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Network Science encourages submissions presenting original work or surveys on mathematical, computational, empirical, and substantive aspects of the collection, analysis, modeling, and visualization of network data in any field of scientific inquiry.

The journal maintains an editorial office at ETH Zürich, staffed by the Coordinating Editor, Ulrik Brandes; Deputy Editor, Christoph Stadtfeld; and the Managing Editor, Denise Weber. The Editorial Office can be reached at

Articles should be submitted online at

Manuscript Preparation


All manuscripts for consideration for Network Science must be submitted electronically, via ScholarOne. For assistance, please contact the Editorial Office at

Submitted documents should be comprised of two documents at minimum: the original manuscript and the blinded manuscript. 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) may also be submitted, but is optional.

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously, and that it is not currently being considered by another journal. Authors must also confirm that each author has seen and approved the contents of the submitted manuscript.

Original Manuscript

The unblinded original manuscript must have a cover page that includes the title, key words, 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. 


Authors can use this section to acknowledge and thank colleagues, institutions, workshop organizers, family members, etc that have helped with the research and/or writing process. It is important that that any type of funding information or financial support listed under ‘Financial Support’ rather than Acknowledgements so that it can easily be tagged and captured separately. 


Within this section please provide details of the sources of financial support for all authors, including grant numbers, for example: “This work was supported by the Medical Research Council (grant number XXXXXXX)”. 

Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma and space, and where research was funded by more than one agency the different agencies should be separated by a semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Grants held by different authors should be identified as belonging to individual authors by the authors’ initials, for example: “This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust (AB, grant numbers XXXX, YYYY), (CD, grant number ZZZZ); the Natural Environment Research Council (EF, grant number FFFF); and the National Institutes of Health (AB, grant number GGGG), (EF, grant number HHHH).”

Where no specific funding has been provided for research, please provide the following statement: “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.”

Conflicts of Interest

Authors must include a Conflicts of Interest declaration in their manuscript / title page when they submit, which should be published in their article. These include any situation that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on an author’s presentation of their work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations.

If the manuscript has multiple authors, the Conflicts of Interest declarations should list all contributing authors, e.g. “Conflicts of Interest. Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H in the past.”

If an author wishes to state they have no Conflicts of Interest, their declaration should say “Conflicts of Interest. None”.

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.

Article specifications

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 (see Tables and Figures below).

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.

Tables and Figures

All figures and tables for accepted manuscripts should be supplied in separate files, with tables supplied as Word files onlyResolution: halftone images must be saved at 300 dpi at approximately the final size. Line drawings should be saved at 1000 dpi, or 1200 dpi if very fine line weights have been used. Combination figures must be saved at a minimum of 600 dpi. Cambridge recommends that only TIFF, EPS, or PDF formats are used for electronic artwork. For more detailed guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format please see the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.


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: centralitybrain 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.

Supplemental 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. If the author has material that may be useful to the reader, but not essential to understanding the article, this can be supplied as supplementary material. Supplementary materials are peer reviewed but will not be copyedited or typeset, so they should be supplied exactly as they are to appear online – care should be taken to make them as comprehensible as possible. The supplementary material should be supplied as a separate file, and should be referenced in the article. Types of supplementary material include, but are not limited to, images, videos, podcasts, and slideshows. A statement should be added after the Conflicts of Interest statement to read:

“Supplementary Material

For supplementary material accompanying this paper, visit”

The link will be replaced by your article’s DOI during the production process.    


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 FAQethics in peer review, and more information.

After acceptance

First proofs: First proofs will be emailed to the corresponding author after acceptance. Contributors should ensure that they are available to check their first proofs and answer any queries that have arisen during copyediting and typesetting.

Supplying corrections: Authors should mark up the corrections to their article by electronically annotating the pdf. Full details on where to send corrections will be given in the first proof email. Please note that it is the author’s responsibility to check the proof carefully; errors not found may appear in the published article. Authors will receive a link to the PDF of their final article, along with a shareable link.

For more details on the Cambridge production process see the comprehensive set of FAQs

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.

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.

Open Access 

Network Science is what is known as a "hybrid" journal, meaning that although the journal itself is available via subscription, individual articles can be published under an open access model. Authors who would like to publish their article via open access should note this when filling out their License to Publish form. Should your article be accepted, an Article Processing Charge (APC) will be collected during the production phase. For further information about Open Access at Cambridge University Press, please visit our Open Access page.


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 October 29, 2019