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Submission Instructions

Send your manuscript and a cover letter to: editors@nordicom.gu.se

The cover letter should include the following:

  • Contact details for the author (name, title, affiliation at the time of research). If the article has more than one author, the contact details for the corresponding author should be specified. 
  • A word-count for the abstract and the full manuscript. 
  • Information about any external funding (incl. grant number). 
  • A brief motivation about how the manuscript corresponds with the aims and scope of Nordicom Review

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the submission is in compliance with the guidelines below. Submissions that do not meet the requirements will be returned for revision. 


Submission checklist 

Listed below are the requirements for submissions to Nordicom Review. Refer to the following sections for further details.

  • Word limit: 7,000 words, including notes and references.
  • Include an abstract of 100–150 words and five keywords. 
  • Anonymise any references involving the author(s) to prepare for the rigourous double-blind reviewing of Nordicom Review.
  • Submit any supplementary material (e.g., appendixes) in separate files clearly labelled.
  • Use standard British spelling using "s" endings (e.g., organisation, analyse, modernise). Manuscripts by non-native English speakers should be professionally proofread prior to submission. 
  • Format: 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, left-aligned, first-line indents, with page numbers. 
  • Use only two levels of subheadings (1st: 14-point font, bold; 2nd: 14-point font, italics).
  • Use the serial (Oxford) comma (following the second-to-last item in a series of three or more). 
  • Any foreign language (title, name, quote, etc.) should have the English translation placed in square brackets immediately following, both in the running text and in the list of references.
  • Use double quotation marks. Use single quotation marks only for quotes within a quotation. Terminal punctuation goes after the quotation marks.
  • Use italics for emphasis sparingly, and only if the emphasis may be lost without them. Do not use italics to introduce concepts; rather, structure the sentence so as to be obvious. 
  • Only use abbreviations (e.g., i.e., et al., etc., &, %) within parentheses, not in the running text.
  • Figures and tables should have concise and descriptive headings and captions. Submit figures and tables in their original, editable format in separate files, clearly labelled.
  • Acquire written permission for the reuse of imagery.
  • Use in-text citations with a comma between the author and year and a colon preceding the page number of quotations (Clay, 2020: 2). Do not use “ibid.” in in-text citations. 
  • Use endnotes, not footnotes, and do not use more than five endnotes per article.
  • References should follow current APA style.



  • Headings should be clear, brief, descriptive, and written in sentence case (capitalise the first word and proper nouns only). 
  • Use only two levels of subheadings, both in sentence case: first level with 14-point font and bold; second level with 14-point font and italics. 
  • All articles submitted to Nordicom Review should include the section headings "Introduction" and "Conclusion(s)".



  • Short quotations (less than 40 words) should be marked with quotation marks. Use double marks (”) for initial quotations, and single marks (’) for quotes within the initial quotation.
  • Punctuation is placed after the quotation marks unless it is part of the quotation (e.g., question marks). 
  • Long quotations (exceeding 40 words) should be separated into their own paragraph, indented on both margins, and with a blank line before and after. No quotation marks are needed. 
  • Quotations should not be written in italics unless italicised in the original text, or when the author wants to emphasise one or more words in the quote. If used, insert [emphasis added] or [emphasis original] immediately after the quotation. 
  • Additions and clarifications to a quote should be enclosed in square brackets. Omissions should be indicated with an elipsis within brackets [...] and errors should be indicated with the following placed immediately after the error: [sic
  • All quotations should be accompanied by a proper reference to the original text, including a page number or other identifying place if a page number is unavailable, such as a paragraph number.



  • Use italics sparingly, and only when the emphasis may be lost without them.
  • Italicise titles of stand-alone works (e.g., books, newspapers, periodicals, films, televsion series). 
  • Do not use italics to introduce concepts; rather, structure the sentence so as to be obvious.


Abbreviations and acronyms

  • Abbreviations and symbols (cf., e.g., et al., etc., i.e., &, %) should only be used within parentheses. Write them out in the running text: compare with, for example, and colleagues, and so forth, that is, and, and per cent.
  • Acronyms should only be used for terms that appear four times or more in the text, and they should be spelled out the first time they are used in the text followed by the acronym in parentheses (e.g., SVT, PSB). 


Figures and tables

Figures include charts, graphs, images, illustrations, and so forth. Tables are often preferred when describing datasets and overviews of quantitative data. Be conservative in your use of figures, avoiding inflation and ensuring that they are crucial for clarification and understanding.

