Calls for papers


International Journal of Electronic Governance
International Journal of Electronic Governance


Special Issue on: "Electronic Participation (eParticipation)"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Efthimios Tambouris and Dr. Konstantinos Tarabanis, University of Macedonia, Greece
Dr. Øystein Sæbø, University of Agder, Norway
Dr. Panos Panagiotopoulos, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Electronic participation (eParticipation) refers to the use of information and communication technologies to enhance political participation and citizen engagement. eParticipation is by definition a multidisciplinary field of study. Today, eParticipation is particularly timely and relevant in various contexts and in diverse environments, e.g. digital democracy; participatory public service design; use of open government data in eParticipation initiatives; use of social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) by citizens, governments and civil servants; top-down and bottom-up eParticipation initiatives related to economic and welfare issues, etc.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the General eParticipation Track of this year's Dual EGOV 2015 and ePart 2015 conference, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • eParticipation research including theories, methods, models and approaches
  • The role of social and mobile media and Web 2.0 in eParticipation
  • Transparency and open access for eParticipation
  • Design and co-creation of participatory public services, bottom-up initiatives
  • Privacy, security and ethical considerations in eParticipation
  • Advances in eParticipation domains: online deliberation and discourse, participatory budgeting, eConsultation, ePolling, eLegislation, eElectioneering, eCampaigning and eVoting
  • Advances in participatory policy making using policy modelling, simulation, impact assessment and visualisation methods and tools
  • eParticipation and big data
  • Smart cities and the role of citizens
  • Environmental information systems and citizen participation
  • The role of eParticipation in national and global crisis situations
  • Comparative analyses of eParticipation practices
  • Impact assessment and public value considerations of eParticipation on real world decision making
  • Digital literacy and its consequences for eParticipation
  • eParticipation projects: design, implementation, evaluation, quality and impact

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Please communicate your submission intentions and any inquiries for this special issue to the Guest Editors:
Efthimios Tambouris:
Konstantinos Tarabanis:
Øystein Sæbø:
Panos Panagiotopoulos:

For general inquiries regarding IJEG, please contact its Editor in Chief, Dr. Dimitris Gouscos at

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 27 November, 2015