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Film and Philosophy


Film and Philosophy is published annually by the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts. Papers submitted for SPSCVA panel discussions may be considered for publication in the journal.

The editorial team welcomes submissions from any philosophical perspective on topics that relate to film and the contemporary visual arts. We are looking for papers that use film in a significant way and make a philosophically interesting point.

Submission Procedure

Article manuscripts should be 2,500-7,500 words (plus end notes) and prepared for blind review in Word format. The journal accepts submissions by email only. Submissions should be sent to the Editor, Laura T. Di Summa, by email to [email protected].

The journal occasionally publishes review essays, but authors should consult with the editors before preparing such a work.

Copyright to the journal is held by Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts (SPSCVA). Authors retain the right to reuse their texts in any other publication the author may write or edit, and all published articles are covered by the journal's Open Access Archiving Policy.

Film and Philosophy is published in January each year. The submission deadline is June 30th of the preceeding year. Forthcoming articles are available online first prior to publication of each issue.

No payment is required for submission or publication.

Image Policy

Authors are encouraged to select a still image or photograph to be used on the first page of their articles. Selected images should:

  • illustrate shots, scenes, or techniques that are either discussed in the article or related to its arguments and aims;
  • avoid content related to marketing, product placement, or other commercial purposes;
  • avoid content that is potentially sexually, racially, or politically offensive.

The editorial team will provide guidance as needed regarding the suitability of submitted images.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The editorial team of Film and Philosophy is committed to ensuring the integrity of the publication process. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work, as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to confirm a chain of reasoning or experimental result. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers must treat received manuscripts as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to the paper.

The Publisher will respond to alleged or proven cases of research misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism in close collaboration with the editors. The publisher will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question if necessary. This may include the publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work. The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.