ZINES is an international peer journal dedicated to studies of amateur and do-it-yourself media of any kind, from fanzines to webzines, perzines to science zines, artzines to poezines, etc.

ZINES is multi-disciplinary and opened to all scientific disciplines, from social sciences to medical sciences, art and design, media studies, etc. The first aim of the journal is to study the involvement of amateurs in the production of mediascapes, from printing form to cybermedia. It also addresses the impact of zine making for personal or collective sociabilization, especially in closed environments such as carceral or medical centres. The second aim is to examine the production of new form of communication by amateurs leading to the publication of media with a strong DIY ethos, including scholars who invent new forms of dissemination of scientific knowledge.

ZINES accepts original contribution from academics, zine librarians and non-academic zinesters who want to share personal experiences or react to published papers. Articles published in ZINES are peer reviewed by scholars. The ZINES reviewers are assigned to articles based on their academic interests and scholarly expertise. ZINES accepts the following types of contributions: articles, book reviews, thematic reviews of zines, in-depth interview with zinesters. We also welcome thematic issue proposal or zine conference proceedings. We accept papers in English, French and Spanish. However, French and Spanish papers must include an extensive abstract (2 pages) in English presenting methods, main results and discussion.

ZINES is published twice a year. First issue was expected c. April 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemy, issue 1 was released September 1st, 2020.

Because zines are intimately anchored in personal bricolage, ZINES also encourages papers submitted in unconventional format (e.g. collages, paste-up or other innovative editing, etc.), work in progress papers are also welcomed, providing that every paper submitted to ZINES will be evaluate by reviewers and must fit in the final printed format (which might varies – ask us !).

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Editorial Board

  • Samuel ETIENNE, Université PSL, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France. Editor-in-chief.
  • Antoine LEFEBVRE, Université Paris 1, France, associate editor.
  • Maria Aparecida ALVES DA SILVA, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brasil.
  • Nico CARPENTIER, Charles University, Czech Rep.; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium; Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • Matteo CIASTELLARDI, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.
  • Kathrin DRECKMANN, Universität Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • Jenna FREEDMAN, Barnard College, New-York, USA.
  • Jared GARDNER, Professor and Director of Popular Culture Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, USA.
  • Paula GUERRA, University of Porto, Portugal.
  • Gérôme GUIBERT, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France.
  • Tim HERON, Université de Strasbourg, France.
  • Michael J. HUGUES, Trinity University, Texas, USA.
  • Izabeau LEGENDRE, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.
  • Paul LONG, Monash University, Australia.
  • Miroslav MICHELA, Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Czech Rep.
  • Janice RADWAY, Northwestern School of Communication, Illinois, USA.
  • Franck REBILLARD, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France.
  • Lucy ROBINSON, University of Sussex, UK.
  • Paul SCHOR, Université Paris-Diderot, France.
  • Will STRAW, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.
  • Matthew WORLEY, University of Reading, UK.

Contact / Submission:

zinesjournal @ gmail.com

Preparing your paper:

Articles should be no more than 5000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. Should contain an unstructured abstract of 150-180 words (maximum!) with no references nor footnotes. Should contain between 3 and 6 keywords.

Notes (one question) should be no more than 2000 words.

Book reviews should be no more than 1500 words.

Catalogue presentation should be no more than 2500 words.

Zinester interviews or testimony should be no more than 2500 words.

Drawings, collages, etc. should fit in one print page. (300 dpi)

All these recommendations are intended to be broken at a certain point.


Submit the text of your paper and any illustration as separate files. Text as .doc or any open format. Images as .jpg, .tiff or .png with a print resolution (300 dpi). Minimum size for an illustration is 600 pix (width or height).

Abstract should contain between 150 and 180 words with no references nor footnotes. 180 words is really a maximum !

Footnotes are not recommended in the text.

Bibliography: we do not impose any reference model. Choose your own model and keep it straight all along the reference list. Readers must be able to find easily the quoted source.


Oct. 2023 update: ZINES is no longer published. Check ACAZINE journal for more explanation.