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Nordicom Review

A journal published by Nordicom at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden

About the journal

Since 1980, Nordicom Review has been a journal devoted to new Nordic media and communication research. The journal is published by Nordicom, a centre for Nordic media and communication research at the University of Gothenburg, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The journal adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy and articles are published on a digital-only, continuous basis. Special thematic issues are also published regularly. 

Nordicom Review is Open Access and published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The journal is included in Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database for peer-reviewed research. All issues and articles published since 2000 can be downloaded free of charge from the Sciendo publishing platform.   

Nordicom Review is the official journal of NordMedia, which has been the flagship conference of the Nordic media and communication research community since 1973.

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 such as 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.

Nordicom Review welcomes interdisciplinary submissions from a worldwide authorship, including both empirical and theoretical articles.


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Nordicom Review invites you to submit articles that contribute to a wider understanding of media, mediated communication, and journalism in the Nordic region. Please see our aims & scope for a list of possible topics. Nordicom Review is interdisciplinary and welcomes empirical and theoretical contributions from a worldwide authorship.

All articles submitted should be original works and must not be under consideration by other publications. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review by two external reviewers.

For book review submissions, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Submission guidelines

Send your manuscript and a cover letter to: editors@nordicom.gu.se

The cover letter should include the following:

  • Name, title, affiliation, and contact information of author, with preferred initials noted for those with multiple names.
  • If there is more than one author, specify a corresponding author.
  • A word-count for the abstract and the full manuscript.
  • If the manuscript has been enabled by external funding, provide the details (including grant number).
  • A brief motivation about how the manuscript corresponds with the aims and scope of Nordicom Review.

When we receive properly formatted manuscripts, it allows us to efficiently process your submission for publication; we therefore reserve the right to return for revision submissions not in accordance with the points below. Contact the manuscript editor at Nordicom for an extended version of the guidelines, which includes reference examples, if needed.


  • Include an abstract of 100–150 words and five keywords.
  • Anonymise any references involving the authors to prepare for double-blind peer review.
  • Include supplementary material (appendices, figures, etc.) in separate files.
  • Manuscripts by non-native English speakers should be professionally proofread prior to submission. 
  • Written permission should be acquired to allow reuse of third-party imagery.


  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spacing, left-alignment, and include page numbers.
  • Use first-line indents (1.25cm), not a blank line, for each new paragraph.
  • Use only two levels of subheadings; bold 14-point font for section headings and italic 14-point font for subsection headings.
  • The references list should have hanging indentations (1.25cm).
  • Do not use field codes and keep formatting as simple as possible.

Spelling and capitalisation

  • Refer to Merriam-Webster online dictionary for spelling, capitalisation, and hyphenation decisions not mentioned below.
  • Use standard British spelling and usage with "s" endings (e.g., organised, analyse, globalisation).
  • Use sentence case capitalisation (capitalise only the first word and proper nouns) for all titles, headings, and subheadings.


  • Use double quotation marks.
  • Terminal punctuation goes after the quotation marks.
  • Use the serial (Oxford) comma and all optional commas (e.g., after short introductory phrases).
  • Do not use slashed constructions – for example, "and/or" and "media/communication". Use the words needed to describe the intended meaning.
  • Do not use parenthetical plurals – for example, "teacher(s)". Use the words needed to describe the intended meaning.
  • Use an en-dash ( – ) for ranges and to take the place of parentheses, commas, or colons when more emphasis or interjection is wanted.


  • All quotations should be accompanied by a proper citation to the original text, including a page number or other identifying place, such as a paragraph number: (Svensson, 1999: 5) or (Johnson, 2020: para. 7)
  • If italics are used within a quotation, insert [emphasis added] or [emphasis original] immediately after the quotation, before the closing quotation marks.
  • Additions and clarifications to a quote should be enclosed in square brackets. Omissions should be indicated with an ellipsis within square brackets [...].
  • Quotations exceeding 40 words should be set apart with indents and without quotation marks.
  • The case of the first letter of a quoted sentence may be changed to match the context of the surrounding sentence.


