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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 submission file is in Microsoft Word-readable .doc or .html format
  • A non-structured abstract of no more than 300 words appears in your main document (directly below the title).
  • 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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Citations and references are formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system, sometimes known as Chicago B.
  • You have prepared an anonymized file for review.
  • Have you specified whether you wish your paper to be considered for the Surveillance Studies Network annual prize for Early Career Researchers? (Please note in the box for additional comments to Editor)


  • Surveillance & Society invites work on any aspect of surveillance in contemporary societies from all academic disciplines and beyond.

  • We particularly welcome innovative transdisciplinary contributions.

  • We encourage submission of work that would benefit specifically from the electronic format, i.e.: work featuring images, video or audio.

  • We welcome work that challenges divides between the academic and wider society.

General Guidelines for Written Submissions

All submission should be submitted via the online submission system – except in the case of artistic presentations (see below):

  1. The author(s) should send articles as MS Word-readable .doc or .html files (preferable); Final published written pieces will be available in both .pdf

  2. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure submissions are free of viruses, worms etc. Files containing any such programs will be destroyed.

  3. Graphics should be placed where they are intended to go in the text. Copies of any graphical material should also be included separately in a high-quality we-ready graphical format.

  4. Submission should be in English, although we will also accept articles in English accompanied by a translation in another major language. Though we may be able to find non-English reviewers, we cannot guarantee this, so please assume that only the English version will be refereed. It is the author's responsibility to make sure that any suggested changes are also made to the non-English version.

  5. Articles should be written clearly and be accessible to a readership beyond academic circles.

  6. Submission should not be already under review by, or submitted for review to, any other refereed journal while under consideration by Surveillance & Society. We co-operate fully with other journals in opposing this practice, and any infractions will result in a bar on submissions to this and others journals involved.

  7. Sexist, racist, ageist, homophobic and libellous language is not acceptable.

  8. The document should contain a title page listing the title of the paper, the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s), and acknowledgments of outside help etc.

  9. The text of the article should be single-spaced, and typed in a font size of 12 pt or above.

  10. Major subheadings should be in Bold. Headings for subsections within those sections should be in Italics.

  11. Any footnotes within the document should be kept to a minimum;

  12. If you want working hyperlinks in the final text, you must provide them (e.g.: starting 'http://' if web addresses; internal footnotes linked correctly etc.).

  13. We also expect you to perform copy-editing and proof reading tasks. As a free-to-access journal, we do not have the resources for this, and take no responsibility for authors' errors and omissions.

  14. References should follow the Chicago Style Guide, author-date system, sometimes known as Chicago B. Please note that this is a change from our previous practice and aims to give greater clarity and consistency. For in-text citations, please use a colon before page numbers (e.g., Foucault 1977: 200).

  15. A full list of references should be provided on a separate page or pages at the end of the document.

  16. Authors must ensure that they have secured the necessary reproduction rights with the rights holder for any third party material used in their submission, including images and figures, prior to submission.


We welcome standard academic articles on all issues around surveillance. Articles should usually be:

  • between 4,000 and 8,000 words (not including references);

  • otherwise follow the general guidelines.

Review Articles

Reviews of policy, technical, regional, or other developments in surveillance will be considered by the Editors. They should:

  • usually be between 2000 and 5000 words in length (not including references);

  • aim to summarise and critique developments in a particular area;

  • not be overly theoretical in nature;

  • otherwise follow the general guidelines.

Opinion Pieces / Research Notes

Opinion pieces are shorter writings designed to provoke discussion. They should:

  • be 1000-3000 words in length (not including references);

  • have a minimal number of references;

  • be provocative;

  • otherwise follow the general guidelines.


Responses are argumentative pieces written in direct response to any other piece published by the journal. They should:

  • be between 1000 and 3000 words in length (not including references);

  • address a particular published piece;

  • otherwise follow the general guidelines.

Book Reviews

Surveillance & Society generally commissions reviews. If you wish to be considered as a book reviewer, or you are a publisher with a book you wish Surveillance & Society to review, please contact the Book Review Editors:

For Europe, Africa, Asia:

  • ANDERS ALBRECHTSLUND, School of Communication and Culture - Department of Digital Design and Information Studies, building 5347 (room 126), 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark. Email: alb@cc.au.dk

For North America, South America, Australia:

  • KEVIN WALBY, University of Winnipeg, Department of Criminal Justice, Centennial Hall, 3rd Floor, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 2E9.  Tel: 204-786-9105  Email: k.walby@uwinnipeg.ca

Book review submissions should:

  • be no more than 2000 words in length (not including references);

  • otherwise follow the general author guidelines.

Artistic Presentations

Surveillance & Society encourages submissions that make use of the possibilities offered by the electronic medium. We therefore welcome responses to surveillance in the form of photography, video, multimedia, hypertext prose/poetry, codework, etc.

However please note that we cannot act as curators, and would generally expect only prepared pieces that have not previously been available online or in this form, with any accompanying explanatory text and guidance for the viewer / reader to be provided or arranged for by the creator(s).

Please contact the issue editors, or the Editor-in-Chief if you wish to submit such a piece.