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BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies

BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies


Editors
Ravi S Vasudevan Centre for the Study of Developing Societies/SARAI, India
Rosie Thomas University of Westminister, UK
S V Srinivas Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India
Debashree Mukherjee Columbia University, USA
Lotte Hoek University of Edinburgh, Scotland


eISSN: 0976352X | ISSN: 09749276 | Current volume: 9 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-annually

An early and popular form of film projector, "bioscope", was widely used to refer to the cinema in twentieth century South Asia. By focusing on the word's component parts, we highlight the expanding spectrum of forms involved in thinking about the relationship of life to visual and sound technologies. From the orbit of film, television and video, we invite research into a wide historical and contemporary canvas, from precinematic forms of assembly, through to contemporary computer practices, game cultures, multimedia telephony, ambient television, surveillance cameras, and the wide range of materials assembled on the internet. Our interests also extend to new media arts and contemporary screen-based art installations.

BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies is a blind peer-reviewed journal published biannually, starting January 2010. We encourage theoretical and empirical research both on located screen practices and wider networks, linkages, and patterns of circulation. This involves research into the historical, regional, and virtual spaces of screen cultures, including globalized and multi-sited conditions of production and circulation.

There is special attention given to archival research and field work. This includes documentation and ethnographic enquiry into media institutions and industries, and their modes of regulation, for example, the policies, debates and practices of urban administration, censorship regimes, and intellectual property regulation.

Our concern with old and new media forms invites work not only on changing technologies, but also on the spaces within which media experience is organized, including changing architecture and design and an enquiry into spatial forms and histories.

Our attention extends to the rich intersection of South Asian screen practices with related media forms, for example musical recording and performance, popular print culture and stage set design, and the history of publicity, advertising and consumer cultures.

To engage the specific idioms and forms of screen culture, we invite translations of important texts on screen experience as these are made available through writings on visual and sound cultures and technologies such as reviews, criticism, essays, and literary works.

BioScope is supported by the Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India, and the India Media Centre, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, UK. is supported by the Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India, and the India Media Centre, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, UK.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

An early and popular form of film projector, “bioscope”, was widely used to refer to the cinema in twentieth century South Asia. By focusing on the word’s component parts, we highlight the expanding spectrum of forms involved in thinking about the relationship of life to visual and sound technologies. From the orbit of film, television and video, we invite research into a wide historical and contemporary canvas, from precinematic forms of assembly, through to contemporary computer practices, game cultures, multimedia telephony, ambient television, surveillance cameras, and the wide range of materials assembled on the internet. Our interests also extend to new media arts and contemporary screen-based art installations.

BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies is a blind peer-reviewed journal published biannually, starting January 2010. We encourage theoretical and empirical research both on located screen practices and wider networks, linkages, and patterns of circulation. This involves research into the historical, regional, and virtual spaces of screen cultures, including globalized and multi-sited conditions of production and circulation.

There is special attention given to archival research and field work. This includes documentation and ethnographic enquiry into media institutions and industries, and their modes of regulation, for example, the policies, debates and practices of urban administration, censorship regimes, and intellectual property regulation.

Our concern with old and new media forms invites work not only on changing technologies, but also on the spaces within which media experience is organized, including changing architecture and design and an enquiry into spatial forms and histories.

Our attention extends to the rich intersection of South Asian screen practices with related media forms, for example musical recording and performance, popular print culture and stage set design, and the history of publicity, advertising and consumer cultures.

To engage the specific idioms and forms of screen culture, we invite translations of important texts on screen experience as these are made available through writings on visual and sound cultures and technologies such as reviews, criticism, essays, and literary works.

Associate Editors
Vebhuti Duggal Ambedkar University, Delhi 
Kartik Nair Temple University, USA
Salma Siddique Ludwig Maximilian University-Munich, Germany
Editorial Advisors
Iftikhar Dadi Cornell University, USA
Nitin Govil University of Southern California, USA
Steve Hughes School of Oriental and African Studies, UK
Priya Jaikumar University of Southern California, USA
Ranjani Mazumdar Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Zakir Hossain Raju Independent University, Bangladesh
Editorial Board
Richard Allen New York University, USA
Ira Bhaskar Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Moinak Biswas Jadavpur University, India
Corey Creekmur The University of Iowa, USA
David Desser Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Christine Gledhill University of Sunderland, UK
Lalitha Gopalan The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Jyotindra Jain Editor, Marg Publications, Mumbai, India
Laleen Jayamanne The University of Sydney, Australia
Neepa Majumdar University of Pittsburgh, USA
Gina Marchetti University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
M Madhava Prasad English and Foreign Language University, India
Ashish Rajadhyaksha Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, India
Arvind Rajagopal New York University, USA
Robert P Stam New York University, USA
Ravi Sundaram Centre for the Study of Developing Societies/SARAI, India
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies

    BioScope is hosted on SAGE Track System, a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/bio to login/create account and submit your article online.

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of BioScope will be reviewed.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting 
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information                

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript BioScope, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    The journal encourages theoretical and empirical research both on located screen practices and wider networks, linkages, and patterns of circulation. This involves research into the historical, regional, and virtual spaces of screen cultures, including globalized and multi-sited conditions of production and circulation.

    There is special attention given to archival research and field work.

    • Along with the submission, authors also need to send an undertaking that the same article is not submitted to any other publication.
    • Provide an abstract of not more than 200 words and 4–6 keywords for articles.
    • British spellings should be used throughout; universal ‘s’ in ‘-ise’ and ‘-isation’ words.
    • Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be used within single quotes.
    • Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above should remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent not %).
    • Notes should be numbered serially and presented as endnotes. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
    • All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi/1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs / images. Even for photographs / images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavor). All photographs / scanned images should be provided separately in a folder along with the main article.

    There is no limit on the number of references allowed.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    BioScope adheres to a rigorous single-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    BioScope requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    BioScope encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    BioScope and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    BioScope offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    BioScope adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Bioscope is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE, a web based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/bio to login and submit your article online.

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.2 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

    7. Further information

    For more information, please contact:
    The Editors, Bioscope.
    E-mail: bioscope2009@gmail.com

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