Information for Journal Editors and Contributors

Short guide to journal production

This guide gives a summary of an editor’s role during the production process, and includes information on timelines, metadata, style, etc. It is a useful resource for editors and guest editors alike.

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Style guide

Consistency across our journal portfolio is very important to us, and all journal submissions should follow our house style (based on the Harvard referencing system). We hope that this document answers all your stylistic queries, however, you can direct any additional style questions to

If contributors have a more specific query about submitting an article to a particular journal, please contact the editor(s) of that journal, whose details can be found on the relevant journal page.

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Image guide

It is very important that images are supplied as high-quality JPEG files as low-resolution images appear fuzzy, jagged and blurry in print. This guide has been produced to help you check that your images are big enough to be used.

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Tables, charts and graphs

Please use Microsoft Word’s table feature to create any tables, and embed them in the article when you submit. Each column should be clearly labelled, and we prefer that you avoid the use of merged cells, colour or shading. Do not submit tables as images, PDF or excel files.  Graphs (line, bar, pie etc.) should be submitted as high-resolution JPEG files separately, and should follow the same standards as images.

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Contributor publishing agreement (standard)

Once an article has been accepted for publication, the contributor must complete and submit this form to the Editor. Editors should send the completed forms to their journal's Production Editor when submitting the journal for copy-editing, as we cannot publish without the contributors’ agreement. 

The form contains information about our privacy policy and GDPR, Open Access, republication, university repositories and image use. It is very important that all editors, guest editors and contributors have read and understood this form.

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Contributor publishing agreement (OA)

We have a separate publishing agreement for any contributors wishing to publish their article Gold Open Access. This should be discussed with the journal's Editor and Production Editor on submission.

Download the Licensing Agreement for Publishing Open Access

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Peer review flowchart

Peer review is a vital part of our journal production and quality control. Before an article is accepted for publication, it must undergo double-blind peer review by at least two academics. This flowchart gives an overview of the process.

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Template instructions for peer reviewers

When an article is sent for peer review, the reviewer may need guidance and instructions to ensure a constructive and rigorous review process. This document is only an example and editors are free to edit it as they wish.

Download the Instructions for Reviewers template
Download COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

Writing better metadata

This document gives advice on writing effective titles, abstracts and keywords in order to increase the visibility of your work. 

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Running order template

Please make sure that you include a running order when sending journal articles to your production manager for copyediting. This helps us keep track of material, and may be a useful way of recording word counts as well.

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Proof corrections template

When sending contributors the proof of their article, please ask them to clearly list any changes in a table, using the page numbers and line numbers printed on the proof. Editors should also use this table for their own proofreading.

Download the Proof Corrections template

Copyright permissions

It is the author’s responsibility to secure written permission from copyright holders for reproducing images, tables, figures or text extracts. If required, copyright permissions must be obtained before the journal is submitted for production. When looking to use material from books/journals, contact the original publisher. For images from an art agency, museum, library or gallery, contact the organization. Photographers typically hold copyright over photographs. This letter can be used as a template when seeking copyright permission. 

Download the Image Copyright template letter

Fair dealing

Some use of copyright material is allowed within academic publishing under ‘fair dealing’ in UK copyright law, or ‘fair use’ in US law. The UK and US interpretations of fair dealing/use do differ, and this is still a grey area in copyright. Please be aware that it is your responsibility if you choose to use content under fair dealing/use, and we do advise you to seek permission from the copyright holder wherever possible.

Visit the UK Copyright Service website for a fact sheet on using copyright works.

Visit the Society for Cinema and Media Studies website for advice on the use of film stills.

Visit the US-based College Art Association’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (2015) for advice based on feedback from artists, designers, curators, museum directors, academics, art historians, rights officers and publishers.

Ethical standards

We are committed to upholding high standards of ethical behaviour amongst our staff, authors and editors, and maintaining these standards throughout the publication process. Please see our ethical guidelines page for more details.

See also

Publish with Us

Information for Book Authors and Editors

Information for Librarians

Ethical guidelines