In Focus is a special thematic section of short essays published in each issue of the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. A guest editor selected by the editor of JCMS compiles this feature.
In Focus articles from the most current issue of JCMS can be downloaded at the link below.
JCMS 58.3 Spring 2019 - IN FOCUS (PDF) >
What's So Funny about Comedy and Humor Studies?
Maggie Hennefeld, Annie Berke, and Michael Rennett
Interested in Proposing and Editing an In Focus Dossier?
All SCMS members are invited to propose In Focus dossiers. To do so, please read the following guidelines, then email JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Editor Caetlin Benson-Allott with an initial query.
In Focus dossiers feature an introduction and four to six short essays (2,500 to 3,000 words each) on a topic of timely concern to the fields of film, television, and/or digital media studies. Rare will be the In Focus dossier that appeals to every member of SCMS, yet the goal of an In Focus dossier should be to open up a topic or debate and explore its relevance for a wider scholarly community. In Focus essays and dossiers may therefore be more polemical than most academic articles; however, they will be held to the same academic standards as all other essays published in JCMS.
Before soliciting writers for an In Focus dossier, please email Caetlin Benson-Allott with a brief description of your proposed dossier. These queries will be evaluated based on their potential relevance to the SCMS community, the timeliness of their intervention, and their distinction from past In Focus dossiers. Therefore we suggest that you review past In Focus dossiers before submitting a query.
If the query meets the journal’s needs, editors may then solicit contributors and draft a formal proposal. Proposals should include a ~750-word proposal for the dossier plus abstracts for each individual paper. Biographies of individual contributors and editors are not required but can be very helpful. Further guidelines for In Focus proposals will be emailed to authors upon approval of the initial query.
If the formal proposal is approved, then the dossier will be assigned to a specific issue and deadlines communicated to the In Focus editor, who takes responsibility for working with their contributors to deliver the dossier by the agreed upon deadlines. Assistant Editor Neta Alexander will assist In Focus editors in preparing their dossiers.
All In Focus essays need to follow the JCMS Style Guide.