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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 or RTF document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Illustrations and figures are submitted as independent files.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference.
  • When available, the DOI-number of a publication should be provided at the end of the reference.

Author Guidelines

For all submissions to MedieKultur, the following applies: The text must not be under consideration for publication with other journals or conferences, but should be original work not previously published.

Proofreading costs

MedieKultur is an open-access journal and to ensure the continued publication, high quality content and open-access policy of MedieKultur the cost of proofreadling falls on the authors.

Ensuring a double-blind review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submissions to MedieKultur, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers to be known to each other. This involved the authors, editors and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors name, article title, etc. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties of the file.

Microsoft Word 2003 (and previous versions also for Mac):

  • Under the File menu select: Save as -> Tools (Mac: Options) -> Security -> Remove personal information from file properties on save -> Save.

Microsoft Word 2007 (Windows):

  • Click on the office button in the upper-left hand corner of the office application.
  • Select "Prepare" from the menu options. 
  • Select "Properties" for the "Prepare" menu options. 
  • Delete all of the information in the document property fields that appear under the main menu options. 
  • Save the document and close the document property field section.

Microsoft Word 2008:

  • Under the File menu select "Properties" (DA: egenskaber). 
  • Under the Summary tab remove all of the identifying information from all of the fields. 
  • Save the File.

Microsoft Word 2010 (Windows):

  • Under the File menu select "Prepare for sharing." 
  • Click on the "Check for issues" icon. 
  • Click the "inspect document" icon. 
  • Uncheck all of the checkboxes except "Document Properties and Personal information".
  • Run the document inspector, which will then do a search of the document properties and indicated if any document property fields contain any information. 
  • If the document inspector finds that some of the document properties contain information it will notify you and give you the option to "Remove all," which you will click to remove the document properties and personal information from the document.

Microsoft Word 2011 (Mac):

  • Under the menu “Word” select "Propertise” -> “Personal information” -> “Security”. 
  • Check the box with the option to save without personal information. 
  • Save the file with a new name.

Microsoft Word 2016 (Windows):

  • IMPORTANT: It is a good idea to use the Document Inspector on a copy of your original document, because it is not always possible to restore the data that the Document Inspector remove.
  • Click the “File” tab, click “Save As”, and then type a name to save a copy of your original document. 
  • In the copy of your original document, click the “File” tab, and then click “Info”. 
  • Click “Check for Issues”, and then click “Inspect Document”. 
  • In the “Document Inspector” dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the types of hidden content that you want to be inspected. 
  • Click “Inspect”. 
  • Review the results of the inspection in the “Document Inspector” dialog box. 
  • Click “Remove All” next to the inspection results for the types of hidden content that you want to remove from your document.

Please consult Microsoft Office support, if you version of Word is not mentioned above.


  • Length: 6,000-8,000 words including end notes and headers (excluding reference list and 150-word abstract).
  • Languages: English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.
  • Title and section headings should be brief and clear. Only the first word of the article's title should be capitalised.
  • The article should be submitted with an abstract (150 words) stating the article's theme, focus and conclusion.
  • The text may contain two levels. These must be clearly indicated and marked– by level – with consistent use of the same font style and size.


  • Length: 800-1,000 words, double reviews max. 1500 words.
  • Languages: If the reviewed work is in a Nordic language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish), the review must also be in a Nordic language (of the reviewer's own choice). All other reviewed works (typically in English) should be reviewed in English.
  • The review title should correspond to the title of the reviewed work, according to the following model: Author(s):Publication title. City/place: Publisher. Date of publication.
  • Headings and subheadings should not be used in the review.
  • If you quote from the reviewed work, the page numbers should be indicated as follows: (p. xx)
  • The review should conclude with author information in the language in which the review is written, according to the following model (English and Danish, respectively):

Nicolai Jørgensgaard Graakjær, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Communication and Psychology

