Submit Papers

Submit Papers

Screen uses the Manuscript Central online submission system. 

Authors are guided through the submission procedure with onscreen prompts and instructions; however, if you experience any difficulties or have any comments to make about using Manuscript Central, please contact our editorial office ( You can also watch a video about the submission process here.

Important: Screen's editorial board does not offer pre-submission guidance, to allow editors to participate in the blind peer review of manuscripts. If you have queries before or during the submission process, please contact the editorial office. Do not contact individual Screen editors before, or during, the submission and peer review process. The only exception to this rule involves submissions to our reports and debates section. Dossiers and research notes are not anonymised and peer review is not blinded. You will find specific guidance for submitting dossiers and research notes below.

How to submit an article

To use Manuscript Central, first set up a user account on the homepage at Confirmation of your username and password will be sent out to you, after which you can log in and submit your manuscript and related documents following the onscreen instructions.

Articles should not exceed 10,000 words, excluding footnotes. References should be in Oxford Style; there is thus no need for a separate bibliography. Use an automated numbering system if at all possible. Individual footnotes should be kept as brief as possible: consider whether digressions can, or should, be incorporated into the text instead.

Screen style does not allow subheadings, although section breaks are permitted where required. The use of introductory quotations or epigraphs is not permitted.

Submission of a manuscript is taken by the Editors to imply that the paper represents original work not previously published, either in print or online, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and if accepted for publication that it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the Editors and Publisher. The author should obtain the necessary permissions to include in the paper copyright material such as illustrations, extended quotations, etc.

Reports and book reviews

Screen does occasionally publish reviews of one-off major conferences, festivals and exhibitions, but is unable to accept general reports from rolling annual conferences. We recommend emailing the editorial office ( initially with any such proposals. Screen does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

Dossiers and research notes

The Dossier format has become an increasingly popular one for the journal, allowing us to publish a collaborative and agenda-setting series of short essays (3,000 - 4,000 words each) under a shared theme – for example, a specific theoretical approach, a contemporary issue in the field, a historical body of knowledge, a specific film, filmmaker or national cinema. Examples of recent Dossiers include: Mildred Pierce (54:3), Classical Film Theory (55:3), Peggy Ahwesh (55:4) and Pakistani Cinema (57:3).

Dossiers should aim to make a clearly defined intervention within the rubric of the overall theme and will usually have a curated aspect that is explicitly unpicked and discussed in a critical introduction.

Research Notes tend to be short stand-alone articles that highlight significant work emerging out of a specific research project. They are often written in a more reflective and discursive fashion than our longer published articles.

To submit a dossier to Screen, please first email a proposal to our Reports and Debates editor, Alastair Phillips ( This proposal should include a set of abstracts for each contribution along with a clearly defined rationale for the project that outlines its main aims and methods. For more information, please see the detailed dossier guidelines.

Research notes can be submitted directly to MS Central, with "Reports and Debates" being selected in the MS type dropdown. The cover letter should highlight that you wish your submission to be considered as a research note.

Licensing, gratis copies and reproduction

Once the author's paper has been accepted for publication and sent to OUP, they will be prompted to sign a Licence to Publish; during that process the author may apply for a gratis copy of the issue in which their work will appear. Republication in an anthology or collection of an author’s own work is freely permissible, with due credit to Screen. Republication otherwise requires the permission of the publisher and the author. For information on permissions, visit