Focus and Scope

The Open Access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) provides a platform for all those interested in discussing issues and challenges that societies face today.

It promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age following the highest standards of peer review. JeDEM focuses on:

  •     Policy and Legislation
  •     Political Science
  •     Business Information Technology
  •     Business and Economy
  •     Usability
  •     e-Democracy
  •     e-Society
  •     e-Government
  •     e-Participation
  •     e-Voting

We encourage a diversity of methods and theoretical lenses, including critical studies in these thematic fields. It is the journal´s mission to encourage transdisciplinarity, unconventional ideas and multiple perspectives, and connect leading thinkers and young scholars in inspiring reflections. JeDEM is an innovative journal that welcomes submissions from all disciplines and approaches. We publish theoretical, practical and empirical research.

Please pay attention to whether your chosen category will be peer-reviewed or not. If you are submitting in response to a special issue or as contribution to conference proceedings, please choose the respective category. If you are considering publishing a literature review, consider submitting it as a reflection. If your research is contributing more to practise than to scientific theories or frameworks, consider publishing it as project description. Besides peer-reviewed papers, we publish reflections on current issues, reviews of books, comments on articles, discussions, interviews, etc that are related to the journal's mission. We aim to foster discourse, so feedback for reflections is welcome.

All published articles can be commented by readers (If you want to make a comment, register as a reader and then use the "add comment" section that is visible at the right-hand side of the abstract of a paper).


Peer Review Process

JeDEM offers two types of reviewing: double-blind and editorial reviews. Double-blind reviewing will be applied on submitted scientific papers and case studies, whereas project descriptions will be allocated to editorial reviews. Reflections (reviews, comments, discussions, interviews) and project descriptions are not peer-reviewed (see Section Policies for more information).

The typical articles publication process is:An (corresponding) author submits a paper to our journal. We ask authors to layout the paper according to our template and guidelines (consider that it might not impress a reviewer if this is not done);

An (corresponding) author submits a paper to our journal. We ask authors to layout the paper according to our template and guidelines (consider that it might not impress a reviewer if this is not done);

  • The managing editor assigns two reviewers;
  • Reviewers submit their reports and recommendations;
  • The editors take a decision based on the submitted manuscript and the submitted recommendations;
  • The managing editor informs the author about the decision and forwards the reviews;
  • If the manuscript requires revisions or it is suggested that authors resubmit, the paper can be improved or resubmitted. If the paper is not suitable for JeDEM or is found to be of not sufficient quality, the paper will be rejected and cannot be resubmitted;
  • Either the paper is accepted, or the author(s) is/are asked to make revisions before acceptance, or the author is asked to make major revisions and resubmit the article for a second review, or the paper is rejected.
  • If the paper is accepted, the author is asked to layout the paper according to our guidelines (references, citations, format, etc.);
  • The paper is published after receipt of the author’s final version. Publication is instantaneous and usually quicker than in traditional journal publishing.


Open Access Policy

JeDEM provides full open access to its authors and readers. Publishing with and reading JeDEM is free of charge.

We ask authors to register with JeDEM to manage the publishing process. To gain all benefits of the JeDEM community we recommend authors, readers, editors and reviewers to register with JeDEM.

JeDEM is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal (ISSN: 2075-9517). All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence



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Publication Frequency

JeDEM is published twice a year. We usually invite best papers from the EGOV-CeDEM-ePart conference series. In addition, we publish special issues and issues comprised of ongoing submissions to the journal. As JeDEM has several sections per issue, different sections can also be combined in one issue (for instance: Submissions to a special issue might be published together with ongoing submissions).

We encourage authors to contribute to the open submission phase - all our usual policies apply. 

Special issues will provide an open call on a specific topic edited by guest editors. Watch our announcements!


Publication Ethics

JeDEM is committed to the standards of publishing integrity and academic honesty held up by the scientific community. We encourage editors, reviewers and authors to consult the guidelines brought forward by the The Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and to follow its code of conduct and guidelines for peer review. We take misconduct (for example plagiarism, referring to the unreferenced usage of another’s published or unpublished ideas, or falsification) seriously and the editors of the proceedings are committed to ensuring the highest possible quality of the publications. We are committed to publish ethical, accurate and relevant information and declare that we are not dependent on or influenced by political or commercial factors. In the case of conflict of interests, we will communicate those and editors might step back from their role and be replaced by another editor. All decisions for acceptance, revisions or rejection of papers are based on the quality of submissions and relevance to our journal. In the case of errors, we commit to correction or retraction.

We commit to the usage of a double blind peer review process which are conducted by experts in the field. These experts should provide unbiased, constructive and fair feedback and aim at improving a manuscript. If we detect personalized or unfair treatment of a manuscript by reviewers, editors commit to assigning another reviewer or to overrule the reviewer. 

If editors detect unethical aspects of submissions, the following sanctions shall be applied: We will formally withdraw the paper, informing the relevant editors, indexing authorities and the relevant institution. Authors will be informed about the issue, and further submissions from the author or research unit will be refused until further notice. 

As part of our ethical standards, authors are requested to confirm a couple of things when submitting to JeDEM, for instance that the work has been approved by all co-authors and is not accepted or published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. 

JeDEM accepts extended and updated versions of conference proceedings for publication as research articles. We encourage authors to fully disclose previous publishing, or publishing of parts of the article. 

If guest editors are working for the journal, editors will ensure that they adhere to the submission process, peer review process, and the ethical standards of JeDEM.


Policy on Re-Use

JeDEM publishes papers as part of conference proceedings. If this applies, all conference papers may be subsequently updated, or enhanced, for further publication as a regular journal article. Articles that are published as reflections or project descriptions can be extended, further developed or integrated into other research that might further be published.


Benefits of JeDEM

What are the main benefits of publishing with JeDEM? 

  • Our journal is truely open access: Publishing and reading is free of charge.
  • JeDEM publishes a variety of publications: ongoing and completed research articles are selected after a rigorous blind peer review by experts in the field. We also publish reflections and project descriptions.
  • JeDEM is indexed with ScopusEBSCODOAJGoogle scholar, and the Public Knowledge Project metadata harvester. Each article is identified with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
  • Due to the online publishing format, our publication process is comparably quicker than the one of traditional journals.
  • Papers published as conference proceedings and articles that are not peer-reviewed can be extended and re-used for further publication, e.g. as regular peer-reviewed journal article.



All documents are  indexed in main bibliographic databases. JeDEM is indexed with Scopus,  EBSCODOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)Google scholar, and the Public Knowledge Project metadata harvester.

Each document receives a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) from Crossref.

Please note that as authors, you are advised to update the metadata in our publishing system during the publishing process, as this metadata will be used for indexing - not the data and terms you put into the file. We do our best, but we strongly advise you to use our publishing system and to update your metadata when you make changes to an article.