Academic practitioners (and other serious enthusiasts) of the video essay will be glad to see the growing array of online journals that publish video essays or are dedicated to the form. The academic journals listed below publish videographic work after a peer-review process.
[in]Transition is the gold standard in peer-reviewed video essay journals. It is a collaboration between MediaCommons and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ official publication, Journal of Cinema & Media Studies. It claims to be “the first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies”. Importantly and proudly (rightfully so), this online journal is fully open access: there are no fees to publish or read.
Discover all the issues of this journal online.
The Cine-Files is an online scholarly journal of cinema studies, founded by Tracy Cox-Stanton. The journal is produced within the cinema studies program at Savannah College of Art and Design. The journal includes solicited essays (often organized in a dossier on a specific topic), peer reviewed videos and occasional special feature articles, interviews and/or video essays.
Discover more about this journal on its website.
In their own words, NECSUS is an international, double blind peer-reviewed journal of media studies initiated by NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) and published by Amsterdam University Press. Its focus is on cinema, television, and new media studies: NECSUS publishes research either by European scholars or on European media for a global readership. In addition to written articles, NECSUS also has includes video essays.
Tecmerin. Journal of Audiovisual Essays
The Spanish journal Tecmerin is actually a whole web platform created by the Madrid university (more precisely, by the Grupo de Investigación Tecmerin Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). It includes a Journal of Audiovisual Essays that mainly showcases audiovisual content created by members of the Tecmerin research group (Television-cinema: memory, representation and industry).
Discover the contents of this journal (in Spanish and/or English) on the Tecmerin website.
Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures
Hyperrhiz is an open access journal that is published twice per year. Its mission is to provide “a forum for experimental new media projects (both critical and creative) located outside or across current disciplinary boundaries”. The journal actively seeks out research that is non-traditional both in form and modus operandi, and in that spirit it has also published video essays.
Discover this exciting journal online.
Journal of Embodied Research
Another journal that positions itself at the vanguard of video essayism is the Journal of Embodied Research. It calls itself “the first peer-reviewed, open access, academic journal to focus specifically on the innovation and dissemination of embodied knowledge through the medium of video”. JER is an open access publication and “aims to pioneer the scholarly video article as a new form supporting development of diverse embodied research projects”.
Discover more about this journal online.
MOVIE: A Journal of Film Criticism
Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism is a refereed publication “whose aim is to create a forum for the range of analysis, debate and discussion that only a journal devoted to a detailed film criticism can adequately provide”. This annual journal is a joint venture between the Universities of Warwick, Reading, and Oxford and is firmly committed to open access scholarship. They welcome written articles as well as audiovisual essays.
Watch, read or download this journal online.
16:9 filmtidsskrift is a Danish journal of film studies, published online. Most of its content is in Danish, but about five times a year they also feature an English language article, often penned by a renowned film scholar. The journal publishes articles and video essays that go through a blind peer review process.
CINERGIE: Il Cinema e le altre Arti
CINERGIE is an online publication published twice a year. It has ties with the Bologna university, is scientifically accredited and embraces a double blind peer review. This open access journal “publishes articles in Italian and English that explore the multiple articulations of contemporary film and media cultures, promoting the discussion and the exchange between scholars from different disciplines”.
Watch and read this journal online.
Frames Cinema Journal
Frames Cinema Journal is published online twice a year by the University of St Andrews, UK. Since 2012 this peer-reviewed academic journal “aims to provide a space for trailblazing research by scholars of film, media and screen studies”. Most of the content of the journal consists of (original) written scholarship, although they do accept video essays as well.
Read current and past issues of this journal online.