Instructions for authors

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After acceptance

Upon acceptance of an article, Nordicom first provides language editing. It is crucial that authors follow the checklist below before final submission in order to gain the full benefit of the editing process. Therefore, we reserve the right to return for revision any submission that does not meet the requirements before language editing commences. After the first language review, the author will receive the manuscript back for a final review. This is the last opportunity for changes in content.

Proofreading

After the final review, the article is typeset and proofs are sent to the author for approval. The purpose of the proof is to catch missed typos and potential errors introduced during typesetting and to ensure the overall accuracy of the manuscript. No other changes should be made.  

 

Instructions

You may choose to use our template to assist you in correctly formatting your manuscript. If you would like an interactive checklist of the instructions for authors, please contact the managing editor.

If your manuscript has figures, complex tables, mathematical equations and statistics, or cited empirical material (interviews, discourse analysis, content analysis of, e.g., newspaper articles, etc.), we provide additional instructions and guidelines to read online or download:

 

Contact

For general inquiries and questions, or to request Nordicom’s complete style guide, please contact Nordicom’s managing editor. For specific questions or concerns about the requirements, please contact Nordicom’s manuscript editor. If you have strong preferences for the treatment of a particular term (e.g., capitalisation, hyphenation, spelling), please communicate this upon final submission.

Managing editor, Josefine Bové, josefine.bove@nordicom.gu.se

Manuscript editor, Kristin Clay, kristin.clay@nordicom.gu.se

 

Final submission checklist

General

All use of material, either direct or indirect, is properly acknowledged and accompanied by an appropriate citation, including material previously published by the author, which should be rewritten or summarised to avoid text-recycling or self-plagiarism.

Full names, with approved spelling, and affiliations (department, organisation, country) at the time of research have been provided for all authors, with preferred initials noted for those with multiple names.

Nordicom Review submissions are 7,000–9,000 words, including references and endnotes. Nordic Journal of Media Studies and book chapter submissions meet the word limit set by the respective editors.

An abstract of 100–150 words is provided that includes the main research questions, methods and methodology, major findings, and conclusions. It is crucial the abstract adheres to the guidelines, in order for it to have the full effect of findability, searchability, and reaching appropriate reviewers and scholars.

Five relevant and informative keywords are included in order to increase findability and increase readership.

All citations and references that were anonymised for peer review have been filled in.

Relevant funding information has been acknowledged.

Permission for using third-party material has been obtained.

Any ethical concerns related to the research have been disclosed.

 

Formatting

There are no field codes or special formatting.

The submission has 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and left-alignment.

First-line indents of 1.25 cm are used for new paragraphs. There is not a blank line between paragraphs.

There are only two levels of section headings: bold 14-point font for section headings and italic 14-point font for subsection headings.

The references list has hanging indentations. There is not a blank line between references. Hard returns (hitting the enter or return key) are not used within reference entries.

 

Italics and emphasising text

Italics are used sparingly and only for titles of stand-alone works (e.g., books, newspapers, television series, etc.), statistical variables, and emphasis (and only when the emphasis may be lost without them). Please download the instructions for formatting mathematical statistics and equations for details about italicisation of variables.

Quotation marks are used sparingly and only for titles that are part of a larger work (e.g., chapters or articles), around words or phrases used as linguistic examples (e.g., the search term “globalisation”), or to create distance, that is, to indicate that the term is used ironically and without legitimising the term (using “so-called” before a term has the same purpose, quotation marks are not needed in addition).

 

Spelling, punctuation, and capitalisation

Standard British spelling is used, with “s” endings (e.g., globalisation, analyse).

Double quotation marks are used. Punctuation is placed outside quotation marks.

Slashed constructions (and/or, homes/workplaces) are not used.

Mathematical equations and statistical formulations adhere to the guidelines. Please download the instructions and checklist for formatting mathematical equations and statistics at the top of these guidelines to ensure you meet the requirements.

Words with prefixes are generally without hyphens, unless it causes a clash of vowels or consonants or makes it difficult to read or understand.

Use Merriam-Webster online dictionary as a reference:

 

Quotations

Changes to quotations are in brackets; omissions are indicated by an ellipsis within brackets (an ellipsis without brackets indicates a pause in speech).

If a direct quotation has italics, “[emphasis original]” or “[emphasis added]” is included at the end of the quotation before the closing quotation marks.

Quotations of over 40 words are in an independent paragraph, indented on both sides.

 

Abbreviations, acronyms, and translations

Abbreviations (i.e., e.g., et al., etc., %) are used only within parentheses; in the running text, they are spelled out (“that is”, “for example”, “and colleagues”, “and so on”, “per cent”).

“cf.” is used sparingly and only to point out contrasting or opposing information; when comparing similar things, “see” or “see also” is used. APA provides a list with more details about the use of abbreviations:

Acronyms are used only for important terms used several times in the text.

Translations of any foreign language, except for commonly known terms found in Merriam-Webster online dictionary, are placed in square brackets immediately after the original.

 

In-text citations

Citations have a comma separating the name and year, and a colon before page numbers.

