Competition and Regulation in Network Industries
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Competition and Regulation in Network Industries


Editor-in-Chief
Matthias Finger EPFL and EUI, Switzerland and Italy
Managing Editor
Nadia Bert EUI, Italy
Advisory Editors
Mohamad Razaghi EPFL, Switzerland
Reinier Verhoog EPFL, Switzerland
Associate Editors-in-Chief
Christian Jaag University of Zürich, Switzerland
Juan Montero UNED Madrid, Spain

eISSN: 23992956 | ISSN: 17835917 Frequency: Quarterly

Commencing in 2017 SAGE is delighted to be the new publisher of Competition and Regulation in Network Industries.

The new Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal that meets high academic standards. Resolutely interdisciplinary in nature, CRNI favors articles that combine economic, legal, policy and engineering approaches. We are looking for articles that link theory with practical relevance: they should make contributions to theory and methodology development, yet always building on solid empirical research, both quantitative and qualitative. Articles that establish links between the evolving network industries are of particular interest.

2017 Call for Papers: Regulatory challenges for smart cities.

For more information click here.



We are building on the 16-year tradition and strength of the existing Intersentia Journal Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, yet strive to evolve it into an even higher quality journal. We will address the increasingly urgent challenge of governing (including regulating) complex and dynamic socio-technical systems (e.g., energy, transport, water, communication, urban systems) so as to make these systems more efficient, sustainable and resilient. In particular, we will take into account the fact that digitalization is rapidly pervading all infrastructures.

Network industries are caught between technological developments, evolving competition and regulation. At the same time, significant innovations – especially in the field of ICTs – offer new opportunities for infrastructure operations and governance. Exploring this combined technological and institutional dynamics between competition and regulation provides a fascinating field of research that challenges academics, managers and policy-makers alike.

The Journal welcomes submissions and engages in a collaborative discussion with the authors to produce the highest possible quality articles. Articles can be submitted anytime and will be double-blind peer-reviewed. After acceptance, articles are published online on a rolling basis. 4 paper issues are published each year, containing each 4 to 6 articles.

The Journal holds an annual conference at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) in June. Papers presented there are offered a fast-track review process. Regional conferences will be organized on an irregular basis in Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Turkey.

Associate Editor
Ismael Aguilar Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Necmiddin Bagdadioglu Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
Lucy Baker University of Sussex, UK
Alparslan Bayraktar Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Janice Beecher Michigan State University, USA
Ross Beveridge University of Glasgow, UK
Claudia Binder EPFL, Switzerland
Eric Brousseau Université Paris Dauphine, France
Kenneth Button George Mason University, USA
Chuck Daniels University of Sussex, UK
Joisa Dutra Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Michiel Hedeweeg U Twente, Netherlands
Fumio Kurosaki Institute of Transport Economics, Tokyo, Japan
Derk A. Loorbach Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, Netherlands
Jochen Monstadt Utrecht University, Netherlands
Miguel Montoya Tec de Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico
Timothy Moss Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany
Pier Luigi Parcu EUI, Italy
Pascal Perez University of Wollongong, Australia
Yannick Perez Université Paris-Sud, France
Thierry Vanelslander U of Antwerp, Belgium
David Williams George Mason University, USA

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Competition and Regulation in Network Industries

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

Please read the guidelines below before submitting your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Competition and Regulation in Network Industries will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

  1. Article types
  2. Editorial Policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgments
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical Trials
    2.8 Reporting Guidelines
    2.9 Data
  3. Publishing Policies
    3.1 Publication Ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open Access and author archiving
    3.4 Permissions
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Word processing formats
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Journal layout
    4.5 Reference style
    4.6 Footnotes
    4.7 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    5.3 Corresponding author contact details
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Access to your published article
    6.3 Online First publication
  7. Further Information

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1. Article types

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries strives for a fast double-blind peer-review process, with initial screening and two referees. The Journal seeks highest quality articles and favours interdisciplinary approaches that link theory (academic contribution) and practice (practical relevance), ideally covering (comparing) several infrastructures

As a rough indication, articles should be between 6,000 and maximum 10,000 words and book reviews 800 to 1,200 words in length. 

Book Reviews:

If you are a publisher wishing to have a book reviewed in Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, please send a copy to:

Ms Nadia Bert
Florence School of Regulation, Transport Area
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute
Villa Schifanoia
via Boccaccio 121
50133 Firenze – Italy

If you are interested in reviewing a book for this journal, please contact Ms. Nadia Bert (nadia.bert@eui.eu) for a list of books available for review.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. 

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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3. Publishing policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

3.1.1 Plagiarism

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. 

3.3 Open Access and author archiving

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

3.4 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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4. Preparing your manuscript

4.1 Word processing formats

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

Figures should be provided camera ready. Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article. 

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page. 

4.4 Journal layout

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines. 

4.5 Reference style

Competition and Regulation in Network Industries adheres to the OSCALA reference style. View the OSCALA guidelines here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

4.6 Footnotes

Footnotes should not be collated at the end of the article, but will be published at the foot of each relevant page. Footnotes to the title and author(s)' names should be designated as *, † etc. Footnotes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. and follow any closing punctuation, e.g. …limitations are possible.¹ The asterisked footnote should give the author's position, institutional address and any brief acknowledgements if required.

4.7 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

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5. Submitting your manuscript

5.1 How to submit your manuscript

Competition and Regulation in Network Industriesis hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/crni to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Managing Editor, Nadia Bert nadia.bert@eui.eu

5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Manuscripts should be submitted to the Managing Editor, 

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract (of no more than 250 words) and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online 

5.3 Corresponding author contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

6.2 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.3 Online First publication

Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet 

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7. Further Information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Competition and Regulation in Network Industries editorial office as follows: 

Editor-in-Chief, Matthias Finger matthias.finger@epfl.ch

Managing Editor, Nadia Bert nadia.bert@eui.eu

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