Guidelines for Authors

SUBMISSIONS

NECSUS accepts both solicited and unsolicited texts for consideration on a rolling basis throughout the year, in addition to reviews of all types (book, festival, conference, website — see specific submission guidelines for the review section at the end of the page). Prior to developing a complete manuscript authors are asked to submit an abstract (300 words max.) with short bio (100 words max.) and 3-5 key bibliographic sources to the editors, who will make a preliminary decision regarding the topic’s relevance to the journal’s aims and scope and will provide suggestions for developing the manuscript.

Manuscripts and manuscript proposals and other editorial correspondence should be sent to:

d.phil. Gregory de Cuir, Jr — Managing Editor
NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies
Amsterdam University Press
Herengracht 221
1016 BG Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0) 20 420 00 50 (AUP Office)
Fax: +31 (0) 20 420 32 14
E-mail: g.decuir@aup.nl

NECSUS is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. If you would like a particular member of the Editorial Board to look at your manuscript please note this when you submit your manuscript, but do not send to them directly.

Manuscripts for initial review may be submitted with embedded low-resolution images, which facilitates the review process. When submitting a manuscript authors should include a statement indicating that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must be under the 8,000 word count limit (including references and figure captions) before being considered for review. Reviews/reports must be under the 3,000 word count limit.

The editorial process involves peer review of all submitted full-length articles, including those solicited by the editors. Generally each manuscript is reviewed by two members of the NECSUS editorial board and two external peer reviewers. A request for a manuscript by a member of the editorial board is not a guarantee that it will be published.

Authors are notified of acceptance, rejection, or the need for revision within three months of submitting the full manuscript. Texts are judged on the basis of relevance to the aims and scope of the journal, originality, rigor of thought and the use of straightforward and precise prose. Texts should be condensed as much as possible and written to be accessible to the interested lay reader.

Most manuscripts require revision by the author before final acceptance. Revised manuscripts accepted for publication must be submitted as unformatted word-processed text without embedded illustrations or auto-formatted references and each illustration should be submitted as a separate high-resolution file (see the following section on submission requirements). Texts must be accompanied by a 100-word abstract, 4-5 keywords, and a 100-word bio. After a manuscript is accepted, it is edited at the editorial office and returned to the author for approval prior to publication.

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not been previously published internationally and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere (this does not include commissioned translations). The author stays the owner of the copyright on his/her own work.

COPYRIGHTS

As author you are responsible for obtaining written permission and meeting any related costs for the use of all materials under copyright (such as illustrations and texts) and for the correct acknowledgements for use. AUP can provide guidelines for requesting legal permission for images and quotations.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submitting text

  • Submit files in Word (‘97-’10).
  • Files can be e-mailed; in addition, we would welcome a print-out of the article.
  • Single-spaced, no paragraph indentations.
  • Single space after full stop.
  • Serial commas (e.g. one, two, and three).
  • Paper size 8.5×11, align text left.
  • Use Times New Roman, 12 pts for text and Arial, 9 pts in illustration captions.
  • Spelling should conform to British practice (-ise, not -ize) and follow the Oxford English Dictionary. If you wish to use American spellings, please agree to this in advance with your editor and follow the Webster’s English Dictionary.
  • Submit text with as little ‘formatting’ as possible. If you want a word to be italicised, italicise it in the manuscript. If you want a word to be bolded, set it in bold in the manuscript. The same goes for small capitals and other special formatting. Other than that, refrain from using layout.
  • Artwork titles should be italicised and in the original language (English translation in parentheses, along with year of production).
  • Quotations longer than one sentence should be separated from the text.
  • Do not use Harvard style in-text referencing.
  • Be consistent when using references:

- quotations within a sentence do not include the final punctuation mark, e.g. Gerritsen said that ‘this was the best way’.15

- quotations that form a complete sentence include the final punctuation mark, e.g. ‘This is the best way.’16

  • Only endnotes are allowed (Times New Roman, 10 pts). They may be submitted in the standard word-format as part of the text. Keep their number and length limited.
  • Submit (end) notes using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…), single-spaced.
  • Endnote referencing as follows: Johnson 2012, pp. 10-15.  For texts by multiple authors: Smith & Wilson 2010, p. 6.
  • Only use abbreviations when it is strictly necessary.
  • Only numbers under 20 should be written out as words (so, nineteen but 345). You may depart from this rule when numerals or numbers form the main part of the text.
  • Be consistent in spelling and transcribing foreign names (for instance, either ‘Dostoyevsky’ or ‘Dostoevskii’, but not both).
  • Use extra lines of space only when absolutely necessary.
  • Use single quotation marks (‘ ’) and inside that quotation grouping, use doubles (“ ”) when needed.
  • Add headings where relevant, making a clear distinction between heading levels.
  • Subtitles/section headings in bold.
  • Submit tables, diagrams and figures in separate attached files. These should be numbered consecutively; indicate in the text where exactly you want the tables etc. to be inserted and incorporate in the main text on a separate line: ‘ Table #’ and the desired caption text.
  • Submit figures and diagrams separately in their original format and not as a Word file.
  • Tables should be submitted as an Excel file. Use Arial, 8 pts for texts and use a standard layout.
  • Please include a short bio (in italics) of no more than 150 words at the end of your text immediately before the References section.

