Submitting to mcsj

A. Submitting an Article
B. Submission Requirements
C. Submission Guidelines
D. Formatting the Article
E. Citations and References
F. Copyrights of non-textual element
G. Author's agreement
H. Review Process

Please review the following topics in preparing your article for submission. If you have any questions, or if you need assistance, please feel free to contact ›mcsj›.

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A. Submitting an Article

Articles should be formatted as described below.

An e-mail message with the article as an attachment to Mobile Culture Studies should be sent to Use "Submission" as the subject in the email address block. The message should include:

1. the author’s name,
2. the title of the article,
3.a if the article is in English:
an abstract of no more than 170 words respectively 1000 characters
3.b if the article is in another language:
an abstract in English of no more than 150 words respectively 1000 characters; and an extended summary in English of approximately 1000 words respectively 6070 characters,
4. any relevant information about the author, including institutional affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses.

Once you have prepared your paper observing the formatting, attach it to the e-mail message. An acknowledgement will be sent indicating that the paper has been received.

B. Submission Requirements

Articles for submission must be previously unpublished. Papers should be well-written and copy-edited carefully before submission. Drafts are not acceptable. In submitting work to ›mcsj›, authors agree to the editors' open access policies. If you have any questions about whether your article is appropriate for ›mcsj›, send it directly to the editor for a preliminary review.

All articles will be blind-refereed except when invited. The decision of the editorial board is final. ›mcsj› relies on the generosity of scholars who contribute their time to review articles, so we ask that authors do not submit their work to other journals at the same time.

C. Submission Guidelines

Our submission guidelines have been carefully prepared to facilitate the editorial process of publishing articles in several languages online. Strict adherence to formatting guidelines (described below) has the following purposes: first, simple formatting allows the editors to concentrate on the content of articles submitted; second, it allows for reliable translation of authors' formatting to the downloadable document.

D. Formatting the Article

Before submitting an article, the text should be formatted according to the following guidelines:

  1. Title/subtitle:
    At the beginning of the article, the title/subtitle, abstract and a list of key words should immediately precede the text. Please use section headings in bold type.

  2. Reference technique:
    Standard is author-date referencing in line. Guest Editors are entitled to impose differing advice.

  3. Notes:
    Notes are accepted, but not encouraged. Number notes sequentially in the article using Arabic numbers and place them at the end of the article. Notes can only be realised as endnotes. Endnotes don't absolve from the mandatory alphabetical reference list (see 4).

  4. Reference list:
    The alphabetical reference list in MHRA style is mandatory. Guest Editors are entitled to impose a different style sheet, differing advice. Samples of MHRA style are displayed below under Citations and References.

  5. Illustrations:
    Illustrations and figures relevant to the text have to be submitted in good quality, min. 600 dpi resolution as numbered separate files, not embedded in the text. Their use has to be based on valid reproduction permits (see below, paragraph F).

  6. Sound and video files:
    Sound and video files have to be delivered in good resolution and accompanied by an identifying text file for URN registration. Their use has to be based on CC BY or other valid use permits.

  7. Format:
    Please submit texts in Rich Text Format (RTF – preferred) or MS Word. OpenOffice or LibreOffice are admissible only for plain text without notes and special features.

  8. Font: should be 12 point Times or Calibri using normal, bold, or italic. Please do not insert line breaks in the text or special spacing for formatting.

E. Citations and References

References in articles submitted to MCS should conform to the author-date system, based on the MHRA style guide (see:


  1. Book, independent title:
    Grieco, Margaret. 1996. Workers' dilemmas: recruitment, reliability and repeated exchange. An analysis of urban social networks and labour circulation (Hove: Psychology Press)

  2. Article in book/collection:
    Thibaud, Jean-Paul. 2001. ‘La méthodes des parcours commentés’, in Grosjean Michèle, and Jean-Paul Thibaud, eds., L’espace urbain en méthodes (Marseille: Parenthèses), 79-99; ref. 84s.

  3. Article in journal:
    McCray, Talia. 2009. ‘Engaging disadvantaged populations in transport studies: Linking modal use and perceptions of safety to activity patterns’, Research in Transport Economics, 25(1), 3-7

  4. Article in www:
    Naukkarinen Ossi 2005. ‘Aesthetics and mobility – a short introduction into a moving field’, Contemporary Aesthetics, Special Volume 1 (2005) <> [accessed 2007-06-26]

F. Copyrights of non-textual element

Authors agree to include their own illustrations into the CC BY by the author agreement. Third party rights for illustrations and other non-textual digital elements have to be satisfied by the submitting author. The editors reserve their right to delete elements for which there is insufficient evidence of copyright permission.

G. Author's agreement

With the acceptance of a submission the editors will ask the author(s) to explicitly consent to an author's agreement on the basis of the CC BY licence: “This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. [...] Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.”

Reader Rights: Free readership rights to all articles immediately upon publication
Reuse Rights: Generous reuse and remixing rights (e.g., CC BY license)
Copyrights: The author retains copyright with no restrictions
Author Posting Rights: The author may post any version to any repository or website

H. Review Process

Contributions, submitted to be published within the sections miscellaneous and book-reviews, undergo a first review by the appropriate editors, guest editor and review editor.

If a contribution is submitted to be published in the thematic section, the guest editor of the respective issue is responsible for organising the subsequent review process. He/she decides if a contribution will be accepted or rejected; manuscripts by invited authors are not mandatorily peer reviewed.

Papers to be forwarded to peer review are made anonymous and sent to two independent reviewers. The review process shall take 3 months, leading to three different possible responses: (1) accepted; (2) accepted only on the basis of revisions; (3) unconditionally rejected. Based on the reviewers' recommendations, editors and guest editor decide if the contribution will be published or not. The guest editor informs the authors of the decision and its reasons. In the case of major revisions, the revised version will be re-evaluated by one of the reviewers.

›mcsj› indicates unambiguously for all published papers if they have been peer reviewed or not.