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Articles should be original and not be under consideration by any other publication.

They should be written in a clear and concise style and should not normally exceed 8,000 words in length. Commentaries should not be longer than 3,000 words. All contributions should be submitted electronically via this website or to the journal email In case this is not possible then a hard copy can be sent to the journal’s address with a soft copy (a CD-ROM, a DVD, a USB pen-drive or a memory card. The soft copies should be labelled with the name of the author and the article title). The electronic version should be in Microsoft Word or preferably RTF format.

Please make sure that all meta data: Keywords, Abstract and Title, Author Biography, Institutional affiliation, contact details AND the article should all be in one file.


The Journal is academic and always refereed. Anonymity is accorded to authors and referees. There are normally two referees, chosen for their expertise within the subject area. They are asked to comment on comprehensibility, originality and scholarly worth of the article submitted. The referees’ comments and any additional comments the Editor/s may wish to add that require amendments will then need to be acted on for the article to receive further consideration by the Editor before it may be published in the journal.


The International Journal of Media and Cultural Policy requires the use of the Harvard Referencing system. It requires that references be embedded in the main text in the following format (Harper 1999:27), and a single bibliography at the end of the article for works that are cited, and only works that are cited.

For books, please try and ensure that there is always a date of publication; the place of publication and the name of the publisher whenever possible. For journal articles, it is important that we can apply it efficiently for electronic cross-referencing with the journal cited. The article needs to be referred to with the name of the first author, the year of publication [(nnnn),], the article title [abcd defg,], the full journal title [abcd defg], the issue number [nn,] – or the volume number and the issue number together [nn:nn,] – and the range of the pages of the article within the journal [pp. nn-nn]. The number of the page from which the reference is actually taken is shown on the page of the article, as in (Harper 1999:27).

The bibliography of work directly referred to in the text should be titles ‘Works cited’ to enable it to include videos, films, CDs and the like without ambiguity. Any list of relevant work in addition to the works cited directly should be titled ‘Further works’.

A footnote should not be made specifically to make a bibliographical reference as footnotes should only be used to provide explanations or expansions to the main text of the article.

Publications can be referred to in footnotes using the Harvard format – e.g. ‘Smith (1999:49) says that …’. Do not use ‘(ibid.)’ or ‘(op.cit)’ as they are not appropriate for the Harvard system.

All quotations must be followed by (in brackets) the surname of the author, the date of publication and the page number it appears on in the edition referred to in the bibliography. Note that the punctuation (comma/colon/full stop) at the end of a quotation should always follow the reference if a quotation is within the main body text, but should be placed before the reference if it is an indented paragraph quotation.

Here are examples of the most likely forms of references:

  1. Anon (1931), ‘Les films de la semaine’, Tribune de Genève, 28 January 1931.

  2. Cabrea, D. (1998a) ‘Table Ronde de l’APA (AAssociation pour l’Autobiographie et le Patrimoine Autobiographiquw)’, La Faute a Rosseau: ‘Le secret’, 18, pp. 28-29.

  3. Cabrea, D.(1998b), ‘Une chamber á soi, Trafic, 26, pp. 28-29.

  4. Flitterman-Lewis, S. (1990), To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema, Urbana and Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

  5. Grande, M. 91998), ‘Les Images non-dèrivèes’, Le Cinema selon Gilles Deleuze (ed. O. Fahle), Paris: Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, pp. 284-302.

  6. Hayward, S. (1993), French National Cinema. New York and Paris: Routledge.

  7. Hottel, R. (1999), ‘Including Ourselves: The Role of Female Spectators in Agnes Varda’s ‘Le bonheur and L’une chante, l’autre pas’, Cinema Journal, 38:2, pp. 52-72.

