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Author Guidelines

The submission must not have been previously published, or submitted simultaneously to another journal for consideration.

Articles should range between 5,000-8,000 words (including abstract, notes and references).


Submission files should be in Microsoft Word file format, or equivalent formats.

The text should be double-spaced and use a 12-point font (Times New Roman).

Paragraph titles should be numbered using the Arabic numeral system. Numbering must have a maximum of two levels. Notes should be limited and collected at the end of the text.

Short quotations (<40 words) should be enclosed in double quotation marks (“”) and run on with the main text. For a quotation within a quotation, single quotation marks should be used (‘’). Longer quotations (>40 words) should be separated by a single line break before and a single line break after the quoted text, and should not be enclosed within quotation marks.

All the links and URL addresses in the text have to be activated and ready to click.

Articles can be written either in American English or British English, provided that the choice is consistently employed throughout the text.

Articles should be formatted according to these norms. Where not otherwise specified (spelling, abbreviations, punctuations, ...), please follow the MHRA style guide (


The author-date system has to be used.

References in the text should read as follows: Brown (2001: 63-4), (Brown 2001: 63-4), Brown and Smith (2000, 2003), (Brown and Smith 2000, 2003), (Smith 2000, Brown 2003). Use “et al.” when citing a work by more than two authors: (Brown et al. 2004). The letters, a, b, c, etc. should be used to distinguish citations of different works by the same author in the same year: (Brown 2000a, 2000b).

All references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the document, using the following style.

Articles in journals:

Murdock, Graham (2004). “Past the Posts: Rethinking Change, Retrieving Critique.” European Journal of Communication 19(1): 19-38. DOI: [All references with a Digital Object Identifier must include the DOI link.]

Barra, Luca and Massimo Scaglioni (2015). “Saints, Cops and Camorristi. Editorial Policies and Production Models of Italian TV Fiction.” SERIES – International Journal of TV Serial Narratives 1(1): 65-75. DOI:


Castells, Manuel (2009). Communication Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Contributions to books:

Dahlgren, Peter (1997). “Cultural Studies and Media Research.” In An International Handbook of Media Research, edited by John Corner, Philip Schlesinger, and Roger Silverstone, 48-64. London: Routledge.

Online resources:

Herrera, Susana (2005). “Situación del ombudsman en el mundo.” Revista de Comunicación 4:17-37. (last accessed 28-05-17).

Unpublished works:

Morgan, Allan (1998b). Retrieving Formal Values. PhD dissertation. London: University of London.

TV series and other media cited

TV series, shows, films, games and other media have to be included in the text as follows: The Sopranos (1999-2007); Tony Soprano’s (James Gandolfini) first dream appears in “Meadowlands” (1.04); Blue Velvet (1986).

Titles must also be listed after the reference list, at the end of the article. All the elements must be separated in categories and ordered alphabetically, quoted as follows:


Blue Velvet (1986)


Deadly Premonition (2010)

TV shows

Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)

Mr Robot (2015-)


All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate reference points, rather than at the end of the article. They must have a caption with essential information and be inserted in order of appearance, numbered in Arabic numerals.


Three files must be sent: cover letter, title page and manuscript (main text).

Cover letter

This file, digitally signed by the author(s), must come with a request for the evaluation of the manuscript, together with a declaration stating the following:

  • The research constitutes an original contribution.
  • The manuscript has not been sent simultaneously to other magazines or journals.
  • The person(s) submitting the manuscript is/are the author(s) of the work.
  • The author(s) accept(s) any changes that may be required to the manuscript in accordance with the rules of publication.
  • The author(s) grant(s) to the journal the right to publish the work under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Title page

This file must contain:

  • Name and surname of each of the authors (respecting the order of priority), followed by university, city and country (in brackets).
  • Title of the article in English and in the language in which the paper has been written (if different). A maximum of two lines will be accepted (max. 80 characters including spaces).
  • Abstract in English and in the language in which the paper has been written (150-200 words).
  • Keywords in English and in the language in which the paper has been written (5 terms).
  • Full name and surname(s), followed by the academic centre and the e-mail address of each author. If the author holds the academic qualification of doctor, this must be indicated (by including the title Dr. before the name).
  • The author to whom correspondence should be addressed, the lead academic institution (if applicable) and publication background.


This file must contain the main text, without the author’s name appearing under the title, in notes and references (it should be substituted with ***). Also the document’s properties must not contain the author’s name or other personal details, using the anonymizing functions provided by the different softwares (see also Ensuring a Blind Review).


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