eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government

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eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government The eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to advance the practice and understanding of eDemocracy, eGovernment, eParticipation ISSN 2075-9517 (ONLINE) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    The open access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) provides a platform for all those interested in discussing issues and challenges democratic societies face today.

    It promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age following the highest standards of peer review. It is a journal that focuses on

    - Policy and Legislation
    - Political Science
    - Business Information Technology
    - Business and Economy
    - Cyberpsychology
    - Usability
    - eDemocracy
    - eSociety
    - eGovernment
    - eParticipation
    - eVoting

    with a special interest in critical studies in these thematic fields. Papers should present findings in relation to democratic usability and encourage user centred thinking in a global, sustainable and participatory information society.

    It is the journal´s mission to encourage transdisciplinarity, unconventional ideas and multiple perspectives, and connect leading thinkers and young scholars in inspiring reflections. JEDEM is an innovative journal that welcomes submissions from all disciplines and approaches. We publish theoretical, practical and empirical research.

    Besides peer-reviewed papers, we publish reflections on current issues, reviews of books, comments on articles, discussions, interviews, etc that are related to the journal's mission. We aim to foster discourse, so feedback for reflections is welcome. Please note that also all published articles can be commented by readers. (Please first register as a reader and then use the "add comment" section that is visible at the right-hand side of the abstract of a paper.)

  • Profile

    The eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to advance the practice and understanding of eDemocracy, eGovernment, eParticipation. The journal aims to bridge innovative, insightful and stimulating research, testing and findings with practice and the work conducted by governments, NPOs, NGOs and professionals. Given the different backgrounds of the editors, JeDEM encourages articles which come from different disciplines or adopt an interdisciplinary approach, including eVoting, ePolitics, eSociety, business IT, applied computer gaming and simulation, cyberpsychology, usability, decision sciences, marketing, economics, psychology, sociology, media studies, communication studies, political science, philosophy, law, policy, legislation, and ethics. JeDEM provides up-to-date articles with ideas to be discussed, used and implemented, whilst at the same time also being a repository of knowledge.

    JeDEM is published twice a year. One issue per year is a compilation of the best papers from CeDEM, the international Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government at the Danube University Krems, Austria. Only invited authors may contribute.

    The second special issue will provide an open call on a specific topic related to the focus of JeDEM edited by invited guest editors. We encourage authors to contribute to the open submission phase.

  • Editors

    Chief Editors

    Mr Peter Parycek, Center for E-Government, Danube-University Krems, Austria
    Mr Walter Seböck, Center for Applied Informatics, Danube-University Krems, Austria

    Managing Editors

    Stefan F. Blachfellner, INDABA Corporate Consulting & Publishing, Austria
    Noella Edelmann, Centre for E-Government, Danube University Krems, Austria
    Judith Schossboeck, Centre for E-Government, Danube University Krems, Austria

    Subject Editors

    Mr Nikolaus Forgó, Institut für Rechtsinformatik / Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
    Mr Andy Williamson, Hansard Society, United Kingdom
    Ms Ursula Maier-Rabler, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, Austria
    Mr Daniel van Lerberghe, Politech Institute, Belgium
    Mr Frank Wilson, Interaction Design Ltd, United Kingdom
    Mr Peter Filzmaier, Department for Political Communication, Danube-University Krems, Austria
    Mr Rolf Lührs, TuTech Innovation GmbH & Hamburg Innovation GmbH, Germany
    Mr Michael Wagner, Applied Game Studies Division of the Department for Image Science, Danube University Krems, Austria
    Mr Lasse Berntzen, Vestfold University, Norway
    Mr Doug Schuler, Public Sphere Project
    Mr Robert Krimmer, OSCE/ODIHR, Austria

    Editorial Board

    Mr Daniel van Lerberghe, Politech Institute, Belgium
    Mr Konrad Dwojak, Politech Institute, Belgium
    Mr Eric Legale, Issy Media, France
    Mr Julien Marie, Issy Media, France
    Ms Ella Taylor-Smith, International Teledemocracy Centre, Napier University, United Kingdom
    Evika Karamagioli, Gov2u, Athen, Greece
    Ms Julia Glidden, 21c Consultancy, United Kingdom
    Ms Susie Ruston, 21c Consultancy, United Kingdom

    Technical Support

    Stefan F. Blachfellner, INDABA Corporate Consulting & Publishing, Austria
    Mr Michael Sachs, Center for E-Government, Danube-University Krems, Austria

  • Guide to authors

    1. Registration:

    Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting, or if already registered can simply log in and begin the 5 step process.
    During registration authors will be asked to fill out a form giving details on their name, affiliation, address, email, phone, discipline and a short bio statement. This data is used for internal communication and enables authors to foster their personal presence on the web (e.g. the bio statement and affiliation will be available with every article they will publish with JeDEM). Authors can administrate or update their profile at any time.

    2. Submission:

    2.1 Authors start with choosing the section they want to submit their paper to; check the submissions checklist and agree to the terms of the Copyright notice.

