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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.
  • Submission checklist.

    • Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'
    • One author has been designated as the corresponding author with an e-mail address 
    • All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
    • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
    • Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
    • A link to the videos (in a cloud server like e.g. Dropbox) has been provided in the cover page, which is easily accessible to the editors.
    • A free option: referee suggestions and contact details provided

Author Guidelines

Social Interaction is an international journal for high quality articles using video to analyze human sociality. Papers will typically focus on participants’ verbal and bodily practices for sense-making in a material environment. The journal accepts the following types of submissions:

 Full-length research articles (up to 8.000 words)

Full-length original articles typically discuss the state of the art in using video recordings to describe human sociality by presenting original findings of interactional phenomena. Articles undergo double-blind review.

 Short research articles (up to 4.000 words)

Short articles also need to be original and undergo the same double-blind review process as full-length articles. The short articles are typically based on single-case analysis and can be used as a first-mover statement on e.g. a candidate phenomenon.

 Discussion notes, comments and replies (up to 1.500 words)

The journal publishes conventional discussion notes and replies and responses. Instructions or tutorials such as non-commercial presentations of technical aspects (e.g., for transcribing, video editing, anonymization of video/pictures etc.) may also be published. This format is reviewed by the editors.

 Booklet articles (with no top word limit).

Longer articles that require a more complex argument and/or a vast number of examples may be published as booklet articles, undergoing a double-blind review process. Only after dialogue with the journal editors should the author submit such as proposal.

 Word limit does not include abstract, transcripts and references.


Article structure and formatting

Social Interaction uses format-free submission which means that you don’t have to worry about layout and formatting issues as long as you include everything necessary for the paper to be properly reviewed. This includes that


  • the manuscript is clearly divided into sections
  • the manuscript includes an abstract of approximately 100 words and 4-5 keywords
  • footnotes are used sparingly
  • the format for citations and reference list is consistent. Please indicate style in the reference list e.g., “References (APA)”.


Please write your text in any variety of English (please specify). 

Social Interaction is an open access journal that is reliant on external funding to cover the costs. To keep the costs down, the journal requests that authors have their manuscripts proofread before submitting the final versions of accepted papers. The journal does not proof read papers after this point.


Submissions should be uploaded in both docx and pdf format with any transcripts, figures and illustrations inserted.


Transcripts, images and figures

Transcripts will typically include text and images (e.g., screen shots or drawings) and should be made as separate files (e.g., not as main text in the manuscript).


Full transcripts with images and annotations (if relevant) should be submitted as individual files in docx and pdf format and inserted in the manuscript. Transcripts, images and figures should be numbered consecutively and may include a caption (e.g., a description, code or ‘title’ of the illustration).


Images can either be static or moving (gif). If you want to use gifs please make them available to the editors (see below under video clips) and mark their placement in the manuscript.


Transcripts may take various forms and do not necessarily use talk as a baseline. Please explain transcription symbols if they deviate from standard conventions.


Video clips

The journal is dedicated to the analysis of video recordings of social interaction. It provides authors the possibility to embed video clips in their articles so that readers can watch the clips while reading the analysis. If you want to embed video clips in your published article these should be included in your initial submission for peer review purposes.


If relevant, video clips should be anonymized prior to submission by using software that enable anonymization like e.g. Adobe Premiere or Final Cut. Video clips are part of the empirical basis of the article, and copyrights to the video clips are strictly tied to the article and their author(s). Ethical procedures and compliance with the agreement between participants/’informants’ and researchers as well as providing relevant anonymization are authors’ responsibility. The journal cannot be held responsible for showing the video clips as part of a published article.


Video clips that are published and embedded in the final article will be uploaded to a secure server provided by the University of Southern Denmark.


Please send video clips via a secure file transfer software to the editors or provide links to where they can be downloaded. Video clips cannot be submitted through the subscription site. Please indicate their placement clearly in the manuscript (e.g., >>Video clip 1 here<<).


Files for submission

- the manuscript in both docx and pdf format (with inserted transcripts, images and figures)

- transcripts as individual files in docx and pdf

- figures, images, tables etc. as individual files


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