Submissions

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About

The Cinematograph is a new interdisciplinary, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of film and media edited and operated by students from Washington University’s Film and Media Studies Department. The journal seeks to foster interdisciplinary approaches from the humanities, arts, social sciences or STEM towards ongoing or relevant conversations in film scholarship, while highlighting St. Louis's developing film scholars.

Focus and Scope

The journal encourages new and/or relevant insights from emerging film and media scholars. Essays and articles that expand upon current scholarly discussions, revitalize films or topics previously explored, or seek to explore topics that have been overlooked or simply not evaluated in scholarship are highly encouraged. We invite new interdisciplinary perspectives that may challenge or confront contemporary scholarship or understandings of films, film history, film production/distribution/exhibition, genres, global cinematic trends, representations of race and gender, etc. We also invite reviews on relevant books or films, preferably those that were published within the last two years of the publication date, or are timely thanks to an actor, director, theme, etc., as well as video essays.


Submission Checklist

Book/film reviews, interviews and op-eds should be between 1,000-2,000 words (1-3 pages double spaced), short essays should be kept to a minimum of 2,500 words (5-6 pages double spaced), while longer essays should reach between 5,000-10,000 words (10-30 pages double spaced). Video essays should range from 5-20 minutes.

Submissions should be written in English, formatted in either MLA or Chicago, double-spaced, and have proper citations and footnotes. Film titles should be italicized, and timestamps given where necessary. Images are permissible, and ought to be captioned, though they should be obtained in a way that ensures proper copyright. If you have questions about the copyright of an image, please contact the Scholarly Communications department at Olin Library.

Works will be evaluated based on the interdisciplinary nature of their approach, relevance, and strength of argument. 


Copyright Notice

Per Washington University Library guidelines, authors are to retain copyright of their work. The Cinematograph holds the copyright to publish submitted works, though authors can choose what level of copyright they would like to give the journal. 

Authors can choose between the following:

  • CC BY 4.0: This license enables reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, as long as attribution is given to the author. The license allows for commercial use.
  • CC BY-ND 4.0: This license enables reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use.
  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: This license enables reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.
  • CC BY-SA 4.0: This license enables reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. The license allows for commercial use. If you remix, adapt, or build upon the material, you must license the modified material under identical terms.

If the author has no preference, the journal will automatically apply a CC BY-ND-NC 4.0 license.

 More information about copyright can be found at: https://creativecommons.org/about/cclicenses/


Peer Review

This journal operates a double blind peer review policy, meaning that neither authors nor editors will know of each others' identities to ensure a non-biased approach. Please ensure that your submission does not include your name, an accompanying course number, or other identifying markers.

Licences

The Cinematograph allows the following licences for submission:

  • Copyright
    © the author(s). All rights reserved.
  • CC BY 4.0
    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.
  • CC BY-ND 4.0
    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.
  • CC BY-NC 4.0
    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
    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
    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

The Cinematograph does not accept or require authors to pay publication fees. Submission is completely free, always and forever.


Publication Cycle

This journal publishes every December and May, corresponding with the semester schedule provided by Washington University registrars.

Sections

Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed

Indexed


Essay


Article


Book/Film Review


Interview


Video Essay


Op-ed