Policies and Guidelines


About UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal

In the rapidly globalizing world of gaming, UNLV's Gaming Research and Review Journal provides a unique forum for peer-reviewed articles published by the world's leading academic experts. Since 1994, GRRJ has published hundreds of pertinent research papers on casino operations, gaming laws and regulations, management, technology, community relations, responsible gaming, and other important topics.

Suitable Topics

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal is a general gaming journal that publishes in many gaming and gaming-related areas. Past topics include: gaming law and regulation, problem gambling, casino management and marketing, casino customer relations, gaming operations, Internet gambling, Indian gaming, riverboat gaming, lotteries, racing, sports betting, socio-economic aspects of gaming, human resources in gaming, feasibility studies, gaming education, gaming trends and technology. As gaming develops and expands, so too will journal coverage.

Academic Disciplines

Since gaming impacts many facets of life it is anticipated that professionals in many fields may be investigating this topic. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to history, sociology, psychology, business, finance, taxation and revenue, legislation, information technology, intellectual property, leisure studies, casino hotel management, mathematics, and organizational management.

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Article Types

UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal accepts scholarly research papers, including empirical and theoretical articles. In addition to scholarly research, the Journal also publishes book reviews and industry expert opinions in short features at the second section of the journal. Supplemental materials such as reviews and opinions are not subject to peer review, but peer review is available on request.

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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Preparing Your Manuscript

Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format with Times New Roman 12-point font, double-line spaced, and margins of at least 2.5cm / 1 inch. Manuscripts should be prepared with the following elements in the following order:

  • -Manuscript title;
  • -Abstract (unstructured, 150-250 words);
  • -5 to 6 keywords;
  • -Introduction;
  • -Materials and Methods;
  • -Results;
  • -Discussion;
  • -References;
  • -Appendices (as appropriate);
  • -Acknowledgements (if applicable);
  • The manuscript’s length should be approximately 6,000-8,000 words, excluding abstract, references, tables and captions from the word count. The manuscript should not exceed 8,000 words.

    A cover letter to the Editors that details the contributions of the work should be included in the submission.

    Disclosure Policy

    When submitting a paper, authors must include the following in their submission form:

    1. Funding Sources. Include a statement from all authors that details the funding sources relevant to the manuscript being submitted. Also state whether the funding body had any involvement in any aspects of the research including, not limited to, the research questions, methodology, research conduct, or analysis of results. If none, indicate this.
    2. Competing Interests. Include a statement from all authors detailing any financial or non-financial competing interests over the last three years. This includes any funding from any government, industry, community, and/or advocacy groups irrespective of whether that funding was in direct or indirect relationship to the manuscript being submitted. If none, indicate this.

    References and Formatting

    References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should follow the latest edition of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual). Currently, it is the 7th edition. Citation forms for journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, dissertations, proceedings, audio and visual media and formats for new media, such as electronic publications and the Internet and other types of material are contained in the APA Manual and must be adhered to. Formats for tables, figures and illustrations are also covered. Please defer to APA standards and follow the models and examples in the Manual.

    See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.

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    Manuscript Submission

    Submission of a manuscript to UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal represents a certification on the part of the authors that it is an original work. by submitting material to UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal. Prior to final acceptance for publication, authors may withdraw their article by notice in writing to the Editor if they wish to submit it elsewhere.

    Manuscripts should be submitted via the “Submit Article” link in the menu on the left-hand side of the Journal’s website. We do not accept articles submitted via email.

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    Peer Review Policy

    Following a preliminary evaluation to eliminate submissions unsuitable for UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, all papers are sent out for a double-blind peer review to assist the Editors in deciding if an article should be accepted, sent for revision, or rejected. Scholarly articles will be submitted to academic professionals and, if relevant, other stakeholder professionals, for critique and suggestions for improvement. Several reviews may be solicited for each article. Authors will receive anonymous reviewer feedback from the journal Editor to assist in revising or updating the article. Final decision to accept an article will not be rendered until revisions are completed.

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    Editorial Fiat

    The Journal Editor is ultimately responsible for the final content of this publication and reserves the right to make editorial changes, usually not affecting substantive content. Corrections, deletions and additions may include improving writing style, correcting in-text references and bibliographic citations, fact checking of objective, verifiable data.

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    Open Access Publishing

    Open Access Statement

    UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal is an Open Access publication; all articles are freely available online immediately upon article publication. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and brought to publication as rapidly as possible. There is no charge for submitting a paper to UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal.

    Publishing Agreement

    Articles in UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal are freely available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The Creative Commons Attribution License allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly cited. For more information, visit the Creative Commons licenses page. Copyright is retained by the author(s). Where an author is prevented from being the copyright holder (e.g., U.S. government employees), the copyright line and license statement in individual articles will be adjusted. Please contact the editors during or immediately after submission of your paper if you are not the copyright holder.


    It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission from copyright holders for reproducing illustrations, tables, figures, or lengthy quotations. This includes copyright of the author's own material. Papers without correct permissions will not be published.

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    Publication Schedule

    UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal is published once per year, on a Winter schedule. Individual articles are published and available online immediately after author proof approval, regardless of issue state.

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    All articles, papers, news, comments, opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations in UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the Journal, its publisher, or its editorial staff.

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    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    Users of the Digital Scholarship@UNLV website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Scholarship@UNLV service or software in any way.

    The failure of Digital Scholarship@UNLV to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Scholarship@UNLV and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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