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CJ Submission Guidelines and Information

Cinema Journal is published by University of Texas Press, and is always interested in exciting new work in the field of cinema and media studies. To submit a manuscript for consideration please read the following guidelines, and complete the form below:


Submission Guidelines

  • Only current members (not temporary members) of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies may publish essays in Cinema Journal. Join/renew your membership now >
  • To be considered for review, manuscripts should be at least 10,000 words long and no longer than 12,000 words. Word count includes endnotes.
  • Manuscripts must include an abstract of approximately 100 words, and approximately six key words or terms (such as African Cinema, audience, Adorno) that will help us to ensure they are reviewed by an expert in the appropriate area.
  • Submissions should follow the format specified by the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). All bibliographic information should be in endnotes, and submissions should not include an additional bibliography. View the Cinema Journal Style Guide for more specific guidelines.
  • Cinema Journal receives a high volume of submissions, and each submission that meets our minimum requirements is sent out for expert, anonymous review. All reviewers read the work carefully and provide a thorough report as voluntary service to the journal. We accept articles that receive two positive reports: in some cases, articles may go to a third reviewer.

    Once a piece is accepted, it is sent to the author for revisions, and scheduled for publication according to the date when it was submitted. When the scheduled date approaches, three members of the editorial team edit the article, send it back to the author for final revisions, review review the final revisions, and send it for typesetting.

    The process is inevitably long and can be frustrating for authors, although it is streamlined as much as possible. It can take up to 18-24 months from submission to publication. We ask that authors bear this schedule in mind, and recommend that those who need to publish urgently do not submit to Cinema Journal. We do not have a revise and resubmit policy at this time.
  • Frame enlargements or other illustrative materials must be supplied by authors who are responsible for obtaining permission to publish them in cases where Fair Use does not apply. Digital frame grabs should have a minimum resolution of 250-300 dpi.
  • Cinema Journal ONLY accepts electronic submissions. If for some reason you cannot submit electronically, please contact the editor directly. All file attachments should be in the form of MS Word document and can't exceed 30MB.  If your submission is larger than 30MB, it will need to be compressed accordingly.  Otherwise the file will not load.  For best results we recommend using Firefox or Internet Explorer when uploading.  

    NOTE:  Cinema Journal does NOT accept manuscripts in PDF format. 

    For questions regarding manuscripts submitted to Cinema Journal for review, please contact the assistant editor.

Please fill out the form below to send in your submission. (Note: Our web server can only handle uploads smaller than 30MB and your file name should not include any spaces or special characters)

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