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Author Guidelines

Instructions / Information for authors

To SUBMIT A MANUSCRIPT use this link to CREATE AN ACCOUNT, or to access your existing account: 

JGI uses an external portal/site to manage the submission process (Manuscript Central), but see below for general Author Guidelines. Please contact JGI editorial staff if you experience difficulty accessing or using the submission portal. No submission or processing charges are incurred by authors. 

It is strongly emphasized that authors ensure all documents submitted to Manuscript Central are anonymized, that is, void of any information that reveals an author’s identity.

Manuscript Central will also prompt submitters to include information about Research Ethics Board (REB) approval if the manuscript describes research involving human or animal subjects. Authors are encouraged to be as specific as possible.  

Please also note that manuscripts—except for first person accounts, book reviews and opinion papers—should include a 250-word abstract, and references.

Submissions must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Manuscripts and abstracts

We support the manuscript style conventions of the American Psychological Association (APA) as presented in the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010). Some FAQs about this style are answered on the APA website, at

Papers that do not follow APA guidelines may be returned with a request to conform to this standard. Please limit the use of endnotes and/or footnotes. 

Manuscript text must be typewritten in 12-point Times New Roman typeface, and should be formatted with 1.25" margins on all four sides. Tables and figures must be formatted in font size 10. No font smaller than 10 points may be used anywhere in the manuscript. An abstract of 250 words or less should briefly present the rationale of the study, methodology, results (including p-values when applicable) and conclusions.

The review process

All peer-reviewed manuscripts (i.e., papers intended as Feature, Research, Policy, Clinic, Brief Report, and other peer-reviewed papers) are evaluated anonymously by at least two reviewers with expertise in the field of gambling studies, and/or relevant specialization in a related discipline. The editor mediates the reviewers’ assessments and makes the final decision. There are three possible outcomes: 
1) the manuscript is accepted as is; 2) the manuscript is returned with minor or major revisions and authors are provided with reviewers' comments and an invitation to rewrite and resubmit for review; 3) the manuscript is rejected.

If a manuscript is accepted the author(s) will receive a copy-edited draft of their manuscript, and must answer all queries and carefully check all editorial changes. Authors are responsible for the specific content of their manuscripts, including the accuracy of citations and references.

Citations and references

References and citations are formatted according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009). Papers that reference book chapters without the chapter's page numbers will be returned for completion. Ultimate responsibility for accuracy of citations rests with the authors.

Tables and figures

Please submit your manuscript with the tables and figures in order at the end of your manuscript, after the references. Do not insert tables and figures in the text. All tables and figures should be cited in the text. It is preferable that tables and figures are submitted in a modifiable file format and be of highest possible resolution.  When submitting tables and figures, indicate in the text the approximate position of each table/figure, as illustrated below:

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Submission types

Feature article  The JGI editor or the Editorial board makes specific invitations to chosen authors. All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two reviewers for their scientific merit and/or contribution to public discourse in the field of gambling studies and then mediated by the editor.  Abstract not exceeding 250-words required.

Original Research  We invite researchers to submit manuscripts that report new findings on gambling-related topics. All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two reviewers for their scientific merit and then mediated by the editor. Both quantitative and qualitative studies accepted for review. Abstract not exceeding 250-words required. 

Literature Review  We invite researchers to submit manuscripts that summarize the scientific literature pertaining to an area of problem gambling. All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two reviewers for their scientific merit and/or contribution to public discourse in the field of gambling studies and then mediated by the editor. Review papers should not exceed 8,000 words. Abstract not exceeding 250-words required.

Brief Report  Brief reports quickly present research and clinical results to our readers. All brief reports will be peer-reviewed. We invite researchers and clinicians to submit recent analyses for publication as brief reports. The main text of these submissions must be 900 words or less (with title, authors, tables, and references, the manuscript will acceptably be longer). A succinct abstract of no more than 100 words should accompany the reports that summarizes pertinent study characteristics.

Policy  We invite manuscripts that examine policy issues about gambling. All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two reviewers and then mediated by the editor for their value in exploring how public life and policy are and have been affected by gambling. Abstract not exceeding 250-words required.

Clinic  All submissions are peer reviewed in confidence by at least two clinicians—then mediated by the editor—for their soundness and value to practising clinicians. Clinical manuscripts based on one’s clinical insights and observations (in contrast to a manuscript based on a research protocol that presents hypotheses and empirical findings) will be adjudicated on the bases of a) credibility (i.e., the practices and insights offered seem credible in the light of current theories and approaches), b) value (i.e., the ideas are of genuine value to at least some workers in problem gambling counselling/therapy), and c) originality (i.e., the ideas must be original enough so that they are worth the attention of clinicians, so as to prevent stale ideas that most clinicians know). No abstract is required.

First person accounts  We request narratives about the experience of gambling and how it affects the writer and others, perhaps as family, friend, gambling staff, or clinician. A submission will be reviewed in confidence by the editor and may be reviewed by the Editorial board for its value in making gambling issues come alive for our readers. First person accounts do not need abstracts or references. No abstract is required.

Opinion Paper  These papers offer new understandings of gambling to our readers. Opinion papers are not peer reviewed. They are evaluated by the editor for their potential value in offering new ideas about gambling. JGI Editorial Board members may be consulted for their assessment of the manuscript’s views/values. Opinion papers should not exceed 2,500 words. No abstract is required.

Book/Film Reviews  These summaries and discussions of the value of gambling-related books, movies, websites and other information modes are reviewed by the editor and may be reviewed by the Editorial Board. Note: authors are responsible for all citations within the text being included in a reference list. No abstract is required.

Letters to the Editor  
We invite letters discussing gambling topics. We cannot publish anonymous letters, those of a libelous nature, or those with ad hominem arguments. Letters to the editor are reviewed and chosen by the editor and members of the JGI Editorial Board. Letters are limited to 400 words of text and authors who are cited in a letter may be invited to respond. No abstract is required. Each published letter will include the author's first and last names, professional title(s) if relevant, province or state, country, and a statement of completing interests.

Ethical Guidelines

JGI expects authors to follow established best practices for medical/addiction research. Authors are encouraged to review the recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals, ICMJE and/or ISAJE. Best practice guidelines may be found here:

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Following acceptance of any manuscripts, the corresponding author will be asked to declare all funding sources and competing interests as stipulated by committes for scholarly medical research, ICMJE and/or ISAGE. The Conflict of Interest Declaration form can be viewed here: 


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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