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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.
  • Your article is formatted following the journal’s guidelines.
  • Your article has been proofread by a skilled English speaker.
  • You have ensured that no identifying information about the authors is included in the body of the text, to assure a blind peer-review process. You informed the name and affiliation of all authors through the form in the submission system.
  • You have secured permission for any third-party materials you have used.
  • You have included a disclosure statement and declared any competing interests.
  • You are ready to paste your article's reference list on the field "References" (under the tab "Enter Metadata"). This is required to allow compliance with citation-tracking services (e.g. Crossref).
  • You have provided an article abstract of maximum 200 words, written in clear language, and aimed at a non-specialist reader.
  • You have included 3 to 5 relevant keywords for your article.

Author Guidelines

Open Access

The Privacy Studies Journal is fully open access (OA). The journal is generously supported by the Danish National Research Foundation and does not charge article processing fees. Articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License and remain the intellectual property and responsibility of authors.

Submission System

Submissions must be made electronically through the online Privacy Studies Journal Management System. Authors can communicate with editors and follow the review process via the system. Please use the submission checklist to ensure compliance.

Ensuring Blind Peer Review

Authors must ensure that no identifying information is included in their text. If authors must reference work written by themselves, they should refer to their work in the third person, in order to ensure the blind peer-review process.

Types of contributions

The following genres of submission go through double-blind peer-review in addition to the editorial review:

  • Research articles present original research that fits within the scope of PSJ, and make a significant contribution to the knowledge community. They contain references, illustrations, figures, analysis of data, or other source material, in support of a well-structured argument.
    Length: ca. 7000 words.
  • Systematic Review Articles are usually commissioned by the editorial board, and provide the current state of the art for a particular area of privacy studies. They provide a summary overview of scholarly work that has been written on the topic. Length: ca. 7000 words.
  • Position papers present a professional opinion of a scholar on a relevant subject. They give background information, present a given position with a view to opposite stances, and offer a discussion. Length: ca. 3000 to 7000 words.
  • Book Reviews are usually commissioned by the editorial board, and provide an informed, scholarly reaction to a recently published book in areas relevant for privacy studies. Length: ca. 2000 words

The following genres of submission go only through editorial review:

  • Editorial pieces offer an overarching introduction to a PSJ issue. The editors convey the connection between the individual articles, pointing to fruitful intersections and tensions between them, and positioning the issue within a broader scholarly horizon. Length: 2000-6000 words, depending on the nature of the piece.
  • Interviews are edited conversations with a specialist whose work has relevance to privacy studies. Interviews are usually commissioned by the editor-in-chief or otherwise agreed in advance with the editorial board. They can be written in Q/A form or as an integrated text, and must be formally approved by the interviewee. Length: 2000-4000 words.
  • Other formats are welcomed by the editorial board of PSJ. Audio, video, photographic essays, and other material can be published by the journal upon agreement with the editor-in-chief and the editorial board. The scholarly value of the work must be explained in writing upon submission, including its scientific criteria and its approach to research argumentation. For submissions presented in non-textual form, the refereeing process may require special arrangements and might take longer. In certain cases (e.g. artistic research), where the name of the artist is publicly available, the process is single-blinded.

Spelling and grammar

The language of publication is English with commonwealth spelling (honour, favour, centre; please refer to the Oxford English Dictionary or its derivatives), but attends to the following exceptions:

  • End words with –ize/–izing (as in generalize/generalizing, formalize/formalizing, industrialize/industrializing), except where –ise is necessary (as in advertise/advertising, exercise/exercising).
  • Use place names in their native language, unless the English form of the name is widespread.

A translation must accompany quotes in languages other than English. When transcribing foreign names, be consistent in using one spelling throughout the text.

Text Structure for Articles

Manuscript length: abide by the standards for each genre (+/- 500 words), including references and citations.

Genre of Text

Length (in words)

Editorial Review


Research Article




Systematic Review Article




Position Paper

3000 to 7000



Book Review




Editorial Piece

2000 to 6000




2000 to 4000



Other Formats




Articles must be accompanied by a separate abstract of 300 words summarizing the main arguments, as well as five keywords.

