Acta Ludica (ISSN 2527-0257) is an open-access, open-peer-reviewed international online journal on game studies. Our working languages are English and Portuguese, and we publish articles on both digital and non-digital games. All articles submitted for publication are peer reviewed. There are no publication fees, or access fees.

Scope and focus

Game studies is a very open-ended field of research. Acta Ludica mirrors this, since we accept submissions based on many approaches. The following list is a non-exhaustive sample of topics which are appropriate for submissions:

  • theoretical discussions about concepts related to games and playing games;
  • games as a communication medium;
  • serious games;
  • methodologies for research about games;
  • analysis of games and their characteristics;
  • game design, particularly game systems design;
  • studies on players, whether from social, psychological, or anthropological perspectives;
  • games as cultural objects;
  • analysis of game texts and narratives;
  • history of games.

What all these approaches have in common is their object: games. This is also the main focus for Acta Ludica. As such, this must also be the main focus of submitted articles. For instance, an article on graphical algorithms for digital games may be submitted, as long as its main focus lies on the games, and not on the algorithms themselves; in the same vein, an article about volleyball as a game system may be submitted, but not one with focus on phisiological or pedagogical effects of volleyball.

Besides the focus on games, there is another essential characteristic of submitted articles. We want excellence: rigorous methodology, a sound theoretical grounding, meaningful results, and a clear text. We don't mind negative results; science needs reports on negative results, and they are a hallmark of academic honesty. However, articles in which the main results are only weak and subjective qualitative evaluations do not meet our standards of excellence.

Requirements for submission

Language

All submissions must be written either in English or in Portuguese.

All articles must include an abstract, in English. Articles written in Portuguese must abide by this rule, and must also include the abstract in Portuguese.

Whether the article is written in English or in Portuguese, the text must be correct and clear. All submissions will be evaluated on the correct use of the chosen language, and may be returned by the editor with a recommendation for rewriting and revision before a resubmission. Although this will usually happen at the start of the review process, this may also happen at any later time.

Credentials

At least one of the authors must have a master's degree, or its equivalent.

Review policies

The first step of the review is conducted by the editor, who will evaluate a submission according to content adequation to Acta Ludica's scope, and according to writing technique.

Following this preliminary evaluation, the editor will choose at least two reviewers, and forward them the submitted article.

The reviewers will evaluate the submitted article acording to the following criteria:

  • the relevance to Acta Ludica's scope and focus;
  • technical excellence;
  • language adequacy.

The peer review process in Acta Ludica is open:

  • submissions are not anonymous;
  • all reviewers are identified, and their comments are forwarded to the authors;
  • when a submissions is published, the reviewers' comments are published alongside with the article.

Privacy

All personal information provided by authors and registered users will be used only for editorial purposes, and it will not be sold or given to other parties.