European Comic Art

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Manuscript Submissions

Submissions of articles and review articles are made through European Comic Art’s online submissions manager. Those wishing to submit articles should first register in the system as an Author.

The journal accepts papers in the following categories: Original Research Articles, Book Reviews, and Review Articles.

Original Research Articles should present new knowledge and findings in the field, and the length of articles should be around 8,000 words (including notes and references), although longer and shorter articles may be considered. They must include the following components: Title, Abstract, Keywords, References, and Author Bio.

Review articles should usually have a minimum of three titles reviewed, and be 2,000 to 4,000 words in length.

The document must be set at A4 paper size. The entire document (including the notes and references) should be single-spaced with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins on all sides. A 12-point standard font such as Times or Times New Roman is required and should be used for all text, including headings, notes, and references. An unusual character or diacritical mark should be flagged, as the character may not translate correctly during typesetting.

The article must include an abstract of no more than 150 words and 6 to 8 keywords. The abstract should not duplicate the text verbatim but include the research question or puzzle, identify the data, and give some indication of the findings. Keywords should be drawn from the content and not duplicate the article title.

Upon acceptance, authors are required to submit copyright agreements and all necessary permission letters for reprinting or modifying copyrighted materials, both textual and graphic. The author is fully responsible for obtaining all permissions and clearing any associated fees.

Figures/tables and corresponding captions should be placed in separate files; only placement indicators should appear in the main text. Figures/tables should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. Please number items individually (figure 1, 2, 3, 4) as opposed to grouping items together (figure 1, figure 2a, 2b, 2c). “Figure,” “table,” etc., are lowercase unless they begin a sentence or are capitalized in titles. Thus, in the phrase “see figure 11.1,” the word “figure” is lowercase.

For optimal reproduction, halftones (black and white photos or figures without lines) should be submitted as TIFFs (resolution 300 dpi) with all fonts embedded. Line drawings, such as graphs and charts, should be black and white and submitted at 800 dpi. Additionally, all images should be approximately 4 x 4 inches at the resolution indicated. Figures that are embedded in MS Word or PowerPoint files cannot be used. Figures may also be submitted on glossy camera-ready paper.

Authors are responsible for providing images, tables, graphs, diagrams, and charts in a form ready to be printed.

Process for Refereeing and Accepting Articles
European Comic Art is a refereed journal. Articles are sent to at least two scholars with relevant experience and expertise. Referees are asked to advise the editors whether the article should be published and if so, with what recommended changes. The editors respond to the author with their decision and a list of any changes needed for the article to be accepted for publication. They also send the anonymous referees' comments to the author.

Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the style guide may be rejected or returned to the author for amendment. The editors also reserve the right to alter usage to conform to the style guide issued by the publishers. Authors may not supply new materials or request major alterations following the copyediting stage, so please ensure that all text is final upon acceptance. Contributors will receive one free copy of the relevant issue and may purchase additional copies at a reduced price or purchase offprints.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in European Comic Art (ECA) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While every effort is made by the publishers and the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete ECA Ethics Statement.