ISSN: 17503280
Online ISSN: 17503299
First published in 2007
3 issues per volume
Current Issue:
Volume 7 / Issue 3
Call for Papers

***Studies in Documentary Film is now published by Taylor & Francis*** Go to the Journal's home page


Studies in Documentary Film is the first refereed scholarly journal devoted to the history, theory, criticism and practice of documentary film.

In recent years we have witnessed an increased visibility for documentary film through conferences, the success of general theatrical release of documentary films and the re-emergence of scholarship in documentary film studies. This journal will provide a home for the considered approach to international documentary film history, theory, criticism and practice serving a vibrant and growing international community of documentary film scholars.

Studies in Documentary Film is committed to serving this community through the publication of articles from interdisciplinary, international and cross-cultural perspectives. It invites articles, interviews, reviews and reports covering a range of topics and styles pertinent to documentary film. The journal has engaged a high profile international Editorial Board to oversee contributions and journal directions.

The journal invites contributions, in English, from researchers throughout the world seeking to broaden the field of documentary film scholarship.

Some of the topics proposed include:

  • New approaches to documentary history
  • New developments in documentary theory
  • New technologies in documentary film
  • International trends in documentary film practice
  • Formal innovation in documentary film modes
  • Intersections of documentary practice and theory
  • Critical accounts of national documentary movements (particularly largely ignored cinemas)
  • Documentary auteurs
  • Political documentary
  • Critical writing on new documentary films

Major Papers (5000-6000 words) should include original work of a research or developmental nature and/or proposed new methods that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued.

Shorter items (1,000 to 2,500 words) include:

  • Reports on Documentary Film Festivals
  • Reports on Documentary Film Conferences
  • Book Reviews (in consultation with the Book Reviews Editor)


Further information can be obtained from the Editor, Deane Williams, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University, Clayton 3800 Melbourne Victoria, Australia. Tel 61 3 99054226

Book Reviews

Reviews must critically analyse the style and major issues dealt with in the book, normally with a maximum length of 1000 words (unless prearranged with the Book Review Editor).
Suggestions on content:
The editors hope that your review will:
  • Give the reader a brief, clear account of the nature, content and purpose of the publication and indicate its place in the literature on the subject and its contribution, if any, to the field;
  • Indicate, by a specific discussion or in passing, how well the author has succeeded in his/her purpose, organised the material, expressed himself/herself; and
  • Evaluate the publication for the potential reader and/or purchaser. 
Objective critical appraisal should be the goal. Sympathy or difference of opinion is appropriate but should not prevent the review from containing a straightforward judgment.
Reviewers should normally:
  • Confine the review to a discussion of the publication, thus avoiding digressive essays;
  • Avoid listing typographical or other minor errors unless they significantly impair the value of the publication. It would be appropriate to notify the author about them in a private letter;
  • Use quotations and detailed descriptions of the content of the publication sparingly. When a quote is used, indicate its location by including the page number(s) in parentheses at the end of the sentence.
  • If reference is made to other works, such references are to be recorded at the end of the review with a heading ‘References’ and using the style outlined in the Intellect style guide.
  • Please use personal pronouns instead of the conventional ‘author’ and ‘reviewer’. 
Some Style Notes:
  • Use Microsoft Word 2003 or later.
  • Use Times New Roman 12pt
  • Type double-spaced
  • When sending by email, please either send as an attachment or in the body of the text
  • Please ensure that the titles of book (and other media reviews) are laid out as follows: Title of Publication, First Name and Last Name of Author, (Date of Publication), Edition Number, Place of publication: name of publisher, number of pages (nnn pp.), First ISBN,Hardback/Paperback, Price, [Plus, if appropriate:] Second ISBN, Hardback/Paperback, Price.
Follow this example, using commas and italics (or indicate italics with an underline): The Subject of Documentary, Michael Renov, 2004, Visible Evidence Series, Vol. 16, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 285 pp., ISBN 0-8166-3441-6, US$22.50
  • At the end of the review indicate your name in your preferred style — e.g. A.D. Smith, Annette Smith, your institution, and supply your email address. 
The Book Reviews Editor reserves the right to edit reviews, and we will endeavour to contact you with suggested changes prior to publication.

Contact: Book Reviews Editor, Craig Hight,
University of Waikato,

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