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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).
  • When submitting text based files these should be in Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Please note that submitting contributions to the Visual Methodologies (VM) implies that the work described has not been published previously or is not under consideration for publication by any other publisher and if accepted by VM, will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the publisher. The editors of VM reserve the right to edit or otherwise alter all contributions, but authors will receive proofs for approval before publication.


All submission (including multimedia submissions)  should include a 250-word abstract of its content.

Video abstracts

We encourage authors to provide a video abstract (max 5 minutes). There are various sources of advice in preparing video abstracts available. A useful starting point can be found at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/05/02/video-abstracts-extend-research/

Text Based Submissions (7,000 words)

If you are submitting manuscripts these should be compiled in the following order: title; abstract; keywords; main body; acknowledgments; appendixes (as appropriate); references (following APA Publication Manual guidelines). Graphics and photographs should be placed where they are intended to go in the text. Submission should be in English unless otherwise agreed with the editor.

Articles should be written clearly and be accessible to a readership beyond academic circles. Submission should not be already under review by, or submitted for review to, or in press at, any other journal while under consideration by VM.

Sexist, racist, ageist, homophobic and libellous language is not acceptable. The text of the article should be single-spaced, and typed in a font size of 12 pt or above. Major subheadings should be in Bold. Headings for subsections within those sections should be in Italics. Endnotes should be kept to a minimum. We expect contributors to perform copy-editing and proof reading tasks. We take no responsibility for authors' errors and omissions.

Photo or Digital Visualisation Essays (up to 20 images)

Photo or Digital Visualisation essays should consist of coherent combinations of images, or images and text.  Up to twenty images accompanied by captions and/or written commentary/analysis. Authors should indicate intended layout of the images. Provide captions for each image as required. It is recommended that DPI is 300 dpi for color pictures, 300 to 600 dpi for black and white pictures, 600 to 900 dpi for combination art (photo and text), and 900 to 1,200 dpi for line art.

Video Essays

Video content files should be provided in either MP4 format (also known as MPEG-4). Videos created with digital video cameras, high quality smartphones, and other digital recording devices are generally created in one of these formats.

Submissions may be attached if file size permits. If it is possible for you to put your submission on a personal web page, you may also submit by providing a working URL. 

Links to Vitmo or You Tube can also be provided. 

Journal Style

Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she.

Spellings: UK or US spellings may be used with '-ize' spellings as given in the Oxford English Dictionary (e.g. organize, recognize).

Punctuation: use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Present dates in the form 1 July 2009. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).


Contributors are responsible for securing permission from individuals who own (or are identifiable in) the photographs and other images they submit to VM.