The past two decades have witnessed an explosion of interest, research and writing on visual culture within the humanities and social sciences.
Journal of Visual Culture is an international, refereed journal which is a site for astute, informative and dynamic thought on the visual.
The journal publishes work from a range of methodological positions, on various historical moments and across diverse geographical locations. It promotes research, scholarship and critical engagement with visual cultures.
Recent content includes:
Scott C. Richmond: Vulgar Boredom
Elizabeth Guffey: The Disabling Art Museum
Jonathan L Zittrain: Reflections on Internet Culture
Vaughn Pinxit: Not so not-for-profit
Kristen Whissel: 3D cinema
Griselda Pollock: Marilyn Monroe
Georges Didi-Huberman: The Album of Images
Wlfgang Ernst: Techno-sonic Temporalities
Trevor Paglen: Space
Recent themed issues include:
Visual Activism (2016), edited by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jennifer González and Dominic Willsdon, with contributors Ariella Azoulay, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Deena Chalabi, Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0, Miguel A López, Amin Husain, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Nitasha Dhillon, A Joan Saab, Tina Takemoto, Avram Finkelstein, Aaron Gach, Cheyanne Epps, Kyle Lane-McKinley, Elisa Adami, TJ Demos, Amy Lyford, Carlos Motta, Trinh T Minh-ha, Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, Jerome Reyes, Nine Yamamoto-Masson, Teddy Cruz, Favianna Rodriguez, Zanele Muholi, Selaelo Mannya, Valerie Thomas, Shannon Jackson
McLuhan (2014), edited by Raiford Guins, with contributors including Charles Acland. John Armitage, Ryan Bishop, Ian Bogost, Jay David Bolter, Antonio A. Casilli, Richard Cavell, Wendy Chun, Edward Comor, Suzanne de Castell, Mark Dery, Wolfgang Ernst, Gary Genosko, Paolo Granata, W. Terrence Gordon, Richard Grusin, Garnet Hertz, Erkki Huhtamo, Elena Lamberti, Paul Levinson, Peter Lunenfeld, Lev Manovich, Janine Marchessault, Shannon Mattern, Tara McPherson, Jussi Parikka, Steven Shaviro, Jonathan Sterne, and William Uricchi.
Internet Memes (2014), edited by Laine Nooney and Laura Portwood-Stacer, with contributors including Peter Lunenfeld; Lisa Nakamura; Patrick Davison; Jason Eppink; Kate Brideau and Charles Berret; Nick Douglas; Limor Shifman; An Xiao Mina; Tim Hwang and Christina Xu; Jonathan L Zittrain.
The Independent Group (2013), edited by Anne Massey with contributors including Anne Massey; Ben Highmore; Victoria Walsh; Stephen Kite; Anne Massey; Barry Curtis; Richard Hornsey; Ben Cranfield; Matt Lodder; Mafalda Dâmaso.
The Design and Componentry of Horror (2015), edited by Caetlin Benson-Allott and Eugenie Brinkema, with contributors including Eugenie Brinkema; Caetlin Benson-Allott; Angela Ndalianis; Jason Middleton; Tanya Krzywinska; Eugenie Brinkema; Braxton Soderman; Karla Oeler; Aaron T Pratt; Noël Carroll.
Cut (2015), edited by Lanfranco Aceti, with contributors including Lanfranco Aceti; Bill Balaskas; Stefanos Tsivopoulos; Syrago Tsiara; Kostis Velonis; JD Connor; Marina Gioti; Sarah Beck; Nikos Navridis; Joanna Boehnert; Poka-Yio; Elizabeth A Kessler; Maria Tsantsanoglou; Vaughn Pinxit; Yorgos Zois; Oliver Ressler and Bruce Barber; Katerina Koskina; Derrick Chong; Artemis Potamianou; Andrea Baldini; Maria Tsagkari; Charlotte Lucy Kent.
Archives (2013), edited by Juliette Kristensen and Marquard Smith, with contributors including Shezad Dawood, Oliver Grau, Gary Hall, Chris Horrocks, Tom Holert, Juliette Kristenesen, susan pui san lok, Sas Mays, Joanne Morra, Nooney, Uriel Orlow, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Trevor Paglen, Vivian Rehberg, Marquard Smith, and Nina Lager Vestberg.
"The Journal of Visual Culture is indispensable." Professor Christine Ross, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University
"There is an unmistakable seriousness as well as a handsome hospitality in the range of method and morality, topic and topography on show." Times Higher Education Supplement
All issues of the Journal of Visual Culture are available to browse on SAGE Journals.
