Editorial Policies

Submission Guidelines

Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture is an interdisciplinary online journal of media and urban culture.

We publish research across multiple academic fields — including, but not limited to, media studies, urban studies, geography, film, architecture, art history, visual culture, digital humanities, sound, and music.

Our primary readership is academic, but we aim to foster a responsive, robust, and inclusive debate by publishing work that is broadly accessible to a public audience. To that end, Mediapolis is committed to a model of open access publishing, and accepts work across a range of topics and formats including short response essays, provocations, and think pieces as well as longer research articles and reviews. We also encourage submission of scholarship across different forms of media, such as video essays, sound collages, and photography. We publish a regular podcast, Mediapolis Now.

All work published in Mediapolis is rigorously edited by subject-area experts, and original research articles undergo peer review.

Submit an article

We publish peer-reviewed research articles of up to 5,000 words (including notes).

All content must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style notes and bibliography system.

Where appropriate, contributors are encouraged to employ the online format creatively through use of multi-media content or extensions.

As well as standalone pieces, we also publish work under a number of recurring sections (see below). If you think your work might fit into one of these categories, please contact the relevant section editor.

Please submit content to editorATmediapolisjournalDOTcom.

Propose a dossier or roundtable

Dossiers are themed collections of short articles (2,000–4,000 words each) with an introduction. The journal editorial team will work with you to organize the timetable and review/copy edit the posts. Click here to see previous dossiers.

Roundtables enable authors to engage in a sustained conversation about a single topic over two rounds of brief posts (800–1,200 words each). Roundtables are organized by a guest editor and involve between four and six participants. The journal editorial team will work with you to organize the timetable and review/copy edit the posts. Click here to see previous roundtables.

Contribute to our podcast

Please contact Scott Rodgers (sDOTrodgersATbbkDOTacDOTuk).

Become a contributing editor

Our contributing editors write short articles or think pieces on a specific theme twice a year. If you are interested in becoming a contributing editor, please contact the managing editors with your CV and a relevant example of your published work.

Regular sections

  • The Mediapolis Q&A: 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 created 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)
  • 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.
  • On Teaching: articles reflecting on teaching methods and pedagogical issues, often with an example syllabus.
  • 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.

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.