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Author Guidelines


Please prepare and format the manuscript according to the guidelines below and submit it via submission system. The contents of the manuscript should fit the journal’s scope. The manuscript must not be not under review, accepted for publication, or published elsewhere.


We welcome articles of various lengths but manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (incl. figures, tables and appendices, excl. references). Please contact the editors Göktuğ Morçöl and Lasse Gerrits should you wish to publish a longer text.

File Format

Manuscripts should either be in the Microsoft DOC or DOCX- format or in the free ODT-format (e.g. LibreOffice). Do not submit PDF’s.

Important! Removal of personal identifiers from the manuscript

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  3. With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

File format:

Manuscripts should either be in the Microsoft DOC or DOCX- format or in the free ODT-format (e.g. LibreOffice). Do not submit PDF’s.

Main Text

The manuscript should use 1.5 line-spacing, 12 pt. font, may use italics but no underlining (with the exception of URLs). All illustrations, figures und tables should be placed at an appropriate position in the text.

Writing Style and Citations:

Complexity, Governance & Networks uses the editorial and citation style guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA). Authors are expected to follow the APA editorial and citation guidelines in detail when they write their manuscripts. These details can be found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). (2009). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. []. Guidance in using the APA style can also be found online at the following links.

The following guidelines are meant only to supplement the APA guidelines, not to replace them.

Figures and Tables

Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively in the text as Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2 etc. and they should be titled properly. Please include figures and tables at the correct location in the main document for peer review. Make sure that the references in the text to the figures and tables are correct. When a manuscript is accepted for publication in the journal, images should be supplied as separate files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). For tables and simple diagrams and charts, the version generated in MS Office or LibreOffice / OpenOffice suffices will be acceptable. Line art should be submitted as vector-based, separate .eps files with a resolution of 600 dpi. It is important that space markers for overviews, tables and graphical material in the text are numbered accordingly and that the numbers and titles are identical in the non-textual files. Figures and tables can be submitted in color.

Page Numbering

All pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively.

Transparency and Open Data

Complexity, Governance & Networks aims to increase the transparency of research and follows the Open Science Framework ( in encouraging authors to publish their data online. An option for this will be offered during the submission process. Sharing evidence for scientific claims facilitates critique, extension, and application. Papers featuring open data will receive a special marker to denote that the good practice has been followed and that the data has been made available. There are circumstances, however, in which open practices are not possible or advisable. For example, sharing some human participant data could violate confidentiality. A description can be used in order to explain why the data can’t be made available to the readers.

Structure of the Manuscript:

The text should be structured as follows:

Title and authorship information

Please provide a clear and concise title for your manuscript.


The manuscript should include an abstract in which the main question, the method used, and the main findings and conclusions are presented in a concise manner. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 200 words.


This should cover the main research question and the motives for that question. This section should be succinct, with no subheadings.

Main Body of Manuscript

The main body of a manuscript should include the main components of the research, including theoretical framework, methodology, data, and analyses. It should contain sufficient details so that all procedures can be followed and, if possible, repeated. It can be divided into subsections if necessary.


All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the end of the main body of paper, before the references and appendixes. This section may include supporting grants, presentations, and so forth.

Again: make sure that all possible identifiers to the author have been removed, including the data from the document’s properties.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The corresponding author certifies to be authorized by all of the co-authors to submit the manuscript in its presented form.
  2. The article, or any part thereof, does not violate any existing original or derivative copyright.
  3. To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission all personal identifiers are removed from the text and the properties.

    Read more about this topic here: Blind Peer Review.


Copyright Notice

Authors contributing to Complexity, Governance & Networks agree to publish their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license and the assigned metadata under Creative Commons CC0.

Authors retain copyright of their work. They are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to Complexity, Governance & Networks on personal or institutional websites and repositories, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).


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