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Network Science is a new journal for a new discipline—one using the network paradigm, focusing on actors and relational linkages, to inform research, methodology, and applications from many fields across the natural, social, engineering, and informational sciences. Given growing understanding of the interconnectedness and globalization of the world, network methods are an increasingly recognized way to research aspects of modern society along with the individuals, organizations, and other actors within it.

We view Network Science as a defining work, shaping the new discipline of network
science. A lengthier definition of network science and the aims and scope of the journal can be found in the first issue, as well as on our website, The journal welcomes contributions from researchers in all relevant areas working on network theory, methods, and data.

Network Science maintains an editorial office at Indiana University, in Bloomington, staffed by the Managing Editor, Ann McCranie, and the Coordinating Editor, Stan Wasserman. Our email address is

Manuscript Preparation

Network Science is intended for a broad, interdisciplinary audience. Please avoid jargon and give adequate explanation for concepts and methods that may be unfamiliar to academic readers from different fields. However, please assume that our readers are familiar with introductory ideas in network science. It is not necessary in submissions to define terms such as centrality, density or degree distribution.


As an interdisciplinary journal, Network Science encourages articles from different fields that often have different publishing standards. In general, the length of an article should be between 20 and 40 pages, including footnotes and references, but the editors are open to exceptions if needed. We are also open to shorter research notes that emphasize visualizations, to be published at the end of each issue. We are not currently accepting book or software reviews.


Submissions should be written in one of two formats: LaTeX and Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word Submissions

Word documents should use Times New Roman 12-point font and one-inch margins. Documents should be double-spaced throughout. Do not include any header or footer information in the document. Page numbers should be at the bottom of all pages. Do not incorporate figures, tables, or text boxes into the main text of the article, but refer to them by their number in the text and place them at the end of the manuscript. Indicate where preferred placement is for figures and tables in the text. For the review stage, all figures should be embedded as objects at the end of the file; high-resolution (eps or tif) files will be requested after acceptance.

LaTeX Submissions

Manuscripts produced using TeX or LaTeX are welcome at the journal. Authors using LaTeX should use the NWS LaTeX class file. This, along with related files (including a guide), can be obtained by downloading the zip file here.

If you have difficulties obtaining these files, there is a help-line available via e-mail (at with subject line NWS). While use of the NWS LaTeX class file is preferred, documents prepared using other standard class files can also be accepted. Figures, tables and textboxes should be included in the source file at the appropriate place, with captions. For the review process, documents should be submitted as pdf files.


Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and should include the main aims of the paper, the methods and specific data source if applicable, and the conclusions. Please include up to 10 keywords that should accompany the article. Examples: centrality, brain science, p*, epidemiology.

Citation Style

In general, the journal follows the American Psychological Association (APA) style, which is true for citations. The definitive guide for this style is the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. APA also maintains a very helpful website ( and blog ( for more information. Manuscripts will not be accepted for publication unless they are in this format. LaTeX manuscripts can use the nws.bst file in conjunction with your bibtex database.

In-text citations

For papers with one author, list the author's last name, followed by a comma, a space and the year, throughout the paper.

• (Moreno, 1953)

For papers with one or two authors, include an ampersand between the author names throughout the paper:

• (Hutchins & Benham-Hutchins, 2010; Borgatti & Everett, 2005)

For papers with three or more authors, et al. is used after the first author throughout the paper.

• (Doe et al., 2012)

List of references

Each work cited should be listed at the end of the article. Below is an example:


Borgatti, S. P., & Everett, M. G. (2005). Extending centrality. In P. J. Carrington, J. Scott & S. Wasserman (Eds.), Models and methods in social network analysis (pp. 57-76). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Coleman, J., Katz, E., & Menzel, H. (1957). The diffusion of an innovation among physicians. Sociometry, 20(4), 253-270. Frantz, T. L., & Carley, K. (2005). A formal characterization of cellular networks (CASOS - Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, Trans.) CASOS Technical Report (pp. 14): Carnegie Mellon University. Hutchins, C., & Benham-Hutchins, M. (2010). Hiding in plain sight: Criminal network analysis. Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory, 16(1), 89-111. Moreno, J. L. (1953). Who shall survive? Foundations of sociometry, group psychotherapy and socio- drama (2nd ed.). Oxford, England: Beacon House.

