The Internet Policy Review is a peer-reviewed online journal on internet regulation in Europe.


The Internet Policy Review tracks public regulatory changes as well as private policy developments which are expected to have long lasting impacts on European societies. The journal is a resource on internet policy for academics, civil society advocates, entrepreneurs, the media and policymakers alike. The Internet Policy Review contributes empirical research, analysis and current affairs coverage to contemporary debate about media, information technology, telecommunications and internet governance. The Internet Policy Review’s expertise resides in its clear and independent analysis of inter-European and pan-European digital policy changes.


The Editorial board of the Internet Policy Review is made up of internet researchers nominated for a period of two years. The Editorial board provides guidance and advice on the academic orientation of the journal and helps promoting it. The members also engage in peer reviewing research articles submitted to the Internet Policy Review.  The Editorial board is composed of:

  • Maurizio Borghi Bournemouth UniversityUnited Kingdom
    • intellectual property law
    • data protection
    • information technology law
  • Lee Bygrave University of OsloNorway
    • private law
    • security
    • internet governance
  • Leonhard Dobusch University of InnsbruckAustria
    • management
    • e-learning
  • Lilian Edwards University of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom
    • internet law
    • e-commerce law
    • information technology law
  • Niva Elkin-Koren University of HaifaIsrael
    • intellectual property law
    • cyberlaw
  • Tom Evens Ghent UniversityBelgium
    • media
    • communications
  • Maja Bogataj Jančič Intellectual Property InstituteSlovenia
    • intellectual property law
  • Joe Karaganis Columbia UniversityUnited States of America
    • platform regulation
    • media piracy
  • Peter Mezei University of SzegedHungary
    • comparative law
    • copyright law
  • Stefania Milan University of AmsterdamNetherlands
    • new media
    • digital culture
  • Maria Lilla' Montagnani Bocconi UniversityItaly
    • intellectual property law
  • Federico Morando Politecnico di TorinoItaly
    • economics
    • intellectual property law
    • competition law
  • Leandro Navarro Universitat Politècnica de CatalunyaSpain
    • computer science
    • distributed systems
  • Jo Pierson Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium
    • media
    • communications
  • Jean-Christophe Plantin London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
    • media
    • communications
  • Bernhard Rieder University of AmsterdamNetherlands
    • new media
    • digital culture
  • Nicola Searle Goldsmiths, University of LondonUnited Kingdom
    • economics
    • digital media
  • Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza Institute for Technology and SocietyBrazil
    • information technology law
    • contract law
    • history of law


The Managing board of the Internet Policy Review is a five-member board of senior internet research scholars. The board ensures quality of the journal and makes recommendations about ethical, methodological and other academic questions that are raised by the editorial team. The Managing board is composed of:

  • Mélanie Dulong de RosnayISCC-CNRS, Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Natali HelbergerIViR, University of Amsterdam
  • Jeanette HofmannHIIGBerlin
  • Martin KretschmerCREATe, University of Glasgow
  • Wolfgang SchulzHans-Bredow Institute, University of Hamburg


The Editorial team operates the journal on a daily basis. The academic editors are responsible for finding reviewers for each manuscript that is in their care, providing a scholarly check when it comes to the handling of theories and methodologies, as well as ensuring the texts employ the proper academic style (APA 6 references, etc). Academic editors coordinate with the managing editor to deliver comprehensive peer reviews. 

Members of the editorial team, project managers and former editors listed here work with authors and reviewers throughout Europe and beyond.


As a specialised journal, the Internet Policy Review is managed by a small editorial team (see under 'Editorial team'). The journal accepts submissions of original academic research (see ‘For authors’ section). We encourage analysis articles which either draw on research or make analytical links with recent research. We are open to contributions from academia, civil society, and the public and private sectors. Visit our 'For authors' page for more information and instructions on how to submit an article.

Why publish with us

Quality peer review

Our peer review process is not blind. It is transparent. The authors, reviewers and editors ‘see each other’ and work on the same copy of the manuscript. The peer-review is challenging but constructive.

The editorial team handpicks two reviewers for each manuscript. One reviewer is almost always directly involved in the academic field that best matches the specific issue at hand (e.g. economics postdoctoral researcher specialised on cryptocurrencies for a manuscript on Bitcoin). The second reviewer generally comes from a different country than the first reviewer, most often in Europe, and is specialised on a complementary academic field (e.g. computer scientist with a focus on e-commerce).

Foster trans-disciplinarity

Excellence and knowledge generation demand an open mind. All our collaborators are expected to interact with peers from a variety of academic fields, including social sciences, computer science, economics, law, communication studies, cultural studies, history, information engineering, linguistics, and psychology.

Talk to a plural audience

Our readers include as much academics, as non-academics. The Internet Policy Review aims at breaking the barriers between audiences so as to enrich the discussion about internet policy.  An interconnected and dynamic academic community should in our view not shy away from interacting with people from the business community, civil society and public institutions alike.

Publish in context

The Internet Policy Review is covering and following current normative and regulatory developments. From global internet governance events to national internet-related laws, from Europe-specific case law in online copyright to debates on privacy, all of these are on our radar. The regular news pieces, open editorials and journalistic reviews live side-by-side with the peer-reviewed academic journal articles. Research is not left hanging somewhere outside of time and space. Academic essays and papers are rather contextualised, situated.

Partake in a growing community

We see the ‘Journal on internet regulation’ as an entity around which a community of internet researchers and internet policy aficionados regroup. The Internet Policy Review is not only a publication with a clear focus, it is a platform for strengthening and valuing European internet research and a place for thinkers and writers of the internet to debate, construct and negotiate meaning.

Avoid plagiarism

All our articles are checked for plagiarism. This is done during the editorial screening through a random check on several parts of the submitted article. Our policy ensures that all articles in the Internet Policy Review are original and exclusive.

Engage in fast-track publishing

The typical duration to walk through the publication process, from submission of a manuscript to the publication of a final paper, is ten weeks. This is a demanding timeline, as much for the authors as for reviewers and editors. Fast-track publication processes in our view serve internet research especially well, as the environment and object of study are rapidly-evolving.


Unless otherwise stated, content on the Internet Policy Review is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany (CC BY 3.0 DE) license.

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work
  • to make commercial use of the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must always attribute the work to the author, the source of origin (Internet Policy Review) and provide a hyperlink (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

  • The suggested formulation is: "This article by (author name), originally published on the Internet Policy Review (http://policyreview.info) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Germany (CC BY 3.0 DE) license."

Publication​ ​code​ ​of​ ​ethics​ ​and​ ​conduct

All parties involved in the publication process are requested to abide by common standards of ethical behaviour and be clear on the conflict resolution mechanism in place at Internet Policy Review. Read our Publication code of ethics and conduct.


The Internet Policy Review is a publication of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, which enjoys initial core funding from Google. The journal started a publishing cooperation with the research consortium CREATe in 2014, joined by ISCC-CNRS in 2015 and by IN3 in 2017. The Internet Policy Review formerly received project-specific funding from a partnership with the E-Plus Group, as well as sponsorship for special issues by the .au Domain Administration (auDA), the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications. In 2017, the journal received funds from the OpenAIRE initiative to develop its technical open access features.