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Article types | What is a video article? | File exchange | Authorship, copyright, and fair use | Language style | Required textual information | Transcripts and access | Ethical Matters | Indicative links
Journal of Embodied Research solicits video articles of between 10 and 20 minutes that document and share the results of research projects in which embodied practice is an essential part of the methodology. There are no annual deadlines and video articles are published on a rolling basis throughout the year. Informal inquiries to JER can be made by emailing the journal editor at any time. Formal submissions should be made electronically through this website.
Formal submissions should be structured with the following headings: Title, Authors (including affiliations), Abstract, link to article draft (using Vimeo, WeTransfer, etc.). Do not send a transcript with the initial submission as this will need to be produced after the final video is approved.
Recognizing that the scholarly video article is a new medium for sharing research, the following guidelines and suggestions are offered to potential contributors. Please read these guidelines carefully and contact the journal editor with any further questions.
At this time JER does not publish reviews or any text-only materials. If you have an idea for other types of media that JER could publish and would like to get involved, please contact the journal editor.
Matters of authorship are notoriously complex when it comes to embodied and audiovisual research. JER recognizes this and aims to be a space in which to work through some of these complexities.
JER recognizes multiple types and degrees of authorship for audiovisual works. We do not assume that directors, editors, scholars, and ethnographers hold greater authority or authorship than do performers, practitioners, and participants whose bodies appear audiovisually onscreen. When submissions are jointly created by people working in different capacities, the appropriate crediting of authorship should be discussed throughout the process. Any questions about authorship categories and credit taxonomies should be directed to the journal editor.
The following categories of authorship are suggested, but not required:
The default license for all articles published by JER is Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). This ensures the widest possible distribution for the material while requiring that authors receive proper accreditation for their work. Copyright remains with the author(s) and the video article can be freely published elsewhere. Contributors who have questions regarding CC licensing or who wish to use a different license (such as CC BY-NC) should discuss this with the journal editor during the review process.
Fair Dealing (UK/Canada) and Fair Use (US) are legal exceptions to copyright law which allow for the publication of limited excerpts of copyrighted materials for research purposes and/or when they are used in a transformative way. JER supports the strengthening of the public domain and will publish articles that include small excerpts of audio, video, or graphic material under copyright, as long as this publication is unlikely to impinge upon the commercial interests of the copyright owner. (This policy is identical to the one commonly applied to textual quotations.) Where such materials potentially conflict with the cultural rights of indigenous or other communities, this should be discussed with the journal editor as early as possible in the process.
All video articles must contain at least the following textual information:
This information must be included in textual form in order for the article to be properly indexed and to follow Open Library of Humanities policy.
It is standard to include this information as part of rolling credits at the end of the video, however contributors may place it anywhere according to the article’s audiovisual design.
Once the final version of a video article has been approved for publication, the author is responsible for supplying to the editor a complete transcript including all spoken and written text that appears in the video. In the transcript:
You can see examples of this format by looking at previously published articles. The format is still in development and the editor will work with you on it, however the production of the transcript is the responsibility of the contributor(s). The transcript is essential to make the content of video articles accessible to text-based search engines and accessibility tools.
The editor will also select four screenshot images to include at the top of the transcript and on the article webpage. However, please feel free to suggest particular moments/images if you wish.
Apart from the above, the transcript should not include additional substantive materials that are not in the video article itself. The video article must stand alone as a research document without the support of additional writing. The transcript is a placeholder for the video article, to be used in situations where video is not possible. It is not intended as a replacement or supplement for the video article itself.
Providing additional access methods for video articles is strongly encouraged. It is in the interest of contributors to provide multiple access methods in order for their work to reach the widest possible audience across various kinds of sensory and cognitive difference including visual and hearing impairment. Simple, low-tech methods for creating Closed Captions are available through hosting sites like Vimeo and YouTube. Audio description is also encouraged both as an access method for sight-impaired auditors and as a methodological tool for engaging with visual imagery.
Where applicable, research must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement within the article detailing this approval. Individuals whose practice features centrally in the article should be counted as authors (see above) rather than subjects and are assumed to have contributed and/or consented to the video article in its final form.
Precedents for the scholarly video article can be found in documentary film making, performance documentation, dance film, video journalism, media studies, and other multimedia genres. In addition to previous issues of JER, the following selection of indicative links may be useful in thinking about scholarly video format and design.
Theatre, Dance and Performance Training blog
Motion Bank Project
William Forsythe’s Synchronous Objects
Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library
Siobhan Davies Replay
On the Boards TV
[in]Transition Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies
Film Studies for Free
Film Studies for Free — links to online streaming platforms
Filmmaking Research Network
JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments
Many more resources and ideas are available via independent film, visual anthropology and sociology, and visual culture studies, and the history of video essay/film essay.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
This journal is published by the Open Library of Humanities. Unlike many open-access publishers, the Open Library of Humanities does not charge any author fees. This does not mean that we do not have costs. Instead, our costs are paid by an international library consortium.
If your institution is not currently supporting the platform, we request that you ask your librarian to sign up. The OLH is extremely cost effective and is a not-for-profit charity. However, while we cannot function without financial support and we encourage universities to sign up, institutional commitment is not required to publish with us.
Fee waivers do not apply at the Open Library of Humanities because our funding model does not rely on author charges.