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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 and/or DOIs 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.
  • All necessary permissions to publish images and illustrations have been acquired by the author(s). Authors respond to all legal rights.
  • The article has been proof edited by a language expert
  • Images are attached separately (named figure 1, 2, etc.), and with clear indication of their position in the text.
  • An abstract (10-12 lines), and biography (max 400 characters) are attached separately.

Author Guidelines

Author retains the copyright of the article. Unless stated otherwise all articles are released under the CC license: ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike’

Images and illustrations (permissions)
APRJA encourages the use of images and illustrations. 

Please, submit images separately (named figure 1, 2. 3. etc.), and with clear indication of position in the text. E.g. "<INSERT FIGURE 1>", followed by the caption.

NB! The author responds to all legal rights and must ask for permissions him/herself, if necessary. 

Title of article
Use a concise and informative title.

Author name
Include a list of author name(s) and institutional affiliation(s), immediately following the title.

Abstracts & keywords
Include an abstract of 10-12 lines that in concise ways describes the aims, background and methods/approaches used in the article, followed by 3-6 keywords.

Abstracts and keywords appear with each journal article and are included in in the article metadata, thereby affecting its online visibility.

Author biography
Include a short author biography in a separate document (no more than 400 characters for each author). The biography should clearly state the author's institutional affiliation(s), and we encourage authors to also include, if available, their ORCID iD, as these are included in the article metadata.

Use of English (spell check/grammar)
APRJA accepts British as well as other forms of English.

However, all articles must be proof edited by a language expert upon submission.

Use of footnotes
Footnotes are accepted, but should only be used as purposeful commenting of the main text.

I.e., references to websites, news sites, blogs, or other online sources are to be inlcuded as in-text citations (with author name) as well as in the list of 'works cited' – and not as footnotes. 

Use of headlines/headings
Use only two levels of headings (title and subheading)

In-text use of quotation marks and italics

  • Use double quotation marks for quotes (e.g., as Andersen and Cox write “….”), and single marks for quotes within quotes.
  • For contested terms, use single quotation marks (rather than italics).
  • To emphasize text, use italics, but not bold or underlined.
  • Titles (books, works of art, projects, etc.) in text should be italicized.

APRJA uses the current version of the Modern Language Association format of citation and referencing (MLA). 


In-text citation

  • Use author name(s) and page number, and in brackets. Example: (Andersen and Cox 222)
  • Use author name only, if the source is not paginated, as for example a news article on a website.
  • Use page number only, if the source is evident. Example: As Andersen and Cox write "..." (222)
  • If more than one article by the same author, add name of publication (or abbreviation). Example: (“Feeling, Failure, Fallacies” 222), or (Andersen and Cox, “Feeling, Failure, Fallacies” 222)
  • Do NOT include year of publication.

Works cited

The liste of references is referred to as "Works cited". MLA suggests to include the following information (if applicable), and order: 

  1. Author(s).
  2. Title of source.
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors,
  5. Version/volume,
  6. Number,
  7. Publisher,
  8. Publication date,
  9. Location (such as page numbers, DOI, URL or an archive)

Each listed information is followed by a punctuation mark (commas or periods, as shown in the above list).

Earlier editions of the handbook included the place of publication, required different punctuation, and also the type of source (e.g., journal editions in parentheses, colons after issue numbers, and 'print'). In the current version, information about the source is kept to the basics. 

Always add DOI if possible (such as,, doi: 10.000.8383838; https://doi,ax.10,100.47357537;

Examples of works cited

Zuboff, Shoshana. "Big Other: Surveillance Capitalism and the Prospects of an Information Civilization." Journal of Information Technology, vol. 30, no. 1, 2015, pp. 75-89.

Online journal:
Hito Steyerl. “Proxy Politics: Signal and Noise,” E-fluxJournal, no. 60, December 2014,

Raley, Rita. Tactical Media. University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Edited book:
Pasquinelli, Matteo, editor. Alleys of Your mind: Augmented Intelligence and its Traumas. Meson Press, 2015

Chapter in edited book:
Lazzarato, Maurizio. “Exiting Language: Semiotic Systems and the Production of Subjectivity in Felix Guattari.” Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to Noopolitics. Architecture and Mind in the Age of Communication, edited by Deborah Hauptmann. 010 Publishers, 2010, pp. 502-521.

An article from an online databse (with permalink/DOI)
Hantel, Max. "What Is It Like to Be a Human?: Sylvia Wynter on Autopoiesis." philoSOPHIA, vol. 8, no. 1, 2018, pp. 61-79. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/phi.2018.0003

A website
"Caught in the Net: The Impact of 'Extremist' Speech Regulations on Human Rights Content." Electronic Frontier Foundation, 3 June , 2019, Accessed 4 July 4, 2015.
... List the author (if known), and access date (not compulsory)
Garcia, David, and Geert Lovink. “The ABC of Tactical Media.” Nettime, 16 May, 1997,

In general, if quoting/referencing websites, they are to be treated as other publications, and we prefer in-text citations and inclusion in the list of references (rather than footnotes). This site may be useful, as is this one.

Other sources (films, DVDs, T.V shows, music, interviews, interviews over e-mail; published and unpublished conference proceedings, etc.).
Purdue University provides an extensive overview of examples, using MLA. 

APRJA's values concerning citations and referencing:
1) APRJA values that original authors are given credit for their ideas and work. Citation and referencing is therefore compulsory.
2) APRJA values self-referencing, when needed. So, cite yourself to avoid self-plagiarism.
3) APRJA values that citations appear at the correct place in the text and in the correct style of referencing, BUT ALSO that the rationale for the inclusion of a reference is conveyed in the text.

Authors are advised to be cautious of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, and if in doubt, do a plagiarism check independently before submitting the article to APRJA. Upon suspicion of plagiarism, screening will be conducted by the editors, in consultation with Aarhus University's Library services (Ouriginal). If an article is plagiarising, it will be rejected and not reviewed.


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