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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Supplementary Materials

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Submission Guidelines

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 shall 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 below, will not be considered for refereeing until suitably revised.

General remarks

1. All manuscripts must be delivered in British English.
2. Manuscripts should have no more than 7,000 words, including notes and references, an abstract of 100-150 words and five keywords.
3. The main document comprising the manuscript shall be completely anonymized, including references involving the author(s).
4. The author(s) shall be identified (name, title, affiliation) on a separate title page document. 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. If the manuscript has been enabled by external funding, this should be mentioned on the title page (incl. grant number).

Form and style

1. Manuscripts shall be submitted in Word format, 12 points, and be double-spaced throughout with a first line indent.
2. Titles and headings shall be clear and brief. Headings shall be limited to two levels.
3. Italics shall be used sparsely and for emphasis only.
4. Quotations shall be enclosed within double quotation marks (except in cases of “a quotation ‘within’ a quotation”). Longer quotations (exceeding 40 words) shall be indented in the text without quotation marks.
5. Abbreviations shall be avoided (except et al., e.g., cf., etc.). Acronyms for brands, organisations etc. (e.g. SVT, PSB) shall be written out (e.g. Sveriges Television, Public Service Broadcasting) the first time mentioned.
6. Translated quotes and passages shall include information of the translator when applicable, e.g. (translated by author).

Tables, figures and pictures

1. Tables and figures shall be attached in separate documents, together with captions, comments and information on the underlying source. Comments shall be comprehensive and placed beneath the table/figure/image. If relevant, please also attach the underlying data (e.g. Excel files for figures). Other graphic elements (e.g. Stata-generated images) shall be delivered in .pdf, .svg, .eps or .ai format.
2. Pictures shall be supplied separately in .png, .jpg or .tif formats and have a minimum 300 dpi. It is the responsibility of the author(s)to secure the written consent to republish material (such as images or photos) protected by copy right.
3. Text elements included in graphical elements (e.g. Stata-generated images) shall be set in Helvetica.
4. In the manuscript, the place where graphic elements are to be inserted shall be indicated in a separate paragraph in the following way:

[Table 1 here]

5.All graphical elements included in the manuscript shall be referred to in the text, e.g. (see Table 1).


Nordicom Review uses the APA 6 reference style (with some small adjustments). To make sure that references are handled correctly, please refer to the here described guidelines when you have your article proof-read.

1. In-text citations shall quote the name(s) of the author(s) and date of publication, with page number(s) if appropriate. Examples: Persson (2010), (Persson, 2010: 29-30), Persson and Svensson (2015), and (Persson & Svensson, 2010, 2015). Use et al. when citing a work by more than two authors. Example: (Persson et al., 2010).
2. In-text citations shall be ordered alphabetically and separated by semicolon. Example: (Persson, 2015; Svensson, 2010).
3. Notes shall be shall be indicated in superscript in the text and presented at the end of the text (endnotes). Please refrain from the use of more than five endnotes.

List of references

1. All references in the reference list must appear in the text and all references in the text must have an entry in the list of references. Please cross-check carefully. Also make sure there is no mismatch with regard to either spelling or publication year.
2. Titles of references in other languages than English shall be translated and placed in brackets. Example: Author, A. (2018). Title in Swedish [Title in English]. Location: Publisher.
3. The list of references shall be listed alphabetically in the form listed below.

Books: Author, A. (2018). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Anthologies: Author, A. & Author, B. (eds.) (2018). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Chapters in anthologies: Author, A., Author, B. & Author, C. (2018). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor & B. Editor (eds.), Title of book (pp. 1-10). Location: Publisher.
Articles in journals: Author, A. (2018). Title of article. Title of Journal, 1(1): 1-10. doi:
Conference papers: Author, A. (2018). Title of paper. Paper presented at the conference Name of conference, year, month day, at Organisation, Location.
Newspaper articles etc.: Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of newspaper article. Name of Newspaper.

When possible, please refrain from using web-addresses as references. When needed refer to web-addresses in the following way:

General websites: Name of Website (2018). Page name. Retrieved from [accessed 2018, April 11].
Newspaper articles etc.: Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of newspaper article. Name of Newspaper [online]. Retrieved from [accessed 2018, January 1].
Blogs: Author, A. (2018, January 1). Title of blog post. Title of Blog [blog]. Retrieved from [accessed 2018, January 1].

Please note that all web addresses in the list of references must be legible.

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 [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
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.

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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