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Author Guidelines

The International Journal of Magazine Studies (IJMS) accepts articles in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. When English is not the original language of the article, the title, abstract, and keywords must be also provided in English. Author names, affiliations, charts, graphs, and bibliographic references must be in the Roman alphabet.

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 IJMS. However, certain circumstances allow previously published material to be considered for publication. Please contact the Editor for further discussion. In case the article is not published within one year, the author may submit it to other publications with prior information to IJMS's editor.

Manuscript Submission

The submission must be online, after registration on the website of the International Journal of Magazine Studies, at the following address:

Submission will be made anonymously, ie 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.

All submissions will be selected by double-blind peer review. The author must therefore provide in separate files:

  1. The title page should include the title, author’s name and affiliations, email address, acknowledgements (optional) and conflict of interest statement (if necessary).
  2. 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 in the appropriate submission fields. Revised articles will also be treated confidentially until the date of their publication.
  3. 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. Graphics should be in JPEG, GIF, PNG, or TIFF format. Audio excerpts should be in MP3, or WAV format. Video excerpts should be in MPEG, AVI, or WMV format.

 Manuscript Format Guidelines
These are the recommended guidelines for full paper submissions:

  • Manuscripts must have a minimum length of 4000 words and a maximum length of 6000 words (including title, abstract, figures, tables, footnotes, bibliography and annexes).
  • Only word or RTF document files are accepted.


  • Standard formatting of 12-point font, 1.5-spaced, Times New Roman, 2.54 cm (1.0 inch) margins should be used throughout. 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.

First Page

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Abstract: under 170 words and under 1000 characters in standard formatting (the abstract must also be inserted in the abstract text field during submission).
  • Keywords: 3-5 keywords in Times New Roman 12, italics, single space, justified.

Page at End of Main Text

  • Bibliography: References should be formatted according to the 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).

Huhtamo, E., & Parikka, J. (2011). Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications. Berkeley, CA & London: University of California Press.

Siapera, E. (2014). Diasporas and new media: Connections, identities, politics and affect. Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 5(1), 173-178.

Schwartz, V. (1995). Cinematic spectatorship before the apparatus: The public taste for reality in fin-de-siècle Paris. In L. Williams (Ed.), Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film (pp. 87-113). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

In uncovered aspects, the manuscript must be formatted in accordance with the most current style edition of APA (American Psychological Association). More information here:

Our Peer Review Process
A manuscript submitted to the International Journal of Magazine Studies will be assessed by an editor to make sure the article falls within the journal’s scope and proposed themes. If so, the manuscript is selected for peer-review and sent to two reviewers for blind review (i.e., the names of the authors and the reviewers will not be disclosed). Authors will then receive feedback from their reviewers along with a publication decision made by an editor.

The author is asked to submit a final copy when a manuscript is accepted. If the manuscript is accepted with revisions, the author will be asked to submit a change note with his final submission, explaining how he revised his article in light of the reviewers’ comments.

An editor will then check that the reviewers’ comments have been addressed before accepting the article for publication. Editors may request further revisions if necessary. Final publication decisions are made by the editors of the journal.

If an article is rejected by the International Journal of Magazine Studies, the authors may appeal the decision by writing to the editor-in-chief. The appeal should be justified by taking into consideration the reviewers’ comments. The editorial board will analyze the appeal and consider the possibility of further blind reviews of the manuscript.

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