JAR currently publishes three issues each year. We accept and review submissions on a rolling basis. The editorial review process typically takes six months from submission to publication.
JAR invites submissions from all fields and disciplines in which artistic research may be relevant, including areas that are not usually conceived of as artistic. We welcome submissions from practitioners with or without academic affiliations. JAR’s format for publishing artistic research, the exposition, invites authors to combine text, image, film, and audio material on expandable web pages, challenging the dominance of writing in traditional academic research. Submissions in multiple languages are accepted, if accompanied by an English translation, which will act as master version. Multilingual expositions are also welcome as long as translations are provided.
To be considered for peer review and publication in JAR, authors must create, design and submit an exposition using the Research Catalogue (RC). Submissions to JAR are reviewed first by JAR’s Managing Editor. To be considered by JAR’s editorial board, an exposition must meet the following basic requirements:
- The content must not have been previously published; if parts have been published, the JAR submission must add substantially new meaning to the work.
- The research must not currently be considered by another journal.
- The exposition must not be too long: a reader should be able to access all essential aspects of the exposition in the period of an hour of investigation. Archiving supporting material and references, which may demand longer attention of the reader/viewer, on separate linked pages, is acceptable. Expositions that take much less than an hour to view will be rejected on the grounds of lacking sufficient detail and weight.
- It must include the author’s name, a title, and an abstract (see detailed submission checklist below).
In determining whether to send the exposition to peer review, the board considers:
- Whether the exposition exposes artistic practice as research. This goes beyond simply documenting, describing, or writing about work. It engages with questions and claims about knowledge within practice. For a detailed articulation of this please read the editorial to JAR0.
- The degree to which the exposition is conceptually and artistically strong, considered, and significant to the field.
- Whether the multimedia and design capacities of the RC have been used effectively and meaningfully to support the argument or understanding of the research.
JAR encourages unorthodox or ambiguous approaches to writing and design. Given the complexities that come with this, we strongly recommend spending a sufficient amount of time checking whether a submission works – technically, on different computers and operating systems, and artistically, with the help of friends and colleagues.
All submissions to JAR must be designed on the Research Catalogue. Register for an account, which is free of charge. On the RC, click “create an exposition” to start and consult the RC’s user support and tutorials for detailed instructions. Users can invite others to see and collaborate on an exposition. All collaborators must register for an account.
JAR welcomes variety in the design of expositions. Form, scale, number, and balance of contents are flexible. Text or media can be placed anywhere on a page. Design should support the exposition of practice as research and not simply “style” a page. An exposition’s design influences the reader’s experience and understanding of the research. Reviewing past issues of JAR in our archive is the best way to get a sense of the RC’s possibilities. We strongly recommend that you upload your media files and text and take time to experiment with the RC’s layout capabilities to find a design and structure that best articulates your specific research.
Completed expositions are submitted to JAR with just two clicks from the profile page on the RC (N.B.: click on "submit for publication," not on "self-publish" or "share"). The Managing Editor will confirm receipt by email.
Designing and compiling an exposition and submitting it to JAR is a detailed process. This checklist of instructions should be used to ensure that all essential elements of the submission, both formal and technical, are considered fully by the author so that JAR's editors and reviewers can focus on the nuance of the research itself. Please read it carefully before creating an exposition and again before submitting it.
- Declaration to the Managing Editor: declare if parts of the submission have been published already and where. Explain how this submission is different to any prior publication. Please do so by adding a "note" tool in the first page of your RC exposition. As an alternative, get in touch with the managing editor via the web contact form.
- Author biography and thumbnail image: should be up to date on the RC, if appropriate including affiliations.
- Title/subtitle: should adequately reflect the contents of the exposition.
- Abstract: in 125–250 words, should describe the exposition’s topic, the author’s methodology, and the significance and contribution to the field; it should draw the reader in. It should include the keywords for the exposition.
- Keyword field: at least five keywords should be entered in the exposition properties dialogue and should relate to your abstract.
- Table of contents: should be complete and linked to respective exposition contents pages. Input this using the exposition properties dialogue.
- Media files and images: upload files into the RC rather than embed external links, which can break over time; ensure adequate image/sound/video quality for web display keeping in mind that larger files, due to loading times, disadvantage readers with slow internet connection; select the appropriate mode of documentation and display for your research (e.g., video vs. images, slide show vs. single image); test whether media files work on other computers.
- Text: in general it is better for text to be typed or copied into the text editing tool rather than placing it in the exposition as a pdf document, unless this is part of the design. It must be copyedited and spell checked.
- Footnotes: use MHRA style guide, downloadable at www.mhra.org.uk
- Hyperlinks: external hyperlinks should open in a new window; footnote hyperlinks should be functional and consistently styled.
- Copyright: should be secured and noted as needed.
If you have questions about you research’s suitability, the submission process, guidelines, or any other aspect of JAR, contact the Managing Editor using the website contact form.
Submissions to special issues are made in response to a specific call for submissions. All submissions to JAR should meet JAR’s criteria. Additional criteria for special issues will be listed in the call.