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Author Guidelines

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The Editorial Board of Film-Philosophy is committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity and implements reviewing, commissioning and publishing processes that reflect these values. Film-Philosophy endeavours to be a forum where scholars from diverse backgrounds can engage in film-philosophical debates.


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

However, we ask that book and article titles be capitalised in the more usual fashion (rather than following the APA's lower case style).

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

Abstract and Keywords

Please include your abstract and keywords at the beginning of your submitted document.

In-text Citations

(Partridge, 2006, p. 26)

In-text citation guide:


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.

If referring to your submission, please refer to your work as an "article" and not a "paper", "essay" or "chapter".

Quotation marks should be double (") except for quotations within quotations which should be single (').

When adding ellipses to a quotation, please indicate that this is your insertion by using square brackets: [...]

Please do not use italics for emphasis or to indicate the mention rather than use of a word. In the latter case, please put the mentioned word in double quotation marks.

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.

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.

Do not use endnotes.

Films vs Movies

Our convention is to use the word "film" rather than "movie".

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 Bibliography (so titled) containing only works cited.



We do not require a filmography.


Footnotes (at the bottom of the page) should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. 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.

Reproduction of Film Stills

Like other creative works, film stills are protected by copyright and authors should seek permission to use these wherever necessary.

However, under "fair dealing" we consider it is not necessary to obtain permission to reproduce film stills (which you have captured yourself) as long as they fulfil both of the following criteria:

  1. The stills should be used in the article directly for criticism and/or for review - they cannot be used for purely illustrative purposes.
  2. Authors should not use an excessive number of images - authors should use no more than is necessary to demonstrate the point they are making in an article.
Book Reviews
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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it being considered for or awaiting publication elsewhere.


  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).


  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics for book and film titles, rather than underlining.


  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.


  5. The article or abstract does not use italics or bold for emphasis.


  6. [NOT RELEVANT FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS] If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please ensure that it is ready for blind peer-review.


  7. This submission is not longer than 8000 words (full papers) including the bibliography.


  8. Referencing is in the APA style as outlined here: (submissions that do not conform to this style will be automatically rejected).


  9. The document is not larger than 8MB.



Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with Film-Philosophy agree to the following terms:

The author(s) (or other copyright owner) hereby grant Edinburgh University Press a non-exclusive, royaltyfree licence to publish, reproduce and/or distribute (either as an individual piece or with related materials) this article throughout the world in electronic, printed form or any other medium under a CC-BY-NC licence <> in Film-Philosophy, and the right to sub-licence and authorise others to use, reproduce, disseminate or display the article provided they credit the author(s) of the Contribution and provide full citation.

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