  8. Roussel, R. (1996), Locus Solus, Paris: Gallimard. First Published 1914.

  9. Ströter-Bender, J. 91995), L’Art contemporain dans les pays du ‘Tiers Monde’ (trans. O. Barlet), Paris: L’Harmattan.

Website references are similar to other references. There is no need to decipher any place of publication or a specific publisher, but the reference must have an author, and the author must be referenced Harvard-style within text, Unlike paper references, however, web pages can change, so there needs to be a date of access as well as the full web reference. In the list of references at the end of your article, the item should read something like this:

  1. Cabrera, D. (2000), @Les idees sont vivantes et la vie est politique’, Accessed 14 December 2000

If in doubt as to how to reference material on a web page, please contact the Editor.

Please note: We do not accept end notes. We require that only footnotes be used.

Images and Captions

These are never essential within an item, but are always welcome. In particular, discussions of particular buildings, sites or landscapes would be assisted by the inclusion of illustrations as this enables readers to see them. They do not absolutely need to be submitted at the time of the initial submission of the article, although it is preferable if they are. The omission of a caption is only acceptable if you feel the impact of the image would be reduced by the provision of written context.

All illustrations, photographs, diagrams, maps, etc. should follow the same numerical sequence and be shown as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. The source has to be indicated below. Copyright clearance should be indicated by the contributor and is always the responsibility of the contributor. When they are on a separate sheet or file, an indication must be given as to where they should be placed in the text. Reproduction will be in greyscale (sometimes referred to as ‘black-and-white’). If you are supplying any article images as hard copy, these should be prints between 10–20 cms wide if possible, and preferably greyscale if being submitted as illustrations for articles. However, colour prints, transparencies and small images can be submitted if you need to supply these. Photocopies are never advisable, but may be okay for diagrams. They are never acceptable for photographs. Line drawings, maps, diagrams, etc. should be crisp, clear and in a camera-ready state, capable of scanning and reduction. Although not ideal, slides are certainly acceptable.

If images are supplied electronically, all images need to have a resolution of at least 12 dpm (dots per millimetre) – or 300 dpi (dots per inch). The figure showing the number of pixels across the width of the image, a figure independent of millimetres, centimetres or inches, is reached by multiplying the width of the image in millimetres required for reproduction in the journal by 12, or in inches by 300. This is the actual information available that allows the production team to offset resolution (dpm or dpi) against width.

There are four widths for images in the journal:

145mm – The width of an image across the whole page, including the text and the sidenote column. Used when there is a particular need to give a landscape image a large format.

110mm – The usual option for landscape images, but it can also be applied to some portrait images.

53mm – Covers a half column in the text. Used primarily when the image is portrait, especially if it is particularly high with respect to the width, or if the resolution of a supplied landscape image is so low that it requires the width to be minimized.

53–110mm – A compromise: the image frame is 110mm and the image is centred within the box. Applied when an image does not have the resolution for 110mm width but where a 53mm width would severely compromise its ability to illustrate the article.

image width (mm)       pixels in width

145                                    1740

110                                    1320

53                                      636

53–110                               636–1320

These figures would give a resolution of 12 dots per millimetre, or 300 dots per inch, which is the ideal minimum. If the ‘pixels in width’ figure falls below 636, it is possible to reproduce at 53mm if the image is thought to be essential and cannot be submitted at a higher resolution, but the quality will go down in the printed form. Images sent in as e-mail attachments should be greyscale to save time uploading and downloading.

Tables should be supplied either within the Word document of the main text or as separate Word documents. These can then be extracted and reproduced. Reproducing text within images supplied separately is difficult: they need a high final resolution – around 48 dpm. An additional Acrobat PDF document is encouraged. The PDF is a good proof copy that can also be used for reproduction if the table is exactly as it should be, but if editing is necessary, this can be done in Word if there is a small spelling error or if a statistical error is identified later.

Diagrams are difficult to construct in Word. Diagrams are best constructed in an object-oriented computer program rather than a text-oriented one. Diagrams can be supplied to us as JPEG, TIFF or Acrobat PDF documents. If a mistake is identified in a diagram, make the amendments and re-supply.

For more information, please check the Intellect Journals style guide.