Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Apparatus is a fully peer-reviewed online journal edited and published by Natascha Drubek in association with Freie Universität Berlin.

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. All articles are checked for plagiarism using software assisted detection.

The journal does not charge any article processing fees nor any submission fees.

The journal is published twice a year.


Section Policies


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Articles: Women Cutting Movies

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Articles: Fiction in Central and Eastern European Film Theory and Practice

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Artistic Research

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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?

2. Context

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?

4. Sources

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.



The journal is archived in the Public Knowledge Project Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN).


Language Policy

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, German, and Russian.