animation: an interdisciplinary journal
Published 3x annually since 2006
Founded in 2006 by Suzanne Buchan, animation: an interdisciplinary journal (Sage Journals) is an international, peer-reviewed journal that brings together research in film and media studies, architecture, art and design, visual culture and creative practice. The journal seeks to create an academic dialogue mapping the interdisciplinary nature of animation: its scope is very comprehensive, yet its focus is clear and simple. The journal addresses all animation made using all known (and yet to be developed) techniques - from 16th century optical devices to contemporary digital media - revealing its implications on other forms of time-based media expression past, present and future.
animation: an interdisciplinary journal also regularly publishes guest-edited thematic and special issues, such as Comics and Animation; Early and Pre-Cinema Animation, Rotoshop, Documentary Animation; Avatar and Stan Vanderbeek. The journal is listed in many scholarly indices, such as: Art Abstracts; Art Index; Arts & Humanities Citation Index; British Humanities Index; Bulletin Signaletique; Communication & Mass Media Complete; Communication Abstracts; European Network for Cinema and Media Studies; FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals; Humanities Index; Inist-Cnr; MLA International Bibliography and Scopus.
In “Animation, in Theory” (Animating Film Theory Karen Beckman (ed). Duke University Press, 2014), Buchan traces the intellectual genesis of the journal, that is deeply aligned with her own research interests. She locates it in a historical and theoretical framework that, with some exceptions, spans the 1970s to mid 2000s. In doing so, she “take[s] the 'long view' – without Plato no Gilles Deleuze, without Emile Cohl no Wall-E, and in my view without Jean Mitry, Heinrich von Kleist, Noël Carroll and Stanley Cavell no animation theory.” Buchan reflects on past achievements to appeal to future researchers and makers of animation – and potential journal contributors – to be sensitive to the historical continuum of authorship, media formats and creativity in the (mainly digital) striving ahead.
According to the 2012 Journal Ranking on Visual and Performing Arts report published by Scimago Lab (data source: Scopus), animation: an interdisciplinary journal has achieved a remarkable impact in its ninth year of publication, receiving an SJR score of of 0,215 and reaching the 18th position for impact and quality among the 228 international journals mapped.