Nordicom Review

Journal from the Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research (Nordicom)

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Aims & Scope
Nordicom Review is an international peer-reviewed journal that provides a dedicated forum for articles that contribute to a wider understanding of media, mediated communication and journalism in the Nordic region. This includes research on the Nordic countries as well as research with relevance for the Nordic context.

Nordicom Review publishes original articles and book reviews on topics including, but not limited to, journalism, popular culture, media audiences, media history, political communication, public service media, media and information literacy, media education, and media production, structure, policy and economy.

The journal is interdisciplinary and publishes both empirical and theoretical articles. Nordicom Review welcomes contributions from a worldwide authorship.

About the Journal
Nordicom Review is published by Nordicom (Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research) at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. It adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of the reviewer and author always are concealed from both parties. The journal employs an online-first publication policy. Printed editions are published semi-annually. Special thematic issues are published regularly.

Nordicom Review is the official journal of NordMedia, which has been the flagship conference of Nordic media research organisations since 1973. The publication of Nordicom Review is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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Jonas Ohlsson
Phone: +46 31 786 61 25

Johannes Bjerling
Phone: +46 31 786 12 39

Karin Zelano
Phone: +46 31 786 18 06

Managing editor
Josefine Bové
Phone: +46 31 786 12 12

Editor for book reviews
Maarit Jaakkola
Phone: +46 31 786 12 20

Address to editors
University of Gothenburg
P.O. Box 713
SE-405 30 Gothenburg

Editorial board
Ala-Fossi, Marko, University of Tampere, Finland
Bajomi-Lázár, Péter, Budapest Business School, Hungary
Bakker, Piet, University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Balčytienė, Auksė, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
Bechmann, Anja, Aarhus University, Denmark
Bengtsson, Stina, Södertörn University, Sweden
Biltereyst, Daniel, Ghent University, Belgium
Brennen, Bonnie, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA
Brink Lund, Anker, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Bro, Peter, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Carlsson, Ulla, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Carpentier, Nico, Uppsala University, Sweden
Chibita, Monica B, Uganda Christian University, Uganda
Chuma, Wallace, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Cobley, Paul, Middlesex University, London, UK
Colombo, Fausto, Catholic University in Milan, Italy
Couldry, Nick, London School of Economics, UK
D'Haenens, Leen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Dencik, Lina, Cardiff University, UK
Donders, Karen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Enli, Gunn, University of Oslo, Norway
Fenton, Natalie, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
Harindranath, Ramaswami, University of New South Wales, Australia
Harro-Loit, Halliki, University of Tartu, Estonia
Hasebrink, Uwe, University of Hamburg, Germany
Heinonen, Ari, University of Tampere, Finland
Hepp, Andreas, University of Bremen, Germany
Hill, Annette, Lund University, Sweden
Hjarvard, Stig, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Holtz-Bacha, Christina, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Johanssdottir, Valgerdur, University of Iceland, Iceland
Karlsson, Michael, Karlstad University, Sweden
Karppinen, Kari, University of Helsinki, Finland
Kenyon, Andrew, University of Melbourne, Australia
Larsson, Anders Olof, Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway
Lauk, Epp, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Lee, Chin Chuan, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lee, Francis L F, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lowe, Gregory F, Northwestern University, Qatar, Qatar
Lunt, Peter, University of Leicester, UK
Lykke Christensen, Christa, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Mattelart, Tristan, University of Paris-2, France
Melin, Margareta, Malmö University, Sweden
Moe, Hallvard, University of Bergen, Norway
Murdock, Graham, Loughborough University, UK
Nieminen, Hannu, University of Helsinki, Finland
Nossek, Hillel, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel
Ólafs, Helga, University of Iceland, Iceland
Ólafsson, Kjartan, University of Akureyri, Iceland
Pasquier, Dominique, Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France
Perusko, Zrinjka, Zagreb University, Croatia
Picard, Robert G, University of Oxford, UK
Puppis, Manuel, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Reese, Stephen, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Riegert, Kristina, Stockholm University, Sweden
Ryfe, David, University of Iowa, USA
Salovaara-Moring, Inka, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Schrøder, Kim Christian, Roskilde University, Denmark
Sigthorsson, Gauti, University of Roehampton, UK
Sihvonen, Tanja, University of Vaasa, Finland
Simpson, Seamus, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
Skare Orgeret, Kristin, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Sousa, Helena, University of Minho, Portugal
Steemers, Jeanette, King's College, London, UK
Steensen, Steen, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Strömbäck, Jesper, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Syvertsen, Trine, University of Oslo, Norway
Valtýsson, Bjarki, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Vicente-Marino, Miguel, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
Vreese, Claes de, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Wasserman, Herman, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Wikström, Patrik, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Willig, Ida, Roskilde University, Denmark
Witschge, Tamara, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

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Nordicom Review adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from each other. Manuscripts should be sent to The cover letter to the editors shall include contact details for the corresponding author and a brief motivation on how the manuscript corresponds with the journal’s Aims & Scope.
Submissions that do not comply with the journal’s editorial requirements and standards, as stated in this document, will not be considered for refereeing until suitably revised.

