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Publishing screen media practice research: Evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing in Screenworks

Crofts, Charlotte; Nevill, Alexander


Alexander Nevill


This article outlines current publishing practices in the field of academic filmmaking through a detailed discussion of the development of Screenworks, a peer-reviewed online publication of practice research in screen media. The imperative for academics working in creative disciplines to publish and articulate their practice as research has increased in recent years, driven by research evaluation exercises such as the UK REF and Australian ERA. Screenworks has been at the forefront of defining the field of peer-reviewed publication of practice research. As editors of the journal, the authors draw upon their experience, alongside personal correspondence with contributors and academics working on other practice-based publications. The article examines how and why current editorial processes have developed and outlines the opportunities and challenges facing online publication of screen media practice research. The article offers several case studies which demonstrate the unique value of dialogic peer review for evolving practice researchers, helping them not only to contextualise their practice as research in the written statement, but also amending and editing the practice itself. The issue of sustainability is also explored, namely the distinct problem of indexing and archiving audiovisual practice research outputs that is essential to ensuring both their longevity and visibility.


Crofts, C., & Nevill, A. (2018). Publishing screen media practice research: Evolving processes of contextualisation, peer review and future proofing in Screenworks. Media Practice and Education, 19(3), 283-297.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 25, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 24, 2019
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Jan 25, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 1, 2020
Journal Media Practice and Education
Print ISSN 2574-1136
Electronic ISSN 2574-1144
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 3
Pages 283-297
Keywords practice research, peer review, publishing, academic filmmaking, Screenworks
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media Practice and Education on 24th January 2019, available online:


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