How to Publish?

In a journal:

  • by sending the full essay to the editorial board, following submissions instructions outlined by the journal.

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  • The editor then sends your essay to external readers for review (peer-reviewed) or have the editorial board review it (non-p-r), and you get feedback and a decision (accepted as is; accepted with minor revisions; accepted with major revisions pending additional review process; rejected)
  • or by answering a call for papers for a special issue. Call will specify whether you initially submit a proposal/abstract or a full piece.

In an edited volume:

  • By invitation, or by answering a CFP (sending the proposal or full essay to the editor, following the instructions provided as part of the call).

*Do not send in a proposal unless you are sure that you can deliver the final essay, following the general outline of the proposal, within the time frame specified by the editors.

When to publish?

  • For a peer-reviewed scholarly publication:
  • when you have worked on a topic sufficient amount of time to make a “discovery” or “intervention” that others may be interested in or benefit from learning about. Usually this means not just your interpretation of something – but some findings, something you could justify as genuinely original.
  • when you know the general topic well enough to be able to “situate” your intervention in relation to other scholarship
  • if you get invited to contribute (special issue of a journal or an edited volume) or respond to CFP, when you know that you have already started working on a topic which speaks directly to the topics/issues identified by the editor in the CFP
  • This usually means publishing something out of an MA thesis or a chapter of your PhD dissertation.
  • Rarely this could mean a long research paper/term paper (if recommended by the professor, more the case for PhDs than MAs).

For a non-peer reviewed/online journal:

  • Short-form
  • A timely intervention into a specific debate/polemic
  • A review (of a film, exhibit, conference, event, book, etc)

Where to publish?

Academic journals:

  • Consider the journals you read and use for your research

Multimedia scholarship:

·  Audiovisual Thinking. Online at:

·  In Media Res. Online at:

·  LOLA. Online at:

·  Mediascape: UCLA’s Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. Online at:

·  NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (audiovisual essay section curated by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López). Online at:

·  Vectors Journal. Online at:



Online publishing:

List of open-access online journals:

What happens after?

  • Peer-review process

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  • Revisions and resubmission process

How to write an article

Some tips:

Expect A LOT of revisions, before and after submission

Expect to dedicate A LOT of time to all stages of the writing. Start early. It will always take longer than you think

Remember to frame your material as a stand-alone argument 

Provide all the necessary information

Be confident in your writing. Make strong claims, support these claims.

Sign post to make the structure of your argument visible.

Read carefully and follow submission requirements (formatting, notes, etc)

Respond to all communication, follow instructions and respect deadlines

Keep your ego in check

Share and discuss external reviews/editorial feedback with your mentors and peers. Come up with a measured response and plan of action. Do not give up. Get more feedback. Rewrite and resubmit.