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Author Guidelines

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.

International Journal of Film and Media Art is published in different languages, but author names, affiliations, charts, graphs, and bibliographic references must be in the Roman alphabet. The title, abstract and keywords must be in English.

The submission is original and not previously published and the text must respect the minimum length of 7500 words and other formatting guidelines.

The submission must be online, after registration on the website of the International Journal of Film and Media Arts, at the following address:

Submission online or via email will be made anonymously, ie the manuscript should not have any reference to the authors or the institution they belong to. The authors must ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in such a way that they do not reveal their identities to reviewers, either directly or indirectly.

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken concerning the text and the file properties: Open the Word document that you want to inspect for hidden data and personal information.

A. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc. Cite papers published by the Author in the text as follows: (Author, 2019). Use the third person to refer to work the Authors have previously undertaken, e.g. replace any phrases like “as we have shown before” with “… has been shown before (Author, 2019)”. Make sure figures and tables, including figure and table labels and captions, don't contain any affiliation-related identifiers. Remove references to funding sources.

B. With Microsoft Office Documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file:

          1. Click the File tab, click Save As, and then type a name in the File name box to save a copy of your original document.
          2. In the copy of your original document, click the File tab and then click Info.
          3. Click Check for Issues, and then click Inspect Document.
          4. In the Document Inspector dialog box, select the checkboxes to choose the types of hidden content that you want to be inspected.
          5. Please remove “documents properties and personal information”.
          6. Click Inspect.
          7. Review the results of the inspection in the Document Inspector dialog box.
          8. And save as the file with a different name.        

C. With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

All submissions will be selected by double-blind peer review. The author must provide separate files:

          1. The title page should include the title, author’s name and affiliations, email address, acknowledgements (optional) and conflict of interest statement (if necessary). Authors should indicate the call for papers they are submitting the manuscript.

         2. The author should ensure the anonymised manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review, by removing any kind of identification or affiliation. The author’s name, profile, ranking and institutional affiliation should only be mentioned in the appropriate submission fields. Revised articles will also be treated confidentially until the date of their publication.

         3. Attachments: Manuscripts may be accompanied by attachment files. In the case of materials produced by others, these are accepted under the condition that all applicable permissions were obtained by the author(s). Attachments should be numbered in order of appearance in the article. Graphics should be in JPEG, GIF, PNG, or TIFF format. Audio excerpts should be in MP3, or WAV format. Video excerpts should be in MPEG, AVI, or WMV format.



a) Standard formatting of 12-point font, 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman, 2.54 cm (1.0 inch) margins should be used throughout. The use of italics is preferred over underlining. Notes should be converted to footnotes. Page numbers should be added to every page's top right corner (header).

b) Title Page formatting (roman alphabet – English)/ separate file:

           Title: it should be written in Times New Roman 12, italics, bold, upper case, justified. It should not be longer than two lines. Should there be quotes or other expressions that justify it, they should always appear between straight quotation marks.

           Sub-title (optional): should there be a sub-title, it should be written in Times New Roman 12, italics, bold, upper case, and justified. It should not be longer than two lines. Should there be quotes or other expressions that justify it, they should always appear between straight quotation marks.

          Authorship: author’s name and affiliations, email address, acknowledgements (optional) and conflict of interest statement (if necessary).

          Abstract: under 300 words and under 1000 characters in standard formatting (the abstract must also be inserted in the abstract text field during submission).

          Keywords: 5-7 keywords in Times New Roman 12, single space, justified.

c) All figures, images, tables or graphs should have a caption with the name, authorship and year.

d) References (roman alphabet - English): References should be formatted according to the most current APA style; references should start on a new page, be double-spaced and subsequent lines should have a hanging indent of 1.25 cm (0.5 inches).


          Huhtamo, E., & Parikka, J. (2011). Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications. University of California Press.

          Siapera, E. (2014). Diasporas and new media: Connections, identities, politics and affect. Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, 5(1), 173-178.

          Schwartz, V. (1995). Cinematic spectatorship before the apparatus: The public taste for reality in fin-de-siècle Paris. In L. Williams (Ed.), Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film (pp. 87-113). Rutgers University Press.