  • Place translations in square brackets immediately following the word or title translated.
  • Do not italicise Nordic language words, or foreign language words found in Merriam-Webster online dictionary.
  • Use abbreviations (e.g., i.e., et al., etc., &, %) within parentheses, but not in the running text. In the running text, spell "per cent" with two words.
  • Use acronyms only for important terms used four times or more in the text, or for internationally recognised names (e.g., NATO).


  • All charts, graphs, images, illustrations, and so forth should be labelled "Figure".
  • Figures created in Excel should be provided in editable format (i.e., in or accompanied by the original Excel file).
  • The approximate place in the text where a figure should be placed should be indicated with the following: "[Figure 1 here]"
  • Headings should be placed above the figure and should be informative, as brief as possible, and, when applicable, should include the unit of measurement in parentheses.
  • All figures should have comprehensive captions that explain the content presented and the underlying data source.
  • Images and illustrations should be provided in high resolution (300 dpi for photographs; 600 dpi for line drawings).
  • Provide "alt text" (a description of the figure in twelve words or less for the vision impaired) for each figure.


  • Tables created in Word may be included within the manuscript.
  • Tables not created in Word (e.g., Excel) should be included in a separate file in editable format, and the approximate place in the text where a figure should be placed should be indicated with the following: "[Table 1 here]"
  • Headings should be placed above the table and should be informative, as brief as possible, and, when applicable, should include the unit of measurement in parentheses.
  • All tables should have comprehensive captions that explain the content presented and the underlying data source.
  • Use a hyphen, not a blank space, to indicate that there is missing or unavailable data.
  • For very complex tables, provide "alt text" (a description of the table in twelve words or less for the vision impaired).


  • All notes should be formatted as endnotes and inserted with the "insert" function, not manually.
  • Endnotes should not used for sources (which should be in the list of references).
  • Do not include more than five endnotes.

In-text citations

  • In-text citations have a comma separating the name and year, and a colon before page numbers (Clay, 2021: 5).
  • Use "et al." when citing a work by more than two authors in a parenthetical citation.
  • Multiple sources in one in-text citation are in alphabetical order and separated by semicolons.
  • Do not use "ibid." in citations.
  • All citations should have a corresponding full reference in the references list.
  • After peer review, provide Full citations for those previously anonymised.


  • Every effort should be made to provide complete, correct, and easily accessible sources.
  • Follow current APA style for the references list.
  • References should in alphabetical order, with multiple references by the same author in chronological order, beginning with the earliest year.
  • All references should include a DOI or stable URL (permalink) if available (including books).
  • For non-English titles, include a translated title within square brackets immediately following.
  • All references should be cited in the text.
  • After peer review, add full references for those removed for anonymisation.
  • Do not use hard returns within a reference entry (pressing the "enter" or "return" key); allow Word to automatically wrap the text (including for URLs).


Submitting a book review

Nordicom Review welcomes reviews on academic books within the field of media and communication research written in English, preferably with particular relevance regarding the Nordic countries. Nordicom Review publishes two issues per year and aims to include 3–5 book reviews in each issue. Books to be reviewed include academic studies and reports. Academic dissertations are typically not reviewed.

The books are ultimately selected by the reviews editor and the reviews are written on commission, but the editor also welcomes suggestions from aspiring reviewers. 

The optimal length of a book review is between 1,300 and 1,700 words. No subheadings are used. The review also includes an author presentation (name, title, university affiliation).

If you want to review a book, e-mail the book reviews editor, Maarit Jaakkola, for more information:  maarit.jaakkola@nordicom.gu.se

Jonas Ohlsson

Johannes Bjerling

Karin Zelano

Book review editor
Maarit Jaakkola

Managing editor
Josefine Bové

Manuscript editor
Kristin Clay

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

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

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