Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
Published semiannually in January and July, CINEJ Cinema Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed title published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The journal does not charge article processing or submission fees, or any other costs to authors submitting articles. With a traditional publisher and library at the helm, the website includes information about indexing in resources such as FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals, MLA, PKP Open Archives Registry, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and WorldCat (OCLC). The journal also uses the LOCKSS system, “a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.” In another nod to traditional publishing, CINEJ also provides a print issue on demand service.
The stated goals of CINEJ “are to promote all areas of media studies to encourage and reward excellence in scholar[ly] writing.” The journal aims to promote original research and preservation of the world’s “film, television, video and other media heritage.” The current issue contains eight articles and one book review. Films discussed are international in scope, such as “Cowboys and Kings: the Coming of Age Film in 1990s Irish Cinema”, “Between Genres and Styles in the Films of Robert Bresson,” and “Monstrosity and War Memories in Latin American Post-conflict Cinema,” an investigative study of “the link between inhumanity, monstrosity, war and memory” in two Latin American films about the post-conflict period in Colombia and Peru. The article examines the nature of humanity and inhumanity of war through the experience of former soldiers’ reintegration into civilian life.
The review for the book, Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television, describes how the author provides an overview of the rapid shifts in the television medium from production and distribution, the effect of digital format on viewing and the shifts in power and control between the viewers and the television industry. The reviewer notes the author “sheds light on those changes in television technology, media businesses, industry structures and audience habits that are shaking today’s post-television culture.”
The articles are thoughtful and accessible to academics as well as film enthusiasts. Academic and public libraries should consider adding this journal to their discovery systems.