Information For Authors

Authors should downlad and read carefully the Guide for Authors. In addition to these guidelines, Authors should also be familiar with the journal’s Editorial Policies.

All submissions should use the Press Start template.

Regardless of the type of submission (Article, Commentary or Critical Insights), any piece we publish should be well-written and clearly structured. The editorial team can carry out some basic copy editing but submissions that contain a substantial number of typographical or grammatical errors should be returned to the author for revision. All submissions should be written in English. We can accept submissions written in American or International English, provided that the chosen form is used consistently throughout. Names of people, organisations, public events, game titles, other commercial products or major events must be capitalised. Names of games, magazines and the like should be italicised.

Press Start uses a slightly modified form the American Psychological Association (APA) bibliographic and formatting standards (we don’t require lines after the first to be indented). For example:

Barr, M. (2014). Learning through collaboration: video game wikis. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 2(2), 119-133.

Barr, M. (2013). Computer games and learning: the current state of play. In B. Bigl & S. Stoppe (Eds.), Playing with Virtuality: Theories and Methods of Computer Game Studies (pp. 229–312). Peter Lang GmbH.

More examples of APA referencing style can be found on the University of Arizona Libraries Web site.

URLs should be included as footnotes, rather than reproduced in the main body of the text. When referring to commercial game titles, the game title should be italicised and the developer and year of release indicated e.g. Dark Souls (From Software, 2011).

Published pieces must also be original. The submitted work must be entirely that of the stated Authors, and be properly referenced, with due consideration of previous scholarship. All of the named Authors must have made a substantial contribution to the work. As a basic requirement, the work must not have been published elsewhere (e.g. in another journal). However, as a student journal, we are actively seeking essays and dissertations that students have produced as part of their studies and, as such, it is perfectly acceptable for such pieces of work to be submitted. However, the Author(s) must ensure that the submission has been approved by the institution where the work was carried out.

An act of plagiarism is defined by the ACM as one “in which one misrepresents ideas, words, computer codes or other creative expression as one’s own… (and) can also represent a violation of copyright law, punishable by statute”. The ACM illustrates three forms of plagiarism:

  • "verbatim copying, near verbatim copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's paper";
  • "copying elements of another author's paper", e.g. illustrations or equations "that are not common knowledge"; or "paraphrasing sentences without citing the source"; and,
  • "verbatim copying... without clearly differentiating what... has been copied... not citing the source properly".

Neither the Editor nor the Editorial Board of Press Start will accept responsibility for authors who commit an act of plagiarism.

Copyright for papers and articles published in this journal is retained by the Authors, with first publication rights granted to HATII at the University of Glasgow. It is a condition of publication that authors license their paper or article under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. Authors who make a successful submission to Press Start agree that the contents and appearance of their submissions may be altered and edited prior to publication.

Authors are also expected to respect the ownership of material by other individuals and organisations. Papers must not contain any imagery, data, quotations (e.g. from manuals or books), statements or linked media, which is copyright of other people or organisations, without written permission from the owners. Likewise, Authors must not submit material, which infringes any trademarks or patents owned by any person or organisation.

If a submission contains any material which is copyright of people or an organisation (with permission), the Authors must attribute it to the relevant people or organisation. The Editor and Editorial Board of Press Start will not accept responsibility for Authors publishing work in breach of copyright, trademark, patent or other rights of people or organisations.

All private and commercially sensitive material should be omitted from any files being submitted for consideration by the Editorial Board. Authors must seek permission from the relevant people and organisations before attempting to distribute and publish any information, which is commercially sensitive or personally private. Neither the Editor nor Editorial Board of Press Start will accept responsibility if an author publishes sensitive information without authorisation.

A statement on Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice may be viewed here.