Focus and Scope

Open Screens is the open-access journal of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies. It is international in scope and encourages innovative contributions from scholars of screen-based media and researcher-practitioners worldwide. Its published material embraces the historical and the contemporary, and it will consider submissions from film, television, screen and media studies, as well as related disciplines such as area studies, gender & sexuality studies. It publishes articles, essays, reports, debates, reviews and research-by-film-practice.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content  publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons license agreement. 

One of the benefits of open access publishing lies in others being able to re-use material. We believe that the greatest societal good is possible when people are free to re-distribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we use the CC BY 4.0 license, under which others may re-use your work, on condition that they cite you.  

If a more restrictive licence is required (for example, if you are reproducing third party material that cannot be reproduced under more open licences)please make this request upon submission in the â€˜Comment to the Editor’ field or email your editor directly, stating the reasons why.  

Archiving Policy

The journal's publisher, Open Library of Humanities focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Open Library of Humanities journals are indexed by the following services:

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing support@janeway.freshdesk.com or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


Open Screens is the journal of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS). BAFTSS was established in 2011 to promote the recognition of the Film, Television and Screen Studies and to represent the academic and professional interests of those engaged in those subjects to the academy, government, funding agencies, the cultural industries and the public. The Association is 'British' only by virtue of being based in the UK, and its journal encourages submissions from any part of the world and from non-members.