Format, genre, language and frequency of publication

The journal invites submissions on all aspects of media, new media and digital culture in the region.

The journal is published twice per annum; submissions are accepted continuously. However for publication of materials in the autumn issue of Digital Icons the deadline for submissions is 1 September, for the spring issue the deadline is 1 February.

Text-based academic entries in English, German or Russian, and/or submissions in other genres, styles and form, reflecting the nature of the medium, by scholars, politicians, artists and cultural practitioners are welcome and will be considered for publication.

We typically publish a range of submissions:

1) research articles (7-9,000 words, external peer reviews); these are marked by the EYE symbol

2) essays (4-5,000 words, internal peer reviews);

3) digital memoirs (see the journal site for more information);

4) interviews; and

5) image and video galleries documenting the developments and exploring specific topics using audio-visual media.

For submissions in other languages and other formats please contact the editors for an initial consultation.

Style guide, submission, review and publication process

Entries submitted to Digital Icons must follow the journal submission style guide, which can be downloaded here. Along with the contribution, the authors need to submit the author’s questionnaire, which can be downloaded here.

Each submission is subjected to a blind (anonymous) peer-review process; as a standard practice two reviews are secured for each submission. For this Digital Icons taps into its network of scholars and experts who help examine submissions and evaluate whether they merit publication. Subsequently, authors are informed of whether their contribution is accepted without revision or with minor revisions, or if extensive revisions and resubmission are advised. Once the authors resubmit with the revisions made, please note that the submission will also be assessed by Digital Icons editors who may make further recommendations. Once the submission has been found fit for publication, authors are requested to do a final examination of their work—in pdf and online format—for minor errors and typos. Please note that at this stage we permit no major alterations in the submission.

Copyright and future publications

Materials published in Digital Icons are protected by the Copyright Law of the United Kingdom regulating open access publications.

Digital Icons holds all right for materials published in the journal; however contributors are legally responsible for securing and maintaining permissions to reproduce original visual, art work and other copyright materials in their own contributions to Digital Icons. Digital Icons editors get in touch with the contributors to request that the appropriate copyright permission form be filled and sent in prior to final publication. As a standard practice, the contributors obtain permissions for all materials used in their publication that do not fall into the category ‘fair use’ (to find out more about what constitutes ‘fair use’, click here.)

If the contributors wish to re-publish their work in another journal, book or online platform, including translations and re-publications in other languages, they are required to contact Digital Icons to request formally the journal’s permission to reproduce these materials. Case by case decisions are made in consultation with the editors and the permission is issued by the journal’s current Editor-in-Chief. All decisions regarding re-publications and other appearances of Digital Icons content are made and considered final and legal after the official / announced publication of materials in the journal.

The journal Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011). Please download the journal full statement here.