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 will be 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.) providing that every paper submitted to ZINES will be evaluate by reviewers and must fit in the final printed format (21*21 cm).

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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.
  • 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.
  • Frank 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:


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 200 words. 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 a 21*21 cm page. (300 dpi)


Call for papers

August 2020 : Embodied DIY: Feminist and Queer Zines in a Transglobal World (special issue directed by Paula Guerra and Laura López). Deadline for submission : January 2021. See Cfp.