Guidelines for authors

download-pdf-buttonManuscripts should be submitted to the editor via email (, preferably as a Microsoft Word document (either .doc or .docx); Rich Text Format (.rtf) or LaTex documents are also acceptable. Figures and tables, if any, should be submitted as separate files. Receipt of the manuscript will be readily acknowledged.

All manuscripts received will be reviewed by the editor(s) before publication. This is done in order to check if they are within the scope of the journal and if the research seems reasonably sound. Please note that this is not a formal peer-review process. Each author is responsible for the scientific basis and content of his/her article. The authors’ views do not necessarily represent those of the editors. Authors retain the copyright for their articles.

Manuscripts should be written in English. We do not offer language revision services. If English is not the first language of the author(s), please consider, prior to submission, a revision by a native speaker or a person well-versed in the language. Please note that language editing will not affect the decision on acceptance/rejection of the manuscripts.

General Presentation

The Journal of Geek Studies is not a formal scientific publication, so the manuscripts may be written in the manner preferred by each author. Nevertheless, a few format guidelines are presented below.

  • Text: Font: Times New Roman or Calibri; size 12 (except title). Line spacing: 1.5; no extra spacing before or after paragraphs.
  • Title: Font size 14, bold, centered.
  • Author(s): First and last names should be spelled in full; middle names should be abbreviated. Author affiliation and address should be indicated by numbers. Please provide an email address for at least one of the authors.
  • Headings: Should be in all caps, bold, centered. A second level of subsidiary headings can be used; these should be justified, bold. Do not number headings.
  • Main text: The organization of the main text is up to each author, but the texts normally consist of an introduction, the main body, and the conclusions. Avoid the use of footnotes; try using text boxes instead. Please include in the end of the text: acknowledgements (if any), references cited (mandatory), suggestions for further reading (if any), figure captions (if any) and table captions (if any), “about the author(s)” (one or two sentences describing the author(s) education and interests).
  • Scientific basis: General “rules” of science should be followed, for instance: using the International System of Units (metric system); using scientific names of species instead of common names; italicizing the names of species; using international geological units instead of local ones; etc.
  • Scientific jargons: Authors are expected to use (but not overuse) the jargons and vocabulary common to their fields of study. This use of jargons is fine, as long as they are explained in the text for readers not familiar with the field.


All the references used for the text should be listed alphabetically at the end of the manuscript. Preferably (although this is up to each author), the references should also appear in the main text as:

  • “Smith (2001) said…”
  • or “… (Smith, 2001)…”
  • or “… (Smith, 2000a, 2000b; Roberts & Smith, 2004; Smith et al., 2010)…”

For the reference list, the format for each case is given in the examples below:

  • Article: Smith, J. & Roberts, B. (2014) Article title. Journal Name 14(2): 101–115.
  • Book: Smith, J. (2010) Book Title. Publisher, City.
  • Book chapter: Smith, J.; Roberts, B.; Sacredsoul, S. (2009) Chapter title. In: Roberts, B. & Smith, J. (Eds.) Book Title. Publisher, City. Pp. 150–179.
  • Website: Author. (2012) Title of website. Publisher name. Available from: http://000.000.000/ (Date of access: 25/Nov/2014).

Figures & Tables

Figure captions should be placed at the end of the manuscript, after the References section. All figures should be submitted in .jpeg or .tiff format, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and prepared in a manner ready for publication (i.e., we do not offer figure editing services). The source of the figures, when not belonging to the author(s), should be given in the captions.

Tables should be submitted as a separate Microsoft Word or Excel file. Table captions should be placed at the end of the manuscript, after the figures’ captions.

Authors may indicate the position in the text where they want the figures and tables to appear.

Cover Images

The author may suggest images to appear on the cover of our volumes. The figure might come from an article by the author appearing on that issue or might be an entirely new creation, provided it connects somehow to one or more articles in that issue. In the latter case, the author does not need to have an article in the journal. Figures to serve as potential cover images should be sent (in .jpeg or .tiff format, with a resolution of 600 dpi) directly to the editor: