Information For Authors

Aims and Scope

The International Journal of Games and Social Impact (IGJSI) publishes original research in all fields that deal with the intersections between games or other playable media and human activities, with a special focus on their impact on society and all its actors. Therefore, articles that include, not exclusively, the following areas can be considered:

– The potential social impact(s) of play and games;
– Games as a tool for social inclusion;
– Games as tools or strategies to foster change;
– Game-based learning;
– Inclusiveness and representation in the games industry;
– Games motor and cognitive accessibility;
– Empowerment in and through games;
– Reflections on inclusion and exclusion in games;
– Bridging the gap between games industry and academia;
– Serious applications for commercial games;
– Novel spaces and contexts for play;
– Playable Narratives and Immersive Media.

Besides the special issues, IJGSI as an ongoing open Call for Papers. For more information, please contact


Author Guidelines

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.


International Journal of Games and Social Impact is published in English.


The submission is original and not previously published and the text must respect the minimum length of 6000 words, the maximum length of 8000 words, and other formatting guidelines (the word counting includes references and all the content in the document).


  1. Papers proposed to the IJGSI must be submitted electronically after registering on the platform.


  1. The submission has to be made through anonymous files. The manuscript should not have any reference to the authors or the institution they belong to. The authors must ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in such a way that they do not reveal their identities to reviewers, either directly or indirectly. 


  1. File properties should not contain author-related information.
  2. The authors of the document should delete their names from the text, and replace them with placeholders such as [author]. The same procedure should be adopted for any information related to author or affiliation, e.g. replace the name of a project by [project],


  1. All submissions will be selected by double-blind peer review. The author must provide in separate files:
  1. The title page should include the title, author’s name and affiliations, email address, ORCID number, a short bio of each author (100 - 150 words), acknowledgments (optional), conflict of interest statement (if necessary), and authorship statements. The author should ensure the anonymized manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review, by removing any kind of identification or affiliation. The author’s name, profile, ranking, and institutional affiliation should only be mentioned on the title page. Revised articles will also be treated confidentially until the date of their publication.
  2. Attachments: Manuscripts may be accompanied by attachment files. In the case of materials produced by others, these are accepted under the condition that all applicable permissions were obtained by the author(s). Attachments should be numbered in order of appearance in the article. Images should be in JPEG, GIF, PNG, or TIFF format. The authors should not supply images files that are too low in resolution as disproportionately large for the content.


  1. Formatting


  1. Standard formatting of 12-point font, 1.5-spaced, Times New Roman, 2.54 cm (1.0 inch) margins should be used throughout. The use of italics is preferred to underlining. Notes should be converted to footnotes. Page numbers should be added on the top right corner (header) on every page;
  2. Title Page formatting (roman alphabet – English):

Title: it should be written in Times New Roman 12, italics, bold, upper case, justified. It should not be longer than two lines. Should there be quotes or other expressions that justify it, they should always appear between straight quotation marks. The authors should avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible. 

Sub-title (optional): should there be a sub-title, it should be written in Times New Roman 12, italics, bold, upper case, justified. It should not be longer than two lines. Should there be quotes or other expressions that justify it, they should always appear between straight quotation marks;

  1. Abstract: under 300 words and under 1000 characters in standard formatting;
  2. Keywords: 5-7 keywords in Times New Roman 12, italics, single space, justified;
  3. Tables: the tables should be editable text and not as images;
  4. Bibliography (roman alphabet – English): References should be formatted according to most current APA style; references should start on a new page, be double-spaced and subsequent lines should have a hanging indent of 1.25 cm (0.5 inches).


Bibliography Examples:


Hodent, C. (2017). The Gamer's Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design. CRC Press.

Lieberoth, A., Wellnitz, K. B., & Aagaard, J. (2015). Sex, violence and learning - Assessing game effects. In P. Lankoski & S. Björk (Eds.), Game research methods (pp. 175-192). ETC Press.

Toh, W. & Lim, F. V. (2020). Using Video Games for Learning: Developing a Metalanguage for Digital Play. Games and Culture, 16(5), 583-610.


