Call for Reviews: Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Matthew Johnson / Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds
contact email: 

Seeking academic reviews of videogaming-related academic books, websites-portals-databases, communities, and “popular” books; reviews of virtual environments; and videogames (recent or older, single- or multiplayer, across all platforms) for potential publication in the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds (ISSN 1757191X , ONLINE ISSN 17571928).

From the publisher: The Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds (JGVW) is an international, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of games and playful practices across media platforms and genres. It is a leading forum for interdisciplinary dialogue within game studies, focusing primarily on theory and criticism of games, the intersection of media, game design and gaming culture, and the performative and transformative dimensions of games and virtual worlds. The journal is open to diverse research approaches including: theoretical, empirical/ethnographical, creative and pedagogical methods, as well as submissions from essayists and reviewers. We are particularly interested in inter- or multi-disciplinary contributions that connect scholars across multiple discourses.

Reviews are usually between 1500-2000 words, but accommodations are regularly made for longer pieces. Images/screenshots are possible and will be addressed on an individual basis. Reviews of all texts (books, conferences, articles, videogames, virtual environments), recent or older, are welcome. Reviews of games or virtual environments should be “scholarly” (as opposed to “commercial”); JGVW is looking for how texts contribute to the academic field or the object of study’s “genre.” All scholarly foci are welcome (new media studies, new literacy, rhetoric, games studies/ludology, culture studies, and so forth); reviews may connect to pedagogy or literacy development, relate to other texts, or illustrate how an object of study has made a cultural impact.

I am happy to recommend specific texts to potential reviewers for review, though I am keenly interested in reviewers selecting their own materials.

Rolling and ongoing deadline ... however, the Editors are currently seeking reviews for an issue that has experienced unfortunate COVID-19 delays; thus, reviews received by mid-May 2021 (yes, that's soon!) are extremely welcome, and such a quick turnaround time could result in quick publication time, too.

Happy to forward materials for review (if available). Happy to send sample reviews (should it be helpful).