Multiple sources in one in-text citation are in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons.

“Works with three or more authors, use “et al.” after the first author’s name (in narrative citations, use “and colleagues”; e.g., Clay and colleagues (2021)…).

"ibid.” is not used.

All direct quotations have an in-text citation including a page number or other identifying marker (e.g., section or para. number).

Quotations from non-publicly available sources (e.g., interviews) have relevant information enclosed in parentheses (name or anonymous, job title, date of interview, gender or age if applicable, etc.). These do not need entries in the references list, but may be outlined in a table in an appendix, if desired. Please download the instructions for citing and referencing empirical material at the top of these guidelines to ensure you meet the requirements

 

References

All publicly available sources that are cited in the text, including social media, have an entry in the reference list (including, e.g., newspaper articles quoted for content or discourse analysis; if there are many quoted without individual authors, these may be included in a separate list or as a table in an appendix).

References adhere to current APA style and include a DOI if available (use the full link; e.g., https://doi.org/abcde).

Other URLs are only included if they are legible.

References are in alphabetical order. Multiple references by the same author are in chronological order, beginning with the earliest year.

All non-English titles and subtitles have an English translation within square brackets immediately following (the only exception is journal titles).

 

Endnotes

Endnotes are limited and brief and used only for informational purposes. There is a maximum of five per article or chapter.

All notes are formatted as endnotes (not footnotes) and inserted with the “insert” function, not manually.

Endnotes are not used for references, for example, web pages, YouTube videos, social media, and so on (which should be in the list of references).

General websites than can be easily found by searching online may be described in the text without a reference or endnote.

 

Figures

Figures should only be included if they illustrate or highlight something that cannot be described in the text. If it is purely illustrative, then it should not be included. Please download the guidelines for figures at the top of these guidelines to ensure you meet the requirements.

Does the submission have figures? If yes, check the following:

Each figure is provided in an individual, separate file and is clearly labelled with author last name and figure number. Files include individual figures only and do not include headlines, captions, comments, or sources (this information is included in the body text of the manuscript). 

The approximate place in the manuscript where a figure should be placed is indicated, for example, “[Figure 1 here]”. 

All figures are cited in the body text, for example, "(see Figure 2)". 

Each figure has an alternative text description (alt-text, or a short description of what the figure contains for the vision or cognitively impaired) provided in a separate document. Descriptions for multiple figures are in one document. Please download the instructions for writing alternative text descriptions at the top of these guidelines for further details.

All figures are sized appropriately: Scanned graphics in TIFF format should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi; Photos or drawings should be in TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Photos combined with line drawings, lettering, or colour diagrams, for example, should be saved as TIFF with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Charts and graphs are provided with the original, editable data file (e.g., Excel). Charts and graphs are not attached as image files.

 

Tables

Tables should not repeat what is in the text, but only present new information or illustrate something that is difficult to describe in the text. Avoid using tables to present simple information that can easily be described in a paragraph. In order to meet the requirement of the EU Accessibility Directive, tables should adhere to the guidelines. Please download the guidelines for tables at the top of these guidelines to ensure you meet the requirements.

Does the submission have tables? If yes, check the following:

Tables are not submitted as screenshots or images.

Each table to be included in the submission fits on one page. Using two or three small, simple tables is prioritised over using large, complex tables.

Tables are created with the table function in Word, not by using tabs or the space bar.

Tables created in Excel and intended for inclusion in the submission are transferred to Word and meet the guidelines, including periods for decimals (not commas), commas for thousands (not spaces or periods), and avoidance of repetition in every cell (e.g., if every cell in a column has “%”, then it should rather be in the header cell only).

There are no empty cells. En-dashes ( – ) are used to indicate data not available and “n.a.” to indicate that it is not applicable.

Each table has a concise title, applicable comments, and source.

Table structure is as simple as possible, with smaller sub-tables prioritised over large, complex tables.

Everything under a column header relates to that header.

Everything after a row header relates to that header.

All cells are in alignment, and merged and split cells are avoided.

A short summary is provided for each table. Summaries for multiple tables are in one document.

 

Appendices & supplementary material

Appendices and supplementary material are meant to provide information that is needed for evaluating, for example, complex statistical analysis. Tables, figures, and information that do not contribute to a better understanding of analytical procedures should not be included.

A short appendix may be included in the submission itself after the references list. This may consist of, for example, a table presenting interviewees or empirical material.

Larger or more numerous tables, figures, or files may be included as separate supplementary material. This will not be included in the submission itself, but will be published and available to download separately.

Does the submission have supplementary material? If yes, check the following:  

Figures meet the requirements in the guidelines for figures.

Tables meet the requirements in the guidelines for tables.

Tables in Excel format do not have any merged cells.

 

Promotional material

In order to assist our communications officers in promoting our publications to the public and increasing readership, we ask all authors to answer the questions below in easily understood language. Please provide this material upon final submission to receive the full benefit of our customised promotional efforts.

  • In 1–3 sentences, what is the topic of this research?
  • Why is this study important?
  • Who could benefit from reading this article?