Author’s manual

AUTHOR’S MANUAL OF THE MEDIA STUDIES JOURNAL

Columns:

STUDIES (empirical and theoretical papers)
STUDENT PAPERS (papers representing high-quality Bachelor’s, Master’s theses and PhD dissertations)
ESSAYS
REVIEWS (reviews of current Czech and foreign professional publications)
RESEARCH REPORTS (brief research data summary without any theoretical background)
NEWS (from conferences, research projects information, summer schools etc.)

Size of individual papers (number of signs including spaces)

Studies and papers: up to 38 pages, i.e. up to 70,000 characters incl. spaces and footnotes (English summary of up to 20 lines, key words and author’s profile and contact information of up to 10 lines)
Student papers: up to 20 pages, i.e. up to 40,000 characters incl. spaces and footnotes (English summary of up to 20 lines, key words, and author’s profile and contact information of up to 10 lines)
Essays: up to 10 pages, i.e. up to 20,000 characters incl. spaces and footnotes (English summary of up to 20 lines, key words, author’s profile and contact information of up to 10 lines)
Reviews: 7 pages, i.e. 10,000–15,000 characters incl. spaces
Research reports: 7 pages, i.e. 10,000–15,000 characters incl. spaces (English summary of up to 20 lines, and author’s profile and contact information of up to 10 lines)
News: 5 pages, i.e. 7,000–10,000 characters incl. spaces

Offering texts to the Editorial team:

  • The authors submit their texts to the Editorial team in electronic form. The author’s name, institute/university and job/academy position must include the covering email.
  • The author sends their contribution in an MS Word file by electronic mail.
  • The editorial team shall consider as unethical behavior provided that the author offers the same text to another magazine while still being in course of the Media Studies review procedure.
  • The author will be notified of the review procedure result within three months after submitting the text to the Editorial team.

File format:

  • MS Word files

Text format:

  • Double-spacing, block justification, Times New Roman font, size 12.
  • Papers and studies requisites: headline, summary, keywords, text, footnotes, references, and author’s profile and contact.
  • Subheadings must be separated by extra lines.
  • Individual words must by accentuated by italics (do not use bold or underline functions).
  • Do not leave out lines but separate paragraphs.
  • Do not indent paragraph beginnings.
  • Use footnotes.
  • Do not place literature references in footnotes but in brackets in the text in accordance with the convention.
  • List of references at the end of the paper must be provided with the heading References (bold).

Tables, graphs and pictures:

  • Mark the exact table position in the text with the heading “PLACE A TABLE HERE” and place the table itself (e.g. Table 2 – Evaluation… (N=140), including notes) on a separate page.
  • Mark the exact graph or picture position in the text with the heading “PLACE A GRAPH / PICTURE HERE” and send the number graphs and pictures as TIFF files.

Quotations:

  • Use regular font with quotation marks.
  • In case of longer quotations (approx two lines and more) indent the line above and below and do not use quotation marks.
  • If you leave out a part of the text in the quotation, use square brackets […].
  • Finish the quotation with a full stop first (be careful of the order of the full stop and quotation marks) and they provide the reference separately: “……” (Bauman 1995: 62).

Other rules:

  • As for dashes, if there is a dash between two words instead of a comma, use its long version with a space before and after, e.g. word – word; if the dash is, for instance, part of the proper name (such as Frýdek-Místek), use a short dash without any spaces; if the dash means from–to, use its long version without any spaces (in particular, this is the case of page numbers, e.g. p. 132–133).
  • As for numbers, do not shorten page numbers (e.g. write p. 132–133, not 132–33), and write the dates in the full format (e.g. 16 April 2003).
  • As for brackets, use regular round brackets; when you leave out a text section, e.g. in a quotation, use square brackets […].
  • If you wish to quote a single word, use simple quotation marks, such as “word ‘word’ word”.
  • There is a space between a number and a sign, e.g. 100 %.
  • Mark page number with p., e.g. p. 10.
  • Unify writing and spelling of certain words in the text (e.g. using capital letters, such as Act on the Czech Television).

 

Reference literature and quotations list based on the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

APA style

For all rules and requirements of APA citations, please consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

 

CITATIONS IN A REFERENCE LIST

1. BOOK

Bauman, Z. (1995). Úvahy o postmoderní době. Praha: SLON.

DeFleur, M. L., & Ballová-Rokeachová, S. (1996). Teorie masové komunikace. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, Karolinum.

Eco, U.,  Rorty, R. , Culler, J., & Brook-Roseová, Ch. (1995). Interpretácia a nadinterpretácia. Bratislava: Archa.

Brockman, J., & Matsonová, K (Eds.). (1996). Jak se věci mají: Průvodce myšlenkami moderní vědy. Bratislava: Archa.

2. CHAPTER OF A BOOK

Rorty, R. (1991). Veda ako solidarita. In E. Gál & M. Marcelli (Ed.),  Za zrkadlom moderny: Filozofia posledného dvadsaťročia (pp. 193–208). Bratislava: Archa.

3. STUDY IN A JOURNAL

Hoffmannová, J. (1994). Projevy taktu (a beztaktnosti) v televizních rozhovorech. Slovo a slovesnost, 55(3), 194–201.

4. ARTICLE IN A DAILY PRESS

Bělohradský, V. (1994). Fakta jsou malé teorie, teorie jsou velká fakta. Lidové noviny, 7(242), 8.

 

CITATIONS IN THE TEXT:

APA uses the author-date method of citation. The last name of the author and the date of publication are inserted in the text in the appropriate place.
When referencing or summarizing a source, provide the author and year. When quoting or summarizing a particular passage, include the specific page or paragraph number, as well.

Entry structure of bibliographical references to the quotations in the text, e.g. in footnotes, provided that the bibliographical reference is included in the same sentence

(Bauman, 1995, p. 62)
(Habermas, 1981a, p. 45)