ISSN: 20520204
Online ISSN: 20520212
First published in 2014
2 issues per volume
Current Issue:
Volume 3 / Issue 1 Free Issue
Volume 1 | Issue 1
Call for Papers

The Journal of Illustration is a peer reviewed bi-annual journal, published by Intellect. It is in full colour, and richly illustrated, with a view towards collapsing the distinctions between academic and practice-led perspectives on the subject. 

Aims and Scope

Illustration is a rapidly evolving field with an excitingly broad scope. Despite its cultural significance and rich history, illustration has rarely been subject to deep academic scrutiny. The Journal of Illustration (JILL) provides an international forum for scholarly research and investigation of a range of cultural, political, philosophical, historical and contemporary issues, in relation to illustration. The journal encourages new critical writing on illustration, associated visual communication and the role of the illustrator as visualizer, thinker and facilitator, within a wide variety of disciplines and professional contexts. One of the key aims of the journal is to work towards a definition of illustration, and its place in culture and history. 

For more details, and for previous volumes (including a free issue 1.1) see:,id=233/


We invite submissions for Volume 3 of the Journal including:
Articles (5000–6000 words)
Research Projects (2000–3000 words)
Critical essays (1500–3000 words)
Profiles (1000–2000 words)
Visual essays based on practice-based research
Reviews (1000–1500 words) on the latest books, media, museum and gallery exhibitions, conferences, performance, educational and research projects and events that relate to illustration.

Submissions will be blind peer-reviewed and can be uploaded via the Journal of Illustration Intellect webpage:
Please follow this link, scroll down to “submit article” and generate a user account.

Please submit a PDF Document with 1–6 embedded images (72 dpi), captioned, as Name_Surname.doc. On acceptance, a Word Document with separate images (300dpi) will be required via
All contributions should be original and not exceed 20 Mb.
All contributors should submit the Metadata (see Notes for Contributors)
Authors are responsible for copyright permissions (article [author] and images [artist or institutional copyright / photographer's permission]). Only copyright forms supplied by Intellect are accepted (hand-signed, scanned and returned as PDF files).
Please refer to the JILL attached Notes for Contributors and to the Intellect House Guidelines for Style. Authors should ensure guidelines are adhered to; failing to do so leads to delays, and may result in the editor having to return or withdraw the submission.

All enquiries should be addressed to the principal editor:
Desdemona McCannon


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