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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.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

How to submit your manuscript

The Journal of Game, Game Art, and Gamification (JGGAG) is a web based online submission and peer review system powered by Open Journal System. 

Authors should submit manuscripts via the online submission system of JGGAG which can be accessed through this submission link. Manuscript template is available here.

IMPORTANT: If submitting your journal article please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.


Structure of Submitted Manuscripsts  and Template

The Editorial Board may reject submitted manuscripts during the preselection process due to formal reasons, such as spelling, vague lexical purity, unrestrained use of unnecessary Anglicisms, incorrect punctuation, lack of coherence and cohesion, lack of clarity, inconsistency, etc. Thus, we strongly recommend the authors to carefully check the linguistic aspects before submitting the paper as well as the publication guidelines, the citation format and bibliographical references.


Manuscript structure

Any manuscript submitted to JGGAG should be in accordance with the following procedure. According to this procedure the following two documents should be submitted in WORD or Open Office format (we recommend to watch the tutorial for authors):

  1. The manuscript to be published in accordance with the publication guidelines (it should be uploaded as main document in step 2: Upload file). The file should contain a title, abstract, keywords and the manuscript. 
  2. An additional document (it should be uploaded as supplementary file in step 4: Upload supplementary file) must include:
  • Title of the work should not exceed 80 characters with spaces.
  • Name and surname of each author (more than three authors is not recommended for the publication) and the authors´ professional affiliations as well as the city, country, and contact details of the authors. 
  • Acknowledgments, fundings (projects, grants) or other comments.

Optional documents:

  • Cover letter (including statement of responsibility and authorship, declaration of conflict of interest, etc.).
  • Photographs of the authors in JPG or TIF format (they may be sent later in case the manuscript is going to be published).
  • Other documents (appendices, etc.) the authors consider of interest for the process of evaluation (in this case the author must tick the appropriate box when submitting the document to make it available to the reviewers).


Bibliographical references

Cites and bibliographical references should follow IEEE referencing Style.  For more information you can see it on manuscript template

References need to meet uniform and consistent standards throughout the text.

The bibliography should only include works cited in the text. Due to the importance of citation indices to calculate the impact factor of the journal, reviewers are asked to focus on correct citation according to the Harvard Style, as well as on actuality and relevance of the literature references.

JGGAG uses the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) system. Thus, it is essential that the DOIs of the cited works are identified in the literature references of the manuscript. Authors can go on the following website to identify them:http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/

We recommend authors to review the literature published by JGGAG to ensure scientific consistency according to the editorial line of the journal. It is also recommended to consult indexed journals in JCR, Scopus, ERIH and RECYT.


Other publication norms

Hyperlinks are embedded to the document using the corresponding URLs and square brackets. Remember to use services as bit.ly, Google Shortener, or is.gd for long URLs that interfere with the reading of the text. Hyperlinks may be referenced in the bibliography (see manuscript template).

Elements in the text should be highlighted in italics. They should never go in inverted commas, bold, small letters or capital letters.

Inverted commas should be only used for direct quotations.

Tables should appear in consecutive order in the text and be cited in the paper consecutively. Tables must be referred to as “Table” and numbered sequentially.

Figures should also appear in consecutive order in the text and be cited in the paper consecutively. Figures must be referred to as “Fig” and numbered sequentially.

Abbreviations: Only universally accepted standard abbreviations should be used in the text (see Abbreviations and Acronyms section on the template). Abbreviations must defined when first mentioned in the text using brackets. For example: the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Abbreviations must then be used throughout the text.


Style guidelines

When preparing the manuscript, authors should follow the style guidelines below:

1. Manuscript format: should be written in Times New Roman size 10, line spacing above paragraph 0, below paragraph 6, with single line spacing, without indenting or tabs, left-aligned.

2. Footnote format: should be written in Times New Roman size 8, line spacing above paragraph 0, below paragraph 0, with single line spacing, without indenting or tabs, left-aligned. Notes should be numbered consecutively using footnotes.

3. Bibliography format: should be written in Arial size 8, line spacing above paragraph 8, below paragraph 0, with single line spacing, without indenting or tabs, left-aligned.

Graphs, images, tables, etc. should appear in consecutive order in the text and be cited in the paper consecutively.  They should be numbered sequentially as "Fig" and, if necessary, its source should be identified. They should be written in Times New Roman size 8, single-spaced. They should have a title and indicate the source of the information.

If appendices are needed, they are numbered with the letter A followed by a digit (A.1, A.2, etc.). They should be uploaded to the platform as supplementary file in step 4: Upload supplementary file.

Pleese refer to manuscript template for detail style guidelines

To be published in JGGAG the manuscript must not be published previously, and must not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.



Double-Blind Peer Review Guidelines

 This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.  

To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity.  To help with this preparation please ensure the following when submitting to JGGAG

  • Submit the Title Page containing the Authors details and Blinded Manuscript with no author details as 2 separate files.

Information to help prepare the Title Page

This should include the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a complete address for the corresponding author including telephone and e-mail address.

Information to help prepare the Blinded Manuscript

Besides the obvious need to remove names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript, there are other steps that need to be taken to ensure the manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review.  To assist with this process the key items that need to be observed are as follows:

  • Use the third person to refer to work the Authors have previously undertaken, e.g. replace any phrases like “as we have shown before” with “… has been shown before [Anonymous, 2016]” .
  • Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related identifier
  • Do not eliminate essential self-references or other references but limit self-references only to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper.
  • Cite papers published by the Author in the text as follows:  ‘[Anonymous, 2016]’.
  • For blinding in the reference list:  ‘[Anonymous 2016] Details omitted for double-blind reviewing.’
  • Remove references to funding sources
  • Do not include acknowledgments
  • Name your files with care and ensure document properties are also anonymized.


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