Open Screens

Open Screens is the new, open-access online journal of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS). The scope of the journal is international, and its vision is inter-disciplinary. It encourages innovative contributions from scholars of film, television and other screen-based media, publishing research articles, commentaries, reviews and audio-visual research-by-film-practice. In keeping with the mission of BAFTSS, contributions from both established and postgraduate scholars are considered, and contributors do not need to be members of the Association.

We are particularly delighted to be collaborating with our publishers, the Open Library of the Humanities, because through their forward-thinking Library Partnership Subsidy model of collective funding, a growing community of libraries can economically support their entire publishing infrastructure, instead of just purchasing individual journals. This allows for academic journals that are gold, open access with open licenses, and with no author fees (article processing charges or ‘APCs’) charged at all. We encourage our members who are based in HEIs and other research institutions to speak to their subject librarians and encourage them to sign up to the OLH partnership.

Open Screens ranges over the historical and the contemporary, and it aims to embrace film, television, screen and media studies, as well as related disciplines across the Humanities and beyond, such as area studies, gender studies and sexuality studies. Echoing the broad principles of the BAFTSS Annual Awards, Open Screens encourages work ranging in methodology: textual analysis, genre and industry studies, archival and theoretical work, activist filmmaking and applied practice of relevance to emerging technologies within the film industry.

This is an exciting new venture, not only because of the journal’s ethos of open access online publishing, but also because of its openness and flexibility in terms of the range of submissions we are seeking, from traditional journal articles, through discussion pieces and reviews, as well as the publication of practice research. We believe it is truly ground-breaking for a screen studies journal to integrate traditional publication with the publication of academic filmmaking. This also builds on the growing success of the BAFTSS Practice Research Awards, which were initiated by Charlotte Crofts and are now chaired by Agnieszka Piotrowska, and which saw a record number of submissions in 2018, its third year. It is hoped that BAFTSS can continue to contribute to the growing validation of screen practice research within the academy.

CFP: Open Screens – open call.

Open Screens aims to create a fresh, critical space for the exploration of screen cultures. Research articles, commentaries and film practice research addressing any salient issue in the disciplines of film, television and screen studies will be considered. Items are published on a rolling basis (so there are no regular deadlines), though it is anticipated that dedicated, themed collections (with their own call for papers) may occasionally be published too.

Full research articles (up to 8000 words), commentaries (up to 3000 words), both of which will be double-blind peer-reviewed, and film practice items (films plus commentary of up to 1000 words) are encouraged. Vimeo clips can be embedded into published pieces, provided they are lodged, with academic discussion, under the author’s ‘Creative Commons’ account.

For submission details, author guidelines etc, please visit the journal.

Any queries may be directed to the Journal Editor-in-Chief, Dr Andrew Moor.

Membership Appeal:

 The British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies exists to:

  • promote the recognition of the discipline and represent the academic and professorial interests of those engaged in it to the academy, government, funding agencies, the cultural industries and the public;
  • encourage best teaching and research practice;
  • promote the training of postgraduate students in research.
  • give researchers and practitioners the opportunity to attend and present a paper at the annual BAFTSS conference.

The Association depends upon membership in order to carry out this work. Please join, by payment of a very modest membership fee, here.


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