Editorial Policies

Submission Guidelines

Mediapolis is an editorially- and peer-reviewed, middle-state, open-access online journal that supports critical inquiries into the relationship of media and cities, broadly defined. We welcome submissions on topics ranging from architecture as media, to digital outcroppings of the urban, to restorations of movie palaces. As a middle-state journal, we are especially interested in “small-gauge” original criticism that engages very recent texts and events, reviews of new work or trends in the field, original research in the early stages of progress, reports on conferences, workshops of pedagogy materials, and roundtables with participants in collaborative projects such as conference panels or edited anthologies.

Recurring features and publishing categories on the site include:

  • “Footnote,” interesting tangents that didn’t fit into completed projects, new directions inspired by the conclusions of such projects. 1,000-1,500 words. Peer reviewed.
  • “Thread,” 3-4 participants in a recently completed or upcoming project conduct a moderated email exchange around one topic that relates to the project, which will be lightly edited for clarity and posted to the site.
  • “Counterparts,” an attendee at a conference provides a brief reflection on the event. We are especially interested in one-off conferences and in reports from writers attending conferences that fall outside of their home discipline. 700-1,000 words.
  • “Trends,” essays reflecting on recent recurring trends in the field. 1,000-1,500 words. Peer reviewed.
  • “Syllabus Corner,” syllabi in progress or for completed courses, posted with a brief introductory reflection of 500-700 words. A comment-centric feature.
  • “Deep Dives,” original research or criticism of texts and objects, including both data gathering and close analysis for projects in the early stages and critiques of recent films, series, or other media/events. 2,000-4,000 words. Peer reviewed.
  • “Upon Further Consideration,” podcasts in which authors update, reflect upon, and continue their work from a submitted Footnote, Deep Dive, or Trend piece.
  • “Roundtables” are our signature feature, and often the centerpiece of a given issue. Roundtables are collaborative projects organized by a facilitator and involving between four and six participants. The facilitator proposes a topic, assembles a group of participants, and works with one of the managing editors to determine issue placement and schedule. Each Roundtable addresses a major topic within media and urbanism from multiple points of view in two round of brief, argumentative posts. The facilitator provides an introduction to each round that poses questions and provocations to the participants while previewing their posts and suggesting points of connection between them. In the first round, participants respond to the introduction while articulating their own arguments. In the second round, participants both elaborate on those arguments and engage with one another and with the facilitator. Introduction posts are 600-800 words; participant posts are 800-1,200 words per round.
  • “Dossiers” are themed collections of short articles (up to 3,000 words each) with an introduction.
  • “Student Voices,” a biannual section for undergraduate research. If you’ve taught a class on media and the urban that’s produced excellent undergraduate work, contact section editor Helen Morgan-Parmett (hxmorganATuvmDOTedu). Peer reviewed.
  • “Q & A,” multiformat section in which authors of recent books present their work though in-depth discussions with an interviewer. Contact reviews editor Noelle Griffis (noelleDOTgriffisATgmailDOTcom).
  • “From the Archive,” reflections on specific archives as distinct urban spaces and/or mediations, close analysis of specific objects within them, essays on collaborations with or programs create for archival institutions. Contact section editor Floris Paalman (florispaalmanAThotmailDOTcom).
  • “Opening the Canon,” explorations of older works and writers who provide crucial links between media and the urban. Contact section editor Conn Holohan (connDOTholohanATnuigalwayDOTedu)

All content must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style note and bibliography system (16th ed.). Contributors are encouraged to employ the online format creatively through use of multi-media content or extensions.

Submit all content and inquiries to editorATmediapolisjournalDOTcom unless otherwise noted.

Copyright Notice

Mediapolis is an open-access, peer-reviewed, online academic journal. As such, we participate in the open exchange of information. Articles published in Mediapolis are released under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd) License. Under this license, articles are available for sharing and noncommercial distribution provided the appropriate attribution is given.

Authors grant Mediapolis the right to publish and archive their work, but retain copyright. We ask that authors do not publish their submission elsewhere for three months after their work first appears in Mediapolis.