  • Headings should be placed above the figure or table and should be numbered, informative, and written in a consistent manner. (e.g., Table 1. Television viewers in Norway 2008–2010).
  • All figures and tables should have comprehensive captions that explain the content presented and the underlying data source (e.g., N-values, phrasing of survey questions and response scales, or photgrapher and subject). 
  • When figures or tables are mentioned in the running text, the heading number should be included in parentheses immediately after (see Table 1). 
  • The approximate place (the exact location will be determined during typesetting) in the text where a figure or table should be placed should be indicated with the following: 

 [Table 1 here]

  • Each figure or table must be submitted in their original file format in a separate document in editable format. They should be dimensioned to fit within the final typeset format, 250 x 170 mm. Images and illustrations should be provided in high resolution (300 dpi for photos; 600 dpi for line drawings). 
  • All files should be named in a clear and consistent manner: author_image1.jpg 


The use of third-party imagery

  • The author must ensure all potential copyright issues are solved at the time of submission. Written permission whould be acquired to allow reuse of imagery in both print and online format, including being shared according to the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence that Nordicom publishes with.
  • Previously published images (e.g., news photographs) must be accompanied by information about when and where the image was published. The name of the photographer (artist, designer, etc.) should be indicated in the caption. 


In-text citations

  • In-text citations should include the author and date of publication separated by a comma, with a page number if there is a direct quotation. Use a colon to separate the year from the page number.

Parenthetical citation: (Persson, 2010: 29–30), (Persson & Svensson, 2010, 2015) 

Narrative citation: Persson (2010: 29–30), Persson and Svensson (2010, 2015) 

  • Use "et al." when citing a work by more than two authors in a parenthetical citation, but spell it out in narrative form. 

Parenthetical citation: (Svensson et al., 2010). 

Narrative citation: Svensson and colleagues (2010) 

  • Multiple citations should be in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons (Persson, 2015; Svensson, 2010; White, 2007). 
  • Private or other non-retrievable sources should be cited as follows: (personal communication with Sally White, 5 March 2019); (personal interview with John Persson, 15 January 2020); (e-mail correspondence with Bev Svensson, 2 February 2019); or (private Facebook post by Dave Jones, 13 December 2018). 
  • Quotations from research participants do not need to be included in the reference list. State in the text who gave the quotation, and use parentheses to include any additional information, such as age, job, and so forth. 
  • URLs should not be used as in-text citations unless it is the name of an organisation. Rather, it should be included in the reference list as a reference, or, when appropriate, an endnote (referenced websites are sources and should be included in the list of references; websites used as examples may be provided in endnotes, providing they do not exceed five endnotes).
  • Puctuate abbreviations within citation parentheses as you would if they were spelled out. "E.g." would be followed by a comma; for example, just like the spelled-out version would be.
  • Do not use "ibid." in in-text citations. 


  • Use endnotes, not footnotes, and place the superscript number as close as possible to what is referenced – preferably at the end of a sentence after the terminal punctuation.
  • Do not use more than five endnotes per article. 


  • Every effort should be made to provide complete, correct, and easily accessible sources.
  • All references in the reference list must appear in the text and all in-text citations must have an entry in the reference list. Please cross-check carefully. Also, make sure there is no mismatch with regard to spelling or publication year. Remember to fill in full information for references anonymised for peer review.
  • The reference list should be alphabetical and follow APA guidelines (below). For types of works not mentioned below, please refer to APA guidelines. 
  • A DOI (Digital Object Identifier) should be included for all references when one is available. If a DOI is lacking, then a permalink or stable URL can be used. 
  • All titles within the reference list should be in sentence case, with the exception of journal and periodical titles. Non-English titles should be translated and placed in square brackets immediately following the original title. Use the same formatting (e.g., italics or within quotation marks) for the translation as for the original.
  • Any citations to publically retrievable social media content must have an entry in the reference list.
  • Reference lists should be formatted with hanging indentations.


Whole authored book

Hutton, T. A. (2015). Cities and the cultural economy. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203104866 

Zuboff, S. (2019). The age of surveillance capitalism: The fight for a human future at the new frontier of power. New York: PublicAffairs.

Whole edited book

Badenoch, A., Fickers, A., & Henrich-Franke, C. (Eds.). (2013). Airy curtains in the European ether: Broadcasting and the Cold War. Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos. 

Kolker, R. (Ed.). (2012). The Oxford handbook of film and media studies. Oxford Handbooks Online. https://www.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195175967.001.0001

Chapter in an edited book

Lazzeretti, L. (2013). Cultural and creative industries: An introduction. In L. Lazzeretti (Ed.), Creative industries and innovation in Europe: Concepts, measures and comparative case studies (pp. 1–20). New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203112571 

Lähteenmäki-Smith, K. (2005). The regional dimension of the film sector in Finland. In M. Dahlström, H. Bjarnadóttir, B. Hermelin, J. Jørgensen, K. Lähteenmäki-Smith, G. Rusten, M. G. Skúladóttir, & E. Wengström (Eds.), Film och regional utveckling i Norden [Film and regional development in the Nordic countries] (pp. 110–144). Stockholm: SFI, Nordregio.

