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Publication Policies

Published onFeb 05, 2021
Publication Policies


  • All case studies published within the MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing are subject to rigorous peer review from at least four senior scholars as well as groups of undergraduate volunteers. In all instances, the Series Editors and reviewers of specific submissions will know the identity of the author(s) of a given submission. Reviewers are strongly encouraged to include their names and departmental affiliations on their reviews, since the Series Editors solicit reviews from experts across a wide range of departments and fields of study, and understanding a reviewer’s area of expertise can help the author(s) incorporate specific feedback. Nonetheless, reviewers can request that a specific review be shared with the author(s) anonymously.

  • MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing is an open access publication that publishes case studies under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license

  • Authors can include a preview image to correspond with their case study — for display on the table of contents page and social media sharing. Ideally, this image will come directly from the article itself or from royalty-free image sites. Authors are responsible for confirming that they have permission to use their suggested preview images. The publication team can supply preview images when authors aren’t able to provide one.

  • The editorial board reserves the right to impose specific requirements for individual articles, including modifying titles, abstract, figures, tables, etc. prior to acceptance.

Publication Eligibility

The MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing aims to publish broadly accessible materials that are based on original research and suitable for undergraduate instruction. The Series Editors will consider case study submissions from authors who wish to excerpt or adapt material from their own previously published work, so long as the authors can secure written permission from the original publisher(s) for re-use of their material in a case study. Authors of Case Studies in the MIT Series retain copyright in their work while granting MIT a nonexclusive right to publish their Case Study in all media and formats throughout the world.

Publication of preprints of accepted MIT Case Studies on servers such as arXiv, SociArXiv, and bioRxiv and in institutional repositories is acceptable and encouraged.

How to Submit

Authors who are interested in publishing in the MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing should contact the Series Editors at [email protected].

Permissions and Forms

Written permission is required if authors include any content published in copyrighted material, such as figures and tables, or quoted text exceeding Fair Use parameters. It is the author’s responsibility to acquire permissions for copyrighted materials. Authors must provide written proof of permissions before publication.

Sequence of Publishing

Accepted articles must undergo copyediting in advance of publication. Unless special circumstances occur, articles are published on a first-in-first-out basis.

Author Accounts

MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing encourages authors of accepted manuscripts to create a PubPub account unless there are compelling reasons that prevent one from doing so. Submitting authors do not need to create accounts as part of the review process.

PubPub is our digital publishing platform, and having an account creates a bio page which authors may populate and update. Having an account allows authors to make use of the interactive components of our site, including commenting on and annotating published work.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) provides a persistent link to digital content online. Manuscripts published in MIT Case Studies in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing are assigned a DOI to facilitate discoverability through indexing and citation. DOIs do not change over time. The DOI can typically be located at the top of an article’s first page. DOIs are formatted as

Errata and Addenda

If authors must submit corrections or updates to published work, they should contact the Editors.


The editorial board reviews post-publication correction requests that are substantive and affect understanding. Approved corrections are applied to the text and are accompanied by a release note describing the nature of the changes.  

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