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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.
  • 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 stated in the author guidelines below.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review below 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

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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.

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.

Please consult Microsoft Office support for directions on how to do this in Word.


  • 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 article should be submitted with 4-6 relevant keywords indentifying the general themes and content of the article.
  • 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)

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. Any illustrations must be neccessary for the overall argument of the article.
  • Illustrations should be of good quality  (either PNG, JPEG 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).
  • 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


  • 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.


MedieKultur adheres to the latest version of the APA (American Psychological Association) reference style. It is the responsibility of the author to ensure that the submission complies with the APA guidelines. Remember to include DOI when available. A guide can be found here.

How to make a submission

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