          Weissmann, E. (2022). CBBC’s move online could damage its identity, value and brand recognition. The Conversation website.

          In uncovered aspects, the manuscript must be formatted in accordance with the 7th edition of APA (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, see

No fees are requested for submission or processing.


Code of Conduct

Editorial Policies
The Editor and Editorial Board are responsible for publishing the manuscripts, ensuring their scientific quality and managing the publication within a reasonable time.

The Editorial Team is responsible for:

. Improve the quality of the journal from a scientific and graphic point of view;
. Contribute and encourage scientific debate;
. Encourage the publication of manuscripts and debate on emerging themes of international interest;
. Be impartial in managing the articles proposed for publication;
. Keep confidentiality about the received articles, as well as their content until their publication;
. Promote a democratic culture, guaranteeing the divergence of opinions and the possibility of criticism regarding the published works. However, the editors reserve the right to decide whether the criticisms presented are appropriate, substantiated and convincing.


The authors are primarily responsible for their content and originality. Failure to comply with appropriate behaviour may render the authorization for publication unfeasible. In case of co-authorship, all authors should have contributed to the publication. All authors should note the comments and corrections suggested by the reviewers.


If the research was publicly or privately funded, it should be mentioned in the conflict of interest statement.


Publication Ethics
IJFMA is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. IJFMA adheres to the international standards set in Wager E & Kleinert S (2011) Responsible research publication: international standards for authors. A position statement was developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. Chapter 50 in Mayer T & Steneck N (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (pp 309-16). (ISBN 978-981-4340-97-7).


IJFMA takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practices in publication seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.


Prior Publication
The submission must be original, not previously published and not under consideration by other publications
. If the material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in IJFMA. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please contact the Editor for further discussion.

All submissions will be selected by double-blind peer review. The author’s name, profile, ranking and institutional affiliation should only be mentioned in the appropriate submission fields. Revised articles will also be treated confidentially until the date of their publication. Considering IJFMA has thematic editions, reviewers will be invited according to their expertise to better evaluate the submitted manuscripts.

All authors give the IJFMA's wording the rights to index, in international networks, the published articles. The content of the texts and the opinions expressed therein, as well as the reference to figures or graphics already published, are the sole responsibility of the authors.

The favourable opinion of the reviewers does not imply the automatic publication of the articles. The immediate non-publication is related to IJFMA's editorial policy and the volume of articles submitted to IJFMA and positively evaluated. If the article is not published within one year, the author may submit it to other publications with prior information to IJFMA management.

The Editor’s final decision can be one of the 3 following categories: “Accept as is”, “Minor Revision”, ”Major Revision”, and “Decline”. The revised article will usually be returned to initial referees for re-evaluation in the second round of review.


Whenever the authors consider it pertinent, they are entitled to submit their complaints to the publishers. The process will be addressed by letter to the editors. Publishers undertake to respond to all complaints submitted.


Conflicts of Interest
The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) states in its Guidelines on Good Publication Practice (2003) that:

‘Conflicts of interest arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgments on what is published.’

Conflict of interest may arise when academic and professional friendships exist with members of the editorial team. In this situation, members of the editorial team safeguard the conflict of interest by submitting the review of the articles to external reviewers, following the above process (blind assessment). The anonymity of the author and the evaluator will avoid any favors. Impartiality and intellectual independence are a right that should be guaranteed in publishing.


Data Protection
Protecting the confidentiality of individual information is a guarantee of commitment by the Editors. The Editors will demand from the authors of the empirical research articles the guarantee of the same procedure and that the research subjects have expressed their written consent to participate in the research. This problem does not arise when it is understood that empirical research articles, even without the consent of the research subjects, do not harm the dignity of the subjects involved.


Privacy Statement

IJFMA is run and subsidised by the Film and Media Arts Department of Lusófona University, Lisbon, Portugal.

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open-source software application for managing and publishing scholarly journals. Originally developed and released by PKP in 2001 to improve access to research.

All personal data collected will be used exclusively for the services provided by this publication, and will not be made available to third parties.

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