) Why data is not enough: Digital traces as control of self and self-control (1190)
  14. 14 (-) Nathan Hulsey and Joshua Reeves (2014) The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Google, Ingress, and the Gift of Surveillance (1184)
  15. 15 (-) Nicola Green and Nils Zurawski (2015) Surveillance and Ethnography: Researching Surveillance as Everyday Life (1180)
  16. 16 (7) Lorna Muir (2012) ‘Control Space?: Cinematic Representations of Surveillance Space between Discipline and Control’ (1114)
  17. 17 (8) David M Bozzini (2011) Low-tech surveillance and the despotic state in Eritrea (1009)
  18. 18 (-) David Murakami Wood and Steve Wright (2015) Before and After Snowden (968)
  19. 19 (-) Katherine and David Barnard-Wills (2012) Invisible Surveillance in Visual Art (960)
  20. 20 (-) Milton Mueller, Andreas Kuehn and Stephanie Michelle Santoso (2012) Policing the Network: Using DPI for Copyright Enforcement (932)
*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 (not just the abstract), 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...