Media and Popular Culture

Media and Popular Culture is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal that focuses on the various aspects of popular culture and how it is intertwined with media. Popular culture is a movement that was started in order to give voice to the common masses through different forms of media, such as television shows, technology, magazines, folklore, sports, movies, contemporary books, paintings, sports, fashion, pop music, and so on. It was initiated against the pre-existing culture of the upper class of society. Media and Popular Culture aims to study this distance between the hegemony of the elite class and the struggle of the lower class, and how media has been playing an effective role in bridging this gap. Interdisciplinary in nature, the journal pays attention to the interconnection of popular culture with ethnicity, gender, identity, and social class.

This is an ongoing process with social media and the internet being an integral part of present society that has magnified the scope of the journal. It engages with the social, economic, historical, cultural, religious, and political aspects of the global population. The journal aspires to contribute to the existing research and its promulgation by offering a platform to researchers for further discussion.

Editorial Contact

Sarah Cowan, Managing Editor

Journal Information

ISSN: 2638-1788

Current Volume: Volume 1, Issue 1

Open Access: For all article types

Benefits of publishing with us

Open Access

All articles published by Media and Popular Culture are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.


Article Processing Charges

Media and Popular Culture accomplishes global open access. The journal, therefore, levies an affordable article-processing charge of $0* for each article accepted for publication.


Peer Review — High standard, rigorous peer review

All articles that reach us undergo a double-blind peer review by at least two anonymous reviewers before being considered for publication in the journal.


Post-publication Open Peer Review

Following publication, the peer review comments would be made open for anyone to read. The authors have the option to make the peer review history publicly available after publication.


Research Promotion

Increased credibility and wider dissemination of published articles.

*APC waived off for all article types until 2023.

Editorial Board

Steve Groce

Department of Sociology
Western Kentucky University, USA

Gary Wong

Department of Sociology
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Leo Ching

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Duke University, USA

David Schmid

Department of English
University at Buffalo, USA

Matthew Donahue

Department of Popular Culture
Bowling Green State University, USA

Janell Hobson

Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
University at Albany, USA

Ezra Claverie

Writing Program
New York University Shanghai, China

Charles Coletta

Department of Popular Culture
Bowling Green State University, USA

Liza Tsaliki

Department of Communication and Media Studies
University of Athens, Greece

Choi Jung-Bong

Academy of Film
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Chung Peichi

Department of Cultural and Religious Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Tsungyi M. Huang

Department of Geography
National Taiwan University, Taiwan

David Schmid

Department of English
University at Buffalo, USA

Deborah J. Borisoff

Media, Culture, and Communication
New York University, USA

Guidelines for Submission

Manuscript Preparation

Submission and Components

Submissions to Rivera journals should include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Manuscript
  • Figures and Tables (not mandatory)
  • Supplemental Materials

Authors are encouraged to submit all the components as 'zip file', while submitting on our online system or via email as attachment.

Cover Letter should:

  • briefly summarize or provide an outline of your manuscript, and why it is a worthy contribution to the concerned journal;
  • specify the Rivera journal that your manuscript best pertains to;
  • indicate, if applicable, that it is submitted as a part of Special Issue;
  • specify the manuscript type (original research, review, etc.)
  • detail any previous interaction(s) with Rivera Publications (previously submitted)
  • specify all authors' information, including affiliation 
  • include acknowledgements and funding information (if applicable) and any competing interests


All persons who qualify for authorship should be listed as authors. However, corresponding author must ensure that the each author listed has substantially contributed or participated sufficiently in the work and is responsible for that particular portion of the manuscript. However, people who do not qualify for authorship should be listed in acknowledgements.

One author (corresponding author) should be listed with an asterisk, and should provide his or her email address. For the remaining authors, if applicable, following information should be included:

  • First name and last name
  • Complete affiliation, along with the country
  • Email address (optional, but mandatory for corresponding author)

For example:

Robert Ludwig1

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA


This should include all the people who have contributed toward the work in one way or the other. However, authors are required to ensure that people acknowledged should agree to being so named.

Funding Information

List all the sources of funding, including relevant research grant numbers, as applicable. Also, authors are encouraged to list all the contributing authors associated with specific funding, if applicable.

Conflict of interest

Corresponding author is required to provide a statement of conflict of interest on behalf of all the authors. For further information, please refer to our Conflict of Interest Policy page.

Optional information

While we are not obligated to use these or recommend to the concerned Editor(s), we do encourage authors to provide names and contact information of 2–4 external reviewers and, if applicable, 12 opposed reviewers.

Manuscript Layout

All Social Sciences and Humanities journals do not have any arbitrary restrictions on the length of manuscript. Authors are encouraged to employ a standard and concise writing style. If you are not a native English speaker, we encourage you to utilize our language editing services or ask a native English speaking colleague for assistance.

All manuscript submissions can have the following sections:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Main Text
  • References


The title should not exceed 200 characters and set in title case. The title should be concise, specific, and easily comprehensible to readers.


