Open Call for Papers | Annals of Esports Research | New open access journal published through Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

We are pleased to announce a new journal for Esports,  the Annals of Esports Research (AER). AER is the first North American Esports journal and is an international, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to expanding the scientific basis and qualitative and quantitative knowledge of Esports by publishing quality articles concerning the field. We are now open for submissions.

AER publishes innovative original research, opinion, and educational information related to Esports. All disciplines and approaches to understanding Esports are encouraged, with special interest in the health, performance and experience, and well-being of players, fans, and coaches. The journal also will cover industry practices and outlooks and the teaching, management, and research of Esports.

Our goal is to advance academic and industry discussions and research in Esports. We welcome empirical, conceptual, and qualitative research and industry driven manuscripts.  As an annals, we are interdisciplinary and cross the barriers between industry, the academy, and medicine.

AER is a gold-standard open access journal published through Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.  It is a free journal (no fee charged to authors or adopters)  and all published articles will be freely accessible. We are an Emerging Sources Citation Index Journal.

The journal welcomes submissions from international contributors and researchers of all specialties.

Categories of Interests

Clinical Topics, Esports and Medicine, Esports and Health, Analytics/Modeling, Bio-Medical, Business, Marketing, Economics, Esports Management, AR/VR, AI, Finance, Education/Pedagogy and Esports, Sociology, Psychology, Communications, Media, Cultural Studies, Statistics, Prose and more.

Please visit our website: Annals of Esports Research (

To submit a manuscript to AER, please visit:

Please direct manuscript inquiries and general journal questions to Jennifer L. Metz, Ph.D, at or

Types of Submissions

Original Research

Original investigations in areas relevant to Esports. Maximum 5,000 words, 250-word abstract, 20 references; 6 tables and/or figures. Additional material may be placed in web-only appendices.

Brief Research Reports

Original reports of preliminary data and findings or studies with small numbers demonstrating the need for further investigation. Maximum 2,500 words, 250-word abstract, 10 references, 3 tables and/or figures.

Review Articles

Reviews without rigid structure that address a specific question or issue that is relevant to Esports. Review articles summarize current research relevant to the field, are evidence-based to the extent possible, and should address the importance of the subject to the field. Maximum 5,000 words.

Esports Industry Management

Short, practical articles focused on novel approaches to specific Esports challenges. Titles usually begin with the word “Managing.” These submissions – usually solicited – are written by recognized experts in the area. These experts summarize the best available evidence relating to the topic, include practical recommendations, and acknowledge what is opinion and not evidence-supported. Maximum 2,500 words unless specifically approved.

Please write to  if you would like to propose a topic.


Authoritative comments or opinions on controversial matters with significant implications for Esports. Maximum 2,500 words; 3 figures/tables.

Brief Commentaries

Brief discussion about a single article’s strengths and weaknesses, controversies, and/or how it should or should not change Esports practice. Maximum 1000 words.


Original personal essays or poetry reflecting the human experience of Esports. Selection for this section will be based on originality of concept, writing skill, and appropriateness. Maximum 1,000 words.

Correspondence (Letters to the Editor)

Corrections on topics appearing in AER.   Letters discussing an AER article should be received within 8 weeks of the article’s publication. The original author(s) will be given the opportunity to reply. Letters of political or other unrelated topics, as well as those containing personal criticisms, will not be published. Maximum 500 words.

Players’ Perspective

The Players’ Perspective section provides a platform for manuscripts, essays on topics pertinent to players that have not been well-covered elsewhere. This includes informative pieces, educational research, and perspectives on current Esports topics. Maximum 750 words.

 Book Reviews

Reviews of recent publications or pertinent esports related books that have not been previously reviewed. Maximum 1,500 words. Please write to if you would like to propose a book for review.

Jennifer L. Metz, Ph.D.
Associate professor of Esports Management, Production and Performance
Managing Editor, Annals of Esports Research
Harrisburg University of  Science and Technology
321 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA

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