Visual Studies

Visual Studies

Visual Studies is the official journal of the International Visual Sociology Association. It is published three times per year by Taylor & Francis.

As a major international, peer-reviewed journal, Visual Studies presents visually-oriented articles across a range of disciplines. The content represents a long-standing commitment to empirical visual research, studies of visual and material culture, the development of visual research methods, and the exploration of visual means of communication about social and cultural worlds.

The multidisciplinary character of the journal is reflected in its attention to visually-based research in sociology, anthropology, cultural and media studies, documentary film and photography, information technology, education, communication studies, as well as other fields concerned with image-based study.


Visual Studies (cover of journal)

Visual Studies aims to:

  • Provide an international forum for the development of visual research
  • Promote acceptance and understanding of a wide range of methods, approaches and paradigms that constitute image-based research
  • Reduce the disparity in emphasis between visual and written studies in the social sciences
  • Promote an interest in developing visual research methodology in all its various forms
  • Encourage research that employs a mixture of visual methods and analytical approaches within one study
  • Critically reflect and contribute to the dialogue surrounding 'the visual' across the social sciences and humanities
  • Provide an arena for in-depth exploration of various approaches, particular methods, themes and visual phenomena

Most articles published in the journal are accompanied by appropriate visual material, and the journal encourages visually-led submissions.



IVSA members receive a one-year subscription to Visual Studies as part of their membership. This one year subscription contains three issues of the journal, beginning with the first issue published after membership is initiated or renewed. Issues generally ship in March, June, and November.

Other methods of subscribing to the journal can be found on the Visual Studies website. You can also visit the journal's website to:

  • Find out about submitting your research
  • Request a free sample copy
  • Read about recent and forthcoming articles
  • Register to receive table of contents alerts, to ensure you are notified of the new research published in the journal


If you have any questions about submitting your article, which cannot be answered in the “Instructions for Authors” section of the Visual Studies website, please contact:

Darren Newbury (Editor)
Visual Studies
Centre for Research and Development
Faculty of Arts
University of Brighton
Grand Parade
Tel: +44 (0)1273 643894
Fax: +44 (0)1273 643039
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