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Submission Preparation Checklist

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).
  • You acknowledge that if the research qualifies for ethics review by an institutional ethics review body (e.g. IRB), each author’s institution has formally approved or exempted your study.
  • The manuscript is anonymized for blind peer review.
  • You acknowledge that if you are invited to revise and resubmit your manuscript, you will be asked to resubmit the manuscript using a template that the journal will provide.
  • If this manuscript includes a pre-analysis plan, you have included an anonymized version of the pre-analysis plan linked either in the manuscript or included in an appendix.

Author Guidelines

There are no bibliographic nor formatting standards for the first submission for both article and commentary submissions. 

Peer-reviewed Articles

Journal Deadlines

The deadline for submissions for the 2023 Spring Issue is October 31, 2022. Desk decisions will be made by November 4, 2022. The deadline for editorials and commentaries is February 1, 2023. The issue will be published in April 2023.

The deadline for submission for the 2023 Fall Issue is April 30, 2023. The deadline for editorials and commentaries is August 1, 2023. The issue will be published in September or October 2023.

Submission information

There is no word count minimum nor maximum. You may submit a manuscript directly through this site, or submit a letter of inquiry first. 

Letters of inquiry

Authors may submit letters of inquiry to assess whether the manuscript is a good fit for the journal. Letters can be emailed to, should not exceed 500 words, and should answer the following questions:

  1. What is the research question or problem being addressed? 
  2. What data is being used to answer this question? Please provide detail on how the dataset (whether qualitative or quantitative) was constructed and what it is representative of. 
  3. What analysis is being done on the dataset?
  4. What replication data would you be able to make public on date of publication? We recognize that under some circumstances replication data cannot be made public. If this applies to your study, please note this and provide a justification.
  5. If the topic is not in one of our priority areas, how does this research relate to online trust and safety?
  6. What is the name, highest degree, and current institutional affiliation for all authors?
  7. Are you interested in having your paper considered for a general issue, or a special issue? If special issue, which one?

Data Availability Policy

In general, authors should make anonymized data and replication code public in a data repository at the time of publication. We recognize, however, that this may not always be possible, especially with the kinds of sensitive data common in online trust and safety research. In these circumstances, to increase transparency and trust in research findings, we encourage authors to offer managed access to replication materials to qualified researchers. There are many ways this could be done. For example, the author can provide an email address where researchers can request an in-person meeting to reproduce findings on the author’s device where the data reside.

Submission Statistics: September 2022 Conference Proceedings

  • We received 30 letters of inquiry (23 articles and 7 commentaries).
  • Authors waited 5 days on average between sending us a letter of inquiry and receiving a response. 
  • For research articles, we responded positively to 8 of the 23 letters of inquiry (or about 1 in 3). We received full article submissions from all letters we responded positively to, and sent them all out for review.
  • After we received a full paper submission for an article, we took on average 3 days to identify reviewers and send articles for review. 
  • For articles sent to review, authors received reviewer feedback and the Journal’s first decision after on average 32 days.   
  • We accepted 26% (6/23) of research articles and 43% of commentaries (3/7). We accepted 6 of the 8 research articles we sent out for review. 
  • The average time between submission and acceptance for all accepted research articles is 3.5 months.  


We invite letters, editorials, or research that is not a good fit for the peer-review section of the journal. There is no word count minimum nor maximum.

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