Call for Paper: Cyberspace Vision: Guide to Trends, Patterns, and Developments in 2019 and beyond

Special issue on "Cyberspace Vision: Guide to Trends, Patterns, and Developments in 2019 and beyond"



0. Introduction and statistics

1. Politics

2. Privacy, ToS, breaches, cryptographic & communication intelligence

3. Cybersecurity

4. IoT, IoE

4. AI

5. Cryptocurrency, digital financing, digital marketing

6. Education, technology, literacy

7. Tech companies

8. Regulation & policy

9. Media, social media, social networks

10. Health & healthcare

11. The Future (2019 & beyond) + conclusion & implications


Each section:

  • Concepts
  • Significance
  • Key developments (2018)
  • Trends
  • Patterns
  • Impact
  • Concerns
  • Implications
  • Upcoming and future developments (2019 and beyond)


Audience: Academics, Experts

Abstract: 150-200 words

Keywords: 4-6

Text: 2000-3000 words in English language (excluding references) | Ref: APA, 6th Ed.

Deadline for full text submission: 20 Feb 2019


The manuscripts will be published as commentaries in the Journal of Cyberspace Studies (JCSS), which is an international free peer-reviewed open access journal that is biannually published by University of Tehran on behalf of the “Cyberspace Policy Research Center” and the “UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture: Dual Spacization of the World” with links to UNESCO's IFAP thematic priorities.

The journal aims to contribute to the reinvigoration of the interdisciplinary intersections of cyberspace studies, and to provide a leading scholarly platform for publishing contributions to the field.

The JCSS is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record.


NOTE: All submitted manuscripts are subject to review and if necessary, would be returned to the author for further revisions or clarifications.


Submission process

We welcome commentaries of 2000-3000 words addressing the key developments, trends, patterns, and concerns in defined themes in 2018 and their course in 2019 and beyond. (the minimum length of the manuscript is 1500 and the maximum length is 4000 words excluding references).

Before finalizing the manuscript, please inform the commissioning editor, Alireza Salehi Nejad, at about your chosen theme and qualifications.

You may directly submit your manuscript to; in addition, you may also submit the manuscripts online on the journal’s portal, select special issue and notify the commissioning editor by email. Each paper will be reviewed promptly. We aim to complete the review process with a maximum of two drafts (i.e., a single ‘revise and resubmit’) before a final decision is made, unless special circumstances call for an additional revision round.



20 Feb 2019: submission deadline for full manuscript

26 Feb 2019: decisions and comments sent to authors

4 March 2019: deadline for final draft

9 March 2019: final proofreading

11 March 2019: expected publication


Contact information

For questions regarding this special issue please contact Alireza Salehi-Nejad /


JCSS Commentaries:

Generally, the JCSS Commentaries are short, narrowly focused rigorous articles usually in areas of controversy analysis and debate relating to theories, methods, issues and prospect studies in the study of “cyberspace”, “cyber policy” and “culture & cyberspace”, which will fuel some interesting debate. Commentaries should contain a body of original information, a new method for doing something or a new idea (speculation, argument, proof, etc.) presented in a brief and unadorned form in 1500-4000 words.

1. Preparing your manuscript

1.1.1. Title page

The title page should:

  • be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. Present a title that includes, if appropriate, the research design or for non-research studies: a description of what the article reports.
  • list the full names, institutional addresses and email addresses for all authors
  • indicate the corresponding author

1.1.2. Abstract

A concise and factual abstract of 150 – 200 words is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). In addition, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

1.1.3. Keywords

Four to six keywords representing the main content of the article.

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

1.1.4. Introduction

The Introduction section should explain the background to the article, its aims, a summary of a search of the existing literature and the issue under discussion.

1.1.5. Main text

This should contain the body of the article, and may also be broken into subsections with short, informative headings.

1.1.6. Conclusions

This should state clearly the main conclusions and include an explanation of their relevance or importance to the field.

1.2. Abbreviations

Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

1.3. Acknowledgements

Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

1.4. Formatting of funding sources 

List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements:

Funding: This work was supported by the UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture: Dual Spacization of the World, Tehran, Iran [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy].

It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards. When funding is from a block grant or other resources available to a university, college, or other research institution, submit the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding.

If no funding has been provided for the research, please include the following sentence:

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

1.5. Formatting

The Journal’s accepted format for the manuscripts is MS Word.

1.6. Artwork, figures and other graphics

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from the Journal after receipt of your accepted article.

1.6.1. Artwork guidelines

Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

  • Format: PNG, JPG, TIFF, JPEG: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs).

EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).

  • Placement: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document.
    Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]")
  • Resolution: Rasterized based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
  • Color: Please note that images supplied in color will be published in color online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using color with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating color.
  • Dimension: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination
  • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).

1.6.2. Figure captions

Ensure that each illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

1.6.3. Tables

Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

1.7. Reference style

The JCSS adheres to the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association for in text citations and references. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition

1.7.1. Citation in text 

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

1.7.2. Web references 

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired or can be included in the reference list.

1.7.3. Data references 

This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.

2. Publishing Policies

The JCSS is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Journal’s Publication Ethics page.

3. Open Access 

The JCSS is an open access journal: all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

The JCSS publishes articles under Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License. The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC) permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

For considerations for licensors and licensees, viewing the License Deed, or the Legal Code you may refer to the Creative Commons.

Under certain circumstances, the JCSS permits publishing open access articles under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

4. Fees

The Journal of Cyberspace Studies does not charge the authors or their institutions any submission fees or article processing charges, and the published content remain free to the readers.

5. Language

Manuscripts should be submitted grammatically and stylistically adequate. Either Standard American English or Standard British English usage is acceptable, but not a mixture of these. It is required that manuscripts be submitted as a copyedited and proofread document, including proper use of the English language, proper grammatical structure, and correct spelling and punctuation. Where not specified, follow the Concise Oxford Dictionary, New Hart's Rules and the New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors. Whenever in doubt, refer to Judith Butcher, Copy-editing.