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Media International Australia

Media International Australia

eISSN: 2200467X | ISSN: 1329878X | Current volume: 176 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly
Media International Australia - MIA - is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarly research and reviews about media, telecommunications and cultural industries, policies and practices. Founded in 1976 and primarily focused on Australia and New Zealand, MIA aims to be inclusive, interdisciplinary and international. Articles range widely across media forms, scholarly fields and geographic regions, including Asia and the Pacific. We welcome empirical, applied and theoretical research, historical and speculative analysis, as well as debate and commentary.

MIA is an affiliated journal of the Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Inc. Annual membership of ANZCA includes a subscription to MIA.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Media International Australia - MIA - is a peer-reviewed journal publishing scholarly research and reviews about media, telecommunications and cultural industries, policies and practices. Founded in 1976 and primarily focused on Australia and New Zealand, MIA aims to be inclusive, interdisciplinary and international. Articles range widely across media forms, scholarly fields and geographic regions, including Asia and the Pacific. We welcome empirical, applied and theoretical research, historical and speculative analysis, as well as debate and commentary.

Each issue includes a themed section edited by guest editors. These make a significant, and frequently pioneering, contribution to international scholarship in established and emerging fields. We welcome unsolicited proposals for themed issues, which are considered by the journal’s editorial board.

Adrian Athique University of Queensland, Australia
Craig Hight University of Newcastle, Australia
Book Reviews Editor
Aljosha Karim Schapals Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Editorial Board
Diana Bossio Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Stuart Cunningham Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Elizabeth Gray Massey University, New Zealand
Brett Hutchins Monash University, Australia
Linda Jean Kenix University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Amanda Lotz Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Anna Potter University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Rowan Wilken RMIT, Australia
Editorial Advisors
Kate Ames Central Queensland University, Australia
Heather Anderson University of South Australia, Australia
Adrian Athique University of Queensland, Australia
Susan Bye Australian Centre for the Moving Image and LaTrobe University, Australia
Kim Dalton Industry & Production Expert and University of Sunshine Coast, Australia
Gillian Doyle University of Glasgow, UK
Jacqui Ewart Griffith University, Australia
Terry Flew Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Gerard Goggin Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lelia Green Edith Cowan University, Australia
Bridget Griffen-Foley Macquarie University, Australia
Folker Hanusch University of Vienna, Austria
Nick Herd Ausfilm, Australia
Terence Lee Murdoch University, Australia
Libby Lester University of Tasmania, Australia
Tania Lewis RMIT University, Australia
Donald Matheson University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Verica Rupar Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Frank Sligo Massey University, New Zealand
Christina Spurgeon Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Jeanette Steemers King’s College London, UK
Graeme Turner University of Queensland, Australia
C. Kay Weaver University of Waikato, New Zealand
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Media International Australia

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Media International Australia will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Media International Australia, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Research Article
    Please ensure your manuscript:

      • is in Microsoft Word;
      • is double-spaced, left justified, with 12-point text;
      • is between 5000-8,000 words in length (including notes and references).

    Book Review
    Must critically analyse the style and major issues dealt with in the book, with a maximum length of 500 words.              

    Review essays, which may be longer, are treated as research articles and should comply with the guidelines for them. If you submit a review essay, please include a suggested title, other than the title of the book.

    MIA readers and the authors and publishers of books prize timely reviews. Reviewers must submit reviews within three months of receiving the book and preferably earlier. 
    MIA is published four times per year: February, May, August and November. Book review copy deadlines are:

      • 15 October (for February)
      • 15 January (for May)
      • 15 April (for August)
      • 15 July (for November)

    Content of the review

    Your review should:

      • provide a brief, clear account of the nature, content and purpose of the book;
      • summarise its contribution to relevant fields;
      • evaluate how well the author has succeeded in their purpose, highlighting particular strengths and weaknesses.

    Objective critical appraisal should be the goal. Reviewers should normally:

      • confine the review to a discussion of the book and avoid digressive essays;
      • not list minor errors unless they significantly impair the value of the book. A reviewer may choose to notify the author about them by email.                    

    Style Notes

    Reviewers should generally follow the Style Guide for the journal. Specific points for book reviews are:

    Include bibliographical details for the book reviewed: Author(s), Title, Publisher, Year of publication, ISBN, Number of pages, Price. Follow this example, using commas and italics, or indicate italics with an underline:

    Brock, George, Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age, Kogan Page, London, 2013, ISBN 9 7807 4946 6510, xi +242 pp., A$53.95.

      • Use quotations and detailed descriptions of the content of the book sparingly. When a quote is used, include the page number(s) in parentheses at the end of the sentence.
      • Other references should generally not be used. If they are, include them at the end of the review under a heading ‘References’ using the style outlined in the Style Guide.    
      • Use the personal pronoun ‘I’ instead of, for example, ‘this reviewer’ or ‘the present reviewer’.
      • At the end of the review give your name in your preferred style — e.g. A.D. Smith, Annette Smith — your institution, and email address.

    The Book Review Editor reserves the right to edit reviews. We will endeavour to contact you with suggested changes before publication.

    For more information and/or requests to review books please contact the Book Review Editor, Aljosha Karim Schapals:

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    If you are asked to provide the names of a peer who could be called upon to review your manuscript, please note that reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the journal’s editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Media International Australia encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Media International Australia and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Media International Australia offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Media International Australia adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.  

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Media International Australia is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Media International Australia editorial office as follows:

    Adrian Mabbott Athique
    Craig Hight

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