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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).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Submission Guidelines.
  • All images/figures/tables are uploaded as individual files (not embedded in the main document) and are accompanied by a separate caption sheet.
  • Author acknowledges sole responsibility to obtain image permissions (if applicable) should the submission be accepted for publication.
  • If submitting an article manuscript for peer review, the author/s of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and endnotes, 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 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.   

Format 
The font for all text should be 12-point Times New Roman. 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. 

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

Style 
Work submitted to ROMchip must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, using the notes and bibliography citation system. Please consult the print manual for complete guidance. For issues not addressed in the Chicago Manual of Style (particularly related to contemporary technological and cultural terms), please refer to the Buzzfeed style guide.

Images/Figures/Tables  
Images should be of good resolution quality and be submitted in JPEG file format. Images are uploaded as individual files during the submission process; file names should read: "AbbreviatedTitle_FigureXX.jpg" with "XX" referring to the image's order in the manuscript. Do not embed images in your Word document.

Please use the phrase "(See Figure XX)" in your manuscript to specify where an image should be inserted. Please submit captions in a seperate document, and clearly identify which images they refer to. Captions should include a brief description of the image, the image source, and acknowledgement of right to reproduce (if applicable). 

Image Permissions 
It is the responsibility of the author to obtain written permission to reprint any images. Authors are not required to provide image permissions at time of submission, but should be prepared to solicit permissions immediately upon manuscript acceptance. Please be aware, securing image permissions can be a time consuming process, and authors should investigate feasibility of obtaining permissions prior to submission.  ROMchip does not provide financial support for permissions and reproduction costs. 

Specific Guidelines for Articles
Article submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed. Review for Article manuscripts 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. 

The main document under review must include the follow components:

  1. Title 
  2. Abstract (200 words max.) 
  3. 4-5 Keywords 
  4. Main body
  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.) 

Specific Submission Guidelines for Interviews and Materials
Interviews and Materials are typically not peer-reviewed for content but must meet all other requirements for Format, Length, Style, Images and Image Permissions as detailed in the General Author Guidelines. 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 putting together your submission.  

Once the Editorial Group expresses interest in a pitch, the final work must be uploaded through the ROMchip submission portal. The main document under review must include the follow components:

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

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