The abstract should not exceed 300 words, and should be unstructured (without sub-heading such as objective, methodology, results, discussion, etc.). It should provide a clear description of the objective(s) of the study, demonstrate the methodology used, and summarize the study's prime conclusion(s). At the end, a statement regarding the study's significance to a potentially wider audience should be included.


Authors can provide 46 keywords. First letter of each keyword should be upper case, and keywords should be separated by a semicolon (;).


Published work along with any citable items should be cited in the reference list. While we follow very stringent reference formats, authors need not to spend time formatting their reference. They can submit the manuscripts formatted in any reference style (style will be formatted once the manuscript is accepted for publication), but it is preferable that they adhere to the journal format.

For Social Sciences and Humanities

Rivera follows APA style. All the items are listed numerically. If no author is given, reference should start with title followed by date.

Example journal article: Sohrabi, H. R., Weinborn, M., Badcock, J., Bates, K. A., Clarnette, R., Trivedi, D., ...Martins, R. N. (2011). New lexicon and criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Lancet Neurology10(4), 299-300.

In-text citation: (Sohrabi et al., 2011)

Example journal article with DOI: Almeida, R. A., Dickinson, J., Maybery, M. T., Badcock, J. C., & Badcock, D. R. (2010). Visual search performance in the autism spectrum ii: The radial frequency search task with additional segmentation cues. Neuropsychologia48(14), 4117-4124.

In-text citation: (Almeida, Dickinson, Maybery, Badcock, & Badcock, 2010)

Example journal article when DOI is not supplied: Anderson, M., & Reid, C. (2009). Don't forget about levels of explanation. Cortex: A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior45(4), 560-561. Retrieved from ScienceDirect.

In-text citation: (Anderson & Reid, 2009)

Example book: The Australian Oxford dictionary (3rd ed.). (1999). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

In-text citation: (The Australian Oxford dictionary, 1999)

Example book (Editor): Hallinan, M. T. (Ed.). (2006). Handbook of the sociology of education. New York: Springer.

In-text citation: (Hallinan, 2006)

Example book (2 or more authors): Day, D.V., & Antonakis, J. (Eds.). (2012). The nature of leadership (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

In-text citation: (Day & Antonakis, 2012)

Example conference proceeding: Balakrishnan, R. (2006, March). Why aren't we using 3D user interfaces, and will we ever? Paper presented at the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces.

In-text citation: (Balakrishnan, 2006)

Example government reports: Western Australia. Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office. (2013). Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Retrieved from

In-text citation: (Western Australia. Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office, 2013).

Example podcast: Zijlstra, M. (Presenter). (2011, May 28). Natural semantic metalanguage [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from

In-text citation: (Zijlstra, 2011)

Example unpublished thesis: Lockhart, E. (2009). The physical education curriculum choices of Western Australian primary school teachers (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Western Australia.

In-text citation: (Lockhart, 2009)

Example published thesis: May, B. (2007). A survey of radial velocities in the zodiacal dust cloud. Bristol, UK: Canopus Publishing.

In-text citation: (May, 2007)

Example webpage: Australian Psychological Society. (2008). Substance abuse: Position statement. Retrieved from

In-text citation: (Australian Psychological Society, 2008)

Figures and Tables (if applicable)

Figures and tables should be included in the main text (manuscript) to aid in the review process. However, for larger files (size exceeding 10 mb) must always be submitted separately (should be properly mentioned in the main text, wherever applicable).

Figure captions and legends

Figure files should be included in the main document, and not as supplemental materials. Figure caption should be preceded by the figure, while figure legends should immediately follow the figure. Figure captions should be concise (not to exceed 18 words) and set in bold type. All figures should be numbered in sequence, using Arabic numerals, for example Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.

Table captions and legends

Tables should be cited in ascending numeric order. Each table should be preceded by a table caption (brief and specific; not to exceed 18 words), and immediately followed by table legends, if applicable, used to explain abbreviations and other supporting information about the data. Larger tables, however, can be submitted as supplemental materials.

Review Comments and Revision

Submission Instructions

While submitting a revised manuscript, the authors should include the following:

Revised manuscript (clean copy): Prepare a clean copy of your revised manuscript that does not show track changes. Rename this file as "Main Document".

Revised manuscript (marked-up copy): Include a copy of your manuscript file showing the changes you have made (track changes). Rename this file as "Manuscript with Track Changes".

Response to reviewers: Address the specific points made by each Reviewer and/or Editor. Include your responses to all the reviewers' and editors' comments and list the changes you have made to the manuscript. Rename this file as "Response to Reviewers".

Support Documents

Information integral to the comprehensive understanding of the manuscript, but is either too large to be included in the main document or due to any other reason, should be submitted as support materials, such as 3-D visualizations, interactive graphics, large tables and/or figures, and so on. However, authors should note that normal figures and tables should not be included under supplemental materials.

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