The text should be well structured, with clear and logically defined paragraphs. Articles should have an introduction section. Subsections such as methods, results, discussion, and conclusion can be used but are not required. Specialized vocabulary should be kept to a minimum. If field-specific words are used, we recommend that the authors provide a brief explanation on the first use, to ensure that an audience of non-specialists can follow the argument.

PSJ peer-reviewers follow the instructions listed below in their review process. Authors are encouraged to refer to these instructions as they develop their text:

  • Content: Is the article a good fit for PSJ? Does the text contribute original insights to current debates on the topic at hand? Do the authors provide relevant source material in their text to support their argument? Are the conclusions adequately built upon evidence presented in the text? Does the author adequately explore existing methodologies and scholarly literature in the text of the article? Is the argument rigorous and relevant? How do you assess the author’s depth of understanding demonstrated in the written text?
  • Structure and argument: Is the structure of the article adequate to support the argument? Are the points logically organized? Does the article give enough information about the methodology used? Do the authors make good use of topic sentences and of signposting throughout the text?
  • Language: Is the text written in a competent, clear, and concise language? Do the authors succeed in communicating their argument to an audience of non-specialists? Do the authors explain the meaning of technical words? Does the text need extensive copy-editing or grammatical correction?
  • Figures and Tables: Are figures and tables legible, captioned, and referenced in an adequate manner? Do these figures and tables help support the argument presented in the text?
  • Formatting: Are references formatted according to the PSJ Reference and Style Guide? Is the text correctly formatted according to the guide?


When submitting an article, authors will be prompted to paste their references list separately in an appropriate field called "References," to be found under the rubric "Enter Metadata." This step allows us to comply with citation-tracking services such as Crossref.

Referencing style

Authors must use the Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition, with Footnotes and Bibliography. Articles that do not comply will be returned to the authors for correction.

Authors must use the automated insertion function in their word processor to insert footnotes. This will ensure the correct order is preserved when edits are made. If a bibliography manager (Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley, etc) is used, please unlink citations before submitting the text. A footnote must the inserted after the end punctuation. Explanatory footnotes should be used sparingly.

When citing publications in foreign languages, preserve the original language rather than translating the title to English, unless you are using a published translation.


  • Font: use a readable font, size 12. Avoid underlined text and bold typeface. Italicizing text for emphasis must be kept to a minimum.
  • Tables and Figures: upload images and tables as separate files in the PSJ management system. Please ensure that they are formatted as JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS, have a resolution of 300 dpi, and the file is a maximum of 20 MB. Figures and tables must be labeled with consecutive numbers following the order they appear in the text. They must be clear and look professional.
  • Quotation marks: use double quotation marks within the text. Use single quotation marks only for quotes within quotes. If the quote is longer than three lines, place it in an indented paragraph as a blockquote. Do not italicize blockquotes. Use an ellipsis to indicate truncated text from a quote. Words added to the quote must be placed inside square brackets. Include an adequate reference to the quote.
  • Acronyms and abbreviations: Spell out acronyms on the first time they appear. Afterward, use the acronym.


Authors must include a 200 words abstract of the article with their submission. The abstract should be written in clear language and aimed at a non-specialist reader.

Policy on Proofreading

Before submitting an article to PSJ, authors must ensure that a skilled speaker of English proofreads the text. Upon receiving the text, PSJ’s editor-in-chief assesses it for its English language quality before proceeding with the review process. If the article needs extensive work to improve the language, the editor-in-chief will ask the author to hire the services of a vetted copy-editor before continuing. PSJ can provide a list of recommended copy-editors to authors, but the responsibility for hiring, negotiating, and paying for the copy-editing service done before acceptance of the article remains the responsibility of the authors.

Privacy Statement

The Privacy Studies Journal does not share the authors’ information with third parties. All contact information is used for communication about the submission and publication process and is treated in accordance with the GDPR.