Color Reproduction

Color reproduction is available for figures in the journal, however, as they are expensive, authors are asked to consider whether their image can also be submitted in grey-scale and to be judicious in their use of color. Please keep in mind that color images can easily be made available through online supplements. Cambridge's policy is that, in general, online published articles will be pdfs with full color; hardcopy journal articles will contain figures in grey-scale. If you request color figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.


Manuscripts for consideration for Network Science should be submitted electronically, using the Manuscript Central System . This system will allow authors to benefit from faster review and earlier, online publication. Authors who are unable to submit online should contact the NWS Editorial Office ( for assistance.


Submitted documents should be comprised of two documents at minimum: the original manuscript and the blinded manuscript. The abstract will be requested by the website. Appendices and supplementary files (such as audio/video) may also be submitted at the time of review, but will need to be submitted in separate files. A cover letter from the author(s) can also be submitted, but is optional.

Original Manuscript

The original manuscript should have a cover page that includes the title, authors' names in order of authorship, email addresses, and institutional affiliations for each author. A mailing address and telephone number for the corresponding author should also be included. Please include a footnote for the acknowledgements of funding and other assistance.

Blinded Manuscript

The authors' names should not appear anywhere in the blinded manuscript. If the authors' own work is cited in the paper, it should be cited normally, but it may be removed as part of the blinding process. Regardless of file format, the Blinded Manuscript should be put together in the following order: 1. Title of Work (does not need to be a separate page) 2. Abstracts and keywords (see above for more information) 3. Main text 4. References 5. Tables and figures, along with captions The Blinded Manuscript will be sent to reviewers; only the editors will see the original manuscript.

Additional Materials

The journal encourages the submission of appendices and supplementary material that enhance the article and provide additional context for readers or discussion about specific technical matters that cannot/should not be covered in the word limits of the text. These additional materials will only be available online at the journal website. Please contact the NWS Editorial Office at to submit supplementary materials that are not Word/TeX/LaTeX files (such as audio/video).

Affirmations Required

In the submission process, the submitting author will be asked to affirm that the manuscript is not under review at any other journal. In addition, if the studies involve human or animal subjects or are subject to other appropriate institutional ethical review, the authors must name the institution and office that has reviewed the study – even if this review resulted in an exempt study status. Authors must also indicate if they have any competing interests of any kind – financial or intellectual - in the research covered in the manuscript. See below for further information.


Cambridge will hold the copyright to all accepted papers, but authors retain some rights to make copies available. The appropriate copyright transfer form and explanation of these terms can be found at the journal's website.


Permission to reproduce previously published material is the burden of the contributor. Please provide proof of such material to the editorial office upon acceptance.

Peer Review and Production

All manuscripts are subject to independent double blind peer-review. Authors are encouraged to suggest the names of referees for submissions before the review process; there is no guarantee, however, that the editors will solicit reviews from those on the list.

Please visit the Cambridge University Press Peer Review Hub for general information on how to peer review journal articles, a peer review FAQ, ethics in peer review, and more information.


Only typographical or factual errors may be changed at the proof stage. The publisher reserves the right to charge for correction of non-typographical errors. No page charge is made. NWS's policy is standard American English spelling and punctuation style. So, please spell words such as analyze with z's, and neighbor without our at the end. Look to the APA Style Guide if you have questions.


No paper offprints are provided, but authors will be provided with a link to a freely accessible pdf of the published article.

English Language Editing Services

Contributions written in English are welcomed from all countries. Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. Cambridge offers a service which authors can learn about here. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Conflicts of Interest

Your manuscript must include a statement reporting any conflicts of interest. This statement should be placed at the end of the text of the manuscript before the References are listed. Where no known conflicts of interest exist, please include the following statement: “[Author] has nothing to disclose.” All author disclosures must be listed on separate lines.

Ethical Standards

Cambridge’s Ethical Standards for journals can be found here.

Where research involves human and/or animal experimentation, the following statements should be included (as applicable) in the Methods section: “The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional committees on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of  1975, as revised in 2008.” and “The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national and institutional guides on the care and use of laboratory animals.” Articles reporting randomised trials must conform to the standards set by the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) consortium. Authors are also required to abide by the ICMJE guidelines regarding informed consent.

Clinical trials

As a condition of consideration for publication, registration of clinical trials in a public trials registry is required. A clinical trial is defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (in accordance with the definition of the World Health Organisation) as any research project that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes. Registration information must be provided at the time of submission, including the trial registry name, registration identification number, and the URL for the registry.


Network Science now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Network Science. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Last updated 12th June 2019