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Founded in 2010, The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship is an open-access, researcher-led, peer-reviewed academic journal. The journal aims to publish original and specialised contributions to the field of comics scholarship from multidisciplinary and media-specific perspectives. The Comics Grid aims to promote innovative comics scholarship where the writing is energetic and theoretically and interpretively bold, and that presents specialised knowledge in accessible and engaging forms. The journal also considers submissions that explore the ways in which comics can be used for scholarly purposes.This journal has peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed sections. All claims expressed in articles published by this journal are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of their affiliated organizations, or those of the publisher, the editors and the reviewers. Focus and Scope
This journal’s purpose is to make original and specialised media-specific contributions to the field of comics scholarship and to advance the appreciation of graphic narrative and comic art.
Our focus is inspired by, but not limited to, the following questions:
How are form and format interconnected in comics?
What is the meaning of “content” in comics?
How are page sizes related to what is contained within them?
What is the role of the characteristics of panel layouts and/or page sizes and formats in specific comics texts?
How do different technologies affect the processes of creating and reading a comics page?
How do different panel arrangements work?
What is the media-specificity of a comics page?
What are some of the different possible ways of reading comics pages?
What other cultural practices or artistic forms or phenomena intersect with comics and could benefit from comics-focused critical approaches?
What comics, aspects of comics, disciplines and methodologies are underrepresented in current comics studies?
What are the characteristics of the “user experience” in comics?
In addition, we welcome articles that explore the ways in which comics, narrative drawing, and other graphic means of communication can be used for scholarly purposes, including:
Please note that submissions following the formats above are not exempt from the journal's editorial guidelines, such as the requirement of a mansucript file that includes title, abstract, keywords, introductory text that explains the method and the objectives of the submission, and in-text and end references.
Articles must follow the submission guidelines. All submissions must comprise of one manuscript file in a word/text processing file type (doc, docx, RTF) and at least one image file (in usual image file formats: png, jpeg).
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors if they do not adhere to these guidelines.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
All research submitted to The Comics Grid are initially assessed by an Editor, who decides whether or not the article is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable for peer review are assigned to one or more independent experts, who assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology.
All research articles submitted for peer review are handled within an open review system by external experts. The journal strives to make the peer review process as open as possible, and the editors encourage two-way dialog during the review process. Reviewers can expect authors will know who reviewed their submission, and authors can expect to know who is reviewing their submission, and see a full disclosure of the comments provided by the reviewer to editors.
We work hard to make this process as fast and efficient as possible. We also ask our reviewers to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for the journal. Please bear in mind review and editorial work takes time; we'll aim to keep authors informed of expected timeframes. Addressing peer review and/or editorial queries prior to or following acceptance (for example as part of copyediting processes) is a precondition for publication.
The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship allows the following licences for submission:
This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities. Unlike many open-access publishers, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.
If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.Publication Cycle
The journal publishes on a continual basis, with new articles coming online as soon as they have passed peer review and been copyedited and typeset. The Comics Grid publishes one issue per year, with publication as soon as articles are ready. Exceptions may apply to some special collections in an ad hoc basis.