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Emerging Media

Emerging Media

Published in Association with Shanghai Jiao Tong University
eISSN: 27523551 | ISSN: 27523543
Emerging Media: Technology, Industry and Society (Emerging Media thereafter) is a SAGE open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The journal focuses on the exploration of the emerging issues and future development in the field of media and communication, both theoretically and practically. This journal will publish interdisciplinary research articles and leading trend discussions, particularly in conjunction with the field of artificial intelligence (AI), information and communication technologies (ICTs), new media application, computer science, mobile technology, user experience design, data science, aesthetics, ethical and cultural studies, as well as social and psychological perspectives. In addition, this journal is open to a diversity of theoretical paradigms and methodologies.

The Journal will include high-quality work from the international community of scholars across the domain of relevant disciplines, free from any specific schools and/or particular paradigms. The Journal will avoid bias relating to age, gender identity, race, religion, and the like. In general, the scope of the journal includes the following three intertwined aspects: (1) media and technology; (2) industry and management; and (3) society and culture.

Editor in Chief
Liangwen Kuo Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Benqian Li Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Associate Editor
Vivian Hsueh-hua Chen Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Yi Mou Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Elaine Jing Zhao University of New South Wales, Australia
Book Review Editor
Xiaojing Li Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Assistant Editor
Meng Chen Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Yumei Gan Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Penn Tsz Ting Ip Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong, China
Dongjing Kang Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Xueqing Li Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Yungeng Li Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Qian Wang Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Fang Wu Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Tai-yee Wu National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, China
Lianshan Zhang Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Editorial Assistant
Yujie Dong Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Jianfeng Lan Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Advisory Board Members
Mark Andrejevic Monash University, Australia
Peng Hwa Ang Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Patrice Marie Buzzanell University of South Florida, USA
Yiyu Cai Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Chingching Chang Academia Sinica, Taiwan, China
Changfeng Chen Tsinghua University, China
Michel Dupagne University of Miami, USA
Terry Flew University of Sydney, Australia
Nicole Krämer University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Carolyn A. Lin University of Connecticut, USA
Richard Seyler Ling Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Yu-Li Liu Shanghai University, China
Baoliang Lv Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Lizhuang Ma Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Donald Matheson University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Daniel Raichvarg University of Burgundy, France
Richard Rogers University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Todd Lyle Sandel University of Macau, China
Benchang Shia Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, China
Olga Smirnova Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
Patric Spence University of Central Florida, USA
Francis Steen University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Julian Stringer University of Nottingham, UK
Ran Wei Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
Andrea Stevenson Won Cornell University, USA
Bin Xia Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Guoliang Zhang Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Shuhua Zhou The University of Missouri, USA
Jian Hua Jonathan Zhu City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Emerging Media

  1. Open Access
  2. Article processing charge (APC)
  3. What do we publish?
    3.1 Aims & Scope
    3.2 Article types
    3.3 Writing your paper
  4. Editorial policies
    4.1 Peer review policy
    4.2 Authorship
    4.3 Acknowledgements
    4.4 Funding
    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    4.6 Research ethics and informed consent
  5. Publishing policies
    5.1 Publication ethics
    5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
  6. Preparing your manuscript
    6.1 Formatting
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Supplemental material
    6.4 Reference style
    6.5 English language editing services
    6.6 Identifiable Information
  7. Submitting your manuscript
    7.1 How to submit your manuscript
    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    7.3 Information required for completing your submission
    7.4 ORCID
    7.5 Information required for completing your submission
    7.6 Permissions
  8. On acceptance and publication
    8.1 Sage Production
    8.2 Online First publication
    8.3 Promoting your article
  9. Further information
  10. Appealing the publication decision

Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/emmed to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Emerging Media will be reviewed. As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Emerging Media may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

1. Open Access

Emerging Media is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

For general information on open access at Sage please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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2. Article processing charge (APC)

There are no publication fees to publish in Emerging Media. Financial support is provided by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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3. What do we publish?

3.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Emerging Media, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

3.2 Article types

The categories of articles that are published in the journal are listed and described below. Please select the category that best describes your paper. If your paper does not fall into any of these categories or there are special circumstances that warrant a longer submission, please contact the editorial office via emergingmedia_sjtu@163.com

Original research articles: Both empirical and conceptual papers are welcomed.

