About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Apparatus deals with film, media and digital cultures of Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe. Apparatus covers the research of current and historical media in its entirety: early technical media, film, radio, magnetic tapes, television, internet, DVDs. Our understanding of media includes all material aspects of traditional forms of communication such as manuscripts and books. We encourage theoretical as well as empirical studies. The core of our publication are original research articles.
The scholarly quality of the journal is secured through a double blind peer review process. The articles can be published in different languages, including those used in the region the journal concentrates upon – always with a summary in English. We welcome contributions in your native language.
The electronic form of publishing allows not only for illustrations but audio or video files. These clips – once their rights are cleared – can be uploaded onto the Apparatus channel.
All articles in Apparatus are instantaneously available in open access in its entirety. This ensures their maximum accessibility and international dissemination – including among scholars in Eastern Europe whose access to Western and international journals (reception and publication alike) remains limited. Apparatus encourages writers engaging in the field to use the journal as a forum for communication for bridging the East-West divide.
Apparatus aims to increase the visibility and international impact of media studies scholars who research a variety of East European subjects from Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, the Baltic states, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and many other countries.
Apparatus also wishes to contribute to the open access movement in the sense of a democratization of access to information and knowledge worldwide. The long-term preservation of the articles is guaranteed by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Apparatus uses the Open Journal Software OJS.
Apparatus accepts both unsolicited and solicited submissions, the latter answering specific calls advertised on the journal website.
The journal only accepts original pieces of writing. All articles are checked for plagiarism using software assisted detection.
The journal is published twice a year.
Peer Review Process
A peer-review is the evaluation of an article by a person of similar competence to the author of the article, her or his peer. Upon reception of an article, the editorial board identifies minimally one peer-reviewer who specializes in the field addressed in the work who reviews the text anonymously following the following criteria:
Apparatus Peer Review Criteria
1. Originality and Audience
Does the article make a fresh or original contribution to the area of study?
Is the article of international / national interest?
Is the material put into context, is the research up-to-date and relevant?
3. Focus and Results
Does the article have a clear and well-defined focus?
Are you convinced by the author’s results?
Has the author used both primary and secondary sources appropriately? Are the sources used consistent with his/her argument?
5. Is the methodology explained?
6. Argument and Style
Is there a clear argument expressed clearly and coherently? Is the writing over-elaborate? Are there other issues which need reworking (grammar, etc.)?
The result of your review is….
a) I recommend publication without any changes
b) I recommend publication with minor revisions (with no need for a further review)
c) The article needs significant revision and a further review (please include a description of the missing elements)
d) In my opinion the article is not publishable
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
We publish articles in all of the languages of the region always accompanied by abstracts in English, German and Russian. To date we have published articles in Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Latvian, English, Hungarian, German, and Russian.
This journal is committed to preventing academic misconduct in all forms. The publisher and editors of Apparatus strive to ensure that all published findings are reliable, do not constitute plagiarism, have not been previously published elsewhere, do not contain material or data without authorisation for use, and do not infringe upon copyright. Any publication found to have violated these policies or found to be the product of misconduct of any kind will be retracted. In no circumstances shall the publisher or editors encourage, or knowingly permit, research misconduct to take place.
The peer review and plagiarism screening processes seek to prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. The publishers and editors of Apparatus will not tolerate attempts to compromise or manipulate these processes.
Authors are required to disclose any conflicts of interest that would affect interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.
Ownership and Management
Apparatus is a fully peer-reviewed online journal edited by Natascha Drubek and published by DiGZ. Digitalen Zugang zu Wissen demokratisch gestalten e.V. in association with Freie Universität Berlin. The publication is overseen by an independent editorial board.
Sources of Support
During her Heisenberg Fellowship at the University of Regensburg (2009-2015) Natascha Drubek had the idea of founding a journal on Central and Eastern European film, visual cultures and media which would occupy a distinct position in scholarly publishing.
In discussions with her colleagues, Irina Sandomirskaja and Anke Hennig, the idea of the journal was further developed, with the aim of engaging readers all over the world by providing genuinely free access. "Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe" is the realisation of the ambitious goal to create a peer-reviewed open access multilingual journal which would not only recruit a wide range of authors from the region but also attract its readers.
With the initial partner in the project (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) Natascha Drubek applied for the funding which was granted by the section “Wissenschaftliche Literaturversorgungs- und Informationssysteme” of the Deutsche Forschungsmeinschaft) in 2013. The starting grant period finished in the beginning of 2018.
The very first website was designed by Rustem Abliakimov (Crimea).
Vital technical support was provided by Robert Hennig (Zwölf Medien), Božana Bokan (CeDIS; PKP) and John Newby (LShift) – all based in Berlin.
Apparatus uses the Open Journal System and is hosted by CeDIS, the Center for Digital Systems at Freie Universität Berlin.