Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

CINEJ Cinema Journal is a free, online and print, open access, peer-reviewed and refereed journal of Cinema. It is published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh -- cosponsored by University of Pittsburgh Press. CINEJ Cinema Journal is committed to publishing fresh and original research in the fields of film and media studies. Contributions are generally published within three month of final acceptance. The journal publishes essays on a wide variety of subjects from diverse methodological perspectives. Our board members are involved in various fields of study, including (but not limited to): Film Studies, Cinema Studies, Television Studies, Media Studies, Visual Arts, Cultural Studies, Film and Media History. The goals of CINEJ are to promote all areas of media studies to encourage and reward excellence in scholar writing. CINEJ is dedicated to strengthening the ties between the academic community and those who interact with it, and to promoting original research and the preservation of worlds film, television, video, and other media heritage. A key objective of CINEJ is toensure that the journal is made available to the widest range of readers in all nations and international institutions.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Articles on Cinematic Language and Aesthetics of Conveying Cultural Encounters: Imagery and Music

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Thematical Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Film Projects of Intercultural Effort

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Books Received

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:


“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”


Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license.


Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Print Issue

Feel free to contact for Print Issues On-Demand (available beginning on Nov.2012):

Ann Schober - University of Pittsburgh Book Center
E-mail: aschober@bc.pitt.edu
4000 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15213
Tel: 412-648-1461
Website: http://www.pittbookcenter.com/t-book-printing-services.aspx



A new feature that we will soon be added to CINEJ.   To document the impact and reach of the content of our journal, we will begin to offer metrics on the abstract page of every article that track traditional measures like citation counts in the published literature and also alternative metrics that track online activities involving the article.  These metrics are pulled from dozens of publically available data points on the Web by our partners at Plum Analytics.  They are grouped into five general categories:citations, usage, mentions, captures, and social media.

This new feature will start to appear for articles in CINEJ Cinema Journal within the next few weeks.


Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

Every article submitted to CINEJ Cinema Journal is screened by Turnitin software.