Global Storytelling Submission

About the journal:

  • Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images is a new journal founded by Editor-in-Chief Ying Zhu, hosted at Hong Kong Baptist University, and published by University of Michigan Press. Please review the journal mission and editorial board.

Aims and Scope:

  • Global Storytelling invites written submissions that engage with the affect (emotional engagement) and effect (social impact) of audiovisual storytelling.
  • We cover a range of storytelling modes, genres, platforms, and industries — from narrative films to documentaries; TV dramas to vlogging; the multiplex to Netflix; social media influencing to esports casting; and Hong Kong to Hollywood, Bollywood, and Nollywood — with the aim of bridging the gap between academia and the wider world and deepening our understanding of how storytelling shapes our identities and perceptions.
  • The journal is methodologically broad and welcomes submissions from traditional scholars (including disciplines such as film and media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, communication, history, political science, sociology, philosophy, and psychology) as well as from critics, curators, policymakers, and public intellectuals.

Article types:

  • Global Storytelling typically publishes four types of pieces: research articles, short essays, individual reviews, and review essays. If you are interested in publishing work outside these categories, please contact the managing editor for approval before submitting.
  • Research articles present original academic research.
  • Short essays present original ideas about issues by authors with expertise in the topic area.
  • Individual reviews present original analysis and evaluation of artworks first published/distributed within the last few years. Reviewed works are usually books and films but can also be other media forms. Please contact the managing editor for approval of any work before submitting a review.
  • Review essays present original analysis and evaluation of artworks relevant to one theme. Review essays should discuss between three and six works and compare them in a way that relates to a larger topic (i.e. they should not be limited to a comparison of individual works). At least one of the works should have been first published/distributed within the last few years.

Submission length:

  • The below word limits include notes and captions.
  • Research articles should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words long.
  • Short essays should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words long.
  • Individual reviews should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words long.
  • Review essays should be between 2,000 to 4,000 words long.

Submission format:

  • Submissions should follow the latest notes and bibliography guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • All bibliographic information should be in endnotes, with full citation information for each source given in the first note mentioning that source. For further information, see here.
  • Submissions should not contain bibliographies or reference lists.

Submission figures and images:

  • Authors are encouraged to provide figures or other illustrative materials but are responsible for obtaining permission to publish materials in cases where Fair Use does not apply.
  • Submissions should indicate the rough desired location of images in the text. The exact location of the image is subject to typesetting considerations.
  • Authors who include images are responsible for writing "alt text" - alternative text that provides access to the information contained in images for the many people with disabilities that affect reading and for related technologies. For instructions on writing alt text, see the Describing Visual Resources Toolkit.
  • Put image captions, alt text, and filenames on separate lines in the text surrounded by brackets, like this:

[caption: Fig. 1 The conclusion to Memento.]
[alt text: The conclusion to Memento shows a close-up of the protagonist's face as he sits in his car.]
[file: credits.jpg]

  • The actual images should not be inserted into the submission manuscript, but instead sent as separate files with filenames that match the image labels in the submission.
  • Images must be at least 300 dots per inch (DPI). You can check or convert your image DPI using (these instructions)[] or at websites such as (the journal has no affiliation with these websites; use them at your own risk).

Peer Review:

  • Research articles are reviewed in a double-blind process, so submissions should put all author information on the title page and the manuscript itself should have all author information removed. If the manuscript references a submitting author's published work, please use upper-case placeholders such as AUTHOR, DATE, and CITATION INFORMATION in the submission where needed
    • e.g. "As I have previously shown, (AUTHOR, DATE), genre norms..."
  • Submissions must include a separate title page (which will not be shared with reviewers) that includes:
    • author name(s) and affiliation(s)
    • email addresses for all authors (indicate who is the corresponding author)
    • author biographies of less than 80 words per author,
    • an abstract of 150 to 250 words
    • six keywords or terms
    • a final word count including all notes and captions
    • acknowledgements (optional)
  • Short essays, individual reviews, and review essays are reviewed by the journal's editorial staff in a single-blind process, where the author is known by the reviewers.


  • Global Storytelling has no submission or publication fees.

Submission logistics:

  • For any submissions questions involving the journal's online Janeway portal, please see the Janeway author guide.

About Global Storytelling

Journal of Digital and Moving Image

Focus and Scope for Global Storytelling

Copyright Notice

Global Storytelling publishes all pieces under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.


Global Storytelling allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Peer Review

This journal operates a double blind peer review policy for research articles.

Publication Cycle

This journal publishes biannually.



Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed