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e-OTI Submission Guidelines

Editorial Mission

As the award-winning, international publication of the Internet Society, OnTheInternet reports on the growth and development of the global Internet and its influence on business, education, culture, politics, and society. Articles range from highly technical descriptions of new Internet-related technologies to thinkpieces on the influence of the Internet on the way we work, live, and learn.

OnTheInternet Readers

OnTheInternet readers are members of the Internet Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the beneficial, open evolution of the global Internet and its related internetworking technologies through leadership in standards, issues, and education.

Our readers represent an international cross-section of technologists, business professionals, educators, and government representatives.

General Advice to Authors

1. Be creative but clear in the presentation of your thesis.

2. Adhere to commonly accepted journalistic standards of presenting a strong lead paragraph that draws the reader in, followed by a clear statement of your thesis, followed by information that supports your thesis. Be sure to include quotes that represent varying positions (if necessary) and end with a conclusion that summarizes your findings.

3. Be critical and analytical. As responsible citizens of the world, we must continuously evaluate, question, and challenge.

4. Remember that our readers are intelligent. They don't need to be told how to get an Internet account and they don't want to be sold on your company's newest product or service. They do, however, appreciate solid reporting on new technology and clear information on how that technology works and what it means for business, education, and other communities.

5. Our readers are everywhere. More than half the OnTheInternet readership resides outside the United States. That means that reports from around the world are appreciated and valued. OnTheInternet avoids U.S.-centric reporting.

6. You will be notified if your article has been accepted for publication.

7. We make every effort to respond to submissions and suggestions in a timely manner. If you have sent us material and we have not responded, please send follow-up e-mail to editor@isoc.org.

Submitting Abstracts and Articles

Anyone wishing to write for-or send an article to-e-OTI is asked to submit a 250-word abstract to editor@isoc.org explaining the nature of the article. Feature-length articles are roughly 1,200 to 5,000 words. The editors will let you know if articles are accepted and when they are expected to be published.

Each abstract should include the following information:

  1. Title or Working title of article
  2. Author(s)
  3. E-mail addresses of each author; URLs are welcome
  4. Address and phone number of each author (include country of origin)
  5. Author affiliation/title
  6. Rough word count for final version
  7. 250-word abstract: describing article theme or thesis.
  8. Categories (see below)

Finished articles should be sent to editor@isoc.org and should include the following information:

  1. Title of article
  2. Author(s) (full names)
  3. E-mail addresses of each author; URLs are welcome
  4. Address and phone number of each author (include country of origin)
  5. Author affiliation/title
  6. Final word count
  7. References and bibliographies properly referenced per Chicago Manual of Style
  8. Author photo and bio
  9. Categories (see below)

Any graphics should be sent either as TIFF or EPS files or as hard copy photographs. Please send any questions regarding graphics to editor@isoc.org.


All submissions are subject to editing. Final drafts of articles will be sent to the author for review. While OnTheInternet makes every effort to accommodate author preferences during the editing process, it reserves the right to make final editing decisions. OnTheInternet adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. All articles in OnTheInternet are published in English.

Please note that in order to maintain the integrity of our publications, we ask that quotes, references, and texts from other sources be properly referenced. Articles discovered to include plagiarized material or untrue statements will not be accepted or will be removed from the Web site and the database. OnTheInternet, e-OTI, the publisher, and the Internet Society and are not responsible for incorrect material.


e-OTI will be keyword and category driven, meaning that each article will be entered into a database and assigned a category-or several categories-to facilitate searching. Some of the categories are indicated below. Articles may be cross-referenced to cover more than one category, if relevant. Please note that not all articles will fit into specific categories. If you have suggestions for additional categories, please let us know.

Categories include:

  • Internet Technology Infrastructure/Standards Development
  • Education (educating the public about the Internet; bringing the Internet into schools; higher education and distance education; skills development; training)
  • Health Care
  • Business and E-commerce
  • Internet Policy
  • Emerging/Developing Nations
  • Personality Profiles
  • Interviews
  • Forecasts and Trends
  • News (either news feeds from existing sources or summaries of news items with proper attribution and permissions)
  • Reviews of books, professional Web sites, white papers, policy papers, etc.
  • The Internet in Arts & Culture (including poetry and fiction)


e-OTI invites column-length articles, opinion articles, and commentary. These types of articles should be roughly 500-1,200 words and can be submitted directly to editor@isoc.org or to the category editor.


e-OTI will be updated on a monthly basis. However, we plan to update some material more frequently. We ask that articles be submitted one month in advance of the month the article will be appearing. For example, articles that will be made public in April should be submitted to editor@isoc.org by March 1.


We plan to make e-OTI a highly interactive journal. We are looking into developing several features, such as the ability to have spontaneous electronic discussions on current material and the ability to give instant feedback to articles that are posted. Your suggestions for other ways to make e-OTI more interactive are welcome.


Copyrights to all articles that appear in e-OTI are jointly owned by the Internet Society and the author(s) unless they are otherwise owned, in which case formal permission must be obtained prior to publication in e-OTI. By submitting your article, you agree that e-OTI has a first right of publication. Authors are entitled to reuse material or develop derivative works, but e-OTI must be credited as the venue where the piece was originally published. Neither the Internet Society, OnTheInternet magazine, nor its publisher are responsible for any misuse or unintended distribution of material following publication. Articles and other material submitted to e-OTI will reside in the e-OTI database and will be made available as part of the e-OTI electronic resource indefinitely unless otherwise specified. e-OTI reserves the right to post articles and materials from OnTheInternet or e-OTI on the Internet Society Web site and to send them via e-mail as text files.


It is not the policy of the Internet Society, OnTheInternet, or e-OTI to compensate authors financially for material published in OnTheInternet or e-OTI.

Editors and contributing editors

Editors and contributing editors should consider this a one-year commitment during which time you will arrange for between four and 10 articles per year in a particular subject area. Your role is to seek out and review high-quality material, make sure material is properly referenced, and help build a pool of good articles and authors for future use. Final drafts of articles will be sent to e-OTI, where they will be copy edited and proofread and returned to the author for final approvals. You are not expected to copy edit or proofread articles. Editors and contributing editors will be recognized and listed on the Web site.


Although e-OTI will be an English-language publication, we aim to make the publication as multilingual as possible. If you are interested in translating articles, or if you can offer a translation of your own article into another language, please let us know.

We are truly excited to be working on e-OTI, and we look forward to working with a great and growing team of professionals and enthusiasts to make it the highest-quality electronic journal and information resource possible. Please feel free to send comments, questions, and suggestions to Wendy Rickard at editor@isoc.org.

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