Information Polity

An International Journal of Government and Democracy in the Information Age


27, 4 issues

Latest issue

27:1 online 15 March 2022

Next issue

27:2 scheduled for June 2022

Back volumes

From volume 7, 2002

ISSN print


ISSN online


Aims & Scope

Information Polity is a tangible expression of the increasing awareness that Information and Communication technologies (ICTs) have become of deep significance for all polities as new technology-enabled forms of government, governing and democratic practice are sought or experienced throughout the world. This journal positions itself in these contexts, seeking to be at the forefront of thought leadership and debate about emerging issues, impact, and implications of government and democracy in the information age. Information Polity aims to publish academic work that contributes to understanding and strengthening a democratic information polity.

The journal promotes interdisciplinary work drawing from the wider social sciences (e.g. public policy, public management, public administration, political science, information systems, information science, media studies, philosophy, sociology, law, economics) and welcomes articles with an empirical, theoretical or conceptual contribution from scholars and practitioners throughout the world. The journal is both international and comparative in its perspectives and publishes articles on political, public policy, institutional, social, economic, legal, managerial, organizational, ethical, and wider social scientific themes and issues as they relate to the application of ICTs in government, governing and democratic practice. Examples of such themes and issues are:

-       Bureaucratic reform and modernization
-       Public and democratic innovation
-       Public policy in the information age
-       Citizenship in the information age
-       The impact of ICTs on political institutions and democratic practice
-       ICT regulation and governance
-       Social media and citizen engagement
-       Political information and the role of new media
-       Internet activism, political organization and collective action
-       Government ICT strategy, leadership and management
-       Service transformation and multi-channel service provision
-       Cross-government information-sharing
-       Digital identity and privacy
-       Surveillance and cybersecurity
-       Open government, transparency and accountability
-       Public records management in the information age
-       Public innovation management, evaluation and benefits realization

Publishing in Information Polity
The journal is keen to receive well-written rigorous journal articles from its targeted authors on topics as stated above. Articles submitted for consideration must be written in English and checked by a native speaker. The journal will welcome expert opinion pieces as well as articles deriving from research and practice.

Academic articles submitted should normally not exceed 8000 words in length [including references]. Articles in the form of authoritative, well-researched case studies or country reports will be welcomed and will not normally exceed 4500 words. The journal will also commission reviews, including book reviews, social media reviews, reviews of research reports and strategy documents, expert opinion pieces, and short research notes, which normally will not exceed 2000 words.

Peer Review Policy
Published articles in Information Polity have all been subject to rigorous peer review, based on an initial editorial screening and anonymous refereeing by a minimum of two referees.

Editorial Board


Albert Meijer, PhD
Albert Meijer
Bijlhouwerstraat 6
3511 ZC Utrecht, Netherlands

William Webster, PhD
Professor of Public Policy and Management
Centre for Research into Information,
Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP),
University of Stirling

Stirling, FK9 4LA, United Kingdom

Honorary Editor-in-Chief

Professor Emeritus John Taylor

Reviews Editor

Dr. Karl Lofgren
Associate Professor
School of Government

PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Social Media Editor

Keegan McBride
Lab Manager – GovAiLab, Junior Research Fellow / Doctoral Candidate, School of Information Technologies, Information Systems Research Group, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia

Website Editor

Dr. Sarah Hendrica Bickerton
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Public Policy Institute, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand


Associate Prof. Frank Bannister
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Tobias Mettler
Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Giorgia Nesti
University of Padova
Padova, Italy

Associate Editors



Prof. Heungsuk Choi
Korea University
Seoul, South Korea

South America

Dr. Maria Alexandra Cunha
Fundacao Gerulio Vargas
Sao Paulo, Brazil

North America

Dr. Mila Gasco
Center for Technology in Government
State University of New York at Albany, USA


Associate Prof. Paul Henman
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia


Dr. Adegboyega Ojo
National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

Editorial Board

Prof. Victor J.J.M. Bekkers
Erasmus University Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Prof. Michael Kyobe
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Prof. Scott Robertson
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Prof. Tobias Mettler
University of Lausanne

Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi
Waseda University

Dr. Theresa A. Pardo
State University of New York

Prof. Peter Parycek
Donau-Universität Krems

Prof. Charles Raab
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Prof. Christopher G. Reddick
University of Texas at San Antonio

Prof. Alasdair S. Roberts
University of Missouri

Dr. Jesper Schlaeger
Zhejiang Gongshang University

Prof. Ian McLoughlin
Monash University

Prof. Hans Jochen Scholl
University of Washington

Prof. Tino Schuppan
The Potsdam eGovernment Competence Centre

Dr. Colin F. Smith
Edinburgh Napier University
United Kingdom

Prof. Maddalena Sorrentino
Università degli studi di Milano

Dr. Marcel Thaens
the Netherlands

Dr. Thierry Vedel
Centre for Political Research SciencesPo

Prof. Mirko Vintar
University of Ljubljana

Prof. Elin Wihlborg
Linkoping University

Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel
University of Konstanz

Prof. Helen Margetts
University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Prof. Colin J. Bennett
University of Victoria

Dr. Elizabeth Eppel
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

Prof. John C. Bertot
University of Maryland

Dr. Eleanor Burt
University of St. Andrews
United Kingdom

Dr. Lemuria Carter
Virginia Commonwealth University

Prof. Manuel Castells
University of Southern California

Prof. Andrew Chadwick
Loughborough University
United Kingdom

Prof. Soon Ae Chun
City University of New York

Prof. Stephen Coleman
University of Leeds
United Kingdom

Prof. William H. Dutton
Michigan State University

Prof. Leif Skiftenes Flak
University of Agder

Prof. Miriam Lips
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

Prof. Jane E. Fountain
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
State University of New York

Prof. Olivier Glassey
Université de Lausanne

Prof. Tomasz Janowski
Danube University Krems

Prof. Marijn Janssen
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands

Associate Prof. Bram Klievink
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands

Prof. Robert Krimmer
Tallinn University of Technology

Prof. Klaus Lenk
University of Oldenburg

Prof. Rob Wilson
Northumbria University
United Kingdom

Author Guidelines

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Open Access

By default, articles published in Information Polity are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.

Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 500 / US$ 600 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 750 / US$ 900 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.

Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.

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