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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, DOI numbers and URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is spaced at 1.5; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


  1. ROBONOMICS: The Journal of the Automated Economy (hereafter ‘ROBONOMICS’) accepts for review only manuscripts that have not been published previously in any language and are not under review for possible publication in other journals.
  2. Submissions must be made via the journal’s submission system:
  3. ROBONOMICS applies a double-blind review process. The author(s) and the reviewer(s) of the submitted manuscript remain anonymous to guarantee the impartial and fair review of the manuscripts.
  4. ROBONOMICS is an open-access journal. There are no charges for publication in the journal.
  5. ROBONOMICS does not publish paid advertisements.

Manuscript Formatting

  1. The title page of the manuscript should include the title of the manuscript, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), contact details of the corresponding author (postal address, phone, e-mail), an abstract of 100-200 words, and not more than 6 keywords.
  2. The corresponding author shall receive all correspondence and off-prints. He/she is also responsible for proofs checks.
  3. Manuscript formatting requirements: Paper size: A4; Page margins: top/bottom/left/right – 2.5 cm = 1 inch; Text spacing:5; Font: Times New Roman; Font size: 12 points; Alignment: justified. No footnotes allowed. Use endnotes instead.
  4. The text must be written in English with either British or American spelling, but not mixed spelling.
  5. Headings formatting – must be numbered, not in capital letters, no indent. Place one return after the previous paragraph. First-order headings must be bold (e.g. 1. Introduction), while the second- and third-order headings should be in italics (e.g. 1.1. Rationale).
  6. Tables and Figures should be incorporated into the text. They must be numbered using Arabic numerals. The title and number of the table have to be above the table, aligned left, and not in capital letters. The name of the table should be in italics. The title and number of the figure have to be below the figure, centred, in italics, and not in capital letters. The figures must be provided in a print-ready form in their final size.
  7. In the text, references must be included using the APA system – “Author (Year)” style: e.g. Webster (2005). Page numbers for specific points or direct quotations must be given. The reference list must be placed at the end of the manuscript and ordered in alphabetical order of authors. Provide DOI links where available. Specific formats:
    • For journal articles - DeCanio, S. J. (2016). Robots and humans–complements or substitutes? Journal of Macroeconomics, 49, 280-291.
    • For authored books - Daugherty, P. R., & Wilson, H. J. (2018). Human + machine: Reimagining work in the age of AI. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.
    • For edited books – LaGrandeur, K., & Hughes, J. J. (Eds.) (2017). Surviving the Machine Age. Intelligent Technology and the Transformation of Human Work. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    • For chapters in books – Webster, C., & Ivanov, S. (2020). Robotics, artificial intelligence, and the evolving nature of work. In George, B., & Paul, J. (Eds.). Digital Transformation in Business and Society Theory and Cases. London: Palgrave-MacMillan, pp. 127-143.
    • For conference reports – Bhatnagar, (2020). Role of robotic process automation in pharmaceutical industries. In Hassanien, A., Azar, A., Gaber, T., Bhatnagar, R., & Tolba, M. F. (Eds.). The International Conference on Advanced Machine Learning Technologies and Applications (AMLTA2019). AMLTA 2019. Cairo, Egypt, March 28–30, 2019. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 921. Cham: Springer, pp. 497-504.
    • For Internet sources - Morikawa, M. (2017). Who are afraid of losing their jobs to artificial intelligence and robots? Evidence from a survey. RIETI Discussion Paper Series 17-E-069. Retrieved 18.12.2019 from

Types of Publications

  1. Regular articles should normally have between 8000 and 20000 words, including references, tables, and figures. The journal welcomes empirical, conceptual, and review papers. Empirical papers must include an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion. The proposed structure is not compulsory and may vary depending on the specific paper.
  2. Research notes should normally have between 2000 and 3000 words, including references, tables, and figures.
  3. Viewpoints should normally have between 2000 and 3000 words, including references, tables, and figures.
  4. Practice papers should normally have between 2000 and 3000 words, including references, tables, and figures. These contributions are practically oriented. They are not expected to further develop theoretical knowledge in the field of robonomics, but rather to show in the form of a case study how theoretical concepts find their practical application in a specific context. Practice papers are not expected to have an extended literature review, but they must include references.
  5. Policy perspective papers should normally have between 1000 and 3000 words, including references, tables, and figures. Through these contributions, representatives of governmental and non-governmental national and international organisations present their position on specific issues related to robonomics. They are not expected to further develop theoretical knowledge in the field of robonomics, but rather to express the position of the respective organization. Policy perspective papers are not expected to have an academic literature review but references to relevant policy documents.
  6. Book reviews should be between 1000 and 1500 words and contain the following information: author(s) or editor(s) for edited books, title, publisher, ISBN, year of publication, number of pages, original language of publication, resume of the content, critical evaluation how this book contributes to knowledge in the field of robonomics.
  7. Doctoral dissertation summaries. ROBONOMICS publishes structured summaries of PhD theses on robonomics-related topics. The PhD theses must have been successfully defended within 12 months before the date of submission. The submitted summary should be no more than 2000 words and include the following information: author, affiliation, contact details, the title of the dissertation, supervisor, institution awarding the PhD degree, date of defence, goal and objectives of the dissertation, methodology, results, theoretical conclusions, practical/managerial/policy implications, and content of the dissertation (including abstracts of all chapters). The submitted summary of the dissertation must be accompanied by an official letter from the supervisor that the summary correctly and completely represents the content of the PhD thesis.
  8. AI co-created articles should include machine-generated content. They do not have word count limitations but the machine-generated content should prevail. These publications can be structured into the following sections: Introduction, Methodology (with methodological explanations about the used software application, prompts, etc.), AI-generated content (text, photos, etc.), Discussion/Reflection on the AI-generated content, and Conclusion. The Introduction and Methodology can be merged into one section, as well as the Discussion/Reflection and the Conclusion. A publication in this category may have another appropriate structure. The title of the article should include ": an AI-generated article", "AI co-created article" or similar indication. Only human researchers can be listed as authors; the computer programme(s) should not be listed as (co-)author(s). There are no limitations on the topics of the articles as long as they include mostly AI-generated content.
  9. The word count guidelines are indicative. Longer or shorter contributions will be considered as well.


  1. Proofs of accepted papers shall be sent to the corresponding authors for editing. Major revisions in the text are not allowed except in the case of editors’ or publisher’s mistakes.
  2. The authors will receive the pdf file of the final published version.

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