Focus and Scope
The journal welcomes submissions from undergraduate and postgraduate students (and from those who have graduated within the last year), from any discipline and from any higher education institution. This policy acknowledges the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of game studies, and the growing international interest in this area. It is also important to note that, in addition to welcoming submissions from students on game design and development courses, we are interested in any academic work that relates to video games. Increasingly, students from more established disciplines (including, but not limited to, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Film and Television, Literature, History, Computing Science and History of Art) elect to write essays and dissertations on a game-related topic that intersects with their primary discipline: Press Start is an ideal venue for the publication of such work.

Submitting work to the journal is also an excellent opportunity to hone your writing skills, as you’ll receive feedback on your writing from at least two of your peers. Submissions may be based on a piece of work you’ve already written for your course, or you may opt to write an original piece for submission to the journal. See our Section Polices below to find out about the range of submissions we accept, including shorter ‘think pieces’ and critical analysis. If you are unsure which section is the best fit for your work, please post a question on the Facebook group or email the editor directly.

As noted below, the Editorial Board (with the exception of the Editor) and Reviewers are fellow students. We are keen to attract participants from a variety of disciplines: if you’re currently a student and have an academic interest in games, please get in touch with the Editor ( or join our Facebook group to find out more about becoming a Reviewer. Working with the journal is another great opportunity to develop critical skills and gain experience of working as part of a team (remotely, for the most part) – great for the CV!

Section Policies

Essays, dissertations and reports typically between 3000 and 5000 words in length.

Short topical articles, book reviews, event reports, think pieces and accounts of work-in-progress. Up to 2000 words in length. Not typically peer reviewed.

Critical Insights
Analyses of particular games or franchises. Authors may perform a close reading of a game or otherwise examine a game or phenomenon through a particular lens. Up to 3000 words in length.

Peer Review Process
Press Start's current review policy means that submissions are not anonymised before being passed to Reviewers. Authors, however, do not know the names of the Reviewers looking at their submissions. This arrangement is sometimes referred to as 'single-blind' peer review.

All submissions will be assigned to three student reviewers. In exceptional circumstances, the Editor or another member of academic staff at the publishing institution may also be asked to look at a submission. Reviewers are asked to complete reviews within 4 weeks.

Reviewers are asked to consider three main criteria: Originality and Quality, Structure and presentation and Previous scholarship. An outline of the review form may be viewed here.

Comments should always be polite and constructive, even if they are critical. The intention is for Authors and Reviewers to reflect critically on the submitted work, with the aim of providing everyone concerned with opportunities to improve their writing and critical thinking skills.

A member of the Editorial Board will compile a meta-review, based on the Reviewers' comments, and make this available to the Author(s). All Reviewer comments may be shared with the Author as well as the Editorial Board.

Reviewers are comprised of undergraduate and postgraduate student volunteers. Recent graduates (within one year of graduation) are also invited to act as Reviewers, and may apply to sit on the Editorial Board, as well as submit manuscripts for possible publication. A list of contributing reviewers is maintained here.

Authors who wish to suggest names of reviewers they would prefer were not asked to review their work should use the 'Author comments' section of the submission form to do so. Alternatively, authors may contact the editor directly (

The Guide for Reviewers provides additional information for those undertaking this role.

Authors, Reviewers and Editors may also view a statement on Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice.
Publication Frequency
Press Start is published biannually.
Open Access Policy
Press Start 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 understands 'open access' in terms of the Budapest Open Access Initiative:

"By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

Press Start does not charge authors any submission or article processing charges.

The Editorial Board has taken steps to ensure that articles are included in relevant indexing services, including Google Scholar, EBSCO, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), InfoBase Index, and WorldCat. Press Start is also listed in the Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.
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.