Submission Guidelines


All publications to the IJRP must be submitted in MS WORD or RTF format, submitted electronically to the editorial board (ijrp.editor [at] Camera-ready manuscripts must also be submitted in MS WORD format, so that the editors can make any last-second changes.

Submissions to the IJRP consists of two parts, a covering letter and the main submission:

The covering letter
All submissions must be accompanied by a covering letter detailing:
1) Brief introduction to the paperís contents
2) Authors
3) Whether the submissions is intended for the academic, industry or special categories of submission (this is primarily an aid for the issue editor, final judgment of category is up to them, see below).
4) Contact details for the corresponding (submitting) author
5) Highlight suggestions

In the coveringletter with the submission, the author must suggest at least five sentences, quotes or similar to be enhanced in the camera-ready version. These can be key points, important quotes or similar, and will function similar to blow-ups of text in a newspaper. The selected pieces will be copied, increased in font size and inserted back into the main text. This method works well for providing readers with extra access points to written material.

The main submission
The IJRP accept submissions from industry, creative, academic, art and other areas. There are slightly different rules for the formatting and publication of material in these different knowledge networks, and the IJRP submission guidelines act as a golden middle ground in order to facilitate this variety. Irrespective of content and the field of the work, all submissions to the IJRP must conform to the requirements specified in the below.

All submissions must contain the items specified below:

Manuscript: The main article/text/design etc. All normal submissions to the IJRP must follow ACM SIG Proceedings guidelines for formatting, and use Chicago Author-Date for citations. Exceptions to this may in some cases be permitted, e.g. in the case of special issues created in co-operation with academic conferences that have their own style requirements.

The ACM SIG proceedings templates can be found here:

For information on Chicago Author-Date, see:

Authors will be responsible for producing camera-ready manuscripts following the review process, within a deadline provided by the issue editor.

The manuscript must be written in English (UK or US). Manuscripts that do not adhere to a strict standard of language quality will be rejected.

There are no page limits, however, authors are required to limit submission length to an acceptable level as defined by the topic and content covered.

Popular abstract: To ensure cohesion in a journal with a greatly varied target audience, each submission must contain an abstract (which is set aside in an independent text box in the published article), which is written in a on-technical, popular language, which addresses the key points of the publication. This abstract is designed as a tool for aiding the cross-platform functionality of the IJRP. These abstracts should be between 250-500 words of length. They can include illustrations from the main text. Longer popular abstracts are possible at the judgment of the issue editor.

The journal editorial board will assist authors who have trouble expressing their work in plain language. In the abstract, language must be kept sober, concise and readable by popular audience, and the content must relate to the publication in question.

Free text: Uniquely for academic journals, the IJRP also provides authors with the option of writing a piece of text where they are bound by any of the formal requirements of academic or industry writing, nor the regulations of the IJRP itself. This space is meant to be a free area where authors can note down their ideas, perspectives, visions in relation to their publication, such items that would normally not hold a place in a serious publication. For example, an academic article on gender in gameplay might contain a free text section about the possible implications for games design, for games in the future (or the future of the particular field). Similarly, a games design article could have a free text on suggestions for use in research. Where applicable, the free text should include notes or ideas on the possible industry/non-academic uses of the knowledge presented.

Likewise, industry-based submissions which raise research questions or point to venues of academic interest, should attempt to address these issues in the popular abstract as well. The length can be between 250-750 words. Longer free texts are possible at the judgment of the issue editor.

The journal editorial board will assist authors who have trouble expressing their work in plain language. In the free text space, language must be kept sober, concise and readable by a popular audience, and the content must relate to the publication in question.

IJRP is an Open Access journal that charges neither its authors nor its readers any fee. Authors retain the right to use their published articles elsewhere, but we kindly request that this journal be in those cases mentioned as the original publication channel.

The current acceptance rate of the journal is around 15%. If an academic article submission to IJRP does not meet the basic requirements for peer review, the editors will return it to the authors, with suggestions on how to improve the work for later re-submission.