JCMS Submission

JCMS (formerly Cinema Journal) is published by Michigan Publishing in cooperation with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and is always interested in exciting new work in the fields of cinema and media studies. JCMS is open to all areas of humanities-oriented scholarship in media studies. We welcome submissions on film, television, radio, sound, and digital media. Considered one of the top journals in media studies, our acceptance rate is about 15 percent.

About JCMS

JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies is the peer-reviewed, scholarly publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Focus and Scope for JCMS

JCMS is open to all areas of humanities-oriented scholarship in media studies.

Submission Checklist

  • To be considered for review, manuscripts should be between 8,000 and 12,000 words. Word count includes endnotes.
  • Submissions must include an abstract of approximately 100 words and approximately 6 keywords 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 (17th Edition). All bibliographic information should be in endnotes, and submissions should not include an additional bibliography. See ourStyle Guide for more specific guidelines.
  • JCMS receives a high volume of submissions, and each submission that meets our minimum requirements is sent out for expert, anonymous peer review. Because accepted articles are published in the order in which they are submitted, we cannot accommodate requests to accelerate publication for job market or promotion cases. However, the editors are happy to write a letter for authors affirming that the article is accepted and is in queue or in press.
  • We are able to run three to six images per feature article. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish images in cases where Fair Use does not apply. Illustrations should be a minimum of 1,500 pixels wide or tall (or at least 3–4 inches when saved at 300 dpi) and have a minimum resolution of 250–300 dpi. Uncompressed TIFF files are best, but other common formats are also acceptable. Do not save your images with compression.
  • For the sake of peer review, please embed low-res images in your manuscript while also uploading the high-res versions separately. The high-res versions are usually too large to send out over email; this will expedite our getting your manuscript out for review. 
  • JCMS only accepts electronic submissions. If for some reason you cannot submit electronically, please contact the editor directly. Please note that JCMS does not accept manuscripts in PDF format. 
  • For questions regarding manuscripts submitted to JCMS for review, please consult the information in our editorial wiki.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright to their work published in JCMS.

Licences

JCMS allows the following licences for submission:

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    © the author(s). All rights reserved.
  • CC BY 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. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
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    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. 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.
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    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. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • 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.
  • CC BY-SA 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. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

There are no publication fees, but authors are expected to be members of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies at the time of publication.

Peer Review

JCMS conducts fully double-blind peer review. For more information on peer review, see our Editorial Wiki.

Publication Cycle

JCMS is published quarterly, in November, February, May, and August.

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