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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 TXT document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all images, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. If you are submitting media content that is not linked to a specific block of text, add the content as a "Multimedia" item.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • All images have captions, sources, and if necessary, image permissions.
  • The author/s of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification has been removed from the properties for the file.

Author Guidelines

Submission Types 

ROMchip welcomes submissions of three types of content: 

  • Articles: 7,000-9,000 word academic essays intended for peer review.  
  • Interviews: 5,000-9,000 word edited, condensed transcripts from interviews or recently-conducted oral histories with individuals related to the game industry (historical or present) and cultural institutions. Our Interviews section serves as both a service to our contemporary community and an archive for future game historians. 
  • Materials: Short essays (4,000 words maximum) on museum, library or archival acquisitions, newly located or accessioned artifacts, or strange and unique historical finds related to game history. Our Materials section is a space to spread the news about recently acquired collections and draw attention to conservation and preservation issues. Additionally, it is an ideal place for accessible public writing, especially by non-academics. 

Word count is inclusive of bibliography and notes.  

General Author Guidelines
All submissions must follow our author guidelines below for Format, Length, Style, Images and Permissions, as well as the author guidelines specific to the submission type, as submission requirements for peer reviewed articles are slightly different than those for Interviews and Materials. Submission of a manuscript to ROMchip implies that it is original and unpublished work and that it is neither under active consideration for publication elsewhere, nor has been accepted for publication elsewhere.   

The font for all text should be 12-point Times New Roman. Text body should be left-justified. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout the document’s main body. Endnotes are requested. Bold text or italics should be used for the manuscript’s title and sub-section headers. 

Word counts are inclusive of bibliography and notes. Article manuscripts are 7,000-9,000 words; Interviews are 5,000-9,000 words; Artifacts should not exceed 4,000 words. 

Work submitted to ROMchip must adhere to Chicago Style. Please follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed @  http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html 

Please embed high quality images into your Microsoft Word or OpenOffice document, with the image caption typed below. Image caption text should begin with the figure number ("Figure 1"), and be followed by a description of the image and any relevant permissions. In the body of the manuscript please use the figure number ("see Figure 1" or "as can be seen in Figure 1...") to refer to the image in the appropriate location. 

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission to reprint any images. ROMchip does not provide financial support for permissions and reproduction costs. 

Submission Guidelines for Peer Reviewed Articles
Article submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed. Review for article length submissions is a two-tiered process. First, the Editors review submissions to evaluate whether a particular manuscript is suitable for consideration in relation to the scope, mission, and aims of the Journal. Manuscripts judged unsuitable for consideration in ROMchip will be rejected without peer review.  

Second, if a manuscript demonstrates a solid fit it will then be reviewed by two anonymous peer reviewers. Peer review will be provided by members of the editorial board and/or additional experts pending manuscript subject matter. Peer reviewers advise on the originality, rigor, and criticality of a manuscript; the editors decide on publication based upon these reports. Manuscripts will either be accepted, accepted upon minor revision, or rejected. In cases where the Editors accept a paper subject to revisions, the author will normally be asked to complete all revisions by a specific deadline. The revised manuscript will be subject for further review based upon the discretion of the Editors. Manuscripts that require substantial revisions will not be considered for publication. 

Authors will be informed that a submission has been received. Once a manuscript has entered the review process it may take up to six months to receive notification. All editorial decisions will be communicated via email. Accepted manuscripts will be published online in accordance with ROMchip’s semi-annual schedule. Typically, manuscripts accepted for publication will be published within 12–18 months of notification. 

All submissions must abide by the following guidelines to be considered for review: 

  1. Title 
  2. Abstract (200 words max.) 
  3. 4-5 Keywords 
  4. Main body, with images embedded into document and captioned 
  5. Acknowledgements (if applicable) 
  6. Endnotes in Chicago style
  7. Bibliography 
  8. Biographical Note consisting of: the author's title and institutional affiliation, relevant recent publications, and current research (70 words max.) 

Submission Guidelines for Interviews and Materials
Interviews and Artifacts are typically not peer-reviewed for content but must meet all other requirements for Format, Length, Style, Images and Permissions as detailed below. We strongly recommend prospective authors pitch their ideas to the Editorial Group by emailing Editor Raiford Guins [rgun81@gmail.com]. If you are unfamiliar with academic submission procedures, we are happy to assist you in formating your material.  

Once the Editorial Group expresses interest in a pitch, the final work must be uploaded through the ROMchip submission portal. All submissions must abide by the following guidelines: 

  1. Title 
  2. Keywords 
  3. Main body, with images embedded into document and captioned 
  4. Biographical Note consisting of: the author's title and institutional affiliation, relevant recent publications, and current research (70 words max.) 

If applicable, the following components should be included between the Main Body and the Biographical Note, in this order: Acknowledgements, Endnotes, Bibliography.

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