Critical Studies in Television
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Critical Studies in Television

The International Journal of Television Studies

Co-Managing Editors
Kim Akass University of Hertfordshire, UK
Catherine Johnson University of Nottingham, UK
Stephen Lacey University of Glamorgan, UK
Janet McCabe Birkbeck, University of London, UK
ECREA Editor
Simone Knox Reading University, UK
Elke Weissmann Edge Hill University, UK
Book Review Editor
Sarah Cardwell University of Kent, UK


eISSN: 17496039 | ISSN: 17496020 | Current volume: 12 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

We are delighted to announce that effective the 4th September 2015, this title (previously published by Manchester University Press) will now be published by SAGE. For more information on the transfer of 10 titles from MUP to SAGE please click here.

Critical Studies in Television publishes articles that draw together divergent disciplines and different ways of thinking, to promote and advance television as a distinct academic discipline. It welcomes contributions on any aspect of television—production studies and institutional histories, audience and reception studies, theoretical approaches, conceptual paradigms and pedagogical questions. It continues to invite analyses of the compositional principles and aesthetics of texts, as well as contextual matters relating to both contemporary and past productions. CST also features book reviews, dossiers and debates. The journal is scholarly but accessible, dedicated to generating new knowledge and fostering a dynamic intellectual platform for television studies.

CSTonline is updated weekly to include industry and journal news, CFPs, event announcements (conference, symposia), as well as various blogs (where scholars reflect on various aspects of television studies). It also includes information about TV archives and resources, where to study and the latest research news.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Critical Studies in Television publishes articles that draw together divergent disciplines and different ways of thinking, to promote and advance television as a distinct academic discipline. It welcomes contributions on any aspect of television—production studies and institutional histories, audience and reception studies, theoretical approaches, conceptual paradigms and pedagogical questions. It continues to invite analyses of the compositional principles and aesthetics of texts, as well as contextual matters relating to both contemporary and past productions. CST also features book reviews, dossiers and debates. The journal is scholarly but accessible, dedicated to generating new knowledge and fostering a dynamic intellectual platform for television studies.

CSTonline is updated weekly to include industry and journal news, CFPs, event announcements (conference, symposia), as well as various blogs (where scholars reflect on various aspects of television studies). It also includes information about TV archives and resources, where to study and the latest research news.

CST Editorial Advisory Board
Stacey Abbott University of Roehampton, UK
Christine Geraghty University of Glasgow, UK
Assistant Book Reviews Editor
Rebecca Williams University of Glamorgan, UK
CSTonline Assistant
Debra Ramsay University of Exeter, UK
CSTonline (ECREA)
David Levente Palatinus University of Ruzomberok, Slovakia
Corresponding Editors
Jonathan Bignell University of Reading, UK
Simon Brown Kingston University, UK
Michele Byers Saint Mary's University, Canada
John Corner Liverpool University, UK
Glen Creeber Aberystwyth University, UK
Máire Messenger Davies University of Ulster, UK
Lynne Edwards Ursinus College, USA
John Ellis Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Jane Feuer University of Pittsburgh, USA
Julia Hallam University of Liverpool, UK
Dana Heller Old Dominion University, USA
Richard Hewitt University of Salford, UK
Matt Hills Aberystwyth University, UK
Su Holmes University of East Anglia, UK
Jason Jacobs The University of Queensland, Australia
Deborah Jermyn University of Roehampton, UK
Geoff Lealand University of Waikato, New Zealand
Ruth McElroy University of South Wales, UK
Brett Mills University of East Anglia, UK
Albert Moran Griffith University, Australia
Steven Peacock University of Hertfordshire, UK
Roberta Pearson University of Nottingham, UK
Susan Turnbull University of Wollongong, Australia
Barbara Villez University Paris 8, France
Helen Wheatley Warwick University, UK
Helen Wood University of Leicester, UK
ECREA Advisory Board
Milly Buonanno University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy
Irena Carpentier Reifová Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Alexander Dhoest University of Antwerp, Belgium
David Fernandez-Quijada Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Manuel Jose Damasio Lusofona University, Portugal
Lothar Mikos Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Germany
Jeanette Steemers King’s College London, UK
US Advisory Board
Gary R Edgerton Butler University, USA
Michele Hilmes University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Toby Miller Loughborough University in London, England; and Murdoch University, Australia
Robert Thompson Syracuse University, USA
Founding Editors
David Lavery Middle Tennessee State University, USA
Robin Nelson Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, UK
Rhonda V Wilcox Gordon College, USA
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Authorship
      2.2 Acknowledgments
      2.3 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mcst to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Critical Studies in Television will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    Articles should be between 6,000-8,000 words.
    Interviews (including contextualising essay) should be 5,000 words maximum.

    The journal also features book reviews, for more information please contact the Book Reviews Editor Sarah Cardwell (s.cardwell@kent.ac.uk)

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.2 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Critical Studies in Television encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Critical Studies in Television and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Critical Studies in Television offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Critical Studies in Television conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.

    4.5 Reference style

    Critical Studies in Television adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file

    For Film, Television series and episodes please use the following referencing style:
    Film Title
    Film followed by the director, year of release (in brackets) and the distributor.
    Julie and Julia. Nora Ephron (2009). Columbia Pictures.
    In text: film and year in brackets.
    Julie and Julia (2009)

    TV series
    TV show name (1992-96) Channel of original broadcast, major production companies, followed if necessary by ‘et al.
    All in the Family. (1971-79) CBS. Tandem Productions/CBS.
    Piovra, La [The Octopus. Power of the Mafia]. (1984-present) Rai Uno. Télécip et al.
    In text: (TV Show name 1992-96)
    (All in the Family 1971-79)

    TV episode
    No separate reference needed in Reference list. Simply list the series of which it forms a part, as above.
    Please give, in main text or endnotes, any other information important to your argument, such as episode title, date of first broadcast, director, writer, etc, where these details are not already provided in the series reference.
    In text: (TV Show name 2000, season and episode number if applicable)
    (The Sopranos 1999. 1: 3)

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Critical Studies in Television is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mcst to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Critical Studies in Television editorial office as follows:

    Janet McCabe (Managing Editor)
    j.mccabe@bbk.ac.uk

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