Screen uses the Manuscript Central online submission system. Many readers will already be familiar with this method, but for those who are not, it will in essence mean that manuscripts are submitted through the Manuscript Central website, and thereafter all communications between editorial office, author and peer reviewers will be channelled through, and logged by, the 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 relates to submissions to our reports and debates section, as such manuscripts are not anonymised or subject to blind peer review. 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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/screen. Confirmation of your username and password will then 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. Please use an automated numbering system if at all possible. Individual footnotes should be kept as brief as possible. Please consider whether digressions can, or should, be incorporated into the text instead (More details on footnotes style).
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in print or online, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and if accepted for publication that it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the Editors and Publisher.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.
Authors whose work is published in Screen will receive one free copy of the journal issue and, if requested, 25 offprints of their contribution. 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 https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/access_purchase/rights_and_permissions
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 (email@example.com) 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.
If you wish to submit a dossier to Screen, please first email a proposal to our Reports and Debates editor, Alastair Phillips (Alastair.Phillips@warwick.ac.uk). Your proposal should include a set of abstracts for each contribution along with a clearly defined rationale for your project that outlines its main aims and methods. For more information, please see our detailed dossier guidelines.
Research notes can be submitted directly to MS Central, but "Reports and Debates"should be selected in the MS type dropdown. Your cover letter should highlight that you wish your submission to be considered as a research note.