Focus and Scope

[in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Studies, the official peer-reviewed videographic publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, is the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies, and is fully open access with no fees to publish or read. The journal was originally published by MediaCommons, an initiative from The Institute for the Future of the Book, from 2014 to 2024, at which point it migrated to Open Library of Humanities (OLH). Practitioners of videographic criticism (which include, inter alia, the ‘video essay’, ‘audiovisual essay’, and ‘visual essay’ formats) explore the ways in which digital technologies afford a mode of undertaking and presenting film and moving image research, as film and media scholars write using the very materials that constitute their objects of study: moving images and sounds. This journal is designed not only as a means to present selected videographic work, but to create a context for understanding it—and validating it—as a mode of scholarly writing for the discipline of cinema and media studies and related fields.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online, normally four times per year (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). Special topic issue proposals are welcomed and will be rotated into the four-issue schedule as seen fit by the editorial team.

Publication Fees

This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). Unlike many open-access publishers, the OLH 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.

Citation Metrics

[in]Transition is archived and indexed according to the publisher's policy, and is tracked by certain indexing sites.