Press Start is an open access, peer-reviewed student journal that publishes the best undergraduate and postgraduate research, essays and dissertations from across the multidisciplinary subject of Game Studies. The Editorial Board and Reviewers are comprised of students and recent graduates.

If you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student (or a recent graduate) with an academic interest in video games and would like to find out more about publishing your work in Press Start (or are interested in becoming a Reviewer or member of the Editorial Board), please take a look at our focus, scope and section policies and our submission guidelines.

  

Announcements

Call for Editorial Board Members

April 15, 2018
Press Start is looking for up to six new volunteer Editorial Board members. Board members are expected to:
  • Guide submissions made to Press Start through the editorial process. This will involve:

    • Assigning appropriate reviewers

    • Following up with reviewers as required

    • Providing authors with the results of the review process, including a summary of reviewers’ comments

    • Following up with accepted authors from whom reviewers have requested revisions

    • Completing all of the above tasks in a timely fashion to ensure publication deadlines set by the Editor are met

  • Review submissions to Press Start when necessary

  • Answer queries from authors and prospective authors via the Press Start Facebook Group

  • Take part in Editorial Board conference calls e.g. by Skype (no more than twice per year)

  • Promote the journal online, at your local institution and at relevant events

Board members should possess good reading and writing skills (Press Start is published in English) and should be able to work independently and reliably to fulfil the duties outlined above in a timely manner.

Please also note that since game studies is a multi-discipline which is enriched by various approaches, board members do not have to identify as game studies researchers.

Eligibility criteria for appointment to the Board are identical to those that govern eligibility to publish in Press Start: Board members must be currently enrolled students, or be no more than one year post-graduation at time of appointment. Appointment to the Board is for one year (or the equivalent of at least two issues of the journal) in the first instance; however, we  may ask eligible members to remain on the Board, to help ensure continuity and to facilitate knowledge sharing.

To be considered for a Board position, please email the Editor Mahli-Ann Butt at mahli-ann.butt@sydney.edu.au with a short biographical statement (up to 100 words) and a short explanation of what you think Press Start Journal can do for early career researchers starting out in game studies (300 words). Specifically, outlining what you see as valuable or what makes a good review, as well as what you would like Press Start be able to do for students – including people of colour, non-male students, and second-language writers needing to publish in English.

Priority will be given to those who have previously reviewed for, or published with, Press Start. We are aiming to have the new Board in place by 31 May 2018 so that work can begin on the next issue (due by December 2018). If you have any queries, please send Mahli-Ann an email at the above address, and do feel free to share this announcement.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is not a paid appointment! It is a voluntary position, which provides excellent experience of working on an inclusive peer-reviewed publication, should look great on any CV or resume, and will help build our academic community of early career games researchers.

Read more about Call for Editorial Board Members

Current Issue

Vol 4 No 2 (2018): Special Issue: 'Body Movements'
Published: January 19, 2018

Editorial

  • Carina Assuncao, Samir Azrioual, Matthew Barr, Landon Kyle Berry, Mahli-Ann Butt, Lars de Wildt, Daniel Joseph Dunne, Sarah Beth Evans, Eric Murnane
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