Call for Submissions

We invite submissions of moving image work on film, video and new media platforms. We feel strongly that the function of Screenworks is to provide an opportunity for practice research to undergo the equivalent rigorous peer-review process to that of traditional publication, and fully understand contributors’ need to evidence the impact and significance of their practice as research. Where submissions are documentation of interactive or installation work we encourage producers to consider the problems of documentation as part of the research process. We welcome work from doctoral students and post doctoral researchers, as well as those at the cutting edge of practice research both nationally and internationally.

Guidelines for Contributors

Videos or video documentation of other screen practice must be uploaded on, even if they are available online elsewhere. If you do not already have an account, you will need to join, upload and, if necessary password protect your film using the privacy settings. Please see the Vimeo/Help/Compression page for guidance on optimising your video for Vimeo.  You will then include the URL and the password on the Submission Form. Only if and when your work is accepted for publication will we make it available on the website, as an embedded Vimeo file. Please note that, should your work be accepted for publication you will need to make it Public in the privacy settings to allow us to embed it into our website.

If your work is web-based, then simply supply the URL for review purposes.

If your work takes any other form (e.g. an app, screen-based art installation or performance) or you have a problem with uploading it on to Vimeo, then please contact us to arrange an alternative review method.

We are keen to showcase as many pieces of high quality screen media research as we can. Again, where submissions are documentation of interactive or installation work we encourage contributors to consider the problems of documentation as part of the research process.

Contributors take full responsibility for ensuring that their submissions adhere to UK copyright guidelines.

The Supporting Research Statement

Statements of up to 2000 words should outline Research Questions, Context, Methods, Outcomes and Impact using the Screenworks Submission Form– although we also welcome the development of alternative ways of writing about practice which can identify new knowledge, research contexts and rigour – as long as they clearly identify the research in your submission.

There are many different kinds of screen media practice research. Our aim is to generate “new knowledge” in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Performing Arts and related fields. The purpose of the statement is not to “explain” the screenwork, but rather to offer a “route map” of the research process, as well as a means to provide evidence for the dissemination and wider impact of the practice.

The Peer Review Process

All work submitted to Screenworks undergoes rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

The submission process is that contributors should submit work via Vimeo and email the URL, plus a 2000-word supporting research statement that situates the work within a research context.

Both the statement and the work are then subject to open but anonymous peer review selected from the Screenworks academic reviewers representing scholar practitioners working across the field of screen media both in the UK and internationally. Reviewers will have the choice of recommending publication of both work and research statement, acceptance of work with minor rewrites of statement required, invitation to resubmit both in reworked form or of rejecting. In the case of selected work, the 500-word reviews will be published online at, alongside the screenwork itself and supporting research statement.

The aim is that through this process criteria for research will be generated by the community over a period of time – that we will use a dialogic model of criteria generation and research. The process of open reviewing is intended to promote an active, concrete dialogue within the community of screen media scholar practitioners as to how our research is constituted, defined and disseminated.

Submissions Deadlines

Screenworks is published on a rolling basis. This means that in the spirit of reactive online publishing we will review and publish work as it is comes in, rather than waiting for a full volume before publication. Submissions should be emailed to, with “Screenworks Submission” in the subject line – with the 2000-word supporting research statement attached as a Word .doc, including a live URL to the screenwork itself on Vimeo, with password where necessary. For further guidelines please download the Screenworks Submission Form Form (Word .doc)

In addition to the rolling volume, we also publish themed Special Issues, the first of which Volume 7.3 was on Aesthetics/Politics/Activism/Art: What is Radical Filmmaking?. Our second Special Issue, Volume 8.2, was on the theme of Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene edited by Alex Nevill in partnership with guest editors Charlie Tweed (Bath Spa University) and Joshua McNamara (University of Melbourne).

Our current Special Issue Call for Practice for Volume 9.2 is on the theme of Practice Pedagogies, edited by Lucy Leakein collaboration with the Journal of Media Practice and Education, with a deadline of 5 April.

Any queries please contact Editorial Team.

Academic Reviewers

John Adams University of Bristol
Judith Aston University of the West of England
Sarah Atkinson King’s College London
Sarah Barrow University of Lincoln
Des Bell Queens Belfast
Mick Broderick Murdoch University
Inga Burrows University of Glamorgan
Joanna Callaghan University of Sussex
David Chapman University of East London
Nick Cope University Of Sunderland
Charlotte Crofts University of the West of England
Jill Daniels University of East London
Andrew Dewdney London South Bank University
Jonathan Dovey University of the West of England
Tony Dowmunt Goldsmiths College
Ludovica Fales University of West London
Annie Goldson University of Auckland
Catherine Grant University of Sussex
Amy Hardie University of Edinburgh
Matthew Hawkins London South Bank University
Coral Houtman University of South Wales
Lina Khatib Royal Holloway University
Erik Knudsen University of Salford
Nicholas Lambert Ravensbourne
Gillian Leahy University of Technology Sydney
Alisa Lebow Brunel University
Dominic Lees University for the Creative Arts
Cahal Mclaughlin University of Ulster
Joshua McNamara University of Melbourne
Chris Meigh-Andrews University of Central Lancashire
Gail Pearce Royal Holloway University
Steve Presence University of the West of England
Michael Renov University of Southern California
Jen Stein University of the West of England
Suzanne Stich University of Ulster
Sue Sudbury University of Bournemouth
Joram Ten Brink University of Westminster
Sarah Turner University of Kent
Michael  Uwemedimo Roehampton University
Frank Verano University of Sussex
Mike Wayne Brunel University
Anna Zaluczkowska Leeds Beckett University

We are very keen to expand our pool of academic reviewers, particularly in terms of international scope, so if you would be interested in getting involved then please email with “Screenworks Reviewer” in the subject line, outlining your area of interest / expertise and your institutional affiliation.

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