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Submitting an article for consideration

Articles submitted to Nordicom Review for consideration have fewer requirements than those that have already been accepted for publication and are ready for the editorial process. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration to Nordicom Review, please visit our page on how to submit an article.


Final manuscript delivery requirements

Manuscripts that are accepted for publication must meet the final manuscript delivery requirements outlined below. If you would like an interactive checklist version of these requirements, please contact our managing editor.

You may choose to use our template to assist you in correctly formatting your manuscript. 


All use of material, either direct or indirect, is properly acknowledged and accompanied by an appropriate citation, including material previously published by the author, which should be rewritten or summarised to avoid text-recycling or self-plagiarism.

Full names, with approved spelling, and affiliations (department, organisation, country, and ORCID iD) have been provided for all authors, with preferred initials noted for those with multiple names. 

Nordicom Review submissions are 7,000–9,000 words, including references and endnotes. Nordic Journal of Media Studies and book chapter submissions meet the word limit set by the respective editors.

An abstract of 100–150 words is provided that includes the main research questions, methods and methodology, major findings, and conclusions. It is crucial the abstract adheres to the guidelines, in order for it to have the full effect of findability, searchability, and reaching appropriate reviewers and scholars.

Five relevant and informative keywords are included in order to increase findability and increase readership.

All citations and references that were anonymised for peer review have been filled in.

Relevant funding information has been acknowledged.

Permission for using third-party material has been obtained.

Any ethical concerns related to the research have been disclosed.


There are no field codes or special formatting.

The submission has 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and left-alignment.

First-line indents of 1.25 cm are used for new paragraphs. There is not a blank line between paragraphs.

There are only two levels of section headings: bold 14-point font for section headings and italic 14-point font for subsection headings. Headings are clear, brief, and descriptive.

The reference list has hanging indentations. There is not a blank line between references. Hard returns (hitting the enter or return key) are not used within reference entries.

Italics and emphasising text

Italics are used sparingly and only for titles of stand-alone works (e.g., books, newspapers, television series, etc.), statistical variables, and emphasis (and only when the emphasis may be lost without them). Please refer to the extra instructions for formatting mathematical equations and statistics below this checklist for details about italicisation of variables.

Quotation marks are used sparingly and only for titles that are part of a larger work (e.g., chapters or articles), around words or phrases used as linguistic examples (e.g., the search term “globalisation”), or to create distance, that is, to indicate that the term is used ironically and without legitimising the term (using “so-called” before a term has the same purpose, quotation marks are not needed in addition).

Spelling, punctuation, and capitalisation

Standard British spelling is used, with “s” endings (e.g., globalisation, analyse).

Double quotation marks are used. Punctuation is placed outside quotation marks.

Slashed constructions (and/or, homes/workplaces) are not used.

Mathematical equations and statistical formulations adhere to the guidelines. Please refer to the extra instructions and checklist for formatting mathematical equations and statistics below this checklist to ensure you meet the requirements.

Use Merriam-Webster online dictionary as a reference: 


Changes to quotations are in brackets; omissions are indicated by an ellipsis within brackets (an ellipsis without brackets indicates a pause in speech).

If a direct quotation has italics, “[emphasis original]” or “[emphasis added]” is included at the end of the quotation before the closing quotation marks.

Quotations of over 40 words are in an independent paragraph, indented on both sides.

Abbreviations, acronyms, and translations

Abbreviations (i.e., e.g., et al., etc., %) are used only within parentheses; in the running text, they are spelled out (“that is”, “for example”, “and colleagues”, “and so on”, “per cent”).

“cf.” is used sparingly and only to point out contrasting or opposing information; when comparing similar things, “see” or “see also” is used. APA provides a list with more details about the use of abbreviations:

Acronyms are used only for important terms used several times in the text.

Foreign-language terms found in Merriam-Webster online dictionary or commonly used do not need to be translated or put in italics. 

Translations of any foreign-language titles, names, and so forth are placed in square brackets immediately after the original. Thereafter, the English translation should be prioritised.

When there is an English name for a company, organisation, institution, and so forth, use that rather than the national name. The national name can be placed within brackets after the English translation; for example, The Press Council [Pressens Opinionsnämnd].

In-text citations

Citations have a comma separating the name and year, and a colon before page numbers.

Multiple sources in one in-text citation are in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons.

“Works with three or more authors, use “et al.” after the first author’s name (in narrative citations, use “and colleagues”; e.g., Clay and colleagues (2021)…).

"ibid.” is not used.

All direct quotations have an in-text citation including a page number or other identifying marker (e.g., section or para. number).

Quotations from non-publicly available sources (e.g., interviews) have relevant information enclosed in parentheses (name or anonymous, job title, date of interview, gender or age if applicable, etc.). These do not need entries in the reference list, but may be outlined in a table in an appendix, if desired. Please refer to the extra instructions for citing and referencing empirical material below this checklist to ensure you meet the requirements.


All publicly available sources that are cited in the text, including social media, have an entry in the reference list (including, e.g., newspaper articles quoted for content or discourse analysis; if there are many quoted without individual authors, these may be included in a separate list or as a table in an appendix).

References adhere to current APA style and include a DOI if available (use the full link, with "" before the number).

Other URLs are only included if they are legible.

References are in alphabetical order. Multiple references by the same author are in chronological order, beginning with the earliest year.

All non-English titles and subtitles have an English translation within square brackets immediately following (the only exception is journal titles).


