Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Journal of Sociotechnical Critique

This document provides details on style requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Journal of Sociotechnical Critique.

Submission Categories

Research Articles

We welcome critical and theoretical work related to the character, processes, structure, and meaning of life in our contemporary sociotechnical contexts. Articles should normally run from 3000–8000 words, with exceptions as warranted. Articles may be purely theoretical, or may include case studies, applications, or other empirical work, but the primary intent of the article should be to critique and intervene at a theoretical level.

Public Scholarship

We welcome analytical post-scripts to already-published critical and theoretically-grounded writing for a general audience concerning technology, digital culture, and information society. The previously published public-scholarship should normally run from 800–3000 words, and should have previously been published in a mass-media publication not more than 12 months prior. Submissions should include a link to the already-published public scholarship and a post-script of not more than 3000 words that should provide context, commentary, and citations which the author wishes to provide to a scholarly audience which were burdensome or inappropriate in the original public-oriented article, as well as insights for further research, since public scholarship is not merely an application of theory but itself can generate new knowledge and understanding. The post-script also provides an opportunity for public scholars to provide notes that may be of value to readers who are learning how to pitch articles to editors or how to productively engage with publics. Republication in this journal allows public scholars to add a layer of peer-reviewed certification to public engagements that reviewers find to be sufficiently robust and substantive.

Active Research

We welcome critical and theoretically-grounded field reports about or autoethnography of active research, including field philosophy, action research, direct action, engaged or participatory research, activist scholarship, policy work, consultancy, and work in and with industry, on issues related to technology, digital culture, and information society. At the intersection of social-critical theory and technology, theory is enriched, informed, and critiqued by practical action within existing institutions, and active research of these kinds can provide distinctive value to both theorists and practitioners. Articles should normally run from 3000–8000 words, and should consist of theoretically-grounded accounts of authors’ activities, projects, and initiatives, and their impacts and insights. Publication in this journal allows practically active and activist scholars to add a layer to peer-reviewed certification to active research that reviewers find to be sufficiently robust and substantive.


Use the singular “they” to reference a generic person.

Explicitly recognize race, gender, sexuality, geography, nationality, and other forms of diverse identities whenever relevant. For example, if your work is US-centric or Eurocentric, this should be acknowledged and addressed; if your work addresses relationships in a heteronormative way, this should be acknowledged and addressed; and if your work does not address the differential experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, this should be acknowledged and addressed. Cis/white/male/Euroamerican perspectives should not be treated as standard and unmarked, but should be recognized, and the limits of these perspectives should be addressed.

Write your article in English—we do not have a sufficient appropriate reviewer pool to publish work in any other language at this time. Either standard US English or standard UK English is acceptable, so long as it is consistent throughout. Use italics for non-English terms.

Formatting Requirements

  • Please use this template as a guide. The remaining items in this list are only meant to clarify items that we think may be unclear from the template. Please send us any questions that the template and other guidelines do not sufficiently clarify.
  • Do not include headers or footers.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF files are accepted).
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • Left and right margins should be 1.5 inches, including your tables and figures.
  • Top and bottom margins should be 1 inch.
  • Single space your text.
  • Use a single, left-justified column for the paper body.
  • Copyedit your manuscript.

Emphasized text

Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize. The use of color, underlining, or boldface to emphasize text is discouraged.

Citations, Footnotes, and Endnotes

Use APA style in-text citations. Footnotes should be formatted according to APA style, and should be in 10 pt. Arial. Please avoid endnotes.

Tables and Figures

To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.


Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.

Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions should appear as display math. Also expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as the fractions) should be set as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.

Equations should be numbered sequentially. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, you are expected to be consistent in this.

Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help insure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly on her printer. When proofing your document under PDF pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.


It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert two blank 12pt spaces and then "References" in 14pt. bold Ariel, followed by APA-formatted references. References should be in 12pt. Arial, left-justified, with a .5" hanging indent, and a 12pt. blank space between each. Please include URLs for all references that are available online. All URLs should be active links.