Articles, reviews, reports, interviews, and video essays submitted to Alphaville must in all cases be rigorously original and previously unpublished. It is a strict requirement of the Alphaville Editorial Board that all manuscripts and video essays submitted to Alphaville have not, under any circumstances, been either published or submitted for consideration elsewhere. Material that has already been published, including in online journals, websites, blogs or institutional repositories, will not be considered for publication in Alphaville. Alphaville reserves the right to take all appropriate measures in cases where multiple publication or submission is discovered. The Editorial Board may consult with the other journal to which the manuscript/video essay was submitted, may return the manuscript/video essay without review, or may reject it without regard to peer reviewer recommendations and may decide not to consider any further submissions from the author.
Copyright and Republication
By submitting your material to Alphaville, you accept the conditions of publication.
All authors retain the rights to their work, while granting the right of first publication to Alphaville.
While Alphaville holds the right of first publication, authors may reuse their material in other publications, but not before the final version has been published and citation details are available. When reusing/republishing material, Alphaville must be acknowledged as the original place of publication and full citation details must be provided.
Authors may add a link to the Alphaville page of their published material from their personal website, institutional repository, or not-for-profit server. Authors retain the right to make preprint (i.e. the original, unrefereed, precopyedited material submitted for publication) and postprint (i.e. the post-peer-review material containing author revisions but not yet copyedited by Alphaville) versions of their material available on their personal website, institutional repository, or not-for-profit server, upon acceptance by Alphaville. Authors are not required to remove preprint and/or postprint versions after publication. Please follow the following policy:
- A preprint must be accompanied by this notice: “This is an unrefereed preprint of an article / report / review submitted for publication in Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.”
- A postprint must be accompanied by this notice: “This is a precopyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (issue number / year) The definitive version is available from the publisher.”
All submissions must also adhere fully to our House Style
Alphaville accepts articles for consideration through both an open call system and through special, themed issues. Articles should be approximately 6,000 words in length (minimum 5,500 words), including all Notes and Works Cited.
Articles should follow MLA style (see the House Style section of this website); should be double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman size 12; and should contain page numbers. All titles should appear at the beginning of the document (left aligned), in bold type, font size 12.
The name of the author, or any indication of the author’s identity, should not appear on the article document.
Articles should be sent as a Word document attachment (no RTFs or PDFs).
With each article submission, please send a separate Word document containing the following information:
- Author’s name
- Article title
- Author’s affiliation
- Author’s email address
- Article abstract (max. 200 words)
- Up to five keywords for the article
- A short biographical note (max. 100 words)
Each issue will have its own email address (to be advertised on the respective issue’s Call for Papers).
With each submission, both Word document attachments (your article and the Information Document) should be sent in one email.
Review, Report and Interview Guidelines
Alphaville accepts relevant book reviews (of books published or reprinted within the last three years, from the time of first contact), conference reports (of events that took place within the last six months), film festival reports (of festivals that took place within the last six months), and interviews (that took place within the last six months) for consideration. While this may from time to time be advertised via a Call for Papers, the reviews/reports section of Alphaville operates on an open call system.
All reviews and reports should be a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 2,500 words. Interviews can be submitted in print, video and audio form; there is no word count limit for interviews sent in print form; video and audio interviews should be submitted as .mov files and mp3 files, respectively. Each review/report/interview should engage with its subject in an erudite manner and from an informed perspective.
Reviews/reports/interviews submitted to Alphaville must be original, unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
All reviews/reports/interviews should follow MLA style (see the House Style section of this website), and provide a Notes and Works Cited section, where necessary. Each piece should be double-spaced, typed in Times New Roman size 12, and should contain page numbers. All titles should appear at the beginning of the document (left aligned), in bold type, followed (underneath) by the words “A [Review/Report/Interview] by [Author’s Name, Affiliation].
Example of Titling
- Titling of Book Reviews should follow this example:
Transnational Cinema: The Film Reader, Elizabeth Ezra and Terry Rowden (eds.).
Oxon, New York: Routledge, 2006 (213 pages). ISBN: 12345678.
A Review by [Author’s Name, Affiliation]
- Titling of Conference Reports and Film Festival Reports should follow this example:
Full Name of Conference/Film Festival
A Report by [Author’s Name, Affiliation]
- Titling of Interviews should be as follows:
An Interview with [Name] (enter position, where necessary)
Location (or medium of communication), Date
By [Author’s Name, Affiliation]
Review, Report and Interview Submissions
When submitting a review/report/interview, send the file as a Word document attachment (or .mov/mp3 file for video/audio interviews). Please also include a separate Word document attachment with the following information: author’s name, affiliation, and short biographical note (max. 50 words).
Both documents should be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading “Book Review Submission” for book reviews, “Conference Report Submission” for conference reports, and so on.
Video essays submitted to Alphaville for consideration will be subject to peer review. They must be original, not previously published and not have been submitted for consideration elsewhere. Any submission must be accompanied by a short reflective/explicatory text and must include a complete Works Cited section referencing all works cited in both the video and written sections of the submission. Alphaville uses the MLA system with some exceptions. See the Guidelines above and our House Style for more information.
As is the case for written articles, the fundamental criteria for evaluating video essays are originality, quality of scholarship, cogency of argument, and engagement with current critical/theoretical debates. The accompanying written text must succinctly identify the contribution of the submitted video essay to practice research—how it contributes to the advancement of knowledge and how it does so through its creative use of audiovisual means.
Alphaville subscribes to the view that film and screen media scholars are entitled to reuse and quote from the materials they discuss, as enshrined in the principle of “fair use” in American copyright law, on the basis that this reuse and quotation is necessary to the argument being made, serves to support an original analysis or pedagogical purpose and does not unduly harm the market value of the original.
File type: .mov or .avi
File size: max 500MB
Duration: approximately 3–15 minutes
Length: 500–1,000 words (exclusive of Works Cited)
Style: MLA and Alphaville style
Works Cited: To include all works and all film and video sources used and cited in both the video and written sections of the submission.
Information for Authors
Peer Reviewing and Editorial Processes
Each submitted article that is deemed eligible and that abides by Alphaville's guidelines and house style will be sent for double blind peer review. On the basis of the reviews, the editors will then make a decision on whether to accept, accept on condition that minor changes are carried out, allow resubmission after major changes, or reject an article. Feedback will be provided to the author and, in some instances, suggestions and corrections will be given using Word’s Track Changes feature. After any requested corrections have been carried out to the reviewers and the Board’s satisfaction, the issue editors will copyedit the article, paying attention, as necessary, to expression, style, accuracy and formatting. These changes will be submitted to authors for approval. Further changes may be then suggested by the General Editor.
Reviews, reports and interviews submitted to Alphaville do not undergo blind peer review, but will be subject to rigorous review by the Editorial Board, which can either accept or reject them on the basis of the same criteria as applied to articles. We encourage authors of reviews and reports to treat these as short articles that engage intellectually with their object. The Board may request changes; reviews, reports and interviews may be edited by the Board.
Any article, review, report or interview received that does not observe Alphaville house style will be directly returned to the author for appropriate revision and resubmission.
Alphaville reserves the right to reject an article, review, report or interview at any stage in the editing process. Alphaville reserves the right to not publish commissioned work.
While no major alterations will be carried out without the author’s consent, the editors reserve the right to make minor editorial changes to any format, punctuation, grammar, or spelling errors.
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