Call for Reviewers

The newly launched Journal of Video Ethnography (JVE) is a venture of DePaul University's Social Science Research Center. JVE is the first ever peer-reviewed journal of ethnographic films and videos. The aim of this journal is to advance the social scientific use of video/film as a method for exploring human society, systems, and cultures and as a medium for presenting the findings of those explorations.

Our primary objective is to establish a mechanism for the peer review of films that have social science ideas at their core. We expect that most submissions will come from academics who make films. This said, we also aspire to bridge the gap between academia and commercial documentary film and to provide a vehicle for the distribution of films by non-academic filmmakers whose films constitute an ethnographic point of view on a culture, group or phenomenon.

Published twice a year, the journal accepts public submissions that are each evaluated by a panel of two or three anonymous peer reviewers representing a wide range of disciplines but all sharing a commitment to social science ethnography. Submissions for the premier edition of the journal will open on March 1. The first issue will appear on September 1, 2014. If you have experience in documentary filmmaking, social science, ethnographic research, and/or visual arts, please consider becoming a reviewer for JVE. While there is no pay, you'll play an important part in the creation of a pioneering journal of peer reviewed ethnographic films and videos.

Each reviewer will be responsible for watching and preparing brief written evaluations of three ethnographic films per year. All reviews will be conducted in a "single blind" manner; that is, reviewers will know the identity of the filmmaker whose film is submitted for review, but the filmmaker will not know the identities of the reviewers. If you're interested in serving as a JVE reviewer or know of other potential candidates please contact me at gscott@depaul.edu. For more information about JVE, be sure to check out our website at www.videoethno.com, or click here to become a reviewer.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Greg Scott
Greg Scott, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Video Ethnography