Mission Statement

The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies is the peer-reviewed, scholarly publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). The journal was renamed (from Cinema Journal) in October 2018.

JCMS’s basic mission is to foster engaged debate and rigorous thinking among humanities scholars of film, television, digital media, and other audiovisual technologies. We are committed to the aesthetic, political, and cultural interpretation of these media and their production, circulation, and reception.

To that end, JCMS is dedicated to intellectual diversity of all kinds. We publish critical inquiry into the global, national, and local circulation of a wide variety of media. We seek to promote a range of approaches to film and media studies and attendant fields, including (but not limited to) digital media, sound studies, visual culture, video game studies, fan studies, and avant-garde and experimental film and media practices. We do not adhere to any methodological approach to media studies, nor do we focus on particular emphases in the field. The journal is open to all areas of humanities-oriented scholarship in media studies, including digital humanities.

JCMS comprises a constellation of forums for scholarship. In addition to 8,000- to 12,000-word feature articles, the journal’s quarterly issues include an “In Focus” dossier examining a topic of timely concern to SCMS members and book reviews of recently published texts in the field. JCMS also publishes the quarterly, open-access, online features Archival News, Professional Notes, Spotlight, JCMS Teaching Dossier (in partnership with TeachingMedia.org), and “In Focus” Theme Weeks (in partnership with In Media Res). Moving towards a digital-forward life, JCMS also releases a fifth, open-access, online-only issue each year, featuring rigorously peer-reviewed, feature-length articles. The journal supports the Aca-Media podcast and occasional conference reports published in partnership with Film Criticism. It also enjoys an ongoing relationship with [in]Transition, the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies.

JCMS Publishing Initiative & Facilitated Peer Review

To help directly address concerns about diversity, inclusion, and equity in JCMS, the Co-Associate Editors of Outreach and Equity have designed the JCMS Publishing Initiative. The Initiative includes direct solicitation to and recruitment of minority authors and/or scholars working in areas that have been underrepresented in the journal’s history. The Co-Associate Editors will work closely with Initiative authors in a supportive and mentoring capacity to develop an article to submit to the journal. As a part of this mentoring and developmental process, in some cases Initiative authors are matched with additional SCMS members who have expertise in their areas of study. The Co-Associate Editors are also available to provide feedback on unpublished work by underrepresented scholars that has already been developed beyond the provisional stages but has not yet been submitted to the journal for peer review.

The Initiative also includes a Facilitated Peer Review process. Under the Facilitated Peer Review process, when Initiative authors submit an article for peer review, they will indicate by checking at box at the first step of submission that they are Initiative authors who worked with the Co-Associate Editors. In consultation with the Editor, the Co-Associate Editors will suggest qualified peer reviewers for all articles that have been developed through the Initiative. After appropriate peer reviewers have been secured, Initiative articles will proceed through JCMS’s standard double-blind peer review process. The only other change to the standard process occurs in the instances when an article receives a double rejection by peer reviewers. In these cases, the Editor will alert the Co-Editors of this outcome and the Co-Editors will work with the author to revise and resubmit the article, thus earning a chance to start the peer review process anew. If the author receives substandard or inadequate reviews a second time, the submission will be rejected and the Co-Associate Editors will recommend other venues for the work. While this process in no way guarantees that Initiative authors will be published in JCMS, the facilitated process has been designed to convey that JCMS and the Co-Editors are committed to supporting underrepresented scholars throughout the often-long process of developing compelling and rigorous scholarship.

Interested authors should apply directly to the Co-Associate Editors over email with a short introduction of their work and an academic biography.



Caetlin Benson-Allott

Georgetown University

Associate Editors of
Outreach & Equity

TreaAndrea M. Russworm

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Samantha Sheppard

Cornell University

Managing Editor

Sara Bakerman

University of Chicago

Assistant Production Editor

Amanda Greer

University of Toronto

Professional Notes Editor

Colleen Glenn

College of Charleston

Associate Editors

Jeff Menne

Oklahoma State University

Kristen Warner

University of Alabama

Special Features Editor

Julia Himberg

Arizona State University

Assistant Editors

Neta Alexander

Colgate University

Silpa Mukherjee

University of Pittsburgh

Assistant Book Review Editor

Patricia Ciccone

University of Southern California

Professional Notes Contributing Editor

Paul Flaig

University of St. Andrews

Production Editor

Scott Richmond

University of Toronto

Book Review Editor

Laura Isabel Serna

University of Southern California

Editorial Ombudsperson

Pamela Wojcik

University of Notre Dame

Archival News Editor

Rielle Navitski

University of Georgia

Editorial Intern

Lissa Heineman

Editorial Board

Erika Balsom

King's College London

Laura Horak

Carleton University

Aswin Punathambekar

University of Virginia

Stephanie Boluk

University of California, Davis

Anikó Imre

University of Southern California

Theresa Scandiffio

Sheridan College

Eugenie Brinkema

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Catherine Johnson

University of Huddersfield

Karl Schoonover

University of Warwick

Kris Cohen

Reed College

Alexandra Juhasz

Brooklyn College

Ellen C. Scott

University of California, Los Angeles

Kay Dickinson

University of Glasgow

Anupama Kapse

Loyola Marymount Los Angeles

Jonathan Sterne

McGill University

Terri Francis

University of Miami

Alisa Lebow

University of Sussex

Dustin Tahmahkera

University of Oklahoma

Desirée Garcia

Dartmouth College

Peter Limbrick

University of California, Santa Cruz

Christina Venegas

University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Gillespie

City University of New York

Regina Longo

Brown University

Amy Villarejo

University of California, Los Angeles

Elena Gorfinkel

King’s College London

Shaka McGlotten

Purchase College (SUNY)

Emilie Yueh Yu Yeh

Lingnan University

Boaz Hagin

Tel Aviv University

Lisa Nakamura

University of Michigan

Amelie Hastie

Amherst College

Nguyen Tan Hoang

University of California, San Diego