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Submission Guidelines

Synoptique is looking for papers between 5,500-7,500 words. We also welcome festival, exhibit and conference reports, as well as book reviews, usually around 2,000 words.

We are not accepting open-call submissions at this time. If you are interested in submitting your work to us, please refer to our current Call for Papers.

Please submit all festival reviews to, and all book reviews to For all other submissions and general inquiries, please contact us at

Authors are notified of acceptance, rejection, or the need for revision as soon as possible after the submission deadline. Texts are judged on the basis of relevance to the aims and directives of the journal, originality, conceptual rigor and the quality of prose. Texts should be condensed as much as possible and written in a clear and straightforward manner. After a manuscript is accepted, it is copy-edited and returned to the author for approval prior to publication.

  • Submit files in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Double-spaced.
  • 12 point Garamond font.
  • 1 inch margins.
  • Paragraphs are indented.
  • Quotations longer than three lines should be separated from the text and marked as block quotations.
  • Serial commas (e.g. one, two, and three).
  • Films and artworks titles should be italicized and in the original language (English translation in parentheses, along with year of production).
  • All images must be accompanied by photo credits and captions. Illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Submissions are accepted in French and English.
  • For peer-reviewed articles, make sure no personal information appears in your submission.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

Reference Guidelines

  • Only endnotes are allowed.
  • Use double quotation marks (“ ”) and inside that quotation grouping, use singles (‘ ’) when needed.
  • Section headings are in bold, aligned to the right.
  • Articles must conform to the Chicago author-date style (17th ed.).

You can refer to the online Chicago Manual of Style for more details:


  • Reference list entries (in alphabetical order):

Author. Date. Title. Place of publication: publisher.

Example: Grieveson, Lee, and Haidee Wasson. 2008. Inventing Film Studies. Durham: Duke University Press.

  • In-text citations:

(Last name date, page number)

No punctuation appears between author and date. Abbreviations such as ed. or trans. are omitted.

Example: (Wasson and Grieveson 2008, 100).


In the reference list, include the page range for the chapter or part. In the text, cite specific pages.

  • Reference list entries:

Author. Date. “Title of chapter.” In Title, editor, page range. Place of publication: publisher.

Example: Polan, Dana. 2008. “Young Art, Old Colleges: Early Episodes in the American Study of Film.” In Inventing Film Studies, edited by Lee Grieveson and Haidee Wasson, 93-120. Durham: Duke University Press.

  • In-text citations:

(Last name date, page number)

Example: (Polan 2008, 100).


In the reference list, include the page range for the whole article. In the text, cite specific page numbers.

If there are four or more authors, list up to ten in the reference list; in the text, list only the first, followed by et al.

  • Reference list entries:

Author. Date. “Article title.” Journal, no. (Month): page range.

Example: Gauthier, Philippe. 2014. “What will Film Studies Be? Film Caught between the Television Revolution and the Digital Revolution.” New Review of Film and Television Studies 12, no. 3: 229-233.

  • In-text citations:

(Author date, page number)

Example: (Gauthier 2014, 230).