In uncovered aspects, the manuscript must be formatted in accordance with the 7th edition of APA (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, see

Code of Conduct


Editorial Policies

The Editor and Editorial Board are responsible for publishing the manuscripts, ensuring their scientific quality, and managing the publication within a reasonable time.


The Editorial Team is responsible for:

  • Improve the quality of the journal from a scientific and graphic point of view;
  • Contribute and encourage scientific debate;
  • Encourage the publication of manuscripts and debate on emerging themes of international interest;
  • Be impartial in managing the articles proposed for publication;
  • Keep confidentiality about the received articles, as well as their content until their publication;
  • Promote a democratic culture, guaranteeing the divergence of opinions and the possibility of criticism regarding the published works. However, the editors reserve the right to decide whether the criticisms presented are appropriate, substantiated, and convincing.



The authors are primarily responsible for their content and originality. Failure to comply with appropriate behavior may render the authorization for publication unfeasible. In the case of co-authorship, all authors should have contributed to the publication. All authors should note the comments and corrections suggested by the reviewers. Clearly indicate the corresponding author. 

Author contributions

Authors should submit an author statement outlining their individual contributions to the paper using the relevant roles (some examples: conceptualization; methodology; writing - original draft; writing - review & editing). Authorship statements should be formatted with the names of authors first and the role(s) following at the bottom of the title page.

Sample author statement example

Carla Sousa: Conceptualization, Methodology, Writing - Reviewing and Editing, Filipe Luz: Writing-Original draft. Micaela Fonseca: Validation, Writing - Reviewing and Editing. Pedro Neves: Writing - Reviewing and Editing.



If the research was publicly or privately funded, it should be mentioned in the conflict of interest statement.


Publication Ethics

IJGSI is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. The journal adheres to the international standards set in Wager & Kleinert (2011).



IJGSI takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.


Prior Publication

The submission must be original, not previously published, and not under consideration by other publications. If the material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in IJGSI. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please contact the Editor for further discussion.


All submissions will be selected by double-blind peer review. The author’s name, profile, ranking, and institutional affiliation should only be mentioned in the appropriate file. Revised articles will also be treated confidentially until the date of their publication.


All authors give the IJGSI's wording the rights to index, in international networks, the published articles. The content of the texts and the opinions expressed therein, as well as the reference to figures or graphics already published, are the sole responsibility of the authors.


The favorable opinion of the reviewers does not imply the automatic publication of the articles. The immediate non-publication is related to IJGSI's editorial policy and the volume of articles submitted to the journal and positively evaluated. If the article is not published within one year, the author may submit it to other publications with prior information to IJGSI management.


The Editor’s final decision can be one of the four following categories: “Accept as is”, “Minor Revision”, “Major Revision”, “Decline”. The revised article will usually be returned to initial referees for re-evaluation in a second round of review.



Whenever the authors consider it pertinent, they are entitled to submit their complaints to the publishers. The process will be addressed by letter to the editors. Publishers undertake to respond to all complaints submitted.


Conflicts of Interest

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) states in its Guidelines on Good Publication Practice (2003) that:

‘Conflicts of interest arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgments on what is published.’


Conflict of interest may arise when academic and professional friendships exist with members of the editorial team. In this situation, members of the editorial team safeguard the conflict of interest by submitting the review of the articles to external reviewers, following the above process (blind assessment). The anonymity of the author and the evaluator will avoid any favors. Impartiality and intellectual independence are a right that should be guaranteed in publishing.

Data Protection

Protecting the confidentiality of individual information is a guarantee of commitment by the Editors. The Editors will demand from the authors of the empirical research articles the guarantee of the same procedure and that the research subjects have expressed their written consent to participate in the research. This problem does not arise when it is understood that empirical research articles, even without the consent of the research subjects, do not harm the dignity of the subjects involved.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. Read more at
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal. Please, contact the Editorial team before.
  3. Authors are not requested submission or processing fees. Under open access politics, articles are fully available upon publication. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g. in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


Use of inclusive language

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability, or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout. For further guidance, you can check inclusive language guidelines such as this.


Privacy Statement

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