Submissions can engage with any aspect of audiovisual culture. We are particularly interested in submissions which engage with the following:
Online culture, social media and YouTube
Video game sound and music
Work created by or engaging with AV practices in the LGBTQ+ community
Multimodal and interdisciplinary approaches to opera, theatre and film
Augmented, virtual and hyper realities
Theoretical engagements with gender, race, sexuality and disability in audiovisual media
Music and the visual arts
Film music analysis and history
AV creative practice and experimental culture
Global histories and perspectives on AV culture
Video art and expanded cinema
Live audiovisual performance
Written essays must be between 3,000 and 12,000 words, including footnotes. Video essays or audiovisual works must be no more than 30 minutes, and must be accompanied by a 2,000 - 8,000 word commentary. This commentary should outline the contributor(s) creative decisions and intentions, provide a critical and theoretical engagement with the work, and contextualise it within the wider landscape of the relevant field of study.
Call and Response:
Written submissions must be no longer than 600 words. Sonic and visual submissions must be no longer than 5 minutes.
All written work should be submitted as a Word Document and be formatted as follows: double line spacing; size 12 font; 1 inch margin; 0.2 inch first line hanging indent; page numbers on the top right of every page (excluding title page); justified text.
Practical submissions should be submitted either as a downloadable file or a URL to a downloadable source (e.g. Vimeo).
All written works must include a "bibliography" and "media cited" sections, and all in-text citations must be formatted in accordance with Chicago Manual of Style's "Notes and Bibliography" style.
All submissions should be sent by email to the editors at: email@example.com. Please include in the subject heading whether your submission is a Full Submission or for Call and Response.
Please also ensure this email includes the following information: contributor(s) name; title of the work; contributor(s) level of study; contributor(s) place of study.
Full Submissions must additionally include: a title; a 100-200 word abstract; up to 10 key words; a 100 word biography of the contributor(s). For written essay and accompanying commentaries, this information must be featured on a separate page, preceding the written work. For all other works, this should be included in the submission email.
Call and Response submissions must include a title.
To maintain the anonymity of the contributor(s) during the review process, please ensure the work does not include the contributor(s) name anywhere on the submitted document.
All submissions will undergo an initial review by the Editors. If the work is deemed appropriate for the journal, it will undergo a blind review process by two members of the Editorial Board with expertise and understanding of the topics discussed. These reviewers will determine whether the work will be accepted or if further amendments are necessary and will provide the author will feedback outlining any suggested changes.
The author then has the opportunity to implement these changes, and resubmit prior to a final review, before a final decision is made regarding its suitability and readiness for publication.
Following this, any works selected for publication will undergo proofreading by the Editors. The work will then be sent back to the author for a confirmation of any changes made in this stage.
Following these steps, the work will now be ready for publication.
Sonic Scope’s primary focus is on highlighting student voices. We are therefore interested to hear from students working at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level, as well as individuals who have graduated within the last two years.
Please note that the above guidelines are subject to change at the Editor’s discretion. As such, please be sure to check the Submission Guide prior to submission to ensure the work follows Sonic Scope’s guidelines.
If you would like any further information on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the Editors at: firstname.lastname@example.org