We are always interested in exciting new work in the fields of cinema and media studies. To submit a manuscript for consideration please follow these guidelines.

Research Articles


To submit a manuscript to JCMS, please read the following guidelines and check out our editorial wiki before proceeding to our submissions portal.

To be considered for review, manuscripts should be at least 8,000 words long and no longer than 12,000 words. Word count includes notes.

Submissions must include an abstract of approximately 100 words and approximately six key words or terms (such as African Cinema, audience, Adorno) that will help us to ensure they are reviewed by an expert in the appropriate area. JCMS can publish up to six illustrations or tables per research article.

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. Please read the JCMS Style Guide for more specific guidelines.

As JCMS seeks to publish critical inquiry into the global, national, and local circulation of a wide variety of media, we look for articles that foreground original interventions in current conversations within film and media studies. Articles that focus on the formal or textual analysis of a single or small number of case studies should clearly articulate what larger questions they ask and answer.

JCMS receives a high volume of submissions, and each submission that meets our minimum requirements is sent out for anonymous peer review by experts in the relevant subfields. Unfortunately, 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.

JCMS only accepts electronic submissions through our submissions portal. If for some reason you cannot submit electronically, please contact the editor directly. Please note that JCMS does NOT accept manuscripts in PDF format.

JCMS does not accept simultaneous submissions.

For questions regarding manuscripts submitted to JCMS for review, please consult the information in the JCMS editorial wiki.

In Focus Dossiers

All SCMS members are invited to propose In Focus dossiers. To do so, please read the following guidelines, then email JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Editor Caetlin Benson-Allott with an initial query.

In Focus dossiers feature an introduction and four to six short essays (2,500 to 3,000 words each) on a topic of timely concern to the fields of film, television, and/or digital media studies. Rare will be the In Focus dossier that appeals to every member of SCMS, yet the goal of an In Focus dossier should be to open up a topic or debate and explore its relevance for a wider scholarly community. In Focus essays and dossiers may therefore be more polemical than most academic articles; however, they will be held to the same academic standards as all other essays published in JCMS.

Before soliciting writers for an In Focus dossier, please email Caetlin Benson-Allott with a brief description of your proposed dossier. These queries will be evaluated based on their potential relevance to the SCMS community, the timeliness of their intervention, and their distinction from past In Focus dossiers. Therefore we suggest that you review past In Focus dossiers before submitting a query.

If the query meets the journal’s needs, editors may then solicit contributors and draft a formal proposal. Proposals should include a ~750-word proposal for the dossier plus abstracts for each individual paper. Biographies of individual contributors and editors are not required but can be very helpful. Further guidelines for In Focus proposals will be emailed to authors upon approval of the initial query.

If the formal proposal is approved, then the dossier will be assigned to a specific issue and deadlines communicated to the In Focus editor, who takes responsibility for working with their contributors to deliver the dossier by the agreed upon deadlines. Assistant Editor Neta Alexander will assist In Focus editors in preparing their dossiers.

All In Focus essays need to follow the JCMS Style Guide.

Book Review Proposals

To propose a book review, please contact reviews editor Laura Isabel Serna at If you would like to submit a book for possible review, please send it to:

Laura Isabel Serna
Book Review Editor, JCMS
Division of Cinema and Media Studies, School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California
900 West 34th Street, Suite 320
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Professional Notes Submissions

Self-submissions to Professional Notes are welcome! Please submit contributions using this form, or send them to editors Colleen Glenn at and Paul Flaig at Contributions can range from recent books published in media studies to articles on film and TV published in non-media journals.

Archival News Submissions

Archival News encourages self-submissions. If you would like to contribute to this quarterly feature, please send your submissions to editor Rielle Navitski at

Teaching Media Submissions

Every issue of the JCMS Teaching Dossier is assembled by a guest editor (or guest editors) around a particular theme. The Teaching Media Editorial Team welcomes proposals for issues from potential guest editors. To submit a proposal, please email Julia Himberg.