Advancing the understanding of social media in societies past, present and future
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Social Media + Society is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal deeply committed to advancing the understanding of social media and its impact on societies past, present and future. With a leading editorial team, the journal offers a collaborative, open, and shared space dedicated to the study of social media and their implications for societies. It facilitates state-of-the-art research on cutting-edge trends and enables scholars to develop research and track trends in this emerging field of study.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
Social Media + Society is an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal that focuses on the socio-cultural, political, psychological, historical, economic, legal and policy dimensions of social media in societies past, contemporary and future. We publish interdisciplinary work that draws from the social sciences, humanities and computational social sciences, reaches out to the arts and natural sciences, and we endorse mixed methods and methodologies. The journal is open to a diversity of theoretic paradigms and methodologies.
The editorial vision of Social Media + Society draws inspiration from research on social media to outline a field of study poised to reflexively grow as social technologies evolve. We foster the open access of sharing of research on the social properties of media, as they manifest themselves through the uses people make of networked platforms past and present, digital and non.
The journal presents a collaborative, open, and shared space, dedicated exclusively to the study of social media and their implications for societies. It facilitates state-of-the-art research on cutting-edge trends and allows scholars to focus and track trends specific to this field of study.
|Mike Ananny||University of Southern California, USA|
|C.W. Anderson||University of Leeds, UK|
|Mark Andrejevic||Pomona College, USA|
|John Banks||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Nancy Baym||Microsoft Research New England, USA|
|Natalie Bazarova||Cornell University, USA|
|Leticia Bode||Georgetown University, USA|
|Danah Boyd||Microsoft Research New York City Lab, USA|
|Josh Braun||Quinnipiac University, USA|
|Axel Bruns||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Taina Bucher||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Jean Burgess||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Steffen Burkhardt||HAW Hamburg, Germany|
|Andrew Chadwick||Royal Holoway, UK|
|Hsuan-Ting Chen||Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Christian Christensen||Stockholm University, Sweden|
|Donna Chu||Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Lynn Schofield Clark||University of Colorado Boulder, USA|
|Mark Coddington||Washington and Lee University, USA|
|Mia Consalvo||Concordia University, Canada|
|Nick Couldry||London School of Economics, UK|
|Cedric Courtois||Ghent University, Belgium|
|Kate Crawford||Microsoft Research New York, USA|
|Lincoln Dahlberg||University of Queensland, New Zealand|
|Mark Deuze||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|David Domingo||Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium|
|Judith Donath||Harvard University, USA|
|Paul Dourish||University of California-Irvine, USA|
|Kevin Driscoll||Microsoft Research, USA|
|Nicole Ellison||University of Michigan, USA|
|Greg Elmer||Ryerson University, Canada|
|Gunn Enli||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Jason Farman||University of Maryland, USA|
|Natalie Fenton||Goldsmiths, University of London, UK|
|Jan Fernback||Temple University, USA|
|Terry Flew||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Brooke Foucault Welles||Northeastern University, USA|
|Deen Freelon||American University, USA|
|Robert W. Gehl||University of Utah, USA|
|Darren Gergle||Northwestern University, USA|
|Ilana Gershon||Indiana University, USA|
|Tarleton Gillespie||Cornell University, USA|
|Mary L. Gray||Microsoft Research New England, USA and Indiana University, USA|
|Melissa Gregg||Intel Corporation, USA|
|Jeffrey T. Hancock||Stanford University, USA|
|Eszter Hargittai||Northwestern University, USA|
|Kaori Hayashi||Unviersity of Tokyo, Japan|
|Rasmus Helles||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Alfred Hermida||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Larissa Hjorth||RMIT University, Australia|
|Bernie Hogan||Oxford Internet Institute, UK|
|Heather Horst||RMIT University, Australia|
|Philip E. N. Howard||Oxford Internet Institute, UK|
|Lee Humphreys||Cornell University, USA|
|Muzammil Hussain||University of Michigan, USA|
|Klaus Bruhn Jensen||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Steve Jones||University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|Tim Jordan||University of Sussex, UK|
|Athina Karatzogianni||University of Leeds, UK|
|Dave Karpf||George Washington University, USA|
|Anastasia Kavada||University of Westminster|
|Aphra Kerr||National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland|
|Daniel Kreiss||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA|
|Cliff Lampe||University of Michigan, USA|
|Airi Lampinen||Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Finland|
|Ganaele Langlois||York University, Canada|
|Anders O. Larsson||Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Norway|
|Tama Leaver||Curtin University, Australia|
|Louis W. Leung||Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Seth C. Lewis||University of Oregon, USA|
|Ben Light||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Sun Sun Lim||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Sonia Livingstone||London School of Economics, UK|
|Stine Lomborg||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Mirca Madianou||Goldsmiths University of London, England, UK|
|Alice E. Marwick||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA|
|Graham Meikle||University of Westminster|
|Hallvard Moe||University of Bergen, Norway|
|Andrés Monroy-Hernández||University of Washington and FUSE, Microsoft Research, USA|
|Lisa Nakamura||University of Michigan, USA|
|Gina Neff||University of Washington, USA|
|Jeff Niederdeppe||Cornell University, USA|
|Rasmus K. Nielsen||Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK|
|Casey O’ Donnell||Michigan State University, USA|
|Taylor Owen||Columbia University, USA|
|Susanna Paasonen||University of Turku, Finland|
|Stylianos Papathanassopoulos||National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece|
|Han Woo Park||Yeungnam University, South Korea|
|Katy Pearce||University of Washington, USA|
|Thomas Poell||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Hector Postigo||Temple University, USA|
|Raquel Recuero||Catholic University of Pelotas, Brazil|
|Ronald E. Rice||University of California, Santa Barbara, USA|
|Richard A. Rogers||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Christian Sandvig||University of Michigan, USA|
|Yoonmo Sang||Howard University, USA|
|Theresa Senft||New York University, USA|
|Leslie Shade||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Nishant Shah||Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Lueneburg, Germany|
