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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.
  • As a condition for submitting to CIJ, the author(s) ensure that they follow standard practices of retaining from plagiarism of their own or others’ works.

  • If you are a new Author and do not have a CERN account, please create a CERN LightWeight Account at When you fill out the form, please provide your first and last name even if they are not mandatory.
  • As a condition of final acceptance of a paper for publication in the CIJ, the author(s) must indicate if the paper is published somewhere else, posted on a website other than the author’s personal website or otherwise may be copyrighted. The author is responsible for ensuring that the submission to CIJ is not copyrighted and the CIJ will not be responsible for such infringements. The copyrights of the published papers remain at author(s) and are not transferred to CIJ.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The submission of a paper to CIJ for reviewing means that

    (i) the author certifies that the manuscript is not copyrighted,

    (ii) nor has it been accepted for publication (or published) by any peer-reviewed journal,

    (iii) nor is it being reviewed elsewhere at the same time.

Author Guidelines

The manuscript has to prepared in accordance with the double-blind review process i.e.:

  1. the author(s) must retain from using explicit indications of the authors’ names and institutions;
  2. the author(s) should make sure that the manuscript does not reveal author’s identity in any implicit manner.

Author names, institutions, and acknowledgments should appear only in the separately submitted title page of the submission. So the submission contains two (2) separate files: the title page and the blinded-manuscript. Both files should be submitted as Word and pdf files in a zipped folder.

Please use the following Word templates for your submission:


All submitted papers must adhere to the following formatting guidelines throughout the manuscript (main body, references, appendices, and footnotes):

  • A4 paper
  • Margins: 3.95 cm top and 1.9 cm left, right and bottom
  • 10pt Times New Roman font
  • 1.0 spacing
  • 1500 – 3000 words (excluding abstract, acknowledgement, supplementary material description and references)

A word limit is imposed because the intention of the CIJ is to provide fast and reliable communication tool for researchers communicating the most recent results of their empirical experimentations. Therefore, the shortness of the contributions facilitate that

  1. the papers focus on their main contribution;
  2. the papers are quicker and easier to review;
  3. shorter papers are easier to read and grasp the core ideas.

The prospective authors may wish to follow below guidelines:

Abstract: a brief less than 100 words abstract is required

Introduction: brief, one paragraph establishing the importance and relevance of the research topic and second paragraph establishing the existing research gap and research question(s). Limit the number of research questions to the most important ones;

Theoretical background: brief, to-the-point theoretical discussion only on the most important relevant literature establishing concepts of the study necessary for establishing the current level of knowledge and the research gap

Method and data: shortly describe the core elements of your method, so that it facilitates replication logic but does not go into the details of the method

Results: concentrate on the most important, core results of your study, do not discuss results in detail, and also limit the number of results (and answer to the limited number of research questions)

Discussion and conclusions: only conclude what can be said based on the results and core limitations of the research, not repetition of results, research question(s), future research directions, etc.;

References: Do not use linked fields (produced by referencing software) but rather, remove field codes produced by referencing software before saving the final version of your manuscript that you are going to submit. List one publication for each number in the list of references (Prahalad & Bettis 1986; Brown & Eisenhardt 1998). Please follow the style below in the reference list in preparing your list of references. All authors should be included in reference lists unless there are more than five, in which case only the first author should be given, followed by ‘et al.’. The title of an article cited in the reference lists should be written exactly as it appears in the work cited. Book titles are italic with all main words capitalized. Journal titles are italic written in full. Include DOI if known for the articles. The publisher and city of publication are required for books cited. References to web-only journals should give URL in full - and DOI if known. References to websites should give authors if known, title of cited page, URL in full, and the date accessed (Gavetti 1999).

Supplementary materials

Supplementary materials (like video material stating the core results, supplementary data files, additional robustness checks etc.) should be provided as additional files for the manuscript submission. These files are not count toward the word limit of the submission. The contents of supplementary material should not be critical for the proper evaluation of the paper and delivering the core results of the paper (otherwise include these in the main text).


Submission instructions

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via Authors are advised to follow the detailed instructions in the system. Authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief if they have any questions or encounter any problems in the system.

During the submission process authors may upload additional materials (data, questionnaires, videos, additional analyses, etc.) that they feel will support the review process. Authors submitting a revised version of their manuscript must submit a document that summarizes the changes that they have made containing a detailed response to each of the reviewers’ comments from the previous review.


Data Disclosure

CIJ encourages (but does not require) the disclosure of data associated with the manuscripts to support and facilitate scientific work to continue based on the published works. All the data submitted will be open source licensed.

IdeaSquare Coffee papers

In addition to its main purpose of publishing experimental innovation research related results, CIJ also publishes more light, inspirational food-for-thought intended "IdeaSquare Coffee Papers". These pieces are collaborative efforts prepared by visiting researchers from various walks of life visiting or staying at CERN IdeaSquare premises. The identity of the contributing authors is kept anonymous (although known) but helpful hints can be found in the literature references. Editors of this section are Dr. Markus Nordberg and Valeria Brancolini.

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