Call for papers

Nordic Journal of Media Studies is published once a year and each volume focuses on a particular theme. An open Call invites suggestions (extended abstracts) for contributions and, on the basis of this, invitations to write full-length articles are issued. An invitation to submit a full-length article does not guarantee final publication.

Current Call for papers: 

Nordic Journal of Media Studies 2022

Title: Media Events in the Age of Global, Digital Networks

Special issue editors: Kirsten Frandsen (Aarhus University), Anne Jerslev (University of Copenhagen), Mette Mortensen (University of Copenhagen)

Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: 15 February 2021


Read below about the theme for the upcoming 2021 issue. 

Special issue editor: Risto Kunelius (University of Helsinki)


Submitting abstracts

When there is an open Call, extended abstracts should be sent to the volume editors by e-mail as stipulated in the Call for papers. It must be clear from the abstract how the contribution is relevant to the overall theme. Since every volume is dedicated to a specific theme as announced in a call, the journal does not accept contributions outside the theme. Submissions for the journal must adhere to the announced deadline. The extended abstract should include contact details for the corresponding author. All articles submitted should be original works and must not be under consideration by other publications. 


Submission guidelines 

If you are invited to submit a full-length manuscript, a cover letter and the manuscript should be sent to the volume editors by e-mail as stipulated in the Call for papers. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review by two external reviewers. The cover letter should include the following:

  • Name, title, affiliation, and contact information of author, with preferred initials noted for those with multiple names.
  • If there is more than one author, specify a corresponding author. 
  • A word-count for the abstract and the full manuscript. 
  • If the manuscript has been enabled by external funding, provide the details (including grant number).  


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When we receive properly formatted manuscripts, it allows us to efficiently process your submission for publication; we therefore reserve the right to return for revision submissions not in accordance with the points below. 

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  • Include an abstract of 100–150 words 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.
  • Include five relevant and informative keywords in order to optimise findability and increase readership.
  • Anonymise any references involving the authors to prepare for double-blind peer review.
  • Include supplementary material (appendices, figures, etc.) in separate files.
  • Manuscripts by non-native English speakers should be professionally proofread prior to submission. 
  • You are responsible for ensuring you are allowed to use material under copyright.


  • Do not use field codes or any special formatting. This adds time and potential for complications during editing.
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing, left-alignment, and page numbers.
  • Use first-line indents (1.25cm), not a blank line, for each new paragraph.
  • Use only two levels of subheadings; bold 14-point font for section headings and italic 14-point font for subsection headings.
  • The references list should have hanging indentations (1.25cm).

Spelling and capitalisation

  • Refer to Merriam-Webster online dictionary for spelling, capitalisation, and hyphenation decisions not mentioned below or in the extended guidelines.
  • Use standard British spelling and usage with “s” endings (e.g., organised, analyse, globalisation, visualisation).
  • Use sentence case capitalisation (capitalise only the first word and proper nouns) for all titles, headings, and subheadings.


  • Use double quotation marks. 
  • Terminal punctuation goes after the quotation marks.
  • Use the serial (Oxford) comma and all optional commas (e.g., after short introductory phrases).
  • Do not use slashed constructions – for example, “and/or” and “media/communication”. Use the words needed to describe the intended meaning.
  • Do not use parenthetical plurals – for example, “teacher(s)”. Use the words needed to describe the intended meaning.
  • Use an en-dash ( – ) for ranges and to take the place of parentheses, commas, or colons when more emphasis or interjection is wanted.


  • All quotations should be accompanied by a proper citation to the original text, including a page number or other identifying place, such as a paragraph number: (Svensson, 1999: 5) or (Johnson, 2020: para. 7) 
  • If italics are used within a quotation, insert "[emphasis added]" or "[emphasis original]" immediately after the quotation, before the closing quotation marks. 
  • Additions and clarifications to a quote should be enclosed in square brackets.
  • Omissions should be indicated with an ellipsis within square brackets [...]. (An ellipsis without the brackets indicates faltering speech, e.g., in an interviewee’s response.)
  • Quotations exceeding 40 words (block quotes) should be indented on both sides and without quotation marks. 
  • The case of the first letter of a quoted sentence may be changed to match the context of the surrounding sentence; hyphens may be changed to dashes; and quotation marks may be changed from single to double. Any other change must be within brackets.  

Abbreviations, acronyms, and translations

  • Use abbreviations (e.g., i.e., et al., etc., &, %) within parentheses, but not in the running text. In the running text, spell “per cent” with two words.

  • Use acronyms only for important terms used four times or more in the text, or for internationally recognised names (e.g., NATO).

  • Place translations in square brackets immediately following the word or title translated. 


  • Use italics sparingly and only for emphasis (and only when the emphasis may be lost without them), titles of stand-alone works (e.g., books, newspapers, periodicals, films, television series), and statistical variables. 
  • Do not use italics to introduce concepts; rather, structure the sentence so as to be obvious.
  • Do not italicise Nordic language words, or foreign language words found in Merriam-Webster online dictionary.


  • All charts, graphs, images, illustrations, and so forth should be labelled “Figure”.
  • Figures created in Excel should be provided in or with the original Excel file.
  • The approximate place in the text where a figure should be placed should be indicated with the following: “[Figure 1 here]”. The typesetter determines the final placement.
  • Headings should be placed above the figure and should be informative, as brief as possible, and, when applicable, should include the unit of measurement in parentheses. Any additional information should be included in the comments. 
  • All figures should have explanatory captions (comments) and a source.
  • Images and illustrations should be provided in high resolution (300 dpi for photographs; 600 dpi for line drawings).
  • Provide an alternative text description for each figure. This consists of a short description of what the figure shows for people with visual disabilities.
  • When using different colours in combination, please keep in mind that some combinations may be unfortunate (e.g., green & red). Use colours with stark contrast.


  • Tables created in Word that fit on one page should be included within the manuscript. 
  • Larger tables and tables not created in Word (e.g., Excel) should be included in a separate file in editable format, and the approximate place in the text where a table should be placed should be indicated with the following: “[Table 1 here]”
  • Headings should be placed above the table and should be informative, as brief as possible, and, when applicable, should include the unit of measurement in parentheses. Any additional information should be included in the comments.
  • All tables should have explanatory captions (comments) and a source.
  • Use an en dash ( – ), not a blank space, to indicate that there is missing or unavailable data.
  • For complex or large tables, provide an alternative text description. This consists of a short description of what the table shows for people with visual disabilities.

In-text citations

  • In-text citations have a comma separating the name and year, and a colon before page numbers (Clay, 2021: 5).
  • Use “et al.” when citing a work by more than two authors in a parenthetical citation; in the running text, write “and colleagues”.
  • Multiple sources in one in-text citation are in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons.
  • Do not use “ibid.” in citations.
  • All citations should have a corresponding full reference in the references list. 
  • After peer review, fill in information for anonymised in-text citations.


  • All notes should be formatted as endnotes and inserted with the “insert” function, not manually.
  • Endnotes should not used for sources (which should be in the list of references).
  • Endnotes should be kept to a maximum of five.


  • Every effort should be made to provide complete, correct, and easily accessible sources. 
  • Follow current APA style for the references list.
  • References should in alphabetical order, with multiple references by the same author in chronological order, beginning with the earliest year.
  • All references should include a DOI or stable URL (permalink) if available (including books).
  • For non-English titles, include a translated title within square brackets immediately following.
  • All references should be cited in the text.
  • After peer review, add full references for those removed for anonymisation.
  • Do not use hard returns within a reference entry (pressing the “enter” or “return” key); allow Word to automatically wrap the text (including for URLs).