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Author Guidelines

In addition to reviewing the author guidelines below, it is recommended that authors read Critical Gambling Studies' Reviewer Guidelines,Editorial and Governance Standards before submitting a manuscript to the journal. Authors can also view the Author Publication Agreement.


Your paper should be submitted as two separate documents. The cover letter/title page should include the title, author affiliations and details, funding details, and word count. The main document/article text should include an abstract, 4-6 keywords, the main text, and a bibliography.

To ensure that the review process remains blind, all information that could identify the author/s must be eliminated from the references and text of the main document of your submitted manuscript. Please ensure that you have also removed any metadata (such as author information in Microsoft Word) that could compromise your anonymity.  Please note: Non-anonymized manuscripts will be returned to the author. 

Word Limits

Please include a word count for your paper. Given the diversity of disciplines we want to publish in Critical Gambling Studies, we are deliberately setting a broad word count range – papers between 5000 and 8000 words, inclusive of abstract and all references, will be considered.

Style Guidelines

All manuscripts should be submitted in APA format. Please use single quotation marks, except for a quotation within a quotation, in which case double quotation marks should be used. Lengthy quotations should be separate and indented. Font should be 12-point, using italics for emphasis.

What to Include

Author Details. All authors should include their full name and affiliation on the title page of the manuscript, and where possible, include ORCiDs and social media accounts (Twitter, LinkedIn,, ResearchGate, etc). One author must be identified as the corresponding author. Affiliations are where research was conducted, not where authors currently work. If authors have moved, please include this as a footnote on the title page.

Abstract of 200 words. This should succinctly describe the paper’s topic, its methodology and findings, and their importance or consequence.

Funding details. Submissions to the journal must include a full statement of financial and other support from all sources for the previous three years. This must include all relevant funding bodies and, where possible, grant numbers or details. Where funding or support from gambling industry actors has been received within that period, the paper will not normally be accepted for consideration. However, authors may make a case to the editors (to be published as an addendum to any published articles) that the submitted paper is based on research that is distinct and independent from these sources, and demonstrate how research findings have not been affected by a history of such support. If such papers are accepted for peer-review, peer-reviewers will be asked to consider the case as a key item in determining their view of the merits of the paper.

Disclosure statement. You must here acknowledge any financial or professional benefits or interests that have arisen from your research, or its funding, and confirm that the submission has not been previously published, and nor is it at another journal for consideration.

Biographical Note. 100 words per author.

Figures. These should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour). Where possible, please include figures embedded within the article text document in the initial submission. Should your article be published, we may ask you to supply a higher resolution separate document such as a PNG, JPEG, or GIF as part of the production process. Any figures used should be either free to use, or you must demonstrate appropriate permissions.

Tables. These must present new information rather than duplicating information already in the text. Please include tables in the article text document as part of your submission. 

What to Exclude

To ensure that the review process remains blind, all information that could identify the author/s must be eliminated from the references and text of your submitted manuscript as well as metadata that could compromise your anonymity.  


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