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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission is an original contribution; it has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The person(s) submitting the manuscript is/are the author(s) of the work.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The author(s) accept(s) any changes that may be required to the manuscript in accordance with the rules of publication.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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).

Authors must submit their manuscripts within the platform, using the 5 step submission process. The manuscript file must contain the main text, without the author’s name appearing under the title, in notes and references (the full reference 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).

The anonymous manuscript will be uploaded at step 2 of the submission process. The manuscript must comply with the guidelines in “Formatting.”

Submission metadata will be provided at step 3 of the submission process, and must include the following:

  1. For each author of the manuscript: first name and last name, email, ORCiD (if available), institutional affiliation, country, and a brief biographical note (50-100 words).

  2. Title (max. 80 characters including spaces)

  3. An abstract (150-200 words)

  4. Five keywords, separated by semicolons

If submitting an article in Spanish, title, keyword, and abstract must be provided both in English and the original language, using the “Form language” tool to switch between languages.


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. Footnotes should be limited.

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. [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.


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.

Narratives / Aesthetics / Criticism

Includes papers researching narrative and aesthetic specific phenomena, with a focus on innovative and critical elements.

Productions / Markets / Strategies

Features articles presenting innovative formulas in terms of production, technology and marketing strategies.

Culture / Reception / Consumption

Presents studies on the impact and significance of serial products from a technological, political, social, or educational perspective.


Publishes papers featuring essays, reviews and general overviews of fictional series corresponding to a particular geographical area (which will be determined in each call for papers).

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