Submission Guidelines


Philosophy of Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies

For more information, please see Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Students from the Arts & Humanities and FIMS are eligible to submit a written work to be considered for publication in Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works. Any Western student is eligible to submit artwork.

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General Submission Rules

Written Works: Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, or in the works of being published in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). We accept essays, theoretical papers, close analyses, film reviews, and shot-breakdowns. Please include a copy of the essay taking into account all feedback/edits from your professor, and if possible, note the assigned grade at the bottom of the document. Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies, please contact the editors.

Visual Artworks: Visual art submissions are open to all mediums that can be documented in print form for exhibition in our print issue for the new year (sculpture and painting, for instance, can be photographed for submission). Artwork must include a supplementary brief artist statement of a maximum 250 words.

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Formatting Requirements

Kino: The Western Undergraduate Journal of Film Studies has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Scholarship@Western

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Scholarship@Western all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Scholarship@Western, requires credit to Scholarship@Western as copyright holder (e.g., Scholarship@Western © 2018).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Scholarship@Western provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Scholarship@Western website and/or software agree not to misuse the Scholarship@Western service or software in any way.

The failure of Scholarship@Western to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Scholarship@Western and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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