ImageTexT solicits articles and proposals for special topic forums on any topic relevant to the journal’s mission to promote the academic study of imagetexts. For general submissions, see below. Submissions should adhere to the format requirements detailed below and should be uploaded to our submission portal. Each issue of ImageTexT features at least two sections: Articles and Reviews, with translations included on an availability basis. These sections have different approaches and different editorial policies.
- Book Reviews
- From the Classroom section
- Call for Manuscript Reviewers
- Contact Information
- Articles submitted should usually not exceed 10,000 words, including notes, and should adhere to generally accepted academic standards. All submissions should be in the most recent MLA style, and should be in Microsoft Word or a compatible format. Please submit all articles to our submission portal.
When submitting your article, you will be asked to include a brief biographical statement (40-80 words). Do not embed images in the text of your article; clearly indicate (along with Figure numbers, citation, and any descriptive labels) where images occur. Images should be of the highest possible quality, and be in .png, .gif, or .jpg format.
Authors should adhere to fair use policy when considering images; send only those that are necessary, and as few full pages as possible. Articles should engage elements of visual analysis, the imagetextual relationships in comics, and demonstrate a solid grounding in the theoretical issues relevant to the field.
The most common responses that we give to submissions are as follows:
- Accept without Revisions: We accept the article. The article is ready to enter our copy-editing stage.
- Accept with Revisions: We accept the article, on the condition that the author revises the article as we request.
- Revise and Resubmit: When a manuscript is placed in this category at ImageTexT, the editors have made a decision that there is a strong likelihood of ultimate publication. However, ultimate publication is not guaranteed. The first revision is a critical one, as the revised manuscript (second round submission) must be either rejected or accepted subject to a specified plan of further revisions.
- Do Not Accept: After evaluation, we determine that the article is not a good fit for ImageTexT.
- All potential reviewers should first contact ImageTexT‘s review editor via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make sure that ImageTexT is interested in the review and to set a deadline. Reviews should relate to the scholarly study of comics, animation, and of visual rhetoric in general. Non-academic reviews for comics, graphic novels, and comic collections will generally not be accepted; however, academically based reviews of comics and graphic novels (those that also consider comics scholarship, the history of comics, comics production, comics and culture, and other such aspects) are encouraged. Reviews are generally between 1,000 – 3,000 words. Reviews should be submitted according to the article submission guidelines (see above).
The journal also welcomes submissions of multimodal projects created by undergraduate students for our new “From the Classroom” section. This portion of the journal showcases exemplary examples of multimodal composition created in undergraduate classes. Submissions could take the form of, but are not limited to, comics and zines, infographics, podcasts, Twine games, and videos. Instructors or students may submit assignments for consideration.
- Translators should also first contact ImageTexT via email (email@example.com) to make sure that ImageTexT is interested in the translation and to set a deadline for the translation submission. ImageTexT is greatly interested in translating previously untranslated comics scholarship into English.
- By submitting to ImageTexT, you grant ImageTexT the right to publish your work. All copyrights are kept by the author.
- ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies is currently seeking manuscript reviewers with expertise in a variety of disciplines.
ImageTexT publishes solicited and peer-reviewed papers that investigate the material, historical, theoretical, and cultural implications of visual textuality. We seek reviewers with research experience in topics such as (but not limited to) the aesthetics, cognition, production, reception, distribution, and dissemination of comics and other graphic narratives.
Ideal candidates will have previous publication or peer review experience and familiarity with MLA style guidelines.
Please submit CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please email us with questions and submission queries.
Please visit our submission portal for more information on submitting your article, images, short bio statement, and cover letter.