fusion submission process & author/creator guidelines

fusion is a fully blind peer-reviewed online journal for the communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines. We invite submissions from writers and creators across the broad range of professions, disciplines and interests. However, submissions need to be relevant to the theme of the individual issue.

fusion does not charge submission or processing fees.

1. Notes for authors and creators

1.1 Topic

Each issue has a central theme combining two or more topics and which we invite contributors to explore in terms of fusion and hybridising processes. If you wish to submit an article or creative work to fusion, please ensure it addresses the central topic of the issue it is intended for.

1.2 Submission deadlines

For topics and deadlines of upcoming issues, please see Upcoming Issues.

1.3 Abstract and biography

Before submitting your article, report, review or creative work, please e-mail an abstract and brief biography to the issue editor/s through the production editor Kim Woodland at The abstract should be no more than 200 words and include up to six key words. Your biography should be no more than 60 words and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Please indicate if your piece is  a full-length article, interview, report, review or creative work.

2. Article/creative work

2.1 Word limit and scope

Submissions – which may be visual, aural, still, moving or written – are invited for any one of the following sections of fusion.

  1. Double blind refereed section for articles of between 4,000-6,000 words, or creative works and other projects of equivalent scope.
  2. Single blind refereed section for reports, edited interviews, feature reviews of up to 4,000 words, or creative works and other projects of equivalent scope.
  3. Edited, non-refereed section of reviews, responses, reprints of seminal reports and articles, and debate items of up to 2,000 words, or creative works and other projects of equivalent scope.

(Double blind is where reviewer and author/creator remain anonymous. Single blind is where only the reviewer remains anonymous.)

Any enquiries about the refereeing process can be made in the first instance to the fusion production editor Kim Woodland at

2.2 General guidelines for writing in an online environment


fusion aims to encourage research students and early career researchers by working and publishing alongside more established academics and professionals across a wide range of communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines and professions. Your piece should reflect this aim stylistically and be written or presented for those whose own discipline and research interests may not be the same as yours.


fusion encourages contributors to include links to external sound, image (still and moving) and other relevant websites.

Locating the author(s)

fusion has no problem with authors/creators who locate themselves in their research and use the first person. We also advocate the active voice over the passive voice.

2.3 Specific style guidelines for fusion

To achieve a consistent  style across all the written submissions, fusion follows MLA style (7th edition). Please see the instructions below and the MLA online advice to authors at [Note that APA referencing style is also accepted by fusion; however, the referencing style chosen must be used consistently.]

Italics and underlining

  • Please avoid underlining – use italics instead where possible.
  • Italicise the name or title of newspapers, books, journals, poems, plays, films, TV programs, art works, song titles and music.
  • Italicise foreign expressions (or try to find an English language term).
  • Avoid italicising for emphasis as it makes the text look messy and can be hard to read.


  • Either Australian or UK English spelling is acceptable – though authors need to decide on one or the other. Do not, however, change the spelling in any quote.


  • Use double quotation marks for all direct quotations, except where the citation is more than four lines. In this case, format the quotation as an indented quotation without quotation marks.
  • Use single quotation marks for quotes inside quotes.
  • Use double quotation marks around directly quoted material, direct speech, for titles of episodes and speeches, for colloquialisms, or if you are using a word in an unusual way.
  • Place commas and full stops inside closing quotation marks except when a parenthetical citation immediately follows the closing quotation marks. For example:

She called out “Hugo.” (Full stop inside quote marks)

This, he explains, is known as the “Celebrity Rights Act” (80). (Full stop placed after parenthetical citation)

  • Make any case changes at the start of quotations silently, by which we mean:

As Cunningham writes, “the creative industries…”

Not: As Cunningham writes, “[t]he creative industries…”

Numbers, dates and time

  • Number format: In general, spell out numbers one to nine and express numbers 10 and over as numerals. But express related numbers in the same style, e.g., only 5 of the 24 interviewees.
  • Date format: 26 July 1980  or Saturday 16 July 1980.
  • Decades: Spell out 1960s, not  ‘60s.
  • Time format: 8.54 am.

2.4 Referencing and citations

Submissions to fusion should be referenced, and should include a list of works cited formatted in MLA style. Do not include footnotes or endnotes. The following guidelines explain the basic principles of MLA citation style. For further information on the list of works cited or in-text citation, please consult the 7th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. [Note that APA referencing style is also accepted by fusion; however, the referencing style chosen must be used consistently.]

