Nordicom Review

Submissions Guidelines for Nordicom Review

Nordicom Review adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from each other.

Manuscripts should be sent to

The cover letter to the editors shall include contact details for the corresponding author and a brief motivation on how the manuscript corresponds with the journal’s Aims & Scope.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the submission is in compliance with the instructions.

Submissions that do not meet the requirements will be returned for revision.


General remarks

1. All manuscripts must be delivered in British English. Manuscripts by non-native English speakers should be professionally proofread prior to submission.

2. Manuscripts should have no more than 7,000 words, including notes and references, an abstract of 100–150 words and five keywords.

3. The manuscript must be completely anonymized, including references involving the author(s).

4. The author(s) shall be identified (name, title, affiliation) on a separate title page document. If the article has more than one author, the title page shall include contact details for the corresponding author. The title page also shall include information about the number of words in the abstract and the full manuscript.

5. If the manuscript has been enabled by external funding, this should be mentioned on the title page (incl. grant number). 


Manuscript format

1. Formatting must be consistent throughout the manuscript. The article shall be submitted formatted with 12 points, double-spacing throughout and with a first line indent.

2. Consistent formatting templates shall be used for headings, quotes, tables, captions, or other special features in the text (see below).

3. Once the editing process is completed, the template for Nordicom Review will be applied in terms of margins, fonts and size.

4. Please note: all imagery (tables, figures, images, etc.) must be dimensioned to fit within the final typeset format (250x170 mm).


Titles and section headings

1. Section headings shall be clear and brief.

2. Do not use more than two levels of section headings.

3. Section headings should be set in bold, 14 points; subsection headings should be italicised, 14 points.

4. Section headings should be written in lowercase, not uppercase.

5. Please note: all articles submitted to Nordicom Review should have a section heading called 'Introduction'. All articles should also have a section heading called "Conclusions".



1. Short quotations (less than 40 words) should be marked with quotation marks. British English uses single quotes (‘) for initial quotations, then double quotes (“) for quotations within the initial quotation.

2. Longer quotes (exceeding 40 words) should be separated into their own paragraph, with indentation on both margins and a blank line before and after the quote. No quotation marks are needed.

3. Quotes should not be written in italics, unless italicized in the original text, or when the author wants to emphasize one or more words in the quote. If used, such markers should be pointed out in parentheses after the quotation:(emphasis added).

4. Please note: all quotes must be accompanied by a proper reference to the original text, including page number.



1. Italics should be used sparsely and in the primary purpose of marking an emphasized word or concept in the text.

2. Please note: if italics are used to mark specific brands (such as media outlets or titles) or words or concepts in foreign languages (e.g. per se), it is important that this principle is used consistently throughout the article.



1. Abbreviations should be avoided unless necessary.

2. Only terms that appear four or five times or more in the text should be abbreviated.

3. Abbreviations should be written with dots and without space: e.g., etc., i.e., cf., ibid.

4. Acronyms for brands, organizations, concepts etc. (e.g. SVT, PSB) shall always be written out (e.g. Sveriges Television, Public Service Broadcasting) the first time they are used (followed by the abbreviation in parentheses).

5. Please note: abbreviations such as "i.e." and "e.g." should only be used within parentheses.


Graphic elements: general remarks

1. Graphic elements such as tables, charts, images and photos may serve different purposes. While charts and graphs can be used to simplify understanding, tables are often preferred with regard to descriptions of datasets and overviews of quantitative data.

2. All graphic elements should have a numbered heading (Table 1, etc.). It is important that headings are informative and written in a consistent manner. In the formatting style template, all headings are placed above the graphic element.

3. All heading numbers of graphic elements must be mentioned in the body text, for example: (see Table 1).

4. In the manuscript, the place where graphic elements are to be inserted should be indicated in a separate paragraph in the following way:

[Table 1 here]


Tables, charts, graphs and figures

1. All tables, charts, graphs and figures shall be accompanied by comprehensive captions that explain the content presented (including, e.g., N values, phrasing of survey questions and response scales, and the underlying data source).

2. Please note: all tables, charts, graphs and figures must be attached in their original file format (e.g. Excel) in separate documents, together with their headings and captions.


Images, photos and illustrations

1. All images, photos and illustrations must be delivered as separate files, i.e. as jpeg, tif, eps or pdf files.

2. All images, photos and illustrations should be provided with high resolution (300 dpi for photographs, 600 dpi for line drawings).


The use of third-party imagery

1. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain the written permission to reuse third-party imagery (images, screenshots, photos, etc.) in his/her manuscript. When submitting the manuscript, the corresponding author must be sure that all potential copyright issues have been solved.

2. Previosuly published images (e.g. news photographs) shall always be accompanied by information about when and where the image was published. Also the name of the photographer (artist/designer, etc.) should be indicated in the caption.

3. Please note: it may take time to secure a proper permission from the copyright holder. For this reason, it is important that all necessary permissions are obtained in good time prior to submission.



Nordicom Review uses the APA 6 reference style (with some small adjustments). To make sure that references are handled correctly, please refer to the here described guidelines when you have your manuscript proofread.

1. In-text citations shall quote the name(s) of the author(s) and date of publication, with page number(s) if appropriate. Examples:

Persson (2010), (Persson, 2010: 29–30), Persson and Svensson (2015), and (Persson & Svensson, 2010, 2015). Use et al. when citing a work by more than two authors. Examples: (Persson et al., 2010) and Persson and colleagues (2010).

2. In-text citations shall be ordered alphabetically and separated by semicolon. Example:

(Persson, 2015; Svensson, 2010).

3. Notes shall be shall be indicated in superscript in the textand presented at the end of the text (endnotes). Please refrain from the use of more than five endnotes.

4. URLs shall not be used as in-text citations, but included in the reference list (see below).


List of references

1. All references in the reference list must appear in the text and all references in the text must have an entry in the list of references. Please cross-check carefully. Also make sure there is no mismatch with regard to either spelling or publication year.

2. Titles of references in other languages than English shall be translated and placed in brackets.

Example: Author, A. (2018). Title in Swedish [Title in English]. Location: Publisher.

3. The list of references shall be listed alphabetically in the form listed below.

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

Author, A. & Author, B. (eds.) (2018). Title of work. 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 (pp. 1–10). Location: Publisher.

Articles in journals:        
Author, A. (2018). Title of article. Title of Journal, 1(1): 1–10. doi:

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

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


When possible, please refrain from using web-addresses as references. When needed, refer to web-addresses in the following way:


General websites:           
Name of Website (2018). Page name. Retrieved from [accessed 2018, January 1].

Newspaper articles etc.: 
Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of newspaper article. Name of Newspaper [online]. Retrieved from [accessed 2018, January 1].

Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of blog post. Title of Blog [blog]. Retrieved from [accessed 2018, January 1].


Please note that all web addresses in the list of references must be legible.