Submission Process

Submission Topics

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, serious, sustained discussion of the following:

  • The motorcycle or riding in film, literature, art and music
  • Motorcycle racing
  • Motorcycle history
  • The role of place/environment in motorcycling
  • Motorcycling and issues of safety and risk
  • Motorcycle technology/design
  • Motorcycling and race, class, ethnicity, sexuality or gender
  • Motorcycle travel/tourism
  • Motorcycle rights and politics
  • The commodification of motorcycles, motorcycling and/or motorcyclists
  • Motorcycle clothing/fashion
  • Advertising/marketing of motorcycles, gear and motorcycle culture
  • Media representations of motorcycling
  • Other literary, anthropological, geographical, historical, sociological, political, economic/business or psychological perspectives of motorcycling culture


Author Guidelines

All contributions to the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies should be forwarded to the editors electronically. (See “Submission Instructions” below.)

Submissions will be forwarded to a minimum of two readers for review and comment. Manuscripts must not be previously published, nor should they be submitted for publication elsewhere while being reviewed by the journal’s editorial board or outside readers. The journal uses a ‘blind review’ process, meaning that the author’s name will not be revealed to the reviewers. Editors reserve the right to make minor editorial changes to the articles you submit to the journal, including changes to grammar, punctuation and spelling, but no major alterations will be carried out without authorial approval.

Submission Instructions

Query First: To submit an article for IJMS, please send a 150-word abstract of the piece using the form below. Include a three- to four-sentence biography including, if appropriate, relevant publications and/or professional activities.


If you are invited to submit, please send your article as an attachment as a Word document. Send graphics according to the graphics instructions below.



IJMS seeks to maintain a high standard of quality as well as readability. Given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the journal, you should present your thoughts in a way that is open to readers not involved in your field.

Essays should be written in clear English in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience. For documentation, IJMS prefers the Modern Language Association style, as articulated by Joseph Gibaldi and Walter S. Achtert in the paperback MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. (New York: MLA, 2009), and in The MLA Style Manual, 3rd ed. (New York: MLA, 2008). This style calls for a Works Cited list, with parenthetical author/page references in the text. This approach reduces the number of notes, which provide further references or explanation.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the journal, when appropriate, articles may be published using the style appropriate to a specific discipline (e.g., APA style for the social sciences).

For punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and other matters of style, IJMS follows the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual, supplemented as necessary by The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). It is essential for authors to check, correct, and bring manuscripts up to date before final submission. Authors should verify facts, names of people, places, and dates, and double check all direct quotations and entries in the Works Cited list.

General Manuscript Format

All manuscripts must be submitted in English and in a standard font such as Times New Roman. Manuscripts must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins on the top, sides, and bottom. Please do not set up automatic indents, text justification and so forth. Pages should be numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand corner beginning with the title page.

Microsoft Word files are the preferred electronic submission format.

Separate Cover Page The title page should include in order (1) the title; (2) sub-title, if desired (3) authors’ names as they wish them to appear with the first name/initial, middle name/initial, and last name of each author; (4) institutional affiliation, city, state, and country; (5) name, business and home telephone numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. The article itself, since it is a blind review, should not include any identifying references.

Abstract A structured abstract of 150 words or less should accompany full-length articles.

Graphics and Illustrations

Photos, illustrations or figures reproduced from another source require accompanying written permissions from the author(s) of the work and the holder of the copyright to the work. Credits detailing the authorship and source of the materials must be included in the caption.

If you are sending a graphic, send it as a separate file with a note in the document indicating placement. Save images, at the highest resolution possible, in .gif, .jpg or .png format.


Before final submission, the author will also be responsible for obtaining letters of permission not only for illustrations (see above) but for quotations which go beyond “fair use,” as defined by current U.S. copyright law.


By agreeing to publish in IJMS, the author assigns electronic copyright permission to IJMS. All other rights are held by the author. If the article is subsequently published in any other form, the author should include “This article was first published in electronic form in the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies” and include a link to the archived copy of the original article (e.g.,

Other than within the limits of academic “fair use” and the requirements of Web browsing and HTTP proxy storage, IJMS pages, articles and other editorial content may not be duplicated or re-published in any electronic or printed form without permission from IJMS and the individual authors.

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