Simulation & Gaming:
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and Research
This section tells you how to do your references, both the citations in the body of your text and the reference list at the end of your article. Incomplete or badly done referencing results in delayed publication.
If you use your own, previously published material (text, diagrams, etc.), e.g., in a conference proceedings (CD, book, etc.), you must treat it as if it was written by someone else, i.e., you must provide full reference for the source. In other words, you must cite your own published work in the same way as you cite other people's published work. For any work cited, others' or your own, you may need to obtain permission to reproduce in S&G.
It is important to provide a complete set of references. It is better to have many rather than few. Make full reference to the literature, especially articles published in S&G. This will make your article more solid, helps to promote the profession, reflects well on you, the author, and it gets the journal better known.
If you have trouble searching the literature and finding references, ask your library to take out an electronic subscription. The publisher has now completed the digitalization of all back issues of S&G. A subscription should allow you to have access to the complete set of S&G issues, starting with the very first issue, Vol. 1, No. 1.
Be sure to include relevant references to the literature, particularly articles published in S&G. Reviewers often 'complain' that authors have not referred to the relevant S&G literature. Better to do this at the outset, rather to have to change rework a later version of the article.
Examples of references are given here in courier font (in your ms use times roman).
Text citations (in the body of your article)
Citations in the main body of the article should follow APA style exactly. Do not use "ibid", "op cit", etc. Remember that "cf" means "compare", not "see".
Additional rules regulating the citing of simulation/games and software packages apply. Simulation/game titles follow the usual convention in the simulation/gaming literature, that is, capitals without inverted commas or quote marks, e.g.,
Authorship and date of simulation/games are not given in the text -- only the title of the simulation. The citation should then be referenced under the name of the simulation/game within the reference list (see below). All simulation/games cited in the text must be referenced in the reference list (see below).
References to simulation/games, software packages, books and articles should be listed together, fully, alphabetically, and under the centered heading "References". Make sure that citations in the text correspond exactly to those in the reference list. Do not abbreviate names of journals. Be sure to include page numbers (chapters and journal articles).
For article (including final) versions, references must be double-spaced and start on a new page. Indent second and subsequent lines of a reference.
The reference list follows APA closely. Two exceptions to this are serial commas and simulation/game packages.
Examples of reference list entries
Example of a correct reference list
References to S&G should be made as follows
Use the official "&" ampersand in the main title (and is used in the sub-title).
Please re-check works cited in text against your references before you send the manuscript. Queries caused by missing or incomplete references, or discrepancies between in-text citations and reference lists, can delay typesetting and thus cause your article to be held over to a later issue -- often a much later issue.
For other details concerning the mechanics of your manuscript, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 4thd Edition. You may also contact the APA by email: email@example.com. The manual is available in all good libraries and from all good book shops. Other APA style sites are to be found on the Internet, for example:
You can also order the manual directly, as
Make sure that you follow the advice given in the section on good writing.