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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 submitted to another journal for consideration.
  • If your work was funded in some form, please include all details required by your funding bodies with "funding agency" and "funding number."
  • For all material (e.g., screenshots from video games) for which you as author(s) do not own the copyright, you have included written permissions (e.g., informal confirmation via email) that you are allowed to use the material.
  • ORCID IDs should be included (https://orcid.org/) for all authors
  • Alongside the contribution for all authors email addresses, institutional affiliation and biographical paragraphs (100-150 words) are included.
  • An abstract (around 200 words) and keywords (5 to 10) are included.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in journal's style sheet. Any in-text reference includes the authorship and the year of the work. Additionally, all mentioned video games are included in the references according to the journal's style sheet.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are included as extra files (.jpg or .png). The position of all illustrations, figures, and tables are marked within the text at the appropriate points.

Author Guidelines

It’s all about style…

Please arrange your text in the following way:

  • Please use a clear structure with chapters, headings and if necessary subheadings.
  • Please do not insert any automatic Microsoft Word functions (“auto format”), such as automatic headlines, numeration, etc.
  • Please use a tab instead of spaces for indentation.
  • Please use endnotes instead of footnotes.
  • Please be consistent in your choice of either British or American spelling.
  • Please include a bibliography with a complete list of all publications cited at the end of your article or review.
  • Please follow the guidelines for citations and formatting set forward by the Harvard Style, in which citations within the text include the author’s name and the date of publication (Gamer 2020).

Please find the detailed style sheet here!

 

Peer Review Process  

Submission of Contributions

The authors submit contributions to the journal gamevironments via the journal website. As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission's compliance with required items you find listed in the submission section. In case contributions don’t meet the requirements of the journal, they can be rejected by the editorial team.

Peer Review Process for Articles

All articles are subjected to an external double-blind peer review process. This means that both the reviewer’s and the author’s identity is concealed in the review process. The editorial team will contact appropriate experts in the field for this. The review results from the external review process will be forwarded to the authors. If accepted, the authors revise their contribution according to the comments of the double-blind peer review.

Editorial Review for Research Reports, Interviews, Game and Book reviews

Research reports, interviews, game reviews, and book reviews are reviewed by the editorial team – or in the case of special issues, by the guest editors. The editorial review will be shared with the authors. The authors revise their contribution according to the review.

Review Decision

Authors must submit their revised manuscript to the journal where it will be reviewed by the editorial team. Additionally, for revised articles a „Response to Review“, that is, a detailed, point-by-point response to the review comments, has to be submitted along with the revised manuscript.

Preparation for Publication

All contributions must be formatted according to the journal’s style; you can find the style sheet here. Open questions regarding the revision, format/style as well as other issues will be discussed between the editorial team – or in the case of special issues, the guest editors – and the authors.

Peer-reviewed Articles

Articles should be between 5.000 and 10.000 words in length. In general, a clear structure is of course helpful to understand your argumentation and should include an introduction, discussion of the relevance of your idea, theoretical frame, used method(s) and case study.

Reports

Sometimes you may just want to give an impression of your current research or an introduction to a new project. Also, you should get applause in case you acquired some money out of the roughly 5% of successful third-party funding”. Please feel free to do so :)

Reports should give insight into a new project, idea/concept or other forms of current research. An analytical and critical approach towards your main questions is central. Further, include relevant theoretical/methodological approaches as well as aspects of necessary future research.

In general, such reports should between 3000 and 5000 words in length. They are not peer-reviewed, but we as journal editors (or in the case of a special issue the guest editors) will give some feedback if necessary.

Interviews

Next to academic articles we are interested in projects related to games, gamers, gaming and culture as well as society. For instance, if you have an interview with a game designer, a pedagogue working with games, etc., please feel free to share it in our journal!

In your contribution, please provide information why the interview is relevant for this research area and include possible implications or interesting aspects for future research.

In general, in interviews should be between 1000 and 2000 words in length. They are not peer-reviewed, but we as journal editors (or in the case of a special issue the guest editors) will give some feedback if necessary.

Reviews

Book Reviews 

There is a flow in publications dealing with games and gaming , so it could be interesting to introduce and discuss some of them. If you are reading a new book that you think can be helpful for other researchers, feel free to propose a review.

Authors should critically engage with the book. A book review should consist of an introduction, a main section that connects your critical thoughts on the book to existing research and points out relevant aspects of necessary future research, as well as a conclusion with some general thoughts about the book.

Reviews should be around 1000 words. Please note that in most cases, the journal will not be able to provide a free copy for reviews, but will try to source a free copy for you.

 

Game Reviews

Due to the fact that we are a games journal that wants to collect, systematize and further develop the various recent multidisciplinary approaches in the research area, we need to know our way around in our field, namely GAMES! So, if you are playing a game which you think can be an interesting and promising object of investigation, please send us proposals for a game review.

Authors should critically engage with the game and its context in a scientific way. A game review should consist of an introduction, a main section that connects your critical thoughts to existing research and points out relevant aspects of necessary future research, as well as a conclusion.

Reviews should be around 1000 words. Please note that in most cases, the journal will not be able to provide a free copy for reviews.

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