The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is an open access, open peer review academic journal dedicated to comics scholarship. The journal aims to make original contributions to the field of comics studies and to advance the appreciation of graphic narrative.
We aim to promote comics scholarship within academia and the general public with contributions that present specialised knowledge in an accessible language. As a publishing platform we encourage digital research, public engagement and collaboration.
Deadline for expressions of interest: October 31st 2017
Deadline for accepted final submissions: March 1st 2018
Expected publication, depending on editorial processes: September 2018
Comics have been well received in the science community and by publishers as a form of science communication. Recent publications demonstrate that comics have the potential of becoming academic outputs in their own right. Various webcomics as well as the growing trend of having illustrators document proceedings live at academic events (in the form of so-called ‘scribing’, ‘sketchnoting’ or ‘graphic facilitation’) provide evidence of the blurring of genre/medium distinctions between infographics, data visualisation, and comics. Likewise, there is evidence of researchers and educators working with illustrators to develop comics about their practice, research data and insights for dissemination and impact. (For more references and context, see Priego 2016).
In recognition of the ascendency of graphic representations of science, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship calls for submissions on ‘science’ in graphic form. Submissions can be on any scientific field, topic or methodology, and can be the result of (but not limited to):
As the journal’s domain is comics scholarship specifically, all graphic submissions will be peer reviewed. Authors of graphic submissions are required to provide two contact details of two specialists in the specific scientific discipline/approach that the submission belongs to who could serve as potential peer reviewers and to declare any conflicts of interest. Submissions without contact details of relevant peer reviewers for the science component will not be considered.
Graphic submissions lead editor: Dr Nicolas Labarre, Nicolas.firstname.lastname@example.org
Image CC-BY Randall Munroe, https://xkcd.com/54/
Posted on 14 Mar 2017More Announcements