Publication Ethics & Malpractice Statement

Editorial board and editorial team

The editorial board of MedieKultur and the reviewers associated with the journal are all recognized experts in the field of media and communication studies. Full names and affiliations are listed at the website: New editorial board members as well as reviewers are continuously recruited.

The day-to-day handling of the editorial work is undertaken by the editorial team (the editorial office). Names of all editors, journal manager and editor-in-chief are also provided at the website:

The editorial team meets twice a year. 



Authors are responsible that their work is original, that it has not previously been published and is only submitted to MedieKultur. Where material is taken from other sources (including their own published writing) the source must be clearly cited and appropriate permission must be obtained if necessary. Authors must also ensure that their work does not infringe on any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights. The data used must be true and not manipulated and it must be the author’s own data or the author must have permission to use data reproduced in their paper. Also, any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest must be clearly stated on submission of their paper (this would include funding assistance). Authors must contact the editor to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work, and the author must ensure that authorship of the paper is accurately represented, including ensuring that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work and that all who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authors are obliged to participate in peer review processes. MedieKultur does not charge for submission, review or publishing articles, and no royalties or fees are given to authors. 



Editors must maintain and promote consistent ethical policies for MedieKultur and oversee and act to enforce those policies as needed in a fair and consistent manner. Editors should evaluate manuscripts on the recommendations of the reviewers and on the basis of their academic soundness. Editors should ensure the confidentiality of the review process, and exercise the highest standards of personal integrity in their work as editor of MedieKultur, recognising and planning for instance where they could have a competing interest or the appearance of a competing interest.


Peer review process and peer reviewers

Articles published in MedieKultur are submitted to a double-blind peer review procedure. Peer reviewers are given four weeks to complete a review.

Peer reviewers must conduct themselves fairly and impartially and treat all manuscripts as confidential documents. They must not use them for their own research or personal or professional advantage. Reviewers must immediately alert their journal editor of any real or potential competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing and decline to review where appropriate.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds on originality and relevance. The evaluation criteria are listed on our website:

The editors of each issue moderate and supervise the review process, and authors are able to follow each step of it. Papers may also be rejected directly by the editors if judged to be out of scope, sub-standard or does not adhere to the author guidelines.


Access, Copyright and Uses

MedieKultur provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Copyright of articles published in MedieKultur is shared between the author and the journal. 

Articles published in MedieKultur may be used (downloaded) and reused (distributed, copied, cited) for non-commercial purposes with reference to the authors and publication host.


Publication ethics 

For all parties involved in the process of publishing (the author, the journal editor(s), peer reviewers and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethics statements for MedieKultur are based on Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism MedieKultur will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.

MedieKultur does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


Publishing schedule and Archiving

MedieKultur is published biannually and the articles are stored via the National Danish Webarchive ( and backup services of The Royal Danish Library.


Ownership and management

MedieKultur is (co)published by SMID - Society of Media Researchers In Denmark ( and is hosted by the Royal Danish Library. Day-to-day management is handled by the editorial team (the editorial office).