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Journal of Cinema and Media Studies

Mission Statement
The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies is the peer-reviewed, scholarly publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). The journal was renamed (from Cinema Journal) in October 2018.

JCMS’s basic mission is to foster engaged debate and rigorous thinking among humanities scholars of film, television, digital media, and other audiovisual technologies. We are committed to the aesthetic, political, and cultural interpretation of these media and their production, circulation, and reception.

To that end, JCMS is dedicated to intellectual diversity of all kinds. We publish critical inquiry into the global, national, and local circulation of a wide variety of media. We seek to promote a range of approaches to film and media studies and attendant fields, including (but not limited to) digital media, sound studies, visual culture, video game studies, fan studies, and avant-garde and experimental film and media practices. We do not adhere to any methodological approach to media studies, nor do we focus on particular emphases in the field. The journal is open to all areas of humanities-oriented scholarship in media studies, including digital humanities.

JCMS comprises a constellation of forums for scholarship. In addition to 8,000- to 12,000-word feature articles, journal issues include an “In Focus” dossier examining a topic of timely concern to SCMS members and book reviews of recently published texts in the field. JCMS also publishes the quarterly online features Archival NewsProfessional Notes ,Afterthoughts and Postscripts , JCMS Teaching Dossier (in partnership with ), and “In Focus” Theme Weeks (in partnership with In Media Res ). The journal supports the Aca-Media podcast and occasional conference reports published in partnership with Film Criticism. It also enjoys an ongoing relationship with [in] Transition , the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies.


JCMS is published quarterly by Michigan Publishing, in cooperation with the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Members of the society receive the journal as one of the benefits of membership.

For further information on JCMS's editorial policies and procedures, please visit our wiki.

In addition to in-depth engaging essays, JCMS also includes:

  • In Focus - This special thematic section of short essays is published in each issue of JCMS. A guest editor selected by the editor of JCMS compiles the dossier. See the In Focus page for guidelines on proposing an In Focus dossier.
  • Archival News - Currently edited by Rielle Navitski, this quarterly feature reports recent news highlights from the media archive community, including acquisitions, preservation, institutional and organizational changes, exhibitions, awards, new DVD releases, online resources, and technology.
  • Professional Notes - Currently edited by Colleen Glenn with Paul Flaig, this quarterly feature lists recent books published in media studies, as well as articles on film and television published in non-media journals.
  • Book Reviews - Currently edited by Laura Isabel Serna, reviews are featured in each issue of JCMS, although they are no longer thematically matched with the In Focus dossier. If you would like to submit a book for possible review, please send it to:

    Laura Isabel Serna
    Book Review Editor, JCMS
    Division of Cinema and Media Studies, School of Cinematic Arts
    University of Southern California
    900 West 34th Street, Suite 320
    Los Angeles, CA 90089

JCMS partners with several online film and media studies journals and sites in order to offer dynamic postscripts, discussion and other media corresponding with each issue. These include:
You can read more about how JCMS is expanding its online initiatives here. We also have a podcast, Aca-Media, which you can access here or on the left-hand sidebar

Read Online
Some sections of JCMS--Archival News, In Focus, Professional Notes--are available to read in their entirety on this website.

Complete issues with full-text articles (from 1999 to present) are also available to read online at Project Muse.

For detailed submission information please visit JCMS's Submissions page.

JCMS Publisher Info
ISSN: Print 2578-4900, Online/E ISSN 2578-4919
Cinema Journal ISSN: 0009-7101
Publisher: Michigan Publishing

Members, please submit all inquiries to the SCMS Home Office at

Current Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Editor: Caetlin Benson-Allott

Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075