Peer-Reviewed Film Journal Releases 20 Year Archive to General Public

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In Response to Changing Ideas About Democratic Access to Information, Academic Publications Are Using the Web to Reach Audiences Far Beyond the University. The Canadian Journal of Film Studies Recently Made its Entire 20 Year Archive Freely Available Online.

The Canadian Journal of Film Studies Celebrates 20 Years of Publication

200 academic peer-reviewed articles on film and media studies, 130 scholarly book reviews, and almost two dozen rare and previously unpublished historical documents, now online and freely available.

Canada’s leading peer-reviewed film and media journal is celebrating 20 years of publishing with the release of its complete archive online. The Canadian Journal of Film Studies archive includes work by over 250 authors, 200 academic peer-reviewed articles on film and media studies, 130 scholarly book reviews, and almost two dozen rare and previously unpublished historical documents, including writings by Roland Barthes, John Grierson, André Bazin, and Arthur Lipsett. Now, for the first time, all of these documents are available for download and accessible to full-text search.

For co-editors Dr. Charles Acland (Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal) and Dr. Catherine Russell (Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal), opening the journal’s archive to the public was an easy choice to make. Both Russell and Acland feel that many of the articles will appeal to a broad readership. While most of the contributors to the journal are established professors, Acland points out that the writing of independent scholars and filmmakers are also represented. Acland goes on to state, “It’s clear that openness and transparency in scholarship is a vital and lasting part of intellectual culture. Web tools like the ones we’ve used to expand the reach of our journal are just part of a much larger process.”

The Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue Canadienne d'etudes cinematographiques first started publishing in 1990. It publishes both English and French articles and, according to Russell, has always worked to create a space for a diversity of voices. As Dr. Russell recalls, “I was lucky enough to be published in the very first issue of CJFS, the same year I received my PhD. I still see it as a forum where the most established scholars in our field can share space with graduate students and emerging scholars.”

Despite the move online, the journal is not abandoning traditional printed publication. According to Russell, thanks to support from the Film Studies Association of Canada, Concordia University, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the journal has been able to improve upon an already high standard of quality. Russell adds, “We’re very proud of our graphic design – especially for an academic film journal, it’s really top notch. We’ve been working with Associés libres here in Montreal since 1999. They’ve won many design awards.”

The journal has instituted a two-year lag between paper publication and online publication. The most recent issue of CJFS/RCEC was published in December of 2010. A new issue is expected in May of 2011.

About The Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue Canadienne d'etudes cinematographiques”

In addition to scholarly articles on film, television, and other moving image media, CJFS/RCEC publishes book reviews and review-essays. Inquiries may be sent to cjfsedit@filmstudies.ca. Possible topics include debates on current contributions to film theory, history, criticism, and pedagogy; information about archives, special collections, and other sources for research; commentary on little-known or under-appreciated individuals, organizations, and films; translations; interviews; reviews of DVDs that have particular relevance to archival, critical, or pedagogical aspects of film studies.

CJFS/RCEC is a peer-reviewed film journal and uses a double-blind refereeing process. Suitable submissions are read by at least two referees. The journal does not pay contributors; authors will receive a PDF of their published article along with five complimentary copies of the issue in which it appears.

The Canadian Journal of Film Studies/ Revue Canadienne d'etudes cinematographiques is published bi-annually by the Film Studies Association of Canada/Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques, with support by SSHRC/CRSH and Concordia University. It is indexed by the Federation Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) and its published listing, the International Index to Film / Television Periodicals; Film / Literature Index; and Media Review Digest. ISSN 0847-5911.

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