Journal article

Richardson, J. E., & Stanyer, J. (2011). Reader opinion in the digital age: Tabloid and broadsheet newspaper websites and the exercise of political voice. Journalism, 12(8), 983–1003. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884911415974 

Innocenti, N., & Lazzeretti, L. (2019). Do the creative industries support growth and innovation in the wider economy? Industry relatedness and employment growth in Italy. Industry and Innovation, 26(10), 1152–1173. https://www.doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2018.1561360

Newspaper article

BBC News. (2016). Facebook u-turn over “napalm girl” photograph. BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37318040 

Carey, B. (2019, March 22). Can we get better at forgetting? The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/22/health/memory-forgetting-psychology.html

Conference presentation

Cruz, P. (2015, September). Wrongfully right: Applications of semantic figurative metaphors in information visualization [Conference presentation]. IEEE VIS 2015 Arts Program (VISAP ’15), Chicago, Illinois, United States. https://www.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.1.1365.6727 

Burmester, M., Mast, M., Tille, R., & Weber, W. (2010, July 26–29). How users perceive and use interactive information graphics: An exploratory study [Conference presentation]. 14th International Conference Information Visualisation, London, UK. https://www.doi.org/10.1109/IV.2010.57

Academic Paper

Sand, S. A. (2017). Voices from the peripheries: A study of the regional film and television business in Norway [Doctoral thesis, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences & NTNU]. https://www.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.19739.31526 

Kongsrud, T. (2013). Regional film- og tv-produksjon som katalysator for reiseliv og omdømme [Regional film- and television production as a catalyst for tourism and branding]. [Master’s thesis, Lillehammer University College, Norway]. http://hdl.handle.net/11250/145165

Government document or report

European Commission (EC). (2018). Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online (COM (2018) 640 final). https://eur-lex.europa. eu/resource.html?uri=cellar:dc0b5b0f-b65f-11e8-99ee-01aa75ed71a1.0001.02/DOC_1&format=PDF 

Šimonovic, D. (2018). Report of the special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and conse- quences on online violence against women and girls from a human rights perspective (A/HRC/38/47). United Nations, Human Rights Council. https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/1641160?ln=en

Web page on a websites

If an online article is posted on a website with a corresponding daily or weekly print newspaper, follow the instructions for newspaper articles. If it is published on a separate online platform, follow the instructions below. 

Kjeldtoft, S. S. (2016, February 5). Skal medierne opdrage på ’racistiske’ debattører? [Should the media chastise “racist” users?] Information. Retrieved October 23, 2019, from https://www.

Olsen, B. E., Prebensen, N., Westlie, M., & Stokke, G. (2019). Kreative næringer skaper et unikt, bærekraftig nord [Creative industries create a unique, sustainable north]. Nordnorsk debatt [Northern Norwegian debate]. Retrieved April 1, 2020, from https://nordnorskdebatt.no/article/kreative-naeringer-skaper-et 

APA Syle. (2020). Webpage on a website references. https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples/we...

Social media

Use the first 20 words of the tweet or Facebook post as the title of the reference. 

Hemmeth, A. [@hemmeth]. (2016, October 17). Flere i min omgangskreds har delt indlægget, og troede det var en reel artikel. Skidt for DK. Skidt for @EkstraBladet… [Several of my acquaintances have shared this post, thinking it was a real article. Bad for Denmark. Bad for the credibility of @EkstraBladet…] [Thumbnail with link attached] [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/hemmeth/status/787910773389623296 

Kjærsgaard, P. (2015, June 10). Ja, ikke just nogen nyhed at Thorning og de radikale har gjort Danmark mere attraktivt ved af fjerne starthjælpen til… [Yeah, not exactly news that Thorning and De Radikale have made Denmark more attractive with start aid for…] [Image attached]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153559530764384&id=3...

Advance online publications 

Use the whole date if available, not just the year. Include the phrase “Advance online publication” before the DOI. Before publishing, check back to see if the final version has been published, and refer to that, if possible. 

Flensburg, S., & Lai, S. S. (2019, December 25). Mapping digital communication systems: Infrastructures, markets, and policies as regulatory forces. Media, Culture & Society, 1–19. Advance online publication. https://www.doi.org/10.1177/0163443719876533 

Books republished with a new editor, translator, or with a forward written by another author 

Only reprints including content by a person other than the original authors should have the original work’s publication date. In these cases, citations have both dates with the earlier one first. 

Mankell, H. (1997). Faceless killers (S. T. Murray, Trans.). London: Vintage. (Original work published 1991) 

Habermas, J. (1972). Knowledge and human intrests (J. J. Shapiro, Trans.). London: Heinemann Educational Books. (Original work published 1968)