Submitting visual materials

  • Submit all images (named Fig 1, Fig 2, etc.) as separate attachments. Indicate their appropriate location in the text and incorporate, on a separate line: ‘Fig. #’ and the desired caption text.
  • Only digital images are accepted. Digital images must have at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Files with the formats TIF, EPS and JPG are suitable; PDF files will not be accepted. The production coordinator will determine the quality of the digital images.
  • Large digital files cannot be sent by e-mail but must be saved onto a CD and sent by post. AUP’s e-mail server allows a maximum of 10 MB per e-mail/attachment.
  • NB Colour may be used, but keep in mind that de PoD version and the .pdf prints for users at home will be black and white. Use contrasting colours or symbols if possible.

Using links

  • Offer alternative paths through your article. However, remember that articles can be published in Printing on Demand and they need to be suitable for paper version as well as for digital version.
  • Files are linked together in various ways. We may also add links to your article once it has been submitted to us.
  • If you would like to include video clips in your article, please provide us with an embed code and the particular location where the clip should appear. 

Bibliography

  • Grouped in author last name-alphabetical order at the end of the essay.
  • Lower case and italics: article titles should use single quotation marks, plain text; book and journal titles should be in italics.
  • Page numbers are required for articles in journals and separate articles in books (see examples below).
  • Journals do not need the place or publisher to be specified.
  • Punctuation: see examples below.

BOOKS:

Author. Title of book. Place of publication: publisher, date: page numbers.

Examples:

Artel, L. Visual or plastic arts. London: John Doe Press, 2002.

Jones, P. Criticism and cinema: Studies and methods in thinking and writing about moving images. New York: University Press, 2011.

_____. Criticism and cinema 2: The subject of the screen. New York: University Press, 2012.

Smith, T. and Franklin F. ‘The properties of production’ in The task of the producer edited by D. Wright and T. Johnson. Tokyo: College Press, 2007: 55-65.

Include name of editor or translator, edition, date of original publication and any other pertinent information. Include page numbers of quotes.

PERIODICALS:

Author. ‘Title of Article’, Name of Periodical, Volume Number, Issue Number, date: page numbers.

Example:

Artel, L. ‘Art and Technology’, Leonardo Journal, Vol. 39, No. 1, 31 January 2005: 435-441.

Include both volume and issue numbers. Include page numbers of quotes.

WEBSITES:

Example:

www.necsus-ejms.org/the-gaps-of-cinema-by-jacques-ranciere/ (accessed on 27 June 2012)

Please insure that hyperlinks are working properly.

BOOK REVIEW SUBMISSIONS

The book review section in NECSUS publishes critical writing on recent publications that fall within the broad scope of media studies. Reviewers are invited to write essays of 2000-3000 words that focus on one or more recent publications. Omnibus reviews should address how the chosen titles relate to each other. We also welcome reviews of exhibitions and their accompanying catalogues, websites and online dossiers, as well as non-English language publications.

It is important that contributors take a critical stance on their chosen titles, providing a thoughtful account of the texts and their position alongside other media studies scholarship, rather than a general summary. Reviews may be motivated by current trends in film and media studies but can also tackle issues that remain overlooked within the disciplines. The purpose of the book review section is to inform NECSUS readers about new scholarship in media studies and to support critical engagement with published work.

Follow general style guidelines as explicated above.

Additional book review guidelines:

  • Focus on one or more recent publications (should be published within the last two years)
  • Position the publication(s) within existing scholarship
  • Take a critical stance towards the work (e.g., choose one or more issues/themes to structure the review)
  • On the first mention of each book, please include the full title in italics and the bibliographic information in parentheses
  • Only for book reviews, use in-text references in the following manner: (p. 55) or (pp. 55-65)
  • Include your name and affiliation at the end of the review (no short bios needed)

If you are interested in writing a book review please send inquiries to the NECS publication committee (attn: Lavinia Brydon and Alena Strohmaier) using our contact form.

FESTIVAL REVIEW SUBMISSIONS

The NECSUS film festival review section publishes critical writing on film festivals. It offers a platform for writings that fall between the fast and prolific genre of individual festival reports and the slow and rigorous labor of film festival research. Rather than merely reviewing the latest festival edition, contributors are asked to take a critical distance and reflect upon one or more thematic issues that are relevant to the professional field and/or for media studies. Reviews can be motivated by current affairs but should also tackle issues that tend to remain hidden in the midst of festival buzz.

Follow general style guidelines as explicated above.

Additional festival review guidelines:

  • Maximum 2,500 words
  • Focus on up to 3 film festivals
  • Include short introductions of the festivals discussed
  • Choose one or more issues/themes to structure your critical review
  • Provide URLs of the mentioned festivals
  • Include your name and affiliation at the end of the review (no short bios needed)

If you are interested in writing a festival review please contact the festival review editors Marijke de Valck (marijke@filmfestivalresearch.org) and Skadi Loist (skadi@filmfestivalresearch.org).