Call for Papers 2015
As we open a new volume for 2015, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship would like to invite all authors to submit contributions to the journal.
We welcome submissions from graduate students, scholars, artists, teachers, curators, researchers, publishers and librarians from any academic, disciplinary or artistic background interested in the study and/or practice of comics or other related cultural expressions. Submissions can cover any thematic field and approach as long as they fulfil The Comics Grid’s editorial guidelines, available here.
For 2015 we have also identified 15 priority general thematic areas we encourage authors to consider:
- Online comics, digital comics and comics in non-print platforms
- Comics and print culture; comics and history of the book; comics and caricature
- Comics and cultural value
- Comics and libraries, archives; comics preservation; comics and the digital humanities
- Data research on comics; data science and comics
- Comics and international development; comics and human rights
- Comics in languages other than English
- Comics and translation
- Comics as educational resources
- Long-form and short-form non-fiction comics and comics journalism
- Comics and science or scholarly communication
- Comics fan networks on line and off line; amateur comics as fan fiction
- Academic engagement with comics in comics or other visual forms
- Women in comics; comics scholarship and feminism, gender studies
- Comics and multimodality and transmedia; comics as immersive documents
The Comics Grid publishes one issue per year, with rapid publication as soon as articles are ready. Submissions can be sent throughout the year, however editorial deadlines are:
To ensure a high-quality experience for both authors and readers, the journal offers the below services:
- The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is thoroughly peer reviewed in an online, open, collaborative form.
- Accepted contributions will appear on The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship’s platform. These will be published online as soon as they pass peer review and will be openly available as HTML and PDF.
- The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship uses the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism service, to ensure that all submitted papers are checked prior to peer review and has a membership to the Committee on Publication Ethics. Our editorial board is listed on the Editorial Team page.
- All published contributions will be marked up into JATS XML and typeset into print quality PDF.
- Each article published will have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which will broaden their ‘findability’. DOIs are essential to enable articles to be cited properly, and those citations can be tracked to assess ‘impact’. This is something that tenure panels and UK REF panels take note of. The Comics Grid is set up to meet the criteria for Impact Factor qualification.
- References are linked in the HTML text, linked by DOI, and deposited in CrossRef, enhancing the findability of the article.
- All articles will be sent to appropriate indexers, to help readers find the content.
- All articles will come with full article-level metrics. These will provide standard statistics such as article views, downloads and citations, as well as ‘altmetrics’ that indicate the wider impact of the article, such as tweets, Facebook likes, and Wikipedia references. As with DOIs, these metrics are very important for authors and their assessors.
- The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship will be permanently archived with the CLOCKSS service, which also guarantees their long-term availability as open access (see http://www.clockss.org/clockss/Home for more information).
- The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship uses only Creative Commons-Attribution (CC-By) licenses and all authors retain copyright over their own work. All articles will be completely available for text-mining and can be deposited in any additional repository the author wishes.
- Publishing incurs an Article Processing Charge (APC) of £200, charged following publication. Please note however that a no-questions-asked waiver is available for anyone who cannot source the funds. We do not want inability to pay to prevent the publication of good work. This fee covers all publication costs (web hosting; journal indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration, typesetting, XML creation etc) and ensures that all of the content is fully open access. We aim to keep the APC as low as possible This approach maximises the potential readership of publications and allows the journal to be run in a sustainable way.
Ubiquity Press (see http://www.ubiquitypress.com and also http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ubiquity/43312 for more information) is a researcher-led, fully open access publisher, and as such gives high priority to the interests of researchers and smaller journals, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.
Posted on 18 Dec 2014