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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 RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font, Cambria, 1½-spaced; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

We accept, and publish, articles and book reviews only in English.

  • Articles should include an abstract in English, no longer than 300 words, followed by five to ten keywords. Book reviews should not include abstracts.

  • There is no strict length limit. However, original articles are usually between 10 to 20 pages (including referencing), and reviews between 2 to 5 pages. 

  • Articles and book reviews should be submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format, and the text should be justified, in size 12-point font, Cambria, 1½-spaced. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  • Articles submitted to the journal should not be submitted elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any material under copyright.

  • Remember to make sure that the article file is kept anonymous. 

  • No footnotes for references. Use them only if necessary to comment on something.

  • Please follow the Japanese naming convention: Surname First name.

  • You should follow the modified Hepburn Romanization, with the use macrons (ā, ē, etc.), rather than the doubling of the vowel.  For more information, you can refer to: Japanese Kana Romanisation PDF

  • What happens after I submit an article or review? Your submission will be considered for inclusion in the next volume to be published (Autumn or Spring). Once the editorial board validates that your submission follows Mutual Images guidelines and matches the themes of the journal, it would be send for peer reviewing. Two peer reviewers will blindly review your article. Please note that the editorial board reserves the right to ask an author to rework and resubmit his/her article before submitting it to the peer reviewers. You will receive from the reviewers feedbacks on advices on how to improve your paper. Any recommendation that is not followed needs to be justified and validated by the editorial board or the main editor. We try our best to give you as much time as possible to revise your article after the peer review, however you need to make sure you free some time in the months following your submission. Once we receive your revised paper, it will be proof-read. Proof readers will also check that the referencing is properly followed and all arguments referenced. You will be asked to validate the corrections made by the proof-readers and complete the missing information, if any. From then on, you will only see you paper when it is finally published. But we still have work to do: layout editing and uploading it on the open access system. Keep in mind, that it takes between 6 months to 1 year from the moment you send us the article to the final publication. The journal will be available to read and download here and on our Academia. You will be able to download from the open access website either the whole volume or your individual paper. 

 

REFERENCING MODEL

Mutual Images follows the Harvard referencing system as follow:

  • All text (including the reference list) should be justified.

  • The reference list should be in size 10-point font, Cambria, 1½-spaced. You should set the indentation by changing the setting in “paragraph”, “special” to hanging 0.25.

WITHIN THE TEXT: (AUTHOR DATE, PAGE) SYSTEM

The references are inserted within the text in brackets indicating the author, date of publication and page number when applicable. If there is no page number (online publication, indicate “n.p.”).

EXAMPLE:

Hergé was heavily influenced by his contacts with a Chinese arts student in Brussels (Peeters 2002, 120-121).

REFERENCE LIST

BOOKS

PRINT:

  • Author surname, initials. (Year of publication) Title. Edition (if not first). Place of publication: Publisher

ELECTRONIC:

  • Author surname, initials. (Year of publication) Title [Online]. Edition (if not first). Place of publication: Publisher. [Accessed DD Month YYYY]

EXAMPLE:

Pellitteri, M. (2010) The Dragon and the Dazzle: Models, Strategies, and Identities of Japanese Imagination—A European Perspective. Latina: Tunué

EDITED BOOK

  • Editor surname, initials., ed. (Year of publication) Title. Edition (if not first). Place of publication: Publisher

EXAMPLE:

Befu, H., Guichard-Anguis, S., eds. (2001) Globalizing Japan: Ethnography of the Japanese Presence in Asia, Europe and America. London and New York: Routledge

If more than 3 authors or editors:

  • Editor surname, initials., Editor surname, initials, Editor surname, initials, et.al., eds. (Year of publication) Title. Edition (if not first). Place of publication: Publisher

BOOK CHAPTER

PRINT:

  • Author surname, initials. (Year of publication) Chapter Title.  In: Editor surname, initials., ed. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, page numbers

ELECTRONIC:

