Editorial Policies

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope
Peer Review Process
Publication and Open Access Policy
Copyright Notice

Focus and Scope

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is a Gold Open Access international peer-reviewed journal published by The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR).

Fafnir publishes articles focusing on science fiction and fantasy literature, audiovisual art, games, and fan culture by providing an interdisciplinary perspective into the research within these genres. In addition to research articles, we invite texts from short overviews, essays, interviews, opinion pieces to academic book reviews on any subject suited to the paper. Fafnir aims at serving as an international forum for scholarly exchange on science fiction and fantasy and for discussion on current issues on the field.

Peer Review Process

Contributions to Fafnir are first scanned by the editors-in-chief to ensure that the content is appropriate for the journal. If it is not, it is rejected. All papers are then read by two peer reviewers. Most manuscripts will require revision before acceptance.

Reviewers, who are all scholars in science fiction and fantasy research and related fields, are asked to examine the article for appropriateness of theoretical application, thoroughness of scholarship and importance of subject to scholarship in the area. In addition to this, comments are solicited from the reviewer that will help the author to improve the manuscript during revision.

Publication and Open Access Policy

Fafnir is published four times a year. The journal appears online only, but the articles are also available in PDF format.

Fafnir provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available both the researchers and public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Fafnir endorses the definition of open access laid out in Bethesda Meeting on Open Access Publishing:

  1. The author(s) and copyright holder(s) grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship,[1] as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.
  2. A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in a suitable standard electronic format is deposited immediately upon initial publication in at least one online repository that is supported by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, interoperability, and long-term archiving.

Note: [1] Community standards, rather than copyright law, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now.

Content in Fafnir is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0 Unported License.

Fafnir, not the author, retains copyright. Anyone seeking to reproduce content for profit, including authors, must obtain permission from Fafnir. Submit queries to the editors.

Fafnir retains copyright for three reasons: (1) because this is standard in the academic journal industry; (2) because we are committed to open access, and our policy ensures that authors cannot abrogate this; and (3) because it permits us the ability to grant reprint requests if the author becomes unreachable.