|Aaron Shaw||Northwestern University, USA|
|Tamara Shepherd||Ryerson University, Canada|
|Irina Shklovski||IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Andra Siibak||University of Tartu, Estonia|
|Sam Srauy||Oakland University, USA|
|Thomas Streeter||University of Vermont, USA|
|Ted Striphas||University of Colorado, USA|
|T L Taylor||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA|
|Anne Mette Thorhauge||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Catalina L. Toma||Univesity of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Sabine Trepte||University of Hohenheim, Germany|
|Emiliano Treré||Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, Italy|
|Fred Turner||Stanford University, USA|
|Nikki Usher||The George Washington University, USA|
|Siva Vaidhyanathan||University of Virgina, USA|
|José van Dijck||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Farida Vis||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Karin Wahl-Jorgensen||Cardiff University, UK|
|Joe Walther||University of California - Santa Barbara, USA|
|Tamara Witschge||University of Groningen, Netherlands|
|Stephanie Wojcik||Université Paris Est, France|
|Weiai Xu||Northeastern University, USA|
|Guobin Yang||Annenberg School for Communication & Department of Sociology, USA|
|Sarita Yardi||University of Michigan, USA|
|Ethan Zuckerman||MIT, USA|
|Crystal Abidin||Jönköping University, Sweden|
|Stacy Blasiola||University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|Gabriele de Seta||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong|
|R. Stuart Geiger||University of California Berkeley, USA|
|Jenna Jacobson||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Kaylee Kruzan||Cornell University, USA|
|Eden Litt||Northwestern University, USA|
|Joshua McVeigh-Schultz||University of Southern California, USA|
|M Molyneux||Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK|
|Renee Powers||University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|Sander Andreas Schwartz||IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Emily van der Nagel||Swinburne University of Technology, Australia|
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- Article Types
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer Review Policy
4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.1 Word processing formats
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Supplementary material
6.4 Reference style
6.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.2 Information required for completing your submission
7.3 Corresponding author contact details
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 SAGE Production
8.2 Continuous publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
There are currently no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/smas to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Social Media + Society 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.
Social Media + Society 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.
Social Media + Society is an Open Access publication; all articles are freely available online immediately upon publication. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and brought to publication as rapidly as possible. The costs of peer-review and production are covered by Article Processing Charges (APC) paid by the author/institution/funder upon acceptance of the manuscript. For an introductory period all APCs will be waived, a policy that will be reviewed as the journal establishes itself. In future an APC will be set at a level appropriate to the discipline, with a waiver policy available for those authors who do not have the means to cover the APC.
The journal publishes the following article types:
Original research articles. Double-blind, double peer-reviewed articles. Social Media + Society welcomes publication of articles with graphics, visuals, audio and video supplements and interactive elements.
Colloquia. External guest editors will be invited to convene debates and discussions to be published as a section or special issue.
Commentaries. Shorter essays, think pieces and general commentary on topical issues, controversies and emerging questions for the field will be published by invitation.
Bookcasts. Rather than a book reviews section, authors and one interviewer will be invited to do a brief overview and review of relevant books in video format.
Social Media + Society utilizes a double-blind peer review process for original research articles in which the reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to Editor, who makes the final decision.
Articles should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting articles should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the article are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
- drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
- approved the version to be published.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.
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.
Social Media + Society 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.
It is the policy of Social Media + Society to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
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.
Social Media + Society 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.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Social Media + Society 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.
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.
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.
6.2.1 Units of measurement
Units of measurement should be expressed in SI and metric units; older conventional units may be added in parentheses.
Use the generic or chemical name of any drug, in lower case; the specific trade name (capitalized) may be given in parentheses after the first text reference.
6.2.3 Standard abbreviations and symbols
Standard Abbreviations and symbols should be used then defined in full in the first instance unless they are standard units of measurement. Avoid any use of abbreviations in the article title and abstract.
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 supplementary files
Social Media + Society adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
Social Media + Society is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/smas 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.
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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher 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 recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here
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).
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.
Please also 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 Author Gateway
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 check 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. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF 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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
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.
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 maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Social Media + Society editorial office as follows: