Special Edition of “Vista” Journal Co-edited by a CICANT Researcher

View is surface and distance. Landscape and pathway. Horizon and possibility. With the emergence of photography, the word viewsteps into the designation of landscape. Used by the first photographers to refer to the resulting clichés of their expeditions, the notion of view conveys the advent of our dense universe of technical images and, most of all, signals the conversion of a world seen from the perspective of art into a world represented from the much broader horizon of social iconography and visual culture (that encompasses fine arts and photography, as well as cinema, television, videogames, fashion, advertising, comics, graffiti, …).

Since the 1990’s, with the announcement of the pictorial turn, visual culture became a recurring and privileged focus of interest within the humanities and social sciences. Vista appears in this context as a semi-annual publication in the field of Communication Sciences. Conceived in 2015 by the Visual Culture Working Group of the Portuguese Association of Communication Sciences ( SOPCOM), it aims the promotion of a transdisciplinary debate around culture’s visual mediation processes (photography, cinema, television, advertising, videogames and digital media, …).

Social context determined by the culture of media convergence, together with the proliferation of digital devices connected to the Internet and their penetration among citizens, has given relevance, more than ever, to the media and visual culture. Digital media and images have conducted visual field towards the study of consumer´s practices and producer´s image, in accordance with the social aspects and the cultural contexts that characterize them.

To the multidisciplinary approach of media and digital literacy, intergenerational issue is added as the starting point of this issue, which seeks to delve into the fact that the media experience occurs in differentiated conditions, characterized by different cultural (media and digital) competences between generations: analogical and digital citizens, emigrants and digital natives. From the family portraits to the selfies of our smartphones, from soap opera and TV series to social networks.

Images produced and consumed get increased from a diversity of experiences and memories, from a multiplicity of lifestyles and media uses, which is worth to be rethought from the idea of “generations”.


1. Manuscript Submission

  1. Works proposed to Vista should be submitted electronically through the email address  vista.culturavisual@gmail.com
  2. Files consisting of the article draft should be annexed in an editable format (.doc, .docx, .rtf or OpenOffice). PDF documents will not be accepted.
  3. All works must be accompanied by the identification of author(s), institutional affiliation and e-mail address(es).
  4. Each article must be accompanied by an abstract, included in the article page, in three languages (original language, Portuguese and English), with a maximum of 250 words, and 3-5 keywords
  5. If the submitted article includes visual elements, these must be sent separately (according to the indications stipulated for ‘Graphic Materials and Visual Elements’).
  6. Articles should be submitted along with the following documents:
      A declaration signed by all authors, stating that

      1. the text is original
      2. there is no conflicts of interest
    • A copyright transfer declaration to Vista

2. Manuscript Length

Papers are limited in length to 8000 words (recommended 6000-8000), excluding abstracts and references.

3. Language

  1. Vista accepts submissions in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French
  2. All quotations, which are not originally written in these languages, must be translated into the language in which the article is written. The original text should be quoted in the endnotes.


1. Format of Manuscripts

  • title: Arial 11, bold, maximum length of 12 words
  • abstract: Arial 10, maximum length of 250 words, 3-5 keywords after the abstract, in different languages
  • body text: Arial 11, justified, 1.5 line spacing
  • chapters’ titles: two heading levels, numbered with Arabic and unnumbered in the Introduction and Conclusion texts
  • quotations: If the quotation comprises fewer than 40 words, it should be incorporated into text and enclosed with double quotation marks; if it comprises 40 or more words, it should be displayed in a freestanding block of text, without quotation marks, non-italic and Arial 10
  • footnotes: numbered in Arabic without parentheses, Arial 9, line spacing 1,5. Footnotes should not be indented in the first paragraph
  • foreign words: foreign words must be italicized

2. Graphic Materials and Visual Elements

The non-textual elements – e.g. tables, graphics, images or video – should be identified using continuous Arabic numbering for each of the elements and they should be sent separately in .jpeg, .tiff or vector EPS format, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. For videos, we accept avi, mp4, mkv and mov files.  File format for graphics and images should be JPEG or TIFF. Each file is named with a number, indicating the order in which each image appears in the article. In the main body text, we should find the references, the numbers and the captions of these figures.

3. Funding Acknowledgements

They should be placed at the end of the article, before the References section. The identification of the funding entities must contain their complete designation. In the case of more than one entity, references are separated by semicolons, the last of the list being preceded by “and”.

4. References

  1. References in Text

References in text follow the APA Format – 6th Edition, as in the examples:

  • one author: (Didi-Huberman, 2012)
  • one author, specific page: (Didi-Huberman, 2012, p.63)
  • two authors: (Evans & Hall, 1999)
  • three authors: (Howard, Thompson Waterton, 2013)
  • more than three authors: (Andriopoulos et al., 2001)
  • several authors and several works, ordered according to
    1. the year of publication
    2. the alphabetic order: (Harper, 1998; Prosser, 1998; Rose, 2000; Banks, 2001; Pink, 2013)
  1. Reference List

Entries should be arranged by alphabetic order by the surname of the first author, at the end of the article, including only the sources used in the article. They follow the APA Format – 6th Edition, as in examples below:

  • book: Siegert, B. (1999). Relays: Literature as an Epoch of the Postal System. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • article or chapter in an edited book: Peters, J. D. (2010) Mass media, in Mitchell & Hansen (ed.). Critical Terms for Media Studies (pp.266-279), London: The University of Chicago Press.
  • article in a print magazine: Santaella, L (2009). O pluralismo pós-utópico da arte. Revista ARS, Vol. 7 Nº 14, 131-151.
  • article in an on-line magazine: Santaella, L (2009). O pluralismo pós-utópico da arte. Revista ARS, Vol. 7 Nº 14.Retrieved from: http://www.revistas.usp.br/ars/article/view/3057.

Vista uses the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)as the primary style guide. We strongly recommend authors to consult this manual in order to clarify aspects not covered by our guidelines.

Vista – Visual Culture Journal is a peer-reviewed journal and operates under a double blind review process. Each submitted work will be send to two reviewers previously invited to evaluate it, in accordance with the academic quality, originality and relevance for the objectives and scope of the issue of this edition of the journal. Articles can be submitted in English, Portuguese, Spanish and French to the e-mails of the invited editors:


  • Paper Submission: March 15th 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 29th 2019
  • Journal Publication: July 31st 2019

Permanent Call for Papers

Submissions for Vista – Visual Culture Journal are open permanently. Articles, reviews (books, films, exhibitions …), conversations and visual projects around the subject of the image and written in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French are accepted.

The proposals can be sent to the email of the journal: vista.culturavisual@gmail.com

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