Who is on the editorial review board of the current issue?

  • Trynn Check, MFA, PMP, Intrynnsic
  • Jane Cocks, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Michelle Colder Carras, PhD, Global mHealth Initiative, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • J Collins, Esq., CEO of Liminal Esports
  • Marjorie Ann M. Cuerdo, MS, Human-Computer Interaction, DePaul University
  • Matthew Farber, EdD, University of Northern Colorado 
  • Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes, EdD, LPC, play2PREVENT Lab, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Daniel L. Gardner, PhD Candidate, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
  • Owen Gottlieb, PhD, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Zachary Hartzman, MA, NYC Department of Education, Hey Listen Games Ruud Jacobs, PhD, University of Twente
  • Rachel Kowert, PhD, Take This
  • Stephen Kuniak, PhD, NCC, ACS, LPC, Messiah College
  • Peter McDonald, PhD, DePaul University
  • Doris C. Rusch, PhD, Department of Game Design, Uppsala University Heather Salus, MFA, Chicago Math and Science Academy
  • Sheldon Solomon, PhD, Skidmore College
  • Gracie Straznickas, DePaul University
  • Theresa Jean Tanenbaum, PhD, University of California, Irvine
  • Ricardo A. Washington, Jr., MSc, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University 

How often do you publish JGSS?
Once per year.

When does the next issue of JGSS come out?
New issues of the journal are published in the spring.

When is the next call for papers for JGSS?
The current call for abstracts is open until April 30, 2019.

How much does it cost to submit to or publish in JGSS?
There is no cost to submit a paper or to have one published. All manuscripts are published digitally through ETC Press and therefore free to all. If you want a physical copy of the journal, ETC does charge a small fee for printing and shipping, simply to cover the costs of printing. There are no institutional or subscription fees.

How and where are calls for JGSS papers distributed?
The best places to hear about future calls for papers are our website www.ithrivegames.org, the iThrive monthly newsletter, and our Twitter account @iThriveGames. We also publish our call for papers on the Games Network and HEVGA listservs.

How do I know if my paper is a good fit for JGSS?
The goal of the JGSS is to encourage interdisciplinary research, conversation, and community. As such, we do not have requirements for research to be in a specific field of study. If your research - either theoretical or empirical - is focused on how games, game design, or gameplay contribute to a deeper understanding of learning, health, or humanity, you're in a good place. Works focused on teens are especially encouraged. If you're not sure about your paper's fit, you can contact Susan Rivers, the journal's editor-in-chief, at susan.rivers@ithrivegames.org.

Do you publish null results in JGSS?
Yes! Null results are still results and an important part of healthy science and scholarship.

Will JGSS also consider publishing results-blind Registered Reports?
Yes. JGSS is committed to the advancement of publication methodology and observing best practices " embracing results-blind and pre-registered reports is an important step toward more transparent and ethical research.

What is JGSS's stance on republishing translated work?
We welcome texts that have been previously published in a different language provided that, in addition to translating the paper into English, they have made noticeable changes to the text to differentiate it from the previously published text. It's the responsibility of the authors to secure all permissions from initial publication to republish an article. Demonstrated proof must be provided upon submission.

How does the JGSS review process work?
JGSS uses a double-blind review process which means that reviewers do not know the identity of the authors and vice versa. Each paper is reviewed by two members of the editorial board and is assigned a mark of Strong Accept, Accept, Weak Accept, Weak Reject, and Reject.

  • Strong Accept - The work meets or exceeds the standards of a top paper in any reputable journal.
  • Accept - The work is of value and the paper is worth publication; some minor revisions may be required.
  • Borderline - The work may have value, but it is unclear if there is adequate time to make revisions necessary to clarify that value in the paper; OR unclear if it is appropriate for this venue.
  • Reject - The work may have value, but significant re-writes are necessary before it should be considered for publication; OR it is reasonably sure this venue is inappropriate.
  • Strong Reject - Neither the work nor its articulation appear to be ready for publication; OR this venue is inappropriate.

Reviewers' comments will be provided when authors are notified of their paper's status. Papers receiving an evaluation of Borderline (i.e. those requiring major revisions) will be required to submit a revised paper addressing the comments and concerns of reviewers in order to be considered for publication. Should a situation occur where a paper receives conflicting reviewer scores (e.g. one accept and one reject) a third reviewer will evaluate the paper.

My JGSS submission received an overall mark of Borderline. What does that mean in terms of acceptance to the journal?
Papers marked as requiring major revisions will be provided feedback from the reviewers and required to resubmit their paper for review. The paper will be reevaluated upon re-submission. If the work fails to comprehensively address the requested edits or does not meet publication standards during reevaluation, JGSS retains the right to decline the paper.

How do I contact someone about JGSS?
Please email us at contact@ithrivegames.org.

Who owns the copyright of JGSS articles?
Authors retain all rights to their work.

Does JGSS have an ISSN?
Yes. ISSN 2641-9785.

Will JGSS articles be indexed and available on sites like Google Scholar?
Yes. 

Who was on the editorial review board of the inaugural issue of JGSS?

  • Kelli Dunlap
  • Owen Gottlieb
  • Matt Farber
  • Heidi McDonald
  • Gabriela Richard
  • Susan Rivers
  • Doris Rusch
  • David Simkins
  • Josh Tanenbaum
  • Ricardo Washington
  • Moses Wolfenstein