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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.
  • You confirm that 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).
  • You confirm that the authors have the rights to the material being submitted, including the data on which the submission is based.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, PDF or RTF document file format.
  • You confirm that the manuscript has been anonymized: that there is no identifying information in the front material or revealing references to previous work in the first person. Do not redact your self-citations, but do not refer to them in first-person.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); includes page numbers (preferably in the upper-right corner); does not use acronyms or computational abbreviations when discussing variables.
  • The abstract (max 500 words) is included on the first page of the manuscript submission file.
  • Figures and tables are exactly where they should fall in the manuscript, or, if need be, use a place holder [Figure/Table 1 about here], with the figure directly following on a new page. Do not place figures and tables at the end of the manuscript. Number figures and tables consecutively. All variables that appear in tables of figures should be described in appropriate detail in the text. Figures rendered in color are actively encouraged. The journal is not bound by the constraints of archaic publishing requirements, and we hope authors take full advantage of modern data visualization tools. Do keep accessibility in mind, e.g.,
  • The text uses consistent referencing that is based on a style that lists author-year in-text. If accepted, the final publication will have to use APA 7th style.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • You acknowledge that the authors will be responsible for final formatting (APA 7th style guide), using a template provided by the Journal.
  • The text only uses footnotes, no endnotes, but does not use footnotes for simple citations. For citations, use Author, Year in-text.


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Letters of Inquiry (LOI)

Before submitting an article, please submit a Letter of Inquiry (see important details below!) so that we can assess whether your planned submission is suitable for the journal. Please note that for your paper to be within scope, the research questions have to concern digital media on substance. That is, relying on digital media as the source of data does not in and of itself make a paper relevant for JQD:DM.

LOIs should be no longer than a paragraph (maximum 500 words!) and address the questions below directly in the sequence presented on this page. LOIs should address all of the questions explicitly. Submitting an abstract is not a valid substitute for addressing these questions directly. Failure to do so will likely result in a rejection or a request for revision. Please note that in the review process we will pay special attention to sampling and weighting concerns, which are critical to ensure the validity of descriptive inferences. The more directly the LOI addresses these questions, the sooner we will be able to evaluate it and respond to the submission. 

  • What is your research question, in one sentence?
  • What is being described?
  • How is the sample constructed?
  • How does it pertain to digital media?

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If your LOI is accepted then you will be asked to submit a full paper. We will send out your paper to at least two reviewers using the double-blind review process (neither reviewer/s nor author/s know/s of the other's identity).

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