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Author Guidelines

Before your submission, please check that your manuscript has been prepared in accordance to the step-by-step instructions for submitting a manuscript to our online submission system.
Manuscript Format
Your manuscript should be in MS Word. You are advised to download the document, Manuscript Submission Template,as a template for more details on preparing your submissions to Journal of Game Studies for consideration. All manuscripts must be written in clear, comprehensible English. Both British and American English are accepted. Usage of non-English words should be kept to a minimum and all must be italicized with the exception of “e.g.”, “i.e.” and “etc.” If you have concerns about the level of English in your submission, please ensure that it is proofread before submission by a native English speaker or a scientific editing service.
Types of Submissions Accepted
Journal of Game Studies accepts several types of manuscripts – original research articles, reviews, letters, editorials, commentaries, perspectives and case reports. Please read further for the definition of each type and select the appropriate option in the submission system. However, article processing charges will differ in exceptional cases. The article processing charge will then be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Original articles: scientific articles on original basis and applied research and/or analysis.
Review articles: a summary highlighting recent developments and current/future trends of the field.
Letters: containing new ideas, supporting data or data. This manuscript type typically has 1,800 words (exclusive of the reference list).
Editorials: solicited concise commentary highlighting prominent topics in the Journal issue. These are the official opinions of the editors of the Journal or special issue. 
Brief Commentaries : unsolicited commentaries or analysis from reader(s) targeting specific published articles in the Journal.
Perspectives: author’s personal opinions on a subject/topic. Unlike Review articles, Perspective articles may cover a more specific, narrow part of the field. However, these are still required to uphold the spirit of academia to be objective as well as aim to initiate or further discuss and novel experimental procedures in the field. Accepted articles may be solicited or unsolicited.
Case reports: summarize the execution of a collaborative research program that is directly related to the advancement of game studies. 

Erratum: a notification of a significant error made by the editors that affects the scholarly record or the scientific integrity of a published article. An erratum is always accompanied by Publisher Correction of the error. The erratum will not be made directly in the already-published articles. Authors who notice an error in their published articles should contact

Corrigendum: a notice that will be issued when it is necessary to correct an error or omission which can impact the interpretation of the article, but where the scholarly integrity of the article remains intact. For example, mislabeling of a table, missing key information on funding or competing interests of the authors.


Cover Letter
All submissions should include a cover letter as a separate file. A cover letter should contain a brief explanation of what was previously known, the conceptual advancement with the findings and its significance to broad readership. The cover letter is confidential and will be read only by the editors. It will not be seen by reviewers.
Manuscript Submission Template
FIRST Author1, SECOND Author2, THIRD Author3*
1 Department, University Name, City, Country
2 Affiliation
3 Affiliation
means the corresponding author
Use the word “ABSTRACT” as the title, boldface type, centered relative to the column, fully capitalized. It should briefly state the purpose, method and results of the paper. All manuscripts must be in English.
Keywords: Please use about 3 to 8 keywords; capitalize the first letter; separated by semi-colon. 
1. Introduction
Please follow the steps outlined below when submitting your final draft to the EnPress Publisher. 
2. Main title
2.1 Sub-heading
Capitalize the first letter. Please initially capitalize only the first  first letter of the first word in other titles, including section titles and first, second, and third-order headings. 
2.1.1 Sub-subheading
3. Tables
Place tables as close as possible to the text they refer to and aligned center. A table is labeled Table and given a number (e.g., Table 1. Sample Datasheet) consecutively, and the title appears above the table, aligned center and bold face, no additional blank line.
In cases where the caption needs to be extended over to the second line, the title should be aligned left.
In cases where the tables need to be extended over to the second page, the continuation of the table should be preceded by a caption, e.g., “Table 1. (Continued)”. Footnotes in tables should be placed below the table.

                            Table 1. Table label

4. Figures
Place figures as close as possible to the text they refer to and aligned center. Photos, graphs, charts or diagram should be labeled Figure (do not abbreviate), and assigned a number consecutively (Figure 1). The title should appear underneath the figure, aligned center, no additional blank line.
In cases where the title needs to be extended over to the second line, the title should be aligned left.
For example:


Figure 1. Figure label label label label label label label label label label 

label label. 

5. Equations
Including symbols and equations in the text, the variable name and style must be consistent with those in the equations. Equations should be centered and numbered at the right margin of the next line; equation number is enclosed with open and close parenthesis (). 
For example:
The acknowledgements section is not required. This is the section where the authors can credit others for their guidance or help in writing the manuscript. Funding sources or sponsorship information may be included here too.
Conflict of interest
All authors are required to declare all activities that have the potential to be deemed as a source of competing interest in relations to their submitted manuscript. If no conflict of interest, please state that, for example "The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest".
Appendix A.   This is the Appendix
Supplementary materials that are excluded in the main body of the paper may be included in the appendices. These include derivations of equations and details of algorithms. Appendices should be used only when advanced technical details are essential to the paper.
List and number all bibliographical references that make an important contribution to the paper. The number of in-text citations should be enclosed in square brackets, for example[1]

Journal Article

Format as the following: numerical order, point, family name, blank, initial letter(s) of names (use et al. if more than three authors), point, Title of the cited article. Journal Title, blank, year of publication, semicolon, volume number, issue number with brackets, published year, volume(issue number), semicolon, page numbers.

For example:

1. Tom C, John EF, Matt GH, et al. Study on persistent organic pollutants in Southern Town. Journal of Smart Construction 2013; 1(2): 5–8.

Article in a language other than English

For example:

1. Massone L, Borghi S, Pestarino A. Localisations palmairespurpuriques de la dermatite herpetiforme (French) [Purpuric palmarsites of dermatitis herpetiformis]. Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie 1987; 114(12): 1545–1547.

2.  Koplatadze AM, Bondarev IuA. Lechenie ostrykh anal'nykhtreshchin (Russian) [Treatment of acute renal fissures]. Vestn Khir 1990; 144(1): 110–112.


Format as the following: numerical order, point, the author’s name, point, book title, point, edition (if not the first edition), point, city of publication, colon, publisher, semi-colon, year of publication, point, p. initial and last page numbers.

For example:

1.  Carr I, Kidner R. Statutes and conventions on international trade law. 4th ed. London: Cavendish; 2009. p. 11–14.

2.  Rojko JL, Hardy WD JR. Feline leukemia virus and otherretroviruses. 3rd ed. In: Sherding RG (editor). The cat: Diseasesand clinical management. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 229–332.


1. Blanco EE, Meade JC, Richards WD (inventors). Ophthalmic V (assignee). Surgical stapling system. US patent. 4,969,591. 1990 Nov 13.


Digital Economy Act 2017 [Internet]. 2017 Apr 27 [cited 2021 Jan 13] (Great Britain). Available from:

Conference publication

1. Vivian VL (editor). Child abuse and neglect: A medical community response. 1st AMA National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect; 1984 Mar 30–31; Chicago. Chicago: American Medical Association; 1985. p. 256.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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