Journal of Visual Culture
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Journal of Visual Culture

2015 Impact Factor: 0.179
2015 Ranking: 28/38 in Cultural Studies
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor-in-Chief
Marquard Smith Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Principal Editors
Raiford Guins Stony Brook University, USA
Joanne Morra Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK
Managing Editor
Laine Nooney Georgia Tech, USA
Associate Editor
Brooke Belisle Stony Brook University, USA
Book Review Editor
Nina Trivedi Royal College of Art, UK
Editorial Assistant
Devin Wilson Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

eISSN: 17412994| ISSN: 14704129|Current volume: 15|Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

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. 

Previous content includes:

Tanya Krzywinska:
Gaming Horror’s Horror

Lanfranco Aceti: The Cultural Body’s Death by a Thousand Cuts

Syrago Tsiara: Contemporary Greek art in a time of crisis

Scott C. Richmond: Vulgar Boredom

Elizabeth Guffey: The Disabling Art Museum

Jason Eppink: A Brief History of the GIF

Jonathan L Zittrain: Reflections on Internet Culture

Vaughn Pinxit: Not so not-for-profit

Gary Hall: The Unbound Book


Recent themed issues include:

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.

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.

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.

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 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


Electronic Access:

Journal of Visual Culture is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://vcu.sagepub.com/

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

Editorial Board
John Armitage Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Mieke Bal University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Joaquin Barriendos Columbia University, USA
Geoffrey Batchen Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Elisabeth Bronfen Universitaet Zuerich, Switzerland
Giuliana Bruno Harvard University, USA
Susan Buck-Morss Cornell University, USA
Lisa Cartwright University of California, San Diego, USA
Jill Casid University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun Brown University
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
Sue Golding [johnny de philo] Birmingham City University, UK
Judith Halberstam University of Southern California, USA
Janet Hand Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Martin Jay University of California, Berkeley, USA
Henry Jenkins University of Southern California, USA
Guy Julier University of Brighton/Victoria & Albert Museum
Max Liljefors Lund University, Sweden
Alphonso Lingis Pennsylvania State University, USA
Akira Mizuta Lippit University of Southern California, USA
Mark Little University for the Creative Arts, UK
Susan Pui San Lok Middlesex University, UK
Suhail Malik Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Laura U. Marks Simon Fraser University, Canada
Mandy Merck Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Nicholas Mirzoeff New York University, USA
W J T Mitchell University of Chicago, USA
Meaghan Morris Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Laura Mulvey Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
Sheila Murphy University of Michigan, USA
Lisa Nakamura University of Michigan, USA
Monica Narula Studio Raqs Media Collective, India
Simon Ofield-Kerr University for the Creative Arts, 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 College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK
Irit Rogoff Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Vanessa Ruth Schwartz University of Southern California, USA
Vivian Sobchack UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, USA
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak Columbia University, New York, USA
Richard Stamp Bath Spa University, UK
Jonathon Sterne McGill University, Canada
Sasha Su-Ling Welland University of Washington, USA
Dominic Willsdon San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    12. Further information

    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.

     

    1. Article types

    journal of visual culture publishes original articles relevant to the aims and scope.

    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.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    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.

    2.2 Authorship

    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.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    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. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vcu to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the ‘Online Help’ button at the top right of every screen.

    Guidelines for submitting or inquiring about book reviews can be found at http://www.journalofvisualculture.org/book-reviews.html

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal 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 articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. journal of visual culture does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    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.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), when relevant, journal of visual culture requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding.

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC/DOCX. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    10.2 Journal Style

    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).

    10.3 Reference Style

    journal of visual culture adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation

    All articles should be submitted in English. The text should be double-spaced throughout. The main text word count target is between 5000-7000 words. The text should be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text

    10.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online. Abstracts should be 100-150 words in length, and authors should list 5-8 keywords.

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review. A short biographical note for each author should be included on a separate page.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    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.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway. We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors.

    11.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in journal of visual culture with SAGE.

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office at: laine.nooney@gmail.com

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