    2.2 The authors data is automatically imported from the registration database. If a submission has multiple authors, additional authors’ data should be entered now. The author has to add title, metadata for indexing (academic discipline and sub-disciplines, keywords, methodology or approach, and language), and, if appropriate, supporting agencies. Authors can administrate or update the metadata (important for visibility on the web) during the review process until the article is published online.

    2.3 Authors upload the first draft of their paper. They must use our Word-template for formating their contribution according to our formal guidelines. In Submission Round 1 authors are not bound to use the JeDEM template. If accepted the author has to format the article within the layout template (at least in Round 2). Authors should have a close look at Ensuring a Blind Peer Review before submitting their draft papers. The authors of the document have to delete their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

    3. Types of reviewing:

    JeDEM offers double-blind and editorial review. Double-blind reviewing will be applied on submitted scientific papers and case studies, whereas project descriptions will be allocated to editorial reviews. Reflections (comments, reviews, discussions, interviews, etc) are welcome, but not peer-reviewed.

    4. Title page:

    Author's Name
    Author's Contact, Affiliation and Mailing Address (Department, Institution, City, State, E-Mail, Phone)
    Abstract: 100-150 words
    min. 5 Keywords

    5. Sections and subsections:

    If authors use sections and subsections to structure their article, sections must be numbered with Arabic numerals (such as e.g.: 1. Introduction), and must be identified with section and sub-section numbers (e.g. 1.1. Subsection). Our template gives clear directions how to format these sections.

    6. Exact layout details:

    Authors have to use our Word-template for formatting their contribution. The template defines format details such as style of continuous text, headings, subsection headings, footnotes, header, footer, etc.

    7. Mathematical Notations:

    Mathematical notations should be typewritten. Authors should use the Word formula-editor and try to limit the use of mathematical formulas and notations. JeDEM favours excellent qualitative analysis over excessive quantitative data.

    8. Illustrations (tables, images, diagrams, charts etc.):

    Illustrations must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (such as Table 1: Description of Table 1, or: Figure 2: Description of Figure 2). All illustrations must be complete and final. Illustrations should be inserted wherever they should appear in the text. Illustrations should not be inserted on separate pages, files or documents, or at the end of the document.

    9. References:

    References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper in a section titled References and referred to in the text by name and year in parentheses (e.g. Author surname, year). Where there are six or more authors, only the first author's name is given in the text followed by et al. The list of references should include (in this order): last names and first name of all authors, year published, title of article, name of publication, volume number, and inclusive pages. The style and punctuation of the references should conform to the following examples:


    Chadwick, A. (2006). Internet Politics: States, Citizens, and New Communication Technologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Heeks, R. (2006). Implementing and Managing eGovernment. London: Sage Publications.
    Journal Article:

    Mingers, J. (1996). A Comparison of Maturana's Autopoietic Social Theory and Giddens' Theory of Structuration. Systems Research, 13(4), 469-482.

    Wolfram, D., & Spink, A., & Jansen, B. J., & Saracevic, T. (2001). Vox populi: The public searching of the Web. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 52(12), 1073-1074.

    Contribution to a Book:

    Coleman, S. (2000). Parliament in the Information Age: The Case of Westminister and Holyrood. In R. Gibson & S. Ward (Eds.), Reinvigorating democracy? British Politics and the Internet (pp. 67-80). Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Pub Ltd.
    Internet Articles:

    Macintosh, A., & Whyte, A. (2006). Evaluating how ePariticipation changes local democracy, eGovernment Workshop 11 September 2006, Brunel University, West London. Retrieved July 31, 2008, from www.iseing.org/egov/eGOV06/Accepted Papers/624/CRC/Evaluation of eParticipationv-v2-submitted.pdf
    Reference to Literature:

    As Niklas Luhmann (1988) has shown....

    “Allocative resources refer to capabilities - or, more accurately, to forms of transformative capacity - generating command over objects, goods or material phenomena. Authorative resources refer to types of transformative capacity generating command over persons or actors” (Giddens, 1984, p. 33).

    For More Reference List Examples usind APA style please visit:

    SFU Library Citation - Guide: APA

    APA Formatting and Style Guide -The OWL at Purdue

    Laerd Referencing - Online Guide to Accurate Citation and Reference of APA Style Documents

    CiteFast automatically formats references MLA and APA

    10. Footnotes:

    If necessary and used, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Authors should place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Authors should not use endnotes.

    11. Word count limits:

    Length of paper: 9,500-12,500 words, all drafts have to be typed double-spaced, the format has to be Word for processing reasons.

    12. Page charges:

    The journal makes no page charges. JeDEM is a free online-journal. This ensures a large readership and a high degree of reception in the scientific community.

  • Contact

    JeDEM - eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government
    Center for E-Government
    c/o Judith Schossböck
    Danube-University Krems
    Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Strasse 30
    A-3500 Krems

    Principal Contact

    Judith Schossböck
    Center for E-Government, Danube-University Krems
    Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Strasse 30
    A-3500 Krems
    Phone: 43 (0)2732 893-2309
    Email: judith.schossboeck@donau-uni.ac.at

    Support Contact

    Stefan Blachfellner
    Email: stefan.blachfellner@indaba-consulting.at

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