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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.

Submission Checklist

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.

  1. The submission discusses specific examples of comic art, or related media. Please view the journal 'Focus and Scope' if unsure whether the content is relevant.
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the Comments to the Editor field during submission).
  3. The manuscript file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Graphic Submissions must be composed of two documents: 1) a manuscript in a word processing document, including title, abstract, keywords, introductory text that explains the method and the objectives of the submission and references. 2) As with images in regular articles, all files corresponding to the graphic submission itself (the comic) must be provided in 300 dpi in either .jpg or .png image file formats.
  4. Tables and figures are all cited in the text. Tables are included within the text document, while figures are uploaded as supplementary files.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which can be found under Submissions. The text must include in-text references that match the entries listed in the References section at the end (see point 8). Please ensure that your article includes a competing interest statement in accordance with our Competing Interest Guidelines.
  6. The submission includes 1 to 6 images (uploaded as supplementary files but also embedded in the manuscript to ease peer review) to which the text of the article refers directly. Figures/images must be numbered and uploaded in the order in which they appear and are discussed in the manuscript. Images must have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each must not be of more than 20MB per file. The image files must be in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
  7. The submission includes placeholders for all images, and appropriate captions that include citation information. Complete copyright and licensing information must be provided in the image captions.
  8. The submission includes a References section at the end. Where available, provide DOIs and URLs for the references. The referecing system must be consistent throughout the submission.
  9. All comics and media mentioned in the submission (including single issues, collected editions, graphic novels, comic strips, webcomics, films, videos, songs, exhibitions, artworks etc.) are included within the References section, without distinguishing them from monographs, journal articles, or other books and publications. The same applies for online references, academic or otherwise.
  10. All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper and satisfy the Author Guidelines.
Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. If you would prefer to publish your work under an alternative Creative Commons License, please indicate this in the Comments for the Editor box when submitting, providing reasons for your request.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
Unless otherwise stated, all references to characters and comic art presented on this journal are ©, ® or ™ of their respective owners. No challenge to any owner’s rights is intended or should be inferred.
Peer Review

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:

  • CC BY 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
Publication Fees

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.


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