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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 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 submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Article contains no less than 5000, and no more than 8000 words (including notes, references and illustrations).
  • The text is written in English or Croatian; uses a Times New Roman 12-point font; line spacing is 1.5; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Media Studies is an interdisciplinary journal that provides an international forum for the presentation of research and advancement of discourse concerning media, communications, journalism, and public relations, within each field’s cultural, historical, political and/or economic contexts. It welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. The articles should not be published before (neither partially nor completely), nor currently be considered for publication by any other journal or book, nor should the submissions be a translation of previously published articles. Authors are responsible for the paper authorship. All manuscripts shall undergo a rigorous international, double-blind peer review in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are respectfully concealed from both parties.
Media Studies does not levy any charges to an author to process or publish a paper. This includes article processing charges (APCs), submission charges, page charges, color charges or any instance where money is required to complete the publication process. There are no submission charges to an author and no publication charges to an author.
Please upload an electronic copy (.doc) of the manuscript to the OJS. For the purposes of our blind review, the full name of each author shall be included in a separate document along with the author’s current affiliation, complete mailing and email addresses, and telephone number. A short biographical note shall also be supplied by the author in a separate document.
Manuscripts should be written in either Croatian or English, using Times New Roman font; size 12; 1.5 line spacing; all pages should be numbered appropriately. The title page shall consist of the article’s full title and abstract, which sufficiently states the purpose, goals, methodologies, and the most important results (100-150 words, noting the 5-6 key words) in both Croatian and English of the submitted piece. In the footnote please add further description of the research, acknowledge contributions from non-authors and/or list funding sources. If the research was conducted under a project, please add a project number and if applicable include a code or identifier of the project. Articles should range between 5,000 and 8,000 words including references.
References must be incorporated into the text (not in end note format) and must follow the Harvard Style of Referencing. References should be cited in the text as follows: (author, date: page). An alphabetical references section should follow the text. If there are more references by the same author published in the same year, letters should be added to the citation: a, b, c, etc. (e.g. 2006a; 2006b). It is important to add DOI number for each reference which has it.
Books: author (year) title (English translation). city of publication: publisher.
Dahlgren, Peter (2009) Media and Political Engagement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ćapeta, Tamara and Rodin, Siniša (2011) Osnove prava Europske unije (Introduction to European Union Law). Zagreb: Narodne novine.
Journal Articles: author (year) title (English translation). journal volume (number): pages.
McQuail, Denis (2003) Public Service Broadcasting: Both Free and Accountable. The Public/Javnost 10 (3): 13-28.
Book Chapter: author (year) title (English translation), pages in editors (ed./eds) title (English translation). place: publisher.
Tongue, Carole (2002) Public Service Broadcasting: A Study of 8 OECD Countries, pp. 107-142 in Collins, Philip (ed.) Culture or Anarchy? The Future of Public Service Broadcasting. London: Social Market Foundation.
Ciboci, Lana, Jakopović, Hrvoje, Opačak, Suzana, Raguž, Anja and Skelin, Petra (2011) Djeca u dnevnim novinama. Analiza izvještavanja o djeci u 2010. (Children in newspapers. Analysis of Reporting on Children in 2010), pp. 103-166 in Ciboci, Lana, Kanižaj, Igor and Labaš, Danijel (eds) Djeca medija. Od marginalizacije do senzacije (Children of the Media. From Marginalisation to Sensation). Zagreb: Matica hrvatska.
Internet references: author or institution or webpage name (year) Title (English translation). Project title or document title if exsist. link (DD.MM.YYYY = date when retreived).
Ridgeout, Victoria, Foehr, Ulla and Roberts, Donald (2010) Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18- Years Olds. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (28.10.2013).
UNICEF, Croatian Office (2011) Mišljenja i stavovi djece i mladih u Hrvatskoj (Opinions and Attitudes of Children and Youth in Croatia). (19.11.2013).
Ofcom (2013) Radio: The Listener's Perspective: A Research Report for Ofcom. (20.11.2013).
Footnotes should be used rather than endnotes. Cited texts that are three lines or less should be integrated into the text. Cited text of four or more lines should be separated from the main text using a left indentation (only), and a font size of 10. Tables, graphs, and illustrations (only black and white, no color) should be integrated in the text; each should include a sufficient title (at the top of the table – Table 1. Title; Graph 1. Title; Illustration 1. Title) and provide accurate source information (below the table, font 10 – Source: Author, year: page).
Original tables and graphs should be uploaded in a separate Excel document during Upload Supplementary Files step. Original illustrations should be uploaded as a .jpg in a separate document during Upload Supplementary Files step. All authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Permission letters must be supplied to Media Studies.


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