Iluminace: Journal for Film Theory, History, and Aesthetics

Iluminace is a publishing venue of the National Film Archive.


Iluminace is the only Czech double-blind peer-reviewed journal for scholarly reflection upon cinema which is approached from theoretical, historical and aesthetic perspectives. It emphasizes original research and interdisciplinary approaches and in recent years has focused on international authors and readers. Each issue contains a block of texts dedicated to a specific theme, as well as additional studies, unrelated to the main theme, interviews, reviews of scholarly literature, editions of archival materials, presentations of the collections of the NFA and topical research projects. Iluminace is accessible through the Scopus, ERIH PLUS, EBSCO and ProQuest electronic databases.



Publishing Policy

General Conditions
Authors can consult the editors whether the text corresponds to the focus and expertise of the journal, based on an abstract. When delivering a manuscript, authors follow Guidelines for Authors. The text submitted to the editors may not be published in another periodical or non-periodical publication (in Czech or any other language) or offered at the same time for publication in another periodical or non-periodical publication. Furthermore, it must list all sources used in the text and, if funded by a grant, it must contain the exact dedication of the relevant grant project.

Review Process
Texts published in the Articles, Themed Articles and Critical Editions sections are subject to review.

Anonymized texts are reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers who do not enter into a conflict of interest with the author or his research, do not work in the same workplace and have appropriate expertise. Reviewers submit their reviews based on the Review Guidelines. The whole process is managed by the responsible editor. This editor, on the basis of consultations within the editorial office or with the editorial board, selects reviewers and communicates reviews and decisions with the authors. In the case of significantly contradictory decisions of the first two reviews, a third review is requested.

In the case of special (thematic) issues, the editors and the editorial board work closely with the guest editor during the publication and review processes.

Based on recommendations from the reviews, the author receives the editor's decision on whether or not the article has been accepted for publication, or if need be, other recommendations for revisions necessary for publication.

Opinions are archived by the editorial office and publisher of Iluminace, the National Film Archive.


Publishing Ethics
All parties involved in publishing in Iluminace (the author, the journal editor, the reviewer and the publisher) meet the standards of expected ethical behavior. The ethical policy of Iluminace is based on the best practice guidelines of the International Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In case of any doubts or complaints in relation to the ethics of publishing, the editors and the publisher follow the rules established by this commission.


Editor's Responsibilities
The editors of the journal are responsible for deciding which manuscripts sent to the journal will be published and are responsible for the content of the journal. When making decisions, they follow the principles and recommendations of the editorial board and the advisory board, as well as the rules concerning the ethics of publishing, plagiarism, etc.

Equal Treatment and Confidentiality
The editors evaluate manuscripts regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editors do not disclose any information about the manuscript to anyone other than the authors and reviewers and, in some cases, to the members of the editorial board. Unpublished materials published in the submitted manuscript may not be used in any editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Information or ideas obtained from these materials may not be used for personal gain.

Conflict of interest
The editors refrain from working on manuscripts where there could be a conflict of interest due to competitive, collaborative or other relationships with any of the authors or institutions associated with the manuscript.

Ethical complaints
The editors should apply reasonable sensitivity if ethical complaints are raised regarding a submitted manuscript or published paper, based on the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Reviewer's Responsibilities
Peer review helps the editor make decisions and can also help the author improve the manuscript.

Any contacted reviewer that feels unqualified to review the research in the manuscript or knows they will not be able to prepare an opinion in a timely manner should immediately inform the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Conflict of interest
Reviewers should refuse to consider manuscripts that could result in a conflict of interest based on competitive, collaborative or other relationships with any of the authors or institutions associated with the manuscript.

All manuscripts should be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shared or discussed in any way with others unless authorized by the editor. Unpublished materials disclosed in the manuscript may not be used in the reviewer's own research without the express written consent of the author. Information or ideas obtained by evaluation may not be used for personal gain.

Standards of objectivity
The assessment should be carried out objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Reviewers should clearly express their opinion using unambiguous arguments.

Source checking
The reviewer should identify relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. These works should be specifically documented in the review, in an exact citation. The reviewer should also alert the editor to any substantial similarity or overlap of the manuscript with any other published works of which they are aware.

Author's Responsibilities
Originality and plagiarism
The authors submit the original manuscript to the editors, and consistently cite all the works it is rooted in.

Multiple or concurrent publications
Authors in general should not publish manuscripts presenting the same research in more than one journal or other publication. Simultaneous submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal or other publication represents unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

The editors individually consider cases of so-called secondary publication, where publishing of similar texts in different languages takes place. If they conclude that dissemination in a second language is essential for spreading awareness about the issue at hand and that the texts respect the differences of different audiences, the manuscript will be considered for publication.

Manuscript authorship
Authorship is limited to those who significantly contributed to the concept and final form of the article. Everyone making significant contributions should be listed as an co-author. If there are others who have been involved in certain essential aspects of the research project or their comments helped to complete the article, they should be mentioned in the acknowledgment footnote.


The corresponding author should ensure that all relevant co-authors (as defined above) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the list of manuscript authors and for all co-authors to see and approve the final version of the text and agree with its submission for publication.


Disclosure and conflict of interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other material conflict of interest that may influence the results of research or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project which this research and studies stem from should be published.

Major errors in published works
If the author finds a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is their duty to immediately inform the editor or publisher of the magazine and work with them to withdraw the article or publish a correction.

Publisher Statement
In the event of an alleged or proven scientific error, fraudulent disclosure or plagiarism the publisher, in close cooperation with the editors, shall take all appropriate measures in order to clarify the situation and amend the article in question. This includes quick publication of a correction or, in the most serious cases, a full withdrawal of the affected work.

The Profile of the Journal and Its Structure

Articles and Themed Articles
Reviewed studies based on the authors' original research, methodologically and/ or content-wise original, anchored in international scientific-research discourse, significantly expanding current knowledge in the field.

Critical Edition
A peer-reviewed edition of archival documents with a theoretical and historical introduction. It brings to light unique materials on sub-topics, suitable for further work in research and education.

Extensive interviews with academics focused on current research of key international capacities in the field and offering in a discussion format a detailed analysis of current trends, concepts or methods.

Industry Voices
Extensive interviews with key audiovisual culture professionals. They offer a platform for dialogue between theory / history and practice, expand and deepen the possibility of academic reflection on professional work in the audiovisual field.

Ad fontes
Papers dealing with archival collections and the practice of archiving.

Critical reviews or analyses of domestic and foreign books or exhibitions in the field of audiovisual. They anchor currently released important monographs in the broader context of (inter) field discussions.



The peer-reviewed journal Iluminace was founded in 1989 as a biannual journal for scholarly reflection upon cinema. It has been published on a quarterly basis since 1993, the fifth year of its existence, when both the extent and format were also enlarged. Over the time period of its publication, Iluminace has presented original theoretical and historical studies. Each issue contains translations of foreign-language texts documenting current trends in world film theory and criticism or paying off translation debts from older times. Iluminace dedicates extensive space to an edition of sources on cinema history as well as to interviews with significant figures in the field. A special section provides room for the presentation of current research projects, in particular dissertations. As with every academic journal, Iluminace includes reviews of Czech and foreign-language specialized literature and conferences in its issues. As of 2004, there has been a space dedicated to a mono-thematic block of texts in every issue. As of 2005, certain mono-thematic blocks have been prepared in cooperation with visiting editors.