Peer Review Process and Policy

All submissions to Media Theory are double-blind peer-reviewed (meaning that the identity of both authors and reviewers are known only to the editors), so contributors should take care to remove any obvious indications of authorship; when citing your own work, replace your name with ‘Author’ in both the body of the text and in the references.

Articles should be submitted in English. Authors who wish to submit an article in another language should contact the editor first at: simon.dawes@mediatheoryjournal.org

Articles should generally contain between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including all notes and references), though we are reasonably flexible.

The refereeing process normally takes 4-6 weeks.

If an article is submitted in response to a call for papers for a specific special issue, it will be received and dealt with by the guest editor(s) in liaison with the journal editor, and should be emailed directly to the guest editor(s). All other submissions are received and dealt with by the journal editor, and should be emailed directly to the journal editor at: simon.dawes@mediatheoryjournal.org

Once an article is received, the editors assign at least two external peer-reviewers whose research interests correspond to those covered in the article. Some members of the journal’s editorial board will also be asked to comment on the article. Referees and board members are asked to send their comments to the editors within 3 weeks. Once all comments have been received, the editors make a decision, often in liaison with additional members of the board, before contacting authors with the decision and feedback. Articles may be accepted or rejected, though in most cases revisions will be requested prior to formal acceptance, or substantial revisions may be required before a final decision can be made. Authors asked to make revisions will normally be given 6 weeks to do so (though this varies depending on the extent of revisions required). The editor’s decision is final.