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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Except where noted below, all submissions should follow American Psychological Association (APA) style formatting and citations. Please reference the Purdue OWL guide if you have questions about APA formatting, particularly for in-text citations and your list of references.

  • Article manuscripts should be 5,000 to 8,000 words long.
  • Include a 150-250 word abstract at the beginning of your article. Doing so speeds up the review process because we send abstracts to potential peer reviewers.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. The text of the manuscript and the reference list should be submitted as a single file.
  • Please use single-spacing and 12-point Calibri font. If your word processer does not offer Calibri, other acceptable fonts are Arial, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana.
  • Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter authorizing The Journal of Science Fiction to send out a blind, text-protected version of the manuscript for review.
  • Following similar formatting, book reviews should be 1000-1500 words and reflection essays, 1000-2500. A cover letter will not be necessary for book review submissions.

Please send a letter of inquiry to the Managing Editor of MOSF Journal of Science Fiction if you are interested in submitting book reviews, academic columns, or short essays.

Because MOSF Journal of Science Fiction is a Total Open Access Journal, authors submitting their work to the journal implicitly agree to make their accepted paper freely available online to the public. There is no submission or publication fee for authors.

Copyright Notice

Authors whose submissions are accepted for publication will retain all copyrights to their work, meaning that authors will not need to request permission to reuse their articles as long as appropriate credit is given to MOSF Journal of Science Fiction. You have the non-exclusive right of republication of your article, in whole or in part, in any book, article, or other scholarly work of which you are an author or editor, provided you give credit to MOSF Journal of Science Fiction.  Similarly, MOSF Journal of Science Fiction shall retain the right to publish, republish, copy and distribute, in any current or future form of media, in whole and in part any article or work accepted for publication provided appropriate credit is given to the author(s).  Please note that the author’s right of republication does not apply if the paper is a work-made-for-hire.

Authors may post copies of their articles elsewhere on the Internet provided that the site is non-commercial or no fees are charged for access to the article in question. A link to the journal’s homepage or directly to the journal article should be included. We encourage you to use or refer to the final, definitive version of your article whenever possible.

Please be aware that if you intend to submit an article to MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, prior publication of that article or posting it online may compromise the confidentiality of the peer-review process and may delay or prevent a decision based on the paper’s merits. To avoid citation confusion, we discourage online posting of pre-publication versions of articles, but will not restrict posting of a paper accepted for publication provided that the conditions described in these Author Guidelines have been met. Please consult the journal’s editor for more information.


Please submit a high-quality scan of your artwork.

Cover artwork may be cropped to fit the cover format of the JOSF; however, a full-res, uncropped image will also be included inside the issue of the journal.

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