Endnotes are limited as much as possible. They are only used for valuable additional information that is too long to include in the body text. There is a maximum of five per article or chapter.

All notes are formatted as endnotes (not footnotes) and inserted with the “insert” function, not manually.

Endnotes are not used for references, for example, web pages, YouTube videos, social media, and so on (which should be in the list of references).

General websites than can be easily found by searching online may be described in the text without a reference or endnote.


Figures should only be included if they illustrate or highlight something that cannot be described in the text. If it is purely illustrative, then it should not be included. Below are the basic requirements for figures. If you have complex, numerous, or large figures, please refer to the extra instructions for figures below this checklist to ensure you meet the requirements.

Does the submission have figures? If yes, check the following:

Each figure is provided in an individual, separate file and is clearly labelled with author last name and figure number. Files include individual figures only and do not include headlines, captions, comments, or sources (this information is included in the body text of the manuscript). 

The approximate place in the manuscript where a figure should be placed is indicated, for example, “[Figure 1 here]”. 

All figures have a call-out in the body text, for example, "(see Figure 2)". 

Each figure has an alternative text description (alt-text, or a short description of what the figure contains for the vision or cognitively impaired) provided in a separate document. Descriptions for multiple figures are in one document. Please refer to the extra instructions for writing alternative text descriptions at the top of these guidelines for further details.

All figures are sized appropriately: Scanned graphics in TIFF format should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi; Photos or drawings should be in TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Photos combined with line drawings, lettering, or colour diagrams, for example, should be saved as TIFF with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Charts and graphs are provided with the original, editable data file (e.g., Excel). Charts and graphs are not attached as image files.


Tables should not repeat what is in the text, but only present new information or illustrate something that is difficult to describe in the text. Avoid using tables to present simple information that can easily be described in a paragraph. In order to meet the requirement of the EU Accessibility Directive, tables must adhere to the guidelines. Below are the basic requirements for tables. If you have complex, numerous, or large tables, please refer to the extra instructions for tables below this checklist to ensure you meet the requirements.

Does the submission have tables? If yes, check the following:

Tables are not submitted as screenshots or images.

Each table to be included in the submission fits on one page. Using two or three small, simple tables is prioritised over using large, complex tables.

Tables are created with the table function in Word, not by using tabs or the space bar.

Tables created in Excel and intended for inclusion in the submission are transferred to Word and meet the guidelines, including periods for decimals (not commas), commas for thousands (not spaces or periods), and avoidance of repetition in every cell (e.g., if every cell in a column has “%”, then it should rather be in the header cell only).

There are no empty cells. En-dashes ( – ) are used to indicate data not available and “n.a.” to indicate that it is not applicable.

Each table has a concise title, applicable comments, and source.

Table structure is as simple as possible, with smaller sub-tables prioritised over large, complex tables.

Everything under a column header relates to that header.

Everything after a row header relates to that header.

All cells are in alignment, and merged and split cells are avoided.

A short summary is provided for each table. Summaries for multiple tables are in one document.

Appendices & supplementary material

Appendices and supplementary material are meant to provide information that is needed for evaluating, for example, complex statistical analysis. Tables, figures, and information that do not contribute to a better understanding of analytical procedures should not be included.

A short appendix may be included in the submission itself after the references list. This may consist of, for example, a table presenting interviewees or empirical material.

Larger or more numerous tables, figures, or files may be included as separate supplementary material. This will not be included in the submission itself, but will be published and available to download separately.

Does the submission have supplementary material? If yes, check the following:  

Figures meet the requirements in the guidelines for figures.

Tables meet the requirements in the guidelines for tables.

Tables in Excel format do not have any merged cells.

Promotional material

In order to assist our communications officers in promoting our publications to the public and increasing readership, we ask all authors to answer the questions below in easily understood language. Please provide this material upon final manuscript delivery to receive the full benefit of our customised promotional efforts.

  • In 1–3 sentences, what is the topic of this research?
  • Why is this study important?
  • Who could benefit from reading this publication?


Extra instructions

If your manuscript has figures, complex tables, mathematical equations and statistics, or cited empirical material (interviews, discourse analysis, content analysis of, e.g., newspaper articles, etc.), we provide extra instructions:


After acceptance

Language editing

Upon acceptance of the final manuscript, Nordicom first provides technical and language editing. It is crucial that authors adhere to the final manuscript delivery requirements above in order to gain the full benefit of the editing process. Therefore, we reserve the right to return for revision any manuscript that does not meet the requirements before language editing commences. After the first language review, you will receive the manuscript back for a final revision stage. This is the last opportunity for changes.


After the final revision, the manuscript is typeset and proofs are sent to you for approval. The purpose of the proof is to catch missed typos and potential errors introduced during typesetting. No other changes should be made.  

Promoting your publication

Our communications officers have prepared some ideas and strategies – along with successful examples – of various promotional activities you can engage in to increase the reach of your publication.

It is important that you, as author, engage in the promotion, as you know the issue and target audience best. Our evaluations two weeks post publication show that authors’ engagement on social media greatly improves the reach.



For general inquiries and questions, please contact Nordicom’s managing editor. For specific questions or concerns about the requirements, please contact Nordicom’s manuscript editor. If you have strong preferences for the treatment of a particular term (e.g., capitalisation, hyphenation, spelling), please communicate this upon final submission.

Managing editor, Josefine Bové,

Manuscript editor, Kristin Clay,


Page last updated November 2021