Submission Guidelines

 Aug 31, 2014   No Comments

Submission Guidelines

To submit to The Journal of Media Arts and Practice, please use this form.

The Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practice is dedicated to providing a platform for scholarly and creative publishing on the burning issues in the rapidly evolving, always contested, and unpredictable field of new media and digital media arts. The purpose of the journal is to provoke questions and discussion on digital media arts research and practice as a means of moving the field forward with rigor, thoughtfulness, and collaboration.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Current state of the field
  • New technologies and their impact
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Interactive documentary
  • Virtual reality
  • Art and storytelling with mobile devices
  • Gaming and game design
  • Second-screen viewing practices
  • net.art
  • Social media and activism in the digital arts
  • Pedagogy and academic issues

In keeping with iDMAa’s mission of serving a wide range of educators, practitioners, scholars, and organizations with interests in digital media, contributors are encouraged to consider formats for their submissions that best suit the author and the reader. Contributors are encouraged to explore nontraditional publication strategies the incorporate multiple forms of media and interactivity and take advantage of an online publishing format..

To that end, contributions can take one of the following formats: Peer-Reviewed Digital Essays; Commentary and Criticism; “Burning Topics” blog posts.  Please see the following guidelines for each category.

1) PEER-REVIEWED DIGITAL ESSAYS

Authors interested in peer-review should indicate this with their submission.

  • Digital essays may take several forms, including traditional print essays, audio-visual essays, and interactive formats. Contributors are encouraged to think creatively about the most effective format for delivering their essay.
  • If the essay itself refers to the author in any way, please provide an alternative moniker for the purposes of blind review.
  • A second page should consist of a 75-100 word abstract.
  • Please be sure to utilize page numbering as appropriate.
  • Peer-reviewed essays should be 2500-3000 words, or the equivalent length for audio-visual works. These essays are also expected to engage research appropriate to a peer-reviewed, scholarly work. Essays should include notes and references.
  • Please follow MLA formatting.
  • Submit your document as a Word document, PDF file, or link. For other formats, contact the editors.

2) COMMENTARY AND CRITICISM

Authors interested in non-peer-reviewed contributions should indicate this with their submission.

Commentary and Criticism is designed for other kinds of publication outside of the research essay. For these submissions, the journal will consider interviews, opinion pieces and editorials, manifestos, reviews of books, articles, and digital media artwork, etc., as well as shorter academic and scholarly articles.

  • The submission should include a page with: author’s name, academic affiliation (if applicable), the complete title, your postal address, email address, and phone number.
  • Please be sure to utilize page numbering as appropriate
  • Commentary and Criticism articles should be between 1500 to 2500 words. Please follow MLA formatting.
  • Submit your document as a Word document, PDF file, or link.

3) “BURNING TOPICS” BLOG POSTS

Authors interested in blog contributions should indicate this with their submission.

“Burning Topics” is a blog series devoted to addressing timely, topical issues in the digital media arts in a shorter format and in a way designed to provoke discussion. These may include responses to a new issue, publication, or work; a short observation on a new development in the field, or the posing of a question to generate responses Contributors are encouraged to become regular authors who publish monthly, but one-off posts are also accepted.

  • The submission should include a page with: author’s name, the complete title, academic affiliation (if applicable) and title/rank, your postal address, email address, and phone number.
  • Blog posts should be brief and provocative, no more than 500 words. Please include images and links as appropriate to a blog style.
  • Submit your document as a Word document, PDF file, or link.

NOTE:  The journal publishes two times a year.  A second annual issue features material presented at the annual fall conference and this issue is  typically released the following spring.  We also, at times, run themed issues.  For examples of past work, see our current journal and archive of past journals.

All journals evolve.  Please visit this site often to see updates on and the JODMAP is no exception. Please refer to this site often, as we expect future editorial updates.

The Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practice publishes year-round and accepts submissions on a rolling basis. To submit in one of the above areas, use this link. Advance inquiries prior to submission are welcome and encouraged and can be directed to journal co-editors Brigid Maher (bmaher@american.edu). Please use the subject line “JODMAP” in your email.

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