Fan Studies Journals

The following, mostly open access, journals are focused on, or welcome articles on, fan studies. This is intended to be an exhaustive list, and the Fan Studies Network does not necessarily endorse any of these journals, unless specified. For more information, please refer to the website for each journal:


Transformative Works and Cultures

Open access and published by the Organization for Transformative Works, this is a fantastic, international, peer reviewed journal that we heartily recommend. They welcome full essays on all areas of fandom, plus shorter works for their Symposium section. FSN loves TWC!

Participations: International Journal of Audience Research

Participations is an excellent online open access journal, focusing on audience research and welcomes articles on fandom, or audiences in general. They publish two issues a year, usually in May and November. The Fan Studies Network had a special issue of this journal published in May 2013:

Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media

Recently re-launched, this very promising open access journal addresses all aspects of cult media. It publishes two issues a year. The journal  also features a Cult Media Review section which will carry shorter speculative reviews, reviews of cult phenomena (e.g. cult TV series, cult films, cult novels, science fiction, comics), short critical essays, interview transcripts, conference and convention reviews and articles about aspects of industry, fan culture, production and authorship.

M/C Journal

Founded in 1998, this is an open access journal that analyses and critiques the intersection of media and culture. Each issue is organised around a one word theme.

WaterCooler Journal

This new journal is Columbia College Chicago’s online academic publication that focuses on TV analysis from students to content creators and features papers to multimedia. “Completely student run, Watercooler Journal is here to curate that idea, to form a gallery where hierarchy of form doesn’t dictate quality, and to foster a community where papers, multimedia, and social media work in harmony to stir academia with refreshing force—from Microsoft Word to Imgur to Tumblr and back again”.


Journal of Fandom Studies,id=213/

Founded in 2012, this is an excellent peer reviewed print and online journal covers a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures. It publishes three issues per year and is currently on its seventh volume.

Cinema Journal

One of the most respected film journals, Cinema Journal is published quarterly and sponsored by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. It features articles on film studies, television studies, media studies, visual arts, cultural studies, film and media history and moving image studies.

Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture

Published by the Popular Communication section of ICA, this journal features articles on all aspects of popular communication and media.

International Journal of Cultural Studies

IJCS is a bi-monthly journal featuring international perspectives on cultural and media developments across the globe.

European Journal of Cultural Studies

EJCS features articles on articles on topics including gendered identities, cultural citizenship, migration, post-colonial criticism, consumer cultures, media and film, and cultural policy.

New Media & Society

New Media and Society publishes key research from communication, media and cultural studies, as well as sociology, geography, anthropology, economics, the political and information sciences and the humanities.


6 Responses to “Fan Studies Journals”

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  6. therationalfantastic Says:

    In your opinion which of these are more likely to publish non-traditional/experimental writing styles?

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