About the Journal

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Membrana – Journal of Photography, Theory and Visual Culture is a peer-reviewed journal promoting a critically informed and theoretically grounded understanding of photography as a multifaceted and divergent media. The journal is open to contributions that address photography's embeddedness in visual culture and contemporary media, its relation to technology, politics, art, tradition, and the global economy. Membrana also invites contributions that challenge prevailing notions and conceptualizations of photography, photography theory, and the history of photography.

The journal Membrana is published by the Membrana Institute – an independent publisher based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The first issue was published in the winter of 2016. Since 2017 it is published biannually in summer and winter in the English language.

The online archive (articles of original research, interviews with seminal figures in the field, reviews, and visual research projects) is constantly updated.

ISSN: 2463-8501 / eISSN: 2712-4894 / Publishing frequency: biannual (summer and winter) / Publisher: Membrana, Maurerjeva 8, 1000 Ljubljana / Publisher’s emailpublishing@membrana.org / Design: Primož Pislak, LUKS Studio / Printing: Cicero, Ljubljana 


Aims and Scope

Membrana offers an open, interdisciplinary, and international forum for critical reflection on contemporary photography as multifaceted and divergent media (including film, video, virtual, and augmented reality), its theories, and practices, while encouraging consideration of its changing role in the social and cultural sphere.

Committed to promoting new voices, Membrana is open to submissions of original research articles, interviews, and reviews. In particular, those that address the micro-phenomena of photography that challenge the excepted conceptions and perspectives on photography (be it postcolonial, rearchival, algorithmic, meta-data, non-anthropocentric; oriented towards new concepts and/or exploring new perspectives on "old" photography legacies).

The journal publishes original research from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches from the fields of media studies, cultural studies, journalism research, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and art history. It presents analytical texts, interviews with seminal figures in the field, reviews of original theoretical and/or art publications and production, and visual research projects.

Membrana is also open to submissions of proposals that fall inside the biannual calls for papers. The journal is also open for submissions outside the thematic calls for papers if the submissions fit the aim and scope of the journal. 


Journal Article Versions

Membrana journal publishes only original articles in Version of Record  (VoR) format (with peer-review corrections, typesetting, and proofreading correction, indexed, and with assigned Digital Object Identifier [DOI]). After the completion of the full issue, the VoR is assigned page numbers, and (if needed) minor typesetting post-publication corrections are inserted. If additional major corrections or enhancements to the VoR are necessary, the article is published as a Corrected Version of Record (CVoR) and/or Enhanced Version of Record (EVoR). All the versions are permanently available online, clearly marked with the date of publication, date of changes, and in case of CVoR or EVoR with errata and/or a list of additional enhancements to the previous record. If the article is retracted the version will be marked as such, and left available online with the link to the reasons for retraction. See more about the retraction policy in our Editorial and Publishing Policy.

AO = Author’s Original
SMUR = Submitted Manuscript Under Review
AM = Accepted Manuscript
P = Proof
VoR = Version of Record
CVoR = Corrected Version of Record
EVoR = Enhanced Version of Record


Indexing, Abstracting, and Archiving

Membrana is indexed by EBSCO INDEX (Arts & Architecture), GOOGLE SCHOLAR, and included in databases of CROSSREF, COBISS. Membrana is a part of the Public Knowledge Project - Preservation Network (PKP-PN) – a network using the LOCKSS archiving system. If the Membrana Journal ceases to be published by Membrana Institute and the journal is not transferred to another publisher, all the material published in the Membrana Journal will become openly accessible under PKP-PN – LOCKSS agreement.


Publication Charges

This journal has no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges. Check the next section for the Open Access Article Processing Charge. 


Open Access

Many funders today mandate the publication of the work that results from the funded research to be published in Open Access (OA). As a hybrid journal, Membrana offers Open Access option to authors in exchange for an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Open Access articles are subject to the same rigorous peer reviews as other articles, with expedited online publication. The author(s) retain all copyrights, so they can reuse and republish the article without restriction. The author(s) are guaranteed preservation and online availability of the article through the LOCKSS network.

Author(s) can choose to give us the rights to publish the article in the Membrana Review magazine as well (in HTML format) furthering their reach outside academic circles and improving the accessibility of the article.

The Open Access Article Processing Charge (OA-APC)  fee for an article (2023, 2024) is 650,00 EUR. OA APC fee covers the costs of editing (15%), technical editing (20%), proofreading (30%), administration costs (15%), and lastly technical and server up-keep costs (20%).

Membrana offers a discounted OA APC for precariously employed scholars and authors from soft currency countries. 

Interested authors should express an interest to publish in OA or discounted OA at the time of the submission in the Comments for the Editor section or by contacting us directly.


Peer Review

All articles are peer-reviewed. Membrana uses a single-blind peer review process for all submitted manuscripts. See more about the peer-review process in our Editorial & Publishing Policy.  

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