  • Author surname, initials. (Year of publication) Chapter Title.  In: Editor surname, initials., ed. Title of Book [Online]. Place of publication: Publisher, page numbers. [Accessed DD Month YYYY]

EXAMPLE:

Berndt, J. (2010) Historical Adventures of a Post-Historical Medium: Japan’s Wartime Past as Represented in Manga. In: Richter, S., ed. Contested Views of a Common Past: Revisions of History in Contemporary East Asia. Frankfurt; New York: Campus Verlag, 287-320

JOURNAL ARTICLES

PRINT:

  • Author surname, initials. (Year of publication) Title of the article. Journal Title, Volume no. (Issue no.), page numbers

ELECTRONIC:

  • Author surname, initials. (Year) Title of the article. Journal Title [Online], Volume no. (Issue no.), page numbers if available. [Accessed DD Month YYYY]

EXAMPLE:

Pellitteri, M. (2010) Comics Reading and Attitudes of Openness toward the Other: The Italian-Speaking Teenagers Case in South Tyrol. International Journal of Comic Art, Vol.12 (2/3), 209-247 

CONFERENCE OR WORKSHOP PAPER (unpublished)

  • Author surname, initials. (Year) Title of the paper [unpublished]. Name of the Conference or workshop, location, date

EXAMPLE:

Pellitteri, M. (2012) When Media do not Mediate: Exaggeration and Monstrification of (the) Japan(ese) during the Fukushima Disaster in Italy [unpublished]. Japanese Media Studies Research Workshop ‘Disaster and Cultural change’, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture, 20th April 2012

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (available online)

  • Author surname, initials. (year) Title of Paper, Title of Conference, Organisation or Company, Location, date of conference. Name of Digital Repository [Online]. Available from: URL [Accessed DD Month YYYY]

THESIS

  • Author surname, initials. (Year of publication) Title of Thesis. Level of qualification, Name of University. Supervised by: Surname of thesis supervisors, Initials.

EXAMPLE:

Kinsella, S. (1996) Editors, Artists and the Changing Status of Manga in Japanese Society, 1986-1995. PhD, University of Oxford. Supervised by: Goodman, R., Stockwin, A.

IMAGES AND ILLUSTRATIONS

REFERENCED FROM A BOOK (including exhibition catalogues):

If the image is taken from another work (e.g. reproduced in an exhibition catalogue or book) it should be cited as part of that book.

  • Artist surname, initials. (Date of creation) Title of work [medium]. In: Publication author surname, initials. Title of Publication. Place of publication: Publisher, page number

ACCESSED ELECTRONICALLY:

  • Artist surname, initials. (Date of creation) Title of the Work [medium]. At: place where the work is housed: institution or collection that houses the work [online]. Available from: URL [Accessed DD Month YYYY]

EXAMPLE:

Edgerton, H. (1957) Milk drop coronet [photograph] In: Thomas, A. (1998) Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 183

OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS

PRINT:

  • Name of Committee, Department or Royal Commission (Year of publication) Title. Place of publication: Publisher. (Paper number if applicable)

ELECTRONIC:

  • Name of Committee, Department or Royal Commission (Year of publication) Title [Online]. Place of publication: Publisher. (Paper number if applicable). Available from: URL [Accessed DD Month YYYY]

EXAMPLE:

Lord Chancellor’s Department (1999) Government Policy on Archives. London: The Stationery Office. (Cm. 4516)

TELEVISION PROGRAMMES VIEWED ON THE INTERNET

An episode:

  • Title of series (Year of first broadcast) Series number, Episode number, Title of episode [Online]. Channel of first broadcast, DD Month of first broadcast. Available from: URL [Accessed DD Month YYY]

WEBSITE

  • Author surname, initials or Organisation (Year of publication or last update) Title of Website. [Online] Available from: URL [Accessed DD Month YYYY]

EXAMPLE:

Flynn, P. (1982) Visions of People: The Influences of Japanese Prints–Ukiyo-e upon Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century French Art. [Online] Available from: http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1982/4/82.04.03.x.html [Accessed 28 April 2016]

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