  • Word limit: up to 10,000 words (including abstract, acknowledgments, references, tables, figures, and conflict of interest)
  • Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
  • Keywords: up to 6
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

Research notes: These are extensions or replications to previously published research, short descriptions of research projects that did not provide publishable results but represent valuable information regarding protocol and data collection, or additions to established software tools and experimental or computational methods.

  • Word limit: 3,000 - 5,000 words (including references)
  • Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
  • Keywords: up to 6
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

Colloquium: These are papers that are along the lines of opinion or op-ed pieces. Colloquium is open to contributions which may not need to adhere to a conventional article format. However, an organized colloquium paper with proper academic and/or practical discussions is highly desirable.

  • Word limit: 3,000 - 5,000 words (including references)
  • Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
  • Keywords: up to 6
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

Interviews: These are interviews with emerging media researchers and practitioners. Those interested in submitting an interview are not required to query beforehand but it is recommended (please send an email to emergingmedia_sjtu@163.com with the subject line “Interview Query”).

  • Word limit: There is no length limit for interviews. Lengthy interviews may be asked by editors to reduce to certain word limit.
  • Abstract: up to 250 words, unstructured
  • Keywords: up to 6
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

Book reviews: These are concise essays that provide a brief evaluation of a published book on emerging media and communication and should provide our readers an engaging discussion of the work. Suggestions are welcome to be sent to our Book Reviews Editor, Dr. Xiaojing Li, via: lixiaojing@sjtu.edu.cn

  • Word limit: up to 3,000 words (including references)
  • No Abstract or Keywords
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

Editorial reports: These are introductory pieces submitted by an editor providing insight into the topic of the thematic/special issue.

  • Word limit: up to 2,000 words (including references).
  • No Abstract or Keywords
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

3.3 Writing your paper

The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance your article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

3.3.1 Making your article discoverable

For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy

Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a  paper if:

  • The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors.
  • The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper.
  • The author has recommended the reviewer.
  • The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).

The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Emerging Media utilizes a double-anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

Emerging Media is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Web of Science (previously Publons). Web of Science is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Emerging Media can opt in to Web of Science in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Web of Science website.

4.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

4.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

Per ICMJE recommendations, it is best practice to obtain consent from non-author contributors who you are acknowledging in your paper.

4.3.1 Third party submissions

Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input

Identify any entities that paid for this assistance

Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

4.3.2 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

4.4 Funding

Emerging Media requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

Emerging Media encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

4.6 Research ethics and informed consent

If the study involves human subjects, authors should provide a separate paragraph entitled  “Ethical statement” at the end of the main text and before the references. The ethical statement should explicitly explain (1) how research ethics were implemented in the research; (2) whether the study was approved by an institutional review board or research ethics committee; AND (3) whether informed consent was appropriately held by the authors/investigators.

Please do not submit the participants' actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches confidentiality. If the study was exempt from ethics review/approval, please provide reasons.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants (the link is: https://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/protection-of-research-participants.html).

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5. Publishing policies

5.1 Publication ethics

Sage 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 Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

5.1.1 Plagiarism

Emerging Media and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

5.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Emerging Media publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page. Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

6.3 Supplemental material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.

6.4 Reference style

Emerging Media adheres to APA 7th Edition reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

6.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

6.6 Identifiable Information

Where a journal uses double-anonymised peer review, authors are required to submit:

  1. A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymized. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
  2. A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymised material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers.

See https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/Manuscript-preparation-for-double-anonymized-journal for detailed guidance on making an anonymous submission.

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7. Submitting your manuscript

7.1 How to submit your manuscript

Emerging Media is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/emmed to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

7.3 Information required for completing your submission

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

7.4 ORCID

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

7.5 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

7.6 Permissions

Please ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

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8. On acceptance and publication

If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for Sage Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

8.1 Sage Production

Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

8.2 Online First publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

8.3 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, Sage is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact with Kudos.

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9. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Emerging Media editorial office as follows:

Liangwen Kuo

School of Media and Communication

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

800 Dongchuan RD, Shanghai 200240, China

E-mail: lwkuo@sjtu.edu.cn

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10. Appealing the publication decision

Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at publication_ethics@sagepub.com

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