The past two decades have witnessed an explosion of interest, research and writing on visual culture within the humanities and social sciences. Journal of Visual Culture is an international, refereed journal which is a site for astute, informative and dynamic thought on the visual. The journal publishes work from a range of methodological positions, on various historical moments and across diverse geographical locations. It promotes research, scholarship and critical engagement with visual cultures. Journal of Visual Culture is essential reading for academics, researchers and students engaged with the visual within the fields and disciplines of:
· film, media and television studies · art, design, fashion and architecture history ·visual culture ·cultural studies and critical theory · gender studies and queer studies · ethnic studies and critical race studies·philosophy and aesthetics ·photography, new media and electronic imaging ·critical sociology ·history ·geography/urban studies ·comparative literature and romance languages ·the history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine
|John Armitage||Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK|
|Mieke Bal||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Weihong Bao||University of California, USA|
|Joaquin Barriendos||Columbia University, USA|
|Geoffrey Batchen||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Giuliana Bruno||Harvard University, USA|
|Susan Buck-Morss||Cornell University, USA|
|Tina M. Campt||Columbia University, USA|
|Lisa Cartwright||University of California, San Diego, USA|
|Jill Casid||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Wendy Hui Kyong Chun||Brown University, USA|
|Young-Paik Chun||Hongik University, South Korea|
|Hazel Clark||Parsons The New School for Design, USA|
|Tom Conley||Harvard University, USA|
|David Cunningham||University of Westminster, UK|
|Jae Emerling||UNC Charlotte, USA|
|Anna Everett||University of California, Santa Barbara, USA|
|Anne Friedberg (In Memoriam)||University of Southern California, USA|
|Sue Golding||Royal College of Art, UK|
|Judith Halberstam||University of Southern California, USA|
|Stuart Hall (In Memoriam)||University of Birmingham, UK|
|Janet Hand||Goldsmiths, University of London, UK|
|Martin Jay||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|Guy Julier||University of Brighton/Victoria & Albert Museum, UK|
|Max Liljefors||Lund University, Sweden|
|Alphonso Lingis||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Akira Mizuta Lippit||University of Southern California, USA|
|susan pui san lok||Middlesex University, UK|
|Suhail Malik||Goldsmiths, University of London, UK|
|Laura U. Marks||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Shannon Mattern||The New School, USA|
|Mandy Merck||Royal Holloway, University of London, UK|
|W J T Mitchell||University of Chicago, USA|
|Meaghan Morris||Lingnan University, Hong Kong|
|Rahul Mukherjee||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Laura Mulvey||Birkbeck College, University of London, UK|
|Sheila Murphy||University of Michigan, USA|
|Lisa Nakamura||University of Michigan, USA|
|Simon Ofield-Kerr||University of the Arts London, UK|
|Fred Orton||University of Leeds, UK|
|Peter Osborne||Kingston University, UK|
|Peggy Phelan||Stanford University, USA|
|Griselda Pollock||University of Leeds, UK|
|Adrian Rifkin||Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK|
|Irit Rogoff||Goldsmiths, University of London, UK|
|Vanessa Ruth Schwartz||University of Southern California, USA|
|Shawn Michelle Smith||School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA|
|Vivian Sobchack||UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, USA|
|Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak||Columbia University, New York, USA|
|Jonathon Sterne||McGill University, Canada|
|Sasha Su-Ling Welland||University of Washington, USA|
|Dominic Willsdon||San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Visual Culture
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vcu to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of journal of visual culture will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Journal Style
4.5 Reference style
4.6 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Visual Culture, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
journal of visual culture publishes original articles relevant to the aims and scope.
The word count for the entire manuscript - including texts, quotes, notes, references and bibliography - should fall between 5000 and 8000 words.
The journal also includes a section in which books and other significant contributions to the field are reviewed. This includes both essay length and shorter contributions.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Journal of visual culture adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from both parties.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Journal of visual culture requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
Journal of visual culture encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Journal of visual culture and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.
Journal of Visual Culture offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
The text should be double-spaced throughout, left justified with standard margins. Please use Times New Roman, 12 pt font. The manuscript should include a title, keywords and abstract, which are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Abstracts should be 100-150 words in length, and authors should list 5-8 keywords. Any headings/subheads should be consistently signaled with italics or underlines.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she.
Spellings: UK or US spellings may be used with '-ize' spellings as given in the Oxford English Dictionary (e.g. organize, recognize).
Punctuation: use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Present dates in the form 1 May 1998. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).
Journal of visual culture adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. For answers to frequently asked questions regarding submissions, please see http://www.journalofvisualculture.org/frequently-asked-questions.html.
Journal of visual culture is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vcu to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Guidelines for submitting or inquiring about book reviews can be found at http://www.journalofvisualculture.org/book-reviews.html.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the journal of visual culture editorial office as follows: