General Information for Authors

EM cordially invites original research contributions in the field of electronic markets and networked business. EM charges no submission or acceptance fees. Your submission will be reviewed in a double-blind peer review process by at least two independent reviewers. Besides clarity of writing, grammar and style, your article will be evaluated according to relevance, strength of theoretical foundations and methodology, value of the paper for business, economy, or society, contribution of new knowledge and quality of conclusions. Explication of theoretical concepts and terms by examples or cases is a plus. Please take the time to carefully read  the three steps before making a submission as well as the following guidelines:

  • Please make sure that the research topic falls with the scope of EM. In case the submitted paper is out of scope for EM there is a high probability that it will be desk rejected soon after submission.
  • "Original contribution" means that manuscripts are unpublished and not submitted or under review elsewhere while under review for EM. If an earlier version has been published, e.g. as conference paper, the original version must be referenced. EM follows the AIS Policy on Conference and Journal Publication and changes should be summarized in a letter to the editor upon submission.
  • The preferred article length for publications in EM is around  8,000 words (excl. reference list) and the preferred language is American English.
  • Please use the APA Style for in-text citations and references.
  • Please read the copyright information carefully before submitting an article. All submissions to EM are subject to a plagiarism check (iThenticate) to avoid unethical use of Content.
  • All submissions that have successfully passed the review process will be published online first immediately and are fully citable with a DOI there after.

Open Access Publishing

Springer offers authors from listed institutions the Open Access option free of charge. Countries with such an agreement are Austria, The Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Qatar, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Poland and the UK. Further information on these agreements may be found here:

To benefit from these agreements, the corresponding author of an article needs to be affiliated with an eligible institution. Authors from these institutions and countries will usually be identified and contacted by Springer. To increase the chances of being recognized, corresponding authors are advised to use their email address from the respective institution instead of their private email address.

Additionally, the corresponding author must explicitly state his/her primary affiliation in the published manuscript, which is the institution at which the bulk of the research for the article was conducted. Also, the author must identify him-/herself during the author identification process (once the article has been accepted for publication). The institution selected during this process should be the primary affiliation, as this institution will be asked to verify eligibility and will be billed if the article is approved.