IJRP5, pre-layout versions

Due to some very positive but time consuming events, the final format of issue 5 will be further delayed. As that is however no reason to prevent our authors’ work from being read, we here publish the four peer-reviewed articles and one reviewed book review that form most of the issue. They have not been layouted yet, and will be replaced later by properly formatted ones, but their content will no longer change. The editorial will be published later on, in the full issue.

Sarah Lynne Bowman and Anne Standiford: Educational Larp in the Middle School Classroom:
A Mixed Method Case Study

Mary Lynn Crow and Larry P. Nelson: The Effects of Using Academic Role-Playing in a Teacher Education
Service-Learning Course

Marjukka Lampo: Ecological Approach to the Performance of Larping

Michael Sangyeob Lee and Carrie Heeter: Cognitive Intervention and Reconciliation: NPC Believability in Single-Player RPGs

Mika Loponen and Jukka Särkijärvi: Review: Playing at the World

IJRP 4 is here!

Download the fourth issue here.

This special issue contains five articles chosen from amongst those presented at the Role-Playing in Games seminar at the University of Tampere, Finland, April 10-11, 2012. Several others from that seminar will be appearing in future issues of this journal.

The International Journal of Role-Playing is a response to a growing need for a place where the varied and wonderful fields of role-playing research and -development, covering academia, the industry and the arts, can exchange knowledge and research, form networks and communicate.

On behalf of the Editorial Board
J. Tuomas Harviainen

Open CFP

The International Journal of Role-Playing (IJRP) is now accepting submissions for the upcoming issues. 

The International Journal of Role-Playing invites researchers, designers, developers, academics, artists and others involved in the growing field of research related to role-playing to submit articles. The IJRP is a peer-reviewed journal, and welcomes submissions from any sphere of interest, knowledge network, research field or de-development sector that directly or indirectly relates to role-playing interests.

Potential topics include but are certainly not limited to the following:
•    Role-playing games, e.g. frameworks, storytelling and graphics; art, design and creative industry
•    Role-playing culture, psychology, media, economics, and sociology
•    Role-playing technology, surveys, vocabulary, training and education
•    Other aspects of role-playing and related research and development

The International Journal of Role-Playing is a biannual international journal that covers all aspects of role-playing, irrespective of the medium, platform or intent. The IJRP specifically aims to act as the focal point, for pushing the limits of role-playing knowledge, and to improve sharing of knowledge across the knowledge networks involved with role-playing- and related work, notably the industry, the academia and the arts. The journal will encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences, and will be a free, online forum where knowledge can be harvested.  In realizing that the knowledge networks involved with role-playing- and related work are based in a variety of interest spheres, which write and publish their work in different ways, the IJRP will accommodate the knowledge sharing principles of the various networks.

The International Journal of Role-Playing is an innovative, novel platform for knowledge sharing that reaches across traditional fields, and will treat submissions from academia, industry and creative forces on an equal basis through a joint publication framework, which is specifically designed to accommodate contributions from all of these diverse sources.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by three members of the multi-disciplinary editorial boards, who represent the diverse interests of the knowledge networks involved in role-playing and related work, e.g. academia, industry and the arts. All submissions will be reviewed by experts from the knowledge network of the submission, together with at least one reviewer from a different network. Through this and other initiatives, the IJRP aims to assist authors in promoting cross-network aspects of their work.

The International Journal of Role-Playing is an online publication backed up by on-demand printing. The IJRP aims to have all papers go through their initial review within three months of receipt. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, following the instructions on the IJRP website: www.journalofroleplaying.org, which also contains important dates and deadlines.

The IJRP specifically aims at providing authors with a higher than usual degree of freedom in composing their manuscripts and expressing ideas. Consult the journal website for more information.