Author Guidelines

Format and Style of Articles

There are two kinds of contributions:

  1. Explorations. These are primarily theoretical articles that focus on historical, sociological, anthropological approaches to television and have a European focus.
  2. Discoveries. These focus on (national) case studies, empirical work, methodological reflections, discussion of archival sources, news from archives.
  1. Both discoveries and explorations undergo a double-blind review process. Reviewers are selected by the guest editors of each issue.
  2. The average length of articles in each section is 3000-6000 words.
  3. Articles need to be web-friendly. Authors need to reflect on the characteristics of the medium they are writing in and for. We encourage authors to think of their text as a non-linear narrative. This means the readers are also “viewers”: they not only read, but also see the texts on screen. The screen is therefore the basic visual frame for the presentation of texts. Within this frame, you should apply the following rules:

    • Always provide a stimulating headline
    • The main statement / argument has to be presented first (not as a conclusion at the end)
    • Write in chunks / separate paragraphs that contain one clear message / idea
    • Use an active style (based on verbs, not nouns)
    • Think of html-environment as a multi-media narrative platform: don’t think of photographs / audiovisual sources as “illustrations” of your text, but make them a relevant (probably most relevant) part of your story!
    • Try to engage with the readers by confronting them with questions, strong statements, offering alternative views (by including external links)
  4. Articles must make use of audiovisual / visual sources available on the EUscreen platform or contain links to other audiovisual sources available online (YouTube, etc.).
  5. Articles have to comply with academic standards of scientific writing (references, footnotes, quotations). See details on the house style of the journal below.

Discovery Articles

Discovery articles should mainly aim at:

  1. Stimulating the curiosity of the reader:
  2. By offering interesting glimpses, for instance by inviting the reader to visit the homepage of the project / archive presented in order to get deeper knowledge
  3. By presenting interesting / new / rare audiovisual material
  4. By using audiovisual media as part of the story/argument, therefore demonstrating the added value of publishing the article in an online environment rather than a printed journal.
  5. Building bridges between archival and academic communities
  6. By offering information on how to access material in archives and cultural heritage institutions
  7. By inviting scholars to work with the material and the sources presented.

Exploratory Articles

Exploratory articles should mainly aim at:

  1. Making a contribution to theoretical or methodological debates in the field of television history:
  2. By situating the discussions in the article within the state of the art debates on the topic
  3. By providing overarching arguments/reflections that go beyond the analysis/discussion of isolated case studies
  4. Present research on issues related to television history and culture from a European perspective
  5. By situation your arguments within a European context
  6. By providing comparisons with or references to television in other European countries

Style Guidelines

The following guidelines are intended to help ease the reviewing and editing process. Please ensure that articles submitted to VIEW comply with these guidelines to avoid delays in the production process or rejection of the article. The style should be consistent throughout the article and compatible with the rest of the journal.

  1. Use UK punctuation throughout the article.
  2. Use UK spelling consistently throughout the article, but retain US spelling in American proper names, such as Pearl Harbor, or in quotes originating from US publications.

Notes and references

Citing film or television

  1. Use italics for titles of TV programmes (but not episodes), videos, films, plays or radio shows throughout the article, ie The Sopranos (1999-2007); The Social Network (2010).
  2. When citing a character for the first time, include full name and actor (in brackets): e.g. Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco). Thereafter use character name (or how they are most commonly known), unless discussing the actor’s performance.
  3. When offering an example from a particular programme, always cite the episode used. The title in quotation marks, followed by a comma, the season (as number), colon and space, the episode (as number): e.g. ‘Pilot,’ 1: 1.

Please provide a complete list of all programmes/films cited at the end.


  1. All references should have an endnote and be numbered —1, 2, 3 and so on—consecutively throughout the article.
  2. With regard to the note number system, numbers should be in arabic superscript 1

Citation for publications

Books: John Hartley, Uses of Television, Routledge, 1999, p. 3.
Edited collections: Kim Akass and Janet McCabe, eds, Reading Sex and the City: Critical Approaches, I. B. Tauris, 2004.
Journals/newspapers: Michele Hilmes, ‘The Bad Object: Television in the American Academy,’ Cinema Journal, 45, 1, Fall 2005, 113.
Citation from web sources: Sarah Hughes, ‘Boardwalk Empire State of Mind,’ Guardian, 20 January 2011,
Kindle: Referencing system same as books (see above), but after the year include ‘e-book’, and, if page numbers are available, include, ‘Kindle Locations’ followed by the pages: e.g. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, trans. Reg Keeland, Maclehouse Press, 2010, e-book, Kindle Locations 147-55.

  1. Speaker, followed by title of extra (maximum capitalization, in single quotation marks).
  2. Identify disk number, ‘Bonus Features,’ title of series, production company and date.

Example: Matthew Graham, ‘Take a Look at the Lawman: The Making of Life on Mars, Part 1,’ Disk 1, Bonus Features, Life on Mars: The Complete Series One, Contender Home Entertainment, 2006
Thereafter: Graham, ‘Take a Look at the Lawman,’ 2006.
Archival sources should use the following order: place, reference number of document, status of document, author, title, date, page no. For example: Public Record Office, London (hereafter PRO), T235/134, MAC (52) 153, memo by C. Cottrell, ‘Money,’ 6 August 1952, p. 2.

Including audiovisual media in your article


  1. Upload illustrations as jpeg. files onto the journal platform as well as in the text of the article.
  2. Always provide a relevant caption/description with your illustrations.

Video Files

  1. Provide links for videos that need to be embedded into your article
  2. Clearly mark in the text where the video should be embedded. E.g. Embed Video 1 here.
  3. Where possible include in the text both the URL and the embed codes for the videos that need to be embedded
  4. Always provide a title, and a relevant caption/description with your URL.
  5. Where relevant and if possible, try to include the following metadata for each clip to be embedded: Title, Broadcaster, Broadcast Date. Caption/Description as relevant for your article.

Audio Files

  1. Audio files need to be uploaded to an external platform (e.g. SoundCloud) before they can be embedded into the article.
    Please check with the managing editor (Dana Mustata: and with the publishing support (Erwin Verbruggen: if you need assistance with this.
  2. Provide the link to your audio file that needs to be embedded into your article.
  3. Clearly mark in the text where the link should be embedded. E.g. Embed Audio 1 here.
  4. Always provide a title, and a relevant caption/description with your URL

Copyrights should be cleared before submission of the final draft of the article. If there is no copyright clearance, VIEW cannot publish. Responsibility for copyright clearance rests with the author, and not the publishers/editors.