List of works cited

  • Names: Provide the author’s full name, including given name.
  • Titles: Capitalise all major words in titles and names.
  • Place of publication: Give only the first place of publication.
  • Publisher details: Abbreviate “University” and “Press” (e.g., “U of Queensland P,” “Oxford UP”), but do not include “& Co.,” “Ltd.,” etc. in publisher’s names.
  • Page span: Give the second number in full if it is below 99 or the last two digits if it is above 99 (e.g., 64–69 or 364–69). Use an en dash, not a hyphen, between the digits.
  • Hanging indent: Indent by one centimetre the second line of an entry in your list of works cited.

Please use the following examples of  MLA style:

Articles in print journals

Surname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume. Issue (Year): Page span.

Articles in online journals

Surname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume. Issue (Year). Date of retrieval ‹URL›

Book by a single author or editor

Surname, Firstname. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher’s name, Year.

Books by two or more authors/editors

Surname, Firstname, and Firstname Surname. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher’s name, Year.

Chapter of an edited book

Surname, Firstname. “Title of Chapter.” Title of Book. Ed. Firstname Surname. Place of publication: Publisher’s name, Year. Pagespan.

Newspaper article

Surname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Section of newspaper. Name of newspaper Date of publication: Page span.


Title of Film (Director, Year)

In-text citations

  • Make in-text citations as brief as possible; only include information that is needed to identify the source, i.e., the author’s surname and page number, with no punctuation between. Where multiple works by the same author are cited, a short title (usually one word) should be added, for example: Bourdieu, Distinction (34).
  • When referencing quotations or citations of the text being reviewed, use page number, for example (236).

 3. Submitting your article/creative work

3.1 Formatting your document

  1. Save your file in Rich Text Format (RTF): In your word processor, choose Save As?, and in the file format box choose Rich Text Format (RTF). If you are sending a graphic, you can include it in the file, but also send two other versions of it as per the graphics instructions below. Do not save your file in Word 2007 (DOCX) format.
  2. Open the “Properties” window for your file (in Word, go to File → Properties) and delete anything that appears in the “Author” field. This ensures your anonymity in the peer-review process.
  3. You’re now ready to submit your work. Please send your submission to the fusion production editor Kim Woodland at
  4. Graphics: If you are sending a graphic, attach it as a separate file with a note in the document indicating placement. Please include both a 50 pixel square thumbnail plus the full size graphic. Save drawn graphics in GIF format. Save photographs in JPG format.

3.2  Anonymity for blind peer reviewers

If you are submitting an article or creative work for blind peer reviewing, please provide your name(s) and bio(s) separate from the article or creative work. Also make sure you remove your name and any other identifying details from the article/creative work itself. We acknowledge that some creative works may make it clear who the creator is.

3.3 Submission checklist

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

  1. Theme

Does your submission address the central theme of the intended journal issue?

  1. Abstract and biography

Have you e-mailed the issue editors a 200-word abstract with key words for your article or creative work as well as a brief biography?

  1. Word limit

Does your article or creative work satisfy  the word limit or scope for your type of submission?

  1. Writing and bibliographic style

Have you checked the MLA (7th edition) style guidelines?  In particular, have you:

    • applied MLA style consistently?
    • removed all endnotes or footnotes?
  1. File formats
    • Have you  prepared an RTF file for submission?
    • Have you removed any identifying information from the “Properties” of your file?
    • If your article contains graphics, have you prepared both a 50 pixel square thumbnail and the full size graphic? Save drawn graphics in GIF format. Save photographs in JPG format. Have you indicated within your article where the graphics are to be placed?


 All articles and creative works published in fusion are published under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – No Derivatives 3.0 Licence. By submitting to fusion, you permit your work to come under this licence.

Where fusion is added to online journal databases, you also grant a non-exclusive licence for your work to be archived and made available to users of such databases.

Copyright notice

Authors/creators who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors/creators retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial – No Derivatives 3.0 License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors/creators are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors/creators are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see The Effect of Open Access).

Review policy

Articles submitted will be double-blind peer reviewed by independent referees. Referees will comment on the manuscript and the issue editor/s will review comments. The criteria for evaluating submissions are:

  • importance of the topic discussed in the article;
  • contribution to the field of inquiry or the debate in the literature;
  • quality of ideas presented;
  • quality of writing; and
  • appropriateness of methodology and theoretical framework.

A recommendation will be made to the author(s) as to whether or not the original or a revised article based on the peer review process will be accepted for publication. Once the article has been amended in line with the suggestions for improvement, it will be scheduled to appear in the next issue of the journal.

Authors acknowledge that by submitting to the review process the issue editor/s reserves the right to make editorial changes to the text without referring the material back to the author. This will be done to improve such aspects as syntax, diction, grammar or referencing.

Privacy statement

The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

For enquiries about the submission process, please contact the fusion production editor Kim Woodland at

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