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Author Guidelines

Before submitting an article, each Author should make sure that his/her text adheres to the following format standards for publication:
Font – 1.5 line spacing; 9-point Tahoma font; bold and italics rather than underlining (except URL addresses).
Tables/Graphs – insert within the text at the appropriate places rather that at the end of your doc.
Pictures/Videos/Audios – insert within the text at the appropriate places rather that at the end of your doc. Also, submit these images/video/audio files as separate files to be stored on OBS* server (upload them as suplementary files).
Style and Bibliography Standards – please use the APA styleguide.
Title – 11-point tahoma font, bold, concise and informative. Please remove the information of authors´ names, emails, and affiliations for double-blind review process.
Abstract – single-space 8-point tahoma; no more than 300 words, . (note: if your text is written in a language other than English, please submit both an original and an english version of your abstract, title, and keywords).
Size – Research articles should range between 6500 - 9500 words (including the abstract, images with captions, footnotes, references, and appendices, if any - all inclusive.
Keywords – 3 to 6 keywords.
URL – all URL addresses in the text and bibliography/references
should be active and ready to click.
Lenght of articles - 30 pages maximum (between 6500-9500 words)
Permissions - Authors are required to obtain permissions to reproduce previously copyrighted materials from other sources in both print and electronic form.
Submissions – Please FOLLOW the 5-STEP ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS. Enter all required details in order to successfully complete your ONLINE SUBMISSION.

Before submitting, each Author should make sure that his/her text adheres to the following format standards for publication:
Theme’s Title – concise and informative
Lenght - 5 pages (maximum)
Font – 1,5 line spacing; 9-point font; Tahoma font Tables/Figures/Illustrations/Audio or Video Files – place within the text at the appropriate sections rather that at the end.
URL – all URL addresses in the text should be active and ready to click.
Style and Bibliography Standards – please use the APA styleguide.
Permissions - Authors are required to obtain permissions to reproduce previously copyrighted materials from other sources in both print and electronic form.
Submissions – please send your text to

If you are NOT yet registered as an Author in OBS* website, please go to REGISTER. You will need to be registered as an Author before you can start an online submission.
If you are already registered as an AUTHOR, please LOGIN into OBS*’ website (enter your USERNAME and PASSWORD).
Your role as AUTHOR is displayed automatically and you should click on it in order to start your online submission session.
Then press CLICK HERE TO START AN ONLINE SUBMISSION and a 5-step online submission session will be displayed.
Please FOLLOW the 5-STEP ONLINE SUBMISSION PROCESS. Enter all required details in order to successfully complete your online submission.

1. Starting Submission (tick checklist; select journal section, either article or book review; enter comments to the Editor). At the bottom, please press “save and continue” button.
2. Enter MetaData (enter your text’s title/abstract/keywords, indexing details, and your personal details) Then press “save and continue” button.
3. Upload Submission (upload your text file). Then press “save and continue” button.
4. Upload supplementary files if existent (If not, click on “save and continue” to proceed). Supplementary files such as Pictures (JPEG, GIF), Audio (MP3, AIFF, WAV), Video (Quicktime, MPEG, AVI, or WMV) are accepted formats.
5. Confirmation of Submission (please, do not forget to press “save confirmation” at the bottom of the page).

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Before submitting your article, you need to make it anonymous or your article will not be considered.


All textual citations, except for the cases mentioned below in the footnotes section, should be made in-text. Give the author, year, and page numbers if possible, inside parenthesis and separated by a comma. If there is not a direct quote, you should simply indicate the last name(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication.

At the end of the manuscript, a list of all references used must appear under the heading "References", and using the APA citation style for books, articles, chapters, etc.


Benkler, Y. (2006). The wealth of networks: How social production transforms markets and freedom. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Shoemaker, P. J. & Vos, T.P. (2009). Gatekeeping Theory. New York: Routledge.

Dahlberg, L. (2007). The Internet, deliberative democracy, and power: Radicalizing the public sphere. International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics, 3(1), 47–64.

Singer, J. B. (2008). The journalist in the Network. A Shifting Rationale for the Gatekeeping Role and the Objectivity Norm. Tripodos, 23, 61-76.

Book chapter:
Hjarvard, S. (2018). Public service in the age of Social Network Media. In G. F. Lowe, H. Van den Bulck & K. Donders (Eds.), Public Service Media in the Networked Society (pp. 59-74). Gothenburg: Nordicom.

If you still have any doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us:


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission is either an original text, a translation or a conference presentation paper. If your submission is not an original text, please refer to ‘Permissions’ under Author Guidelines.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
    Research articles should range between 6500 and 9500 words (all-inclusive). Papers cannot exceed 9500 words.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  4. The text is 1.5 line spacing; uses a 9-point text tahoma font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (such as Articles), the instructions in Ensuring a Double Blind Peer Review have been followed. Please make sure all information of authors' names, emails, and affiliations were removed from the submission text and file.
  7. No more than one article by the same author/s or co-author/s will be published in a period of six months to one year (i.e. two to four issues of the journal).

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Observatorio (OBS*) has an academic journal profile. As such, it is dedicated to the open exchange of its contents, and freely available to individuals and institutions without charge or formal permission.

Copies of this journal or articles in this journal may be distributed for research or educational purposes free of charge and without permission. Authors will not be charged for publication or submission to this journal.

Authors who publish in Observatorio (OBS*) will release their contributions under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-2.0 generic. This licence allows anyone to copy and distribute the article for non-commercial purposes provided that appropriate attribution is given - being the author the copyright holder.

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3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; &
4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors. In accord with these provisions, the OBS journal believes in the vigorous assertion and defense of Fair Use by scholars engaged in academic research, teaching and non-commercial publishing. Thus, we view the inclusion of “quotations” from existing print, visual, audio and audio-visual texts to be appropriate examples of Fair Use, as are reproductions of visual images for the purpose of scholarly analysis. We encourage authors to obtain appropriate permissions to use materials originally produced by others, but do not require such permissions as long as the usage of such materials falls within the boundaries of Fair Use.


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