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Author Guidelines

*** Film-Philosophy is currently not accepting unsolicited submissions ***



Film-Philosophy uses the APA referencing style and papers submitted now should follow this style. Please see the comprehensive guide here:

APA at Purdue OWL

Submissions that are not referenced in this style will be automatically rejected.

Reprints or new editions should indicate the original date of publication both in-text and in the bibliography thus:

Descartes (1641/2005)


Article length: Strictly 6000 - 8000 words (including bibliography)

Book Reviews: 750 - 1500 words

General Style Guidelines

Articles and reviews should be submitted as an A4 Word document (.doc or .docx). 

Articles must be written in clear, grammatical English. Film-Philosophy cannot provide any assistance with language editing. Submissions in poor English will be rejected.

The article should be double-spaced. 

A space should be left between paragraphs, which should not be indented.

When mentioning a film for the first time, italicise the title and include the name of the director and the date of release in brackets (unless this information is mentioned elsewhere in your sentence). i.e., The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940). The title of any film should be italicised throughout the article. 

When referring to a non English-language film, the original title, also in italics, and director and year of production should be listed after the first mention of the film and in parentheses (after this, refer to the film's English title, except where it is more usual to use the original language name). For example: Divided We Fall (Musíme si pomáhat, Jan Hřebejk, 2000) but La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962).

Book and journal titles should be italicised while article titles should be in quotation marks. 

Quotation marks should be single quotes, except for quotes within quotes (which should be double).

Quotations longer than thirty words should be separated from the main text, indented, single-spaced and should have no quotation marks. 

Brackets within brackets should be square (Psycho [1960]). 

Diacritics (accents) should be added to all names or words where appropriate.

Footnote references come after commas and full stops. Do not use endnotes.

When referring to something owned by a person whose name ends in either s or z an extra s is used: Orson Welles's film Citizen Kane, Karel Reisz's book on editing. When referring to something made by a plural name, simply use an apostrophe on the end: Warner Bros' film, the Coens' film.

Section Headings

You are welcome to use section headings (in bold) but do not number these. Do not use "Introduction" or "Conclusion".


Articles should have a separate Bibliography and Filmography.

Book reviews do not require a filmography.


A separate filmography of all (and only) films cited should appear at the end of the text using the following format:

Ford, John (1940) The Grapes of Wrath. USA.

Hřebejk, Jan (2000) Divided We Fall (Musíme si pomáhat). Czech Republic.


Footnotes (at the bottom of the page) should be used for material or comments that are either not absolutely necessary to the flow of the argument or which give information that a general, academic reader may not reasonably be supposed to have. Footnotes should not be used for referencing sources. Please do not use endnotes.


f. - following page
ff. - following pages

e.g. - for example (no comma necessary)
i.e. - namely (no comma necessary)
cf. - compare

Please do not use ibid. - always give the full in-text reference.

Please do not use etc.


Book Reviews

Book reviews do not require a filmography, but should have a bibiography of works referenced (excluding the book under review).

Please format your submission title in the following manner:

Author name (Year) Title

Stanley Cavell (1981) Pursuits of Happiness: Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage

The title in your review itself should also have place of publication and publisher (and translator if appropriate). No other information is necessary:
Stanley Cavell (1981) Pursuits of Happiness: Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Book reviews are not blind peer-reviewed and so should include your name.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. *** Film-Philosophy is currently not accepting unsolicited submissions ***

    Any articles submitted will be automatically rejected.

    We will make a public announcement as soon as we are open for new submissions. Please return to this site regularly or check our Facebook group or Twitter feed.

  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining; and all frame captures, illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please ensure that it is ready for blind peer-review by removing your name from your document.

Copyright Notice

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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