Editor-in-Chief: Ying Zhu (Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images, housed at the Academy of Film and published by Michigan Publishing, will serve as an international and interdisciplinary forum for intellectual debates concerning the politics, economics, culture, media, and technology of the moving image. This open-access journal invites submissions that emphasize storytelling as a particular field of inquiry across different audiovisual formats, such as documentaries, journalistic videos, personal essays, broadcast series and serial dramas, and user-generated content. The journal is soliciting submissions from humanist scholars, social scientists, leading public intellectuals, policymakers, and film and media practitioners in the form of scholarly papers, thought-provoking short dialogue pieces, and engaging commentaries.  The journal aims to engage in cross-border, cross-disciplinary, cross-ideological and cross-cultural inquiry.

To submit your works to the journal, please proceed to our Submissions page. Please make sure to read the guidelines.

Global Storytelling also accepts proposals for special issues and guest editorship. Please contact us with your proposals.

Focus and Scope Global Storytelling invites written submissions that engage with the affect (emotional engagement) and effect (social impact) of audiovisual storytelling. We cover a range of storytelling modes, genres, platforms, and industries with the aim of bridging the gap between academia and the wider world and deepening our understanding of how storytelling shapes our identities and perceptions. The journal is methodologically broad and welcomes submissions from traditional scholars (including disciplines such as film and media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, communication, history, political science, sociology, philosophy, and psychology) as well as from critics, curators, policymakers, and public intellectuals.
Submission Checklist
  1. Global Storytelling typically publishes four types of pieces: research articles, short essays, individual reviews, and review essays. Research articles should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words long, including notes and captions.
  2. Research articles must include an abstract of 150 to 250 words and up to six keywords or phrases to help us find appropriate peer reviewers.
  3. Submissions should follow Chicago Manual of Style guidelines. All bibliographic information should be in endnotes, with full citation information for each source given in the first note mentioning that source (see Sample Citations). Submissions should not contain bibliographies or reference lists.
  4. Authors are encouraged to provide up to six figures or images per submission and are responsible for obtaining permission to publish materials that do not fall under Fair Use. For resources on Fair Use, please consult the Fair Use Research Guide (University of Michigan Library) as well as the Fair Use Policies of the SCMS. Please embed only low-resolution images into your submission for peer-review. If your article is accepted, you must provide high resolution versions of your images that will be suitable for printing. Please provide the highest-resolution version of the image you can, and understand that if it is not at least 3-4 inches wide or tall when saved at 300 DPI, then it will be sized down for print.
  5. Research articles are reviewed in a double-blind process, so submissions must be fully anonymized. If the manuscript references a submitting author's published work, please use uppercase placeholders such as AUTHOR and DATE in the submission where needed (e.g. “In DATE, AUTHOR argued that…”).
  6. For additional information about submissions, please consult our style guide.
  7. For any submissions questions involving the journal's online Janeway portal, please see the Janeway author guide.
Copyright Notice Global Storytelling publishes all pieces under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.
Peer Review This journal operates a double-blind peer review policy for research articles and an open (i.e., non-blind) review policy for short essays, reviews, and review essays.

Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Publication Fees Global Storytelling has no submission or publication fees.
Publication Cycle This journal publishes semiannually.

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