First Monday

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First Monday First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet ISSN: 1396-0466 (ONLINE) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    First Monday is one of the first openly accessible peer review journals solely on the Internet, about the Internet. 

    First Monday publishes original research papers about the Internet and related technologies. 

    First Monday publishes articles on all aspects of the Internet, including comments on trends and standards, technical issues, political and social implications of the Internet, and educational uses. Its focus is simply on interesting and novel ideas related to the history, current use, and future of the Internet.

  • Profile

    First Monday was born in the summer of 1995 in a proposal by eventual Chief Editor Edward J. Valauskas to the Danish publisher Munksgaard, to start a new Internet-only, peer-review journal about the Internet. 

    First Monday appears on the first Monday of each month. In addition, special issues may appear on the first Monday on each month or on an irregular basis.

    All of First Monday's current and archival content is available freely to anyone with Internet connectivity. Authors retain the rights to their work published in First Monday and may freely make their papers available as they see fit. Contributors to First Monday are encouraged to dedicate their work to the public domain or to select a Creative Commons license. Papers submitted to First Monday are examined by at least three reviewers for originality and timeliness in the context of related research. Reviews generally are completed in 30-60 days with publication in the next available monthly issue.

  • Indexing

    First Monday is indexed in Communication Abstracts, Computer & Communications Security Abstracts, DoIS, eGranary Digital Library, INSPEC, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, LISA, PAIS, and other services.

  • Editors

    Chief Editor
    Edward J Valauskas, Chief Editor, First Monday; ICIMSS, United States
    Consulting Editor
    Esther Dyson, United States
    Managing Editor
    Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
    Associate Editor
    Andreas Harsono, Indonesia
    Metadata Editor
    Robin Henshaw, United States

    Legal Editor
    Mary Minow, United States
    Book Review Editors:

    Paolo G. Cordone, Ireland
    Rob Vega, United States

    Art Editor
    Susan Bochenski, United States

    Podcast Editors:

    Joy Austria, United States
    A. J. Hannah, United States

    Editorial Board:

    Varol Akman, Bilkent University, Turkey
    Virgílio Almeida, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Ricardo Baeza–Yates, Universidad de Chile, Chile
    Vinton G. Cerf, Google, United States
    Ellen Christiansen, Aalborg University, Denmark
    Tony Durham, The Times Higher Education Supplement, United Kingdom
    Ahmed S. Kassem, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States
    Ed Krol, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, United States
    Beth Simone Noveck, New York Law School, United States
    Andrew M. Odlyzko, University of Minnesota, United States
    Ian Peter, Australia
    Tony Rutkowski, United States
    Guido Sohne, Ghana
    Ilkka Tuomi, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Spain
    Naoki Ueno, National Institute for Educational Research, Japan, Japan
    Richard W. Wiggins, Michigan State University, United States
    Copy Editor
    Silvia Toccoli

    Technical Editor
    Nancy R. John, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

  • Guide to authors

    Style Guidelines

    For general Internet writing style and usage, authors are encouraged to consult Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age, edited by Constance Hale (San Francisco: HardWired, 1996).
    For First Monday’s editorial purposes, please adhere to these style guidelines when referencing the following:

    Explain each and every first occurrence.
    For example, state World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), allowing the use of WIPO later in the manuscript.

    Dates should appear in date–month–year format, as in "The first issue of First Monday appeared on Monday, 6 May 1996."

    Electronic Mail
    Refer to electronic mail as e–mail or E–mail but not email or Email.

    The Internet should be called the Internet, not the internet, the net, the Net, or the ’Net.

    The numbers zero through nine should be spelled out except when referring to data or measurements, such as "The figure measures 3 pixels by 2 pixels ...."
    All whole numbers above nine should appear as Arabic numerals, such as 10, 11, 12,....
    Ordinal numbers should be spelled out, as in twentieth.
    A number at the start of a sentence should be spelled out, as in " Fourteen search engines were examined .... "

    Write percent, not %.

    Favor the use of the second–person pronoun, you, over the indefinite third–person singular pronoun, one.
    Do not assume that the pronoun for a third–person singular noun is him or he. To avoid awkward constructions like he/she, revise sentences.

    Tables & Figures
    Capitalize all references to your own tables and figures, such as "see Figure 1" or "see Table 2 below".
    Always spell out the words Figure or Table in reference to illustrations in the course of the paper.
    Use lower case for references to figures or tables in cited literature, such as (Kokomo, 1999, figure 8) or (Dolton, 1968, table 5).

    Verb Tense
    Choose a verb tense and maintain its use throughout the document. Carefully consider use of the future tense, as often it is unnecessary.
    In discussions of the literature, use the past tense, as in "Valauskas (1990) remarked that ... ."

    World Wide Web
    Use the Web or the World Wide Web but not the web.

    Reference Format

    References should take the following formats:

    Papers in Journals
    David R. Bentley, 1996. "Genomic Sequence Information Should Be Released Immediately and Freely in the Public Domain," Science, volume 274, number 5287 (25 October), pp. 533–534.
    Kuldeep Kumar and Han G. van Dissel, 1996. "Sustainable Collaboration: Managing Conflict and Cooperation in Interorganizational Systems," MIS Quarterly, volume 20, number 3 (September), pp. 279–300.
    Steven Bachrach, R. Stephen Berry, Martin Blume, Thomas von Foerster, Alexander Fowler, Paul Ginsparg, Stephen Heller, Neil Kestner, Andrew Odlyzko, Ann Okerson, Ron Wigington, and Anne Moffat, 1998. "Who Should Own Scientific Papers?" Science, volume 281, number 5382, pp. 1459–1460.

    Papers in Press
    Suzanne de Castell, Mary Bryson, and Jennifer Jenson, in press. "Object Lessons: Critical Visions of Educational Technology," First Monday.

    Papers in Edited Volumes
    J.C.R. Licklider, 1960. "Quasi–linear operator models in the study of manual tracking, " In: R. Duncan Luce (editor). Developments in Mathematical Psychology: Information, Learning, and Tracking. Glencoe, Ill.: Free Press, pp. 167–279.

    Papers in Conference Proceedings
    V. Bellotti and A. Sellen, 1993. "Design for Privacy in Ubiquitous Computing Environments," In: G.D. Michelis, C. Simone, and K. Schmidt (editors). Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work — ECSCW'93, Milan, Italy, pp. 77–92.
    M. D. Byrne, B. E. John, N. S. Wehrle, and D. C. Crow, 1999. "The Tangled Web We Wove: A Taxonomy of WWW Use," Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 99). New York: ACM Press, pp. 544–551.

    Papers in Journals on the World Wide Web
    Richard Einer Peterson, 1997. "Eight Internet Search Engines Compared," First Monday, volume 2, number 2 (February), at, accessed 14 December 2001.
    Clifford Lynch, 1997. "Searching the Internet," Scientific American, volume 276 (March), pp. 50–56, and at, accessed 4 December 2001.

    World Wide Web Sites
    Google at, accessed 14 December 2001.
    M. Naor and B. Pinkas, "Oblivious Polynomial Evaluation," at, accessed 1 December 2001.

    Book by One Author
    J.C.R. Licklider, 1965. Libraries of the Future. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

    Books by More Than One Author
    James Gillies and Robert Cailliau, 2000. How the Web was Born: The Story of the World Wide Web. New York: Oxford University Press.

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