Submissions Guidelines
1. All manuscripts must be delivered in English.
2. Manuscripts shall be submitted in Word format.
3. Manuscripts submitted for publication must be double-spaced throughout.
4. Manuscripts should have no more than 7,000 words, including notes and references, an abstract of 100–150 words and five keywords.
5. The main document comprising the manuscript shall be completely anonymized, including references.
6. The author(s) shall be identified (name, title, affiliation) on a separate title page. If the article has more than one author, the title page shall include contact details for the corresponding author. The title page also shall include information about the number of words in the abstract and the full manuscript.
7. British spelling should be used throughout the manuscript.
8. Titles and subheadings shall be clear and brief, and limited to two levels.
9. Italics shall be indicated by italic style.
10. References to tables and figures shall be specified in the text.
11. Tables and figures shall have short, descriptive titles. All footnotes to tables and their source(s) should be placed under the tables. Column headings should clearly define the data presented.
12. The underlying data (e.g. Excel files) to figures must be attached.
13. Pictures shall be supplied separately in .png, .jpg or .tif formats and have a minimum 300 dpi.
14. Quotations shall be enclosed within double quotation marks. Longer quotations (exceeding 40 words) should appear indented in the text.
15. In-text citations shall quote the name(s) of the author(s) and date of publication, with page number(s) if appropriate; for example, Persson (2010), (Persson 2010:29), or Persson & Svensson (2010, 2015). Use et al. when citing a work by more than three authors, for example, Persson et al. (2010).
16. References to notes shall be indicated in superscript in the text; notes shall be presented as endnotes (i.e., at the end of the article).
17. References shall be listed alphabetically in a standard form as given in the following examples.
Books: Kivikuru, Ullamaija (2002). Contesting the Frontiers: Media and Dimensions of Identity. Gothenburg: Nordicom.
Anthologies: Olsson, Tobias & Dahlgren, Peter (eds.) (2010). Young People, ICTs and Democracy: Theories, Policies, Identities, and Websites. Gothenburg: Nordicom.
Chapters in anthologies: Duits, Linda; van Zoonen, Lisbeth & Hirzalla, Fadi (2010). As the World Spunks: Does Internet Help to Transform Youth Journalism?, pp. 91-105 in Olsson, Tobias & Dahlgren, Peter (eds.) Young People, ICTs and Democracy: Theories, Policies, Identities, and Websites. Gothenburg: Nordicom.
Articles in journals: Schröder, Roland (2002). Nordicom: A Model for International Media Research. Journalism Studies, 3(4): 573-582.
Conference papers: Andersson, Peter (2014). How the Internet Changed the World. Paper presented at the conference Helsinki Photomedia 2014 – Photographic Powers, 26-28 March 2014, at Aalto University, School Of Arts, Design And Architecture, Helsinki.  
Personal communication: Wallström, Margot (2016). Interview with the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs. (Personal communication, 11 April 2016).
General websites: Nordicom (2016). About Nordicom. [online]. Available at [Accessed 12 April, 2016].
Newspaper articles/television programs etc. (in original form): Irwin, Neil & Bui, Quoctrung (2016). The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters. The New York Times, 11 April, 2016.
Newspaper articles/television programs etc. (online): Irwin, Neil & Bui, Quoctrung (2016). The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters. The New York Times, 11 April 2016 [online]. Available at [Accessed 12 April 2016].
Blogs: White, Nora (2012). Get an Editor?.  Qualitative Inquiry. [Blog] December 11, 2012. Available at [Accessed 12 April, 2016].
Twitter: Clinton, Hillary (2016). Donald Trump says wages are too high. (Yeah, you read that right.)  [Twitter] 9 April, 2016. Available at [Accessed 11 April 2016].
All stated web-addresses must be legible.
18. Titles of references in non-English languages shall be translated and the English title placed in brackets.
19. Avoid excessive use of citation marks in text.
Articles that do not conform to these instructions will be returned to the authors for revision.
Authors are responsible for securing any copyright waivers and permissions as may be needed to allow (re)publication of material in the manuscript (text, illustrations, etc.) that is the intellectual property of third parties.

After Acceptance
On acceptance of your manuscript for publication, you will be asked to supply the final version via email. This version shall include biographical data and complete addresses (including e-mail addresses) of the author(s).
Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an acknowledgement in a separate Funding paragraph in the manuscript: This work was supported by the under Grant .
Authors are expected to proofread accepted articles. No revisions of the text will be allowed at this stage.
Accepted articles will be published online first and then in the print journal. Each author will receive two copies of the printed issue of Nordicom Review in which the article appears. The issue will be made freely accessible on the Nordicom website and indexed at several international services. The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges. Articles may not be published in other journals without the expressed permission of the editor of Nordicom Review.

Dissemination of the Research
The author(s) can use different techniques for maximizing visibility and citations. Some of these techniques need to be used in early stages of the writing process:

  • Ensure that your title is search engine-friendly and clear.
  • Use relevant and logical keywords (specific keywords that are absent from the title)
  • Make sure that the abstract is easy to understand and includes the background, objectives, theoretical framework, method used, results, conclusion

Other techniques can be used after publication. Use active post-publication strategies such as:

  • Personal websites
  • Social media network
  • Sending the article to colleagues

If you are unsure on how to write your article, please write to the editors, and we will provide you with the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) guidelines for authors.

Journal Information

CiteScore 2017: 0.61

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.380
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.472

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