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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it being considered for or awaiting publication elsewhere. 
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). 
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines below.
  • Referencing is in the APA 7th edition style, but takes into account variations requested in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics for book and film titles, rather than underlining.
  • I have included a single paragraph 200 word abstract and 6 keywords in the submission document itself. No quotations or citations should be included.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please ensure that it is ready for blind peer-review. If referring to your own published work, refer to yourself in the third person. There is no need to redact such citations but the submission text should not identify you as the author.
  • This submission is between 7,000 and 10,000 words long including the bibliography.
  • I have prepared a short author biography as a separate file.

Author Guidelines

Articles submitted here, if accepted after peer-review, will be published at  http://www.euppublishing.com/journal/film 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Editorial Board of  Film-Philosophy  is  committed to equality, diversity and inclusion  and implements reviewing, commissioning and  publishing processes that reflect these values.  Film-Philosophy  endeavours to be a forum  where scholars from diverse backgrounds can  engage in film-philosophical debates. 

General Guidelines

Article length: Strictly 7,000 - 10,000 words (including bibliography) 
Book Reviews: 750 - 1,500 words 

Abstract and Keywords 
Please include an unstructured abstract and keywords in your submitted document.
Please do not include any citations or quotations in your abstract.

Short Author Biography
We ask authors to provide a brief biography as a separate file.

Referencing and Bibliography

Film-Philosophy  uses the  APA (7th edition) referencing style  and articles submitted should follow this style taking into account the variations listed below. Submissions that are not referenced in this style will be rejected. 

Please see the APA Style and Grammar Guidelines here.

Title Capitalisation
Book and article titles should be capitalised in the more usual fashion, rather than following the APA's lower case style (see examples below). 

Original Date of Publication
We ask that authors include the original year of publication for both in-text citations and in the bibliography, using the following format:

(Deleuze, 1983/1986, p. 26)

Deleuze, G. (1983/1986). Cinema 1: The Movement-Image. (H. Tomlinson & B. Habberjam, Trans.). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

All translated works must include the name of the translator (see example above).

In-text Citations 
"Example" (Partridge, 2006, p. 26).

In-text citation guide: https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/citations

Quotations longer than thirty words should be separated from the main text, indented, single-spaced and should have no quotation marks. 

Articles should have a References (so titled) section at the end of the article containing only works cited. 

Please see:  https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references

We do not require a filmography. Please do not list films in your list of references.

Film-Related Guidelines

Films vs Movies 
Film-Philosophy's convention is to use the word "film" rather than "movie". 

When mentioning a film for the first time, italicise the title and include the name of the director and the date of release in brackets (unless this information is mentioned elsewhere in your sentence), e.g. The Grapes of Wrath  (John Ford, 1940).

When mentioning a character's name for the first time, give the actor's name in brackets, e.g. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep).

When referring to a non English-language film, the original title, also in italics, and director and year of production should be listed after the first mention of the film and in parentheses (after this, refer to the film's English title, except where it is more usual to use the original language name). For example:  Divided We Fall  (Musíme si pomáhat, Jan Hřebejk, 2000) but  La Jetée  (Chris Marker, 1962). 

Film, book and journal titles should be italicised throughout the submission. 

Reproduction of Film Stills / Frame Grabs
Like other creative works, film stills are protected by copyright and authors should seek permission to use these wherever necessary. 

However, under "fair dealing" we consider it is not necessary to obtain permission to reproduce film stills (which you have captured yourself) as long as they fulfil both of the following criteria: 

  1. • The stills should be used in the article directly for criticism and/or for review - they cannot be used for purely illustrative purposes.
  2. • Authors should not use an excessive number of images - authors should use no more than is necessary to demonstrate the point they are making in an article. 

We encourage the inclusion of film stills where specific discussion of such images is a crucial part of the argument (maximum number: 6). 

  • • Please include the film still in the body of your text and treat it much as you would a text quotation.
  • • Every image must be explicitly discussed.
  • • Each image should fill the page from margin to margin.
  • • Number and caption every still below the image as follows:

Figure 1: Wizard of Oz - Dorothy enters a new world.

Refer to the still in your text using (Fig. 1). 

Additional Guidelines

Quotation Marks

  • • Quotation marks should be double (") except for quotations within quotations which should be single (').
  • Do not use scare quotes (OED: "quotation marks used to foreground a particular word or phrase, esp. with the intention of disassociating the user from the expression or from some implied connotation it carries"). Quotation marks should only be used for direct quotations.
  • • When omitting words from a quotation, please indicate this by using an ellipsis in square brackets: "Example [...] example"
  • • Punctuation should be placed outside quotation marks.

General Formatting

Articles and reviews should be submitted as an A4 Word document (.doc or .docx).  

Articles must be written in clear, grammatical English.  Film-Philosophy  cannot provide any assistance with language editing.

The article should be double-spaced. 

If referring to your submission, please refer to your work as an "article" and not a "paper", "essay" or "chapter".  

Brackets within brackets should be square (Psycho  [1960]).  

Diacritics (accents) should be added to all names or words where appropriate. 

Do not use endnotes. 

Single authors should not use the pronoun "we". Film-Philosophy accepts the use of "I" to describe an argument (however we discourage unsupported or general expressions of personal taste or opinion).

Section Headings 
You are welcome and encouraged to use section headings or subheadings (in bold, not underlined) but do not number these.
Do  not use "Introduction" or "Conclusion". 

Footnotes (at the bottom of the page) should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. Footnotes should not be used for referencing sources. Please do not use endnotes. 

Informal contractions should not be used (e.g. don’t, isn’t, I’ll, etc.) 

f. - following page
ff. - following pages
e.g. - for example (no comma necessary) 
i.e. - namely (no comma necessary) 
cf. - compare 

Please  do not use  ibid. - always give the full in-text reference. 

Please  do not use  etc. 

Words and Phrases to Avoid
We would prefer authors not to use the following terms:

In my opinion
Interesting / Interestingly
It is to be argued
Slashes (and/or)

Book Reviews 

Book reviews are not blind peer-reviewed and so should include your name. 

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