Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

MOSF Journal of Science Fiction seeks to uphold the spirit of educated inquiry and speculation through the publication of peer-reviewed, academic articles, essays and book reviews exploring the interdisciplinary nature of science fiction. The journal welcomes unsolicited, original submissions from academics around the world about science fiction in all media (literature, film, television, videogames, art, oral history, etc.). Issues are published three times a year and each issue will feature 8 to 12 academic articles.

The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction's editorial team keeps the journal's Focus and Scope relatively vague on purpose: if you think your work fits with our scope, we want to see it. By keeping our scope broad and interdisciplinary, we're encouraging authors to send us manuscripts that open our eyes to new analyses of the science fiction genre.


Section Policies


This page contains publication and copyright information for the issue of MOSF Journal of Science Fiction.

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This section is for essays, letters, and other editorial pieces to be included in each journal issue.

NOTE: These editorial pieces are not mandatory, but an editorial letter to the readers is encouraged.

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Literature Revew

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Full Issue PDF

This section is ONLY for PDF files of full MOSF Journal of Science Fiction issues.

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This section is for the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction's concluding notes (i.e., information about sponsoring organizations, upcoming events, and other such things the editorial team wants to highlight for readers).

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About the Contributors

This section contains biographical information about the creative team who directly contributed to this issue of the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction.

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Peer Review Process

Peer review is an essential tool for ensuring the quality, validity and relevance of scholarly research. All article manuscripts under consideration for publication in MOSF Journal of Science Fiction will undergo a double-blind peer review process (i.e., neither author nor reviewer names will be disclosed).

The journal’s Editorial Team will use Open Journal Systems (OJS) to perform an initial screening of submissions and then to anonymously assign manuscripts to reviewers not employed by the journal. Editors will use OJS to request revisions by article authors when required. The final draft of the article that is published in MOSF Journal of Science Fiction will constitute the final, definitive and citable version of the manuscript.

There are no article processing charges for our journal.


Publication Frequency

The inaugural issue for the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction is scheduled for publication in January 2016. Issues will be published triannually.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Book Reviews

The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction currently has the following titles available for review in our journal. Please contact us to request a review copy!

  • The Berlin Project, by Gregory Benford.
  • Codex Orfeo: A Novel, by Michael Charles Tobias.
  • Europa's Lost Expedition:A Scientific Novel, by Michael Carroll.
  • The Hunt for FOXP5: A Genomic Mystery Novel, by Wallace Kaufman and David Deamer.
  • Murder on the Einstein Express and Other Stories, by Harun Siljak.
  • Pseudoscience and Science Fiction, by Andrew May.
  • Science Fiction by Scientists: An Anthology of Short Stories, ed. by Michael Brotherton.
  • Time Machine Tales: The Science Fiction Adventures and Philosophical Puzzles of Time Travel, by Paul J. Nahin.
  • Using Medicine in Science Fiction: The SF Writer's Guide to Human Biology, by H.G. Stratman.

If you are someone who wishes to submit a book review for inclusion in the journal, please be aware that we seek more objective, academic book reviews rather than the casual book reviews more commonly found on Goodreads, Amazon, and other such venues.

If you still want to submit a book review, please consult these sites to better understand what we're looking for:


If you are a publisher and wish to send us books for review, please contact the journal's Managing Editor, Monica Louzon, at monica.louzon@museumofsciencefiction.org.


Plagiarism Policy

The MOSF Journal of Science Fiction's editorial team will not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Plagiarized submissions will be rejected.

The editorial team checks for plagiarism by ensuring authors properly source their information and by performing regular spot checks of text that are presented as the authors' own original analysis.

Should the editorial team discover that, despite our best efforts, we have accidentally published plagiarized content, the piece (be it an article, review, etc.) will be immediately removed from our publication and we will notify the plagiarizing author, the plagiarized author, the Museum of Science Fiction (our sponsoring organization), and journal subscribers of the incident.


MJOSF's Creative Commons License

Content published in the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND; detailed here).

This means you are welcome to share, copy, and redistribute the material published in our journal for non-commercial purposes in any format so long as you provide appropriate credit, provide a link to the CC BY-NC-ND license, and you may not transform or otherwise modify the content we have published. 

You may do so in any reasonable manner, but you must not suggest that the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction team, the Museum of Science Fiction, the University of Maryland, or the University of Maryland Libraries (our website host) endorse you or your use. 

You may not add further restrictions or legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything that our journal's license permits.

ISSN: 2474-0837