University of Aalborg, Denmark


For both articles and reviews
General format and language

  • The text must be submitted in Microsoft Word or Open Office format, font size 12. Any emphasis should be added by italics only; do not use underlining or bold text for this purpose. Bullet lists are permitted.
  • Any illustrations must be submitted as separate files. Indicate clearly in the main text where the illustrations are to be placed. Ensure that you have the right to publish the illustrations.
  • Illustrations should be of good quality, 300 dpi at the least, in either PNG or TIFF format.
  • Either British or American English may be used, but only one of these within each text.
  • Paragraphs of more than half a page should be avoided.
  • At the beginning of a chapter, and after subheadings, quotations, figures, tables and blank lines, the text should begin without indentation. The first line of all other sections should be tab indented (0.75 cm). Please note that Word 2007 inserts a kind of 'false' empty line between paragraphs (where a cursor cannot be placed). The use of this feature should be avoided, as the false line will be removed in the layout process. You should therefore choose either 'real' empty lines or tab indentation. The paragraph spacing can be adjusted in Word under Paragraph→ Indents and spacing→ Spacing → Before/After (both of which should be set to 0).


  • The use of notes should be limited to the greatest possible extent – include the information in the main text instead.
  • The number designating a note should be placed immediately after punctuation marks, such as a full stops, commas etc. – i.e., the sequence is: "text text text.1". If the note refers to a single word, the number should be placed immediately after the word in question and before any subsequent punctuation (comma, full stop, colon, semicolon etc.). Use the end-note function in your word processor program.


  • Quotations of less than two lines should be written as continuous text marked by "...".
  • Quotations within quotations should be indicated by '...'.
  • Longer quotations (around 40 words or more) should be indented and presented without quotation marks, with an extra empty line before and after the quotation. These indented quotations should not be italicised. In quotations, an omitted section should be indicated by square brackets: [...].


  • Abbreviations which may be used are: etc., i.e., cf., et al., ibid., approx., e.g. , no.
  • Pct. is used to abbreviate "percent" (use the % sign only in tables and diagrams).
  • Write "the 1990s" (not "the 1990's").
  • Use a colon (:) in front of lines of dialogue, quotations, explanations and examples – not a semicolon (;).
  • Capitalise the first word after the colon if the colon is followed by a complete sentence:
  • Do not capitalise the first word after the colon if it precedes a phrase, individual words or a set phrase.
  • Latin words and very unusual (foreign) words/neologisms should be italicised.


In-­text references: Should be written in parentheses (author, year, page number).

  • Examples: 

    (Luhmann, 1999, 2000, 2001)
    (Luhmann, 1996, p. 36; 1997, pp. 648-­742; 2008)
    (Hallin & Mancini, 2004, 2005; Curran et al., 2009)
    (Nielsen, 2006; see also Smith, 1999; Baym, 2000)
    (Schwinn, 1998, p. 4; cf. Baecker, 2007)

In order to keep parenthetical references as short as possible, it is recommended that you do not repeat information within the reference parentheses that is readily apparent from the surrounding body of text, e.g., the author's name or the year of publication.

In-text references for works: Book titles and the names of newspapers and journals should be written in italics in the body of text, while article titles (and the titles of other kinds of "parts of works") should be given in quotation marks.

In the reference list ("References"), the sources are listed as follows:

The first word in the title should be capitalised, but capitals should otherwise be avoided (with the exception of journal titles, proper nouns, German nouns etc.).

City and town names shopuld be written out in full. The names of provinces, states may be abbreviated if they appear after the name of a city.


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). The book's title. City/place: Publisher.

Chapters of a book/anthology:

Author, A. A. (year). The title of chapter/contribution. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book, (p./pp. nmn-nmn). City/place: Publisher.

Journal articles:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B. & Author, C. C. (year of publication). Title of the article, Journal name, volume(number), pages, DOI number [if available].

Newspaper articles etc.:

Author [if stated - otherwise the title of the article]. (year, date & month of publication). Title of the article [if not previously mentioned]. Name of the newspaper, volume number, if any, page number.

Conference papers:

Author, A. A. (year). Title of paper. Name of the conference and possible further information. DOI number [if available].

Online books:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of the book. City: Publisher. DOI number [if available, if not "retrieved from: URL"].

Online article in journal:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year of publication). Title of the article. Journal name, year, volume(number), pages. DOI number [if available, if not "retrieved from: URL"].


Author, A. A. (year). Title of the website: Subtitle if necessary. Retrieved from: URL.

You can view examples and download the author guidelines here:

Author guidelines for articles and reviews written in English (PDF)

Author guidelines for articles and reviews written in Danish/Norwegian/Swedish (PDF)

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