Convergence aims to encourage and advance interdisciplinary modes of enquiry into the study of the histories, trajectories, impacts, practices, pleasures and creative potential of contemporary convergent media & allied innovative technologies.
Convergence is an international peer-reviewed academic journal which was set up in 1995 to address the creative, social, political and pedagogical issues raised by the advent of new media technologies. As an international research journal, it provides a forum both for monitoring and exploring developments in the field and for encouraging, publishing and promoting vital innovative research. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and published six times a year, Convergence has developed this area into an entirely new research field.
- Convergent media: histories, cross-cultural/international contexts, emergent products
- Digital creative production (music, television, art, photography, cinema, kinetic media)
- Games, gaming and ludic technologies
- Digital media distribution
- Mobile media/content
- Extended Realities (XR) – Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality
- Local and Global Media Regulation and Infrastructure (e.g. Intellectual Property (IP), censorship, policy, platforms)
- Diversity, Inclusion and representational politics
- New techno-subjects of the anthropocene – Algorithmic, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life
- Democratisation of the digital economy: co-production, open access and block chain and cryptocurrency
- Distributed data, networked subjects and vulnerable publics
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Convergence is an international peer-reviewed academic journal which was set up in 1995 to address the creative, social, political and pedagogical issues raised by the advent of what were then ‘emergent’ new media technologies. More than 20 years later we see the intense and ubiquitous integration and absorption of these technologies into almost every aspect of our everyday cultural, social, creative and political lives. As an international research journal, it provides a forum both for monitoring and exploring developments in the field and for encouraging, publishing and promoting vital innovative research. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach and published six times a year, Convergence has developed this area into an entirely new research field.
The principal aim of Convergence is:
- To encourage and advance interdisciplinary modes of enquiry into the study of the histories, trajectories, impacts, practices, pleasures and creative potential of contemporary convergent media and allied innovative technologies.
We seek research that supports this aim through:
- The development and application of critical frameworks and methodologies that enable the reception, consumption and impact of convergent media and convergent technologies to be evaluated in their domestic, commercial, public and educational contexts;
- Contextualising the study of these convergent media and technologies within existing critical academic debates, and to address the specific implications of the increasing convergence of media forms;
- Monitoring, analyzing and evaluating the conditions of emergence of new media technologies, their subsequent mass production and the development of new cultural forms;
Promoting the discussion and analysis of the creative and pedagogic potentials of those technologies, and contextualising those cultural practices within wider cultural and political debates.
|Ysabel Gerrard||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Crystal Abidin||Jönköping University, Sweden|
|Jay Bolter||Georgia Institute of Technology, USA|
|Pat Brereton||Dublin City University, UK|
|Jean Burgess||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Christopher Chesher||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Grayson Cooke||Southern Cross University, Australia|
|Francesca Coppa||Muhlenberg College, USA|
|Patrick Crogan||University of the West of England, Bristol, UK|
|Abigail De Kosnik||Berkeley University of California, USA|
|Gillian Doyle||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Elizabeth Evans||University of Nottingham, UK|
|Matthew Freeman||Bath Spa University, UK|
|Seth Giddings||University of Southampton, UK|
|Carolyn Guertin||University of North Texas at Dallas, USA|
|Jennifer Holt||UC Santa Barbara, USA|
|Erkki Huhtamo||University of California, Los Angeles, USA|
|Indrek Ibrus||Tallinn University, Estonia|
|Petros Iosifidis||City, University of London, UK|
|Samantha Krukowski||University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Brenda Laurel||Independent Scholar|
|Gregory Ferrell Lowe||University of Tampere, Finland|
|Smeeta Mishra||Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India|
|Mette Mortensen||University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Anna Munster||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Simone Murray||Monash University, Australia|
|Anders Olof Larsson||Kristiania University College, Norway|
|John Pavlik||Rutgers University, USA|
|Ágnes Petho||Sapientia University, Romania|
|Sheenagh Pietrobruno||Saint Paul University, Canada|
|Miriam Ross||Victoria University, New Zealand|
|Marie-Laure Ryan||Independent Scholar|
|Carlos Scolari||Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain|
|Kurt Squire||University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA|
|Jeanette Steemers||King’s College London, UK|
|Will Straw||McGill University, Canada|
|Melanie Swalwell||Flinders University, Australia|
|Trine Syvertsen||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Chuck Tryon||Fayetteville State University, USA|
|Liza Tsaliki||University of Athens, Greece|
|Patrick Vonderau||Stockholm University, Sweden|
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/convergence 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 Convergence will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Clinical trials
2.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Convergence, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
The principal aims of Convergence are:
- to develop critical frameworks and methodologies that enable the reception, consumption and impact of new technologies to be evaluated in their domestic, public and educational contexts;
- to contextualise the study of those new technologies within existing debates in media studies, and to address the specific implications of the increasing convergence of media forms;
- to monitor the conditions of emergence of new media technologies, their subsequent mass production and the development of new cultural forms;
- to promote discussion and analysis of the creative and educational potentials of those technologies, and to contextualise those cultural practices within wider cultural and political debates.
Topics include: Video games * Cable and telecomms * Mobile media/content * Internet studies * Digital/new media art * Digital photography * VR * Control and censorship of the media * Copyright/intellectual property * New media policy * New media industries/institutions * New media history * New media in cross-cultural/international contexts * New media products * Digital TV * DVD * Digital music * recording, production, distribution, file formats/file sharing * Cinema * Gender and technology * social media * locative and mobile media.
Main text and word count: suggested target is about 8000 words.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Convergence adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.
Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission,
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors,
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted.
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
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.
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.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Convergence encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
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.
Convergence 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
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 the SAGE Author Gateway.
Convergence 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.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
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.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Convergence adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
Convergence is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/convergence 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.
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We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here
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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. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
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Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Convergence editorial office as follows:
Professor Alexis Weedon
Bedfordshire Institute for Media Arts and Performance
University of Bedfordshire