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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 for Ensuring a Blind Review in Author Guidelines have to be followed.

Author Guidelines

Instruction for authors

Media Studies is an interdisciplinary journal that aims to act as an international forum where
academics and practitioners can present their research in media, communication, journalism, public relations and related disciplines. It welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. The articles submitted to the journal are supposed not have been previously published elsewhere (either partially or completely), considered for publication by any other journal or volume nor should the submissions be a translation of previously published articles. Authors are responsible for the authorship of their manuscripts. All manuscripts will undergo a rigorous international, double-blind peer review in which the identities of both the reviewer and the author are respectfully concealed from both parties.

Electronic copy (.doc) of the manuscript should be uploaded to the OJS (
ojs/index.php/ medijske-studije). For the purposes of the blind review, full names of the authors,
authors’ current affiliation, contacts and short biographical notes, should be submitted 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. The title page shall consist of the article’s full title and abstract that states the purpose, goals, methodologies, and the most important results (100-150 words, including 5-6 key words) in both Croatian and English. In a footnote, the author(s) may add further description of the research, acknowledge contributions from non-authors and/or list funding sources. If the research was conducted as a part of the project, the authors are kindly asked to add the project number and, if applicable, include a code or identifier of the project.

The main text of the article (including notes, references, and illustrations) should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words long. References must be incorporated into the text and must follow the APA Style of Referencing, 7TH edition (

In-text references

References should be cited in the text (not in notes) as follows: author’s surname, year, page number), e.g., (Dahlgren, 2009, p. 67). APA in-text citation style uses the author’s last name and the year of publication, for example: (Field, 2005). For direct quotations, include the page number as well, for example: (Field, 2005, p. 14). If there are two authors, the following model should be followed (Gillespie & Toynbee, 2006). If there are three or more authors, list only the first author’s name followed by “et al.”, e.g. (Ridgeout et al., 2010). If there are more references by the same author published in the same year, letters should be added to the citation: a, b, c..., e.g., (2006a), (2006b), (2006c)).

Multiple citations in the same parenthetical unit are arranged alphabetically by the author/ authors’ surname(s) first. Semicolons separate citations with different author lists, e.g., (Dahlgren, 2009; Gillespie & Toynbee, 2006). The same rule applies to electronic sources. Sources from official webpages include the name of the webpage and the year when it was retrieved (FPZG, 2021); electronic books or articles references include the author’s / authors’ surname(s) and the publication year (Ridgeout et al., 2010).

Reference list

All cited references must be added to the reference list and sorted alphabetically. It is important to add the DOI number for each reference, if available.
Author: Surname, N. (year). Title of the book. Publisher. DOI (if available)
Dahlgren, P. (2009). Media and Political Engagement. Cambridge University Press.
Ćapeta, T. & Rodin, S. (2011). Osnove prava Europske unije. Narodne novine.

Journal Articles:
Author: Surname, N. (year). Title. Journal, volume(number), pages. DOI (if available)
McQuail, D. (2003). Public Service Broadcasting: Both Free and Accountable. The Public/Javnost,
10(3), 13-28.

Book chapter or conference proceedings:
author: Surname, N. (year). Title of the chapter. In N. Surname (Ed./Eds.), Title of the book/
proceedings (pages). Publisher. DOI (if available)
Corbett, N. (2009). Digital performance, live technology: Video games and the remediation of
theatrical spectatorship. In M. MacArthur, L. Wilkinson, & K. Zaiontz (Eds.), Performing Adaptions:
Essays and Conversations on the Theory and Practice of Adaptation (pp. 11–23). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Internet references:
Author or institution or name of the webpage (year, date). Title. Publisher. Retrieved DD/MM/YYYY
(date when retrieved), from httsp://URL
Ridgeout, V., Foehr, U. & Roberts, D. (2010, July). Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18- Years
Olds. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved 28/10/2013., from lives/
UNICEF, Ured za Hrvatsku (2011, March). Mišljenja i stavovi djece i mladih u Hrvatskoj. Retrieved
19/11/2013., from

For detailed instructions on how to use APA style please refer to

Manuscripts that are not formatted and edited according to the Instructions for authors are
subject to desk rejection.

Footnotes should be used rather than endnotes. Quotation marks must be used in direct citations. Citations that are up to three lines long should be integrated into the text. A citation of four lines or longer should be separated from the main text using a left indentation (only), without enclosing quotation marks. A parenthetical citation appears after the terminal punctuation that closes the citation.

Tables, graphs, and illustrations (only black and white, no color) should be integrated in the text; each should include a title (at the top of the table – Table 1. Title; Graph 1. Title; Illustration/image 1. Title) and provide accurate source information (below the table, font 10 – Source: Author, year: page). Titles of books, papers, magazines and other literature should not be translated.

Original tables and graphs should be sent in a separate Excel document. Original illustrations should be sent as a .jpg in a separate document. 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.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  • The authors of the document have removed personal information from the file properties by taking the following steps:
    • Microsoft Word for Windows:
      • Go to File
      • Select Info
      • Click on Check for Issues
      • Click on Inspect Document
      • In the Document Inspector dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the type of hidden content that you want inspected.
      • Click Remove All
      • Click Close
      • Save the document
    • Microsoft Word for MacOS:
      • Go to Tools
      • Click Protect Document
      • Select Remove personal information for this file on save
      • Click OK and save the file
    • PDF:
      • Go to File
      • Select Properties
      • Remove any name in the author field
      • Click OK
      • Save the document


Authors upload their articles here following Author Guidelines. To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review, authors have to follow guidlines on Ensuring a Blind Peer Review.

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