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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). 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. 


General submission guidelines 

  • Nordicom Review adheres to a a rigourous double-blind reviewing policy; therefore, your manuscript must be anonymised, including references involving the author(s).
  • All manuscripts must be delivered in British English using "s" endings (e.g., organisation, analyse, modernise). Manuscripts by non-native English speakers should be professionally proofread prior to submission. 
  • Manuscripts should have no more than 7,000 words, including notes and references. It should include an abstract of 100–150 words and five keywords. 
  • Formatting must be consistent throughout the manuscript: 12-point font, double-spacing throughout, and with first-line indents. Consistent templates shall be used for headings, tables, captions, or other special features in the text. 
  • Use the serial comma, which is the comma before the conjunction ("and", "or") that precedes the last item in a list. 
  • Any foreign language (title, name, quote, etc.) should have the English translation placed in square brackets immediately following.



  • Headings should be clear and brief and written in sentence case (capitalise the first word and proper nouns only). 
  • Do not use more than two levels of section headings: section headings should be set in bold with 14-point font; subsection headings should be italicised with 14-point font. 
  • All articles submitted to Nordicom Review should include the section headings "Introduction" and "Conclusion(s)".



  • Short quotes (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. 
  • Long quotes (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. 
  • Quotes 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: [...] 
  • All quotes should be accompanied by a proper reference to the original text, including a page number.



  • Italics should be used sparsely and with the primary purpose of marking an emphasised word or concept in the text, or to italicise titles of stand-alone works (e.g., books and periodicals) cited in the text. 
  • If italics are used to mark specific brands (e.g., media outlets) or words in foreign languages (e.g., per se), this principle should be used consistently throughout the article. 



  • Abbreviations should be avoided unless necessary, and used only for terms that appear four times or more. 
  • Abbreviations should be written with dots and without space (e.g., i.e., etc.) and used only within parentheses. In the running text, write "that is" or "in other words" (i.e.), "for example" (e.g.), or "and so forth" (etc).
  • Acronyms should be written out (e.g., Sveriges Television, Public Service Broadcasting) the first time they are used in the text followed by the abbreviation in parentheses (e.g., SVT, PSB). 


Figures and tables

Figures include charts, graphs, images, illustrations, and so forth. While figures can be used to simplify understanding, tables are often preferred with regard to descriptions of datasets and overviews of quantitative data. Please 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 place where a figure or table is to be inserted should be indicated in a separate paragraph in the following way: 

 [Table 1 here]

  • Each figure or table must be submitted in their original file format in a separate document, together with heading and caption, and 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 attachments should be named in a clear and uniform manner. As a suggestion, the following principle may be used: “author_image1.jpg”. 


The use of third-party imagery

  • The author must ensure all potential copyright issues are solved at the time of submission. 
  • 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 quote the name(s) of the author(s) and date of publication, with page number(s) 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. 

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

Narrative citation: Svensson and colleagues (2010) 

  • Multiple citations should be in alphabetical order. (Persson, 2015; Svensson, 2010; White, 2007). 
  • Notes shall be indicated in superscript in the text and presented at the end of the text (endnotes). Please refrain from using more than five endnotes per chapter. 
  • 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, but included in the reference list, or, when appropriate, an endnote. 



  • 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, ensure there is no mismatch with regard to spelling or publication year. 
  • Non-English titles should be translated and placed in brackets immediately following the original title. 
  • The reference list should be alphabetical and follow APA guidelines (below). Adherence to APA style is beneficial when using reference management software. For types of works not mentioned below, please refer to APA guidelines. 
  • Any citations to publically retrievable social media content must have an entry in the reference list.



Author, A. (2018). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Location: Publisher.


Author, A., & Author, B. (Eds.) (2018). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Location: Publisher.

Chapters in anthologies:

Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (2018). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book: Subtitle of book (pp. 1–10). Location: Publisher.

Articles in journals:

Author, A. (2018). Title of article. Title of Journal, 1(1), 1–10.

Newspaper articles:

Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of newspaper article. Name of Newspaper.

  • If the book or article was accessed online and has a DOI, include it at the end of the reference as follows: https://doi.org/xx.xxxxxx

Conference papers:

Author, A. (2018). Title of paper. Paper presented at the conference Name of conference, year, month day, at Organisation, Location.

General websites:

Name of Website. (2018, January). Page name. Retrieved March 2, 2019, from http://...

Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of page. Title of Website. Retrieved March 2, 2019, from http://...


Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of blog post. Title of Blog [blog]. Retrieved March 2, 2019, from http://...

Social Media: 

Author, A. (2018, January 1). First approximately 40 words of post or tweet. [Facebook Post/Tweet]. Platform name. http://...

  • All web addresses must be legible.