International Journal of Cultural Studies
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International Journal of Cultural Studies

2014 Impact Factor: 0.459
2014 Ranking: 13/38 in Cultural Studies
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editor
John Hartley Curtin University, Australia and Cardiff University, UK
Associate Editors
Mizuko Ito University of Southern California, USA
Sara Ahmed Goldsmiths College, UK
Graeme Turner University of Queensland
William Uricchio Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

eISSN: 1460356X| ISSN: 13678779|Current volume: 18|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

In October 2010 International Journal of Cultural Studies won a "Creative Stimulus Award" for academic journals at the inaugural "Academy Awards of the Global Cultural Industries" event, held as part of the 5th "Creative China Harmonious World International Forum on Cultural Industries” in Beijing, . In view of its “innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics” it was awarded the title of “Motivated Thinking Periodical.” The Forum was hosted by the Institute for Cultural Industries of the Communication University of China.

International Journal of Cultural Studies has been evaluated as an A* (high ranking) journal by the ARC (Australian Research Council).

International Journal of Cultural Studies provides a lively meeting-place for international perspectives on cultural and media developments across the globe.The journal features theoretical, empirical and historical research which is based in local and regional realities, and deals with everyday practices, identities, media, texts and cultural forms. It publishes work which suggests new directions, ideas and modes of inquiry to reinvigorate cultural studies for a new generation of researchers and readers.

Views from the Editorial Board:

"From first people's internet to Hong Kong's creative industries, no finer explorers of sweaty nightclubs and cultural policy guide us through the jungles of contemporary culture than the contributors to IJCS." Sean Cubitt, Director of the Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne, Australia

"Inclusive and enjoyable to read - critically reflecting on the world of everyday culture one might take for granted." Youna Kim, Associate Professor of Global Communications, American University of Paris, France

"Drawing on the very finest work by scholars around the globe, IJCS lives up to its billing as the most international journal in the field of cultural studies." Michael Curtin, Director of Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

"The journal keeps expanding Cultural Studies as a field through publishing of new areas of cultural practices and research work from all locations of the world." Chua Beng-huat, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

"Unlike the tired, self satisfied journals in Cultural Studies which preceded it and linger on, IJCS bristles with risk and new ideas. It sets the agenda for others to follow." Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology & Culture, Brunel University, England

"The IJCS is an open and welcoming space for studies of culture and media around the globe. It is tolerant of the many colorful and different dreams of this one world." Wu Jing, Department of Journalism and Communication, Peking University, China

"The IJCS is where you can find some of the best international research in the field. It is a must read for all serious students of cultural studies." John Storey, professor and director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, England

"I'm thrilled to serve on the board of a journal which not only epitomises academic excellence in its field but which also expands the conceptual terrain of that field in such a lively, provocative and exciting manner." Catharine Lumby, Director of the Centre for Journalism and Media, University of New South Wales, Australia.

"The IJCS is a unique combination of quality and originality with speed and efficiency. It is one of the rare journals that truly respects and supports its authors." Nico Carpentier, Centre for Studies on Media and Culture, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Free University of Brussels, Belgium

"IJCS is invaluable for extending the range of cultural studies to meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization." Mark Poster, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine, USA

"The IJCS publishes work that is quirky, surprising and politically engaged, which for me is the true spirit of cultural studies." Joe Moran, Reader in Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University, England

"IJCS is the place to be when you want to participate in important academic debates on media and culture; it's the international arena of intellectual exchange you cannot afford to miss. I'm very proud to be on the board of this journal, and I'm looking forward to the intensification of debates in the years to come." José van Dijck, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

"The IJCS has remained a valuable, interesting, and engaging journal over its career - never boring, never patronising, always keen to open its pages to the new idea and the new researcher. What's more, when I get my Board member's copy, I actually read it! Right then." Graeme Turner, Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia

"IJCS has lived up to its promise of enriching cultural studies by taking it to, and learning from, new places and spaces - intellectual and geographic." Tony Bennett, Professor of Sociology and Director, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change, The Open University, England

"I'd say that this journal is itself an important force in internationalizing cultural studies."  Arvind Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Culture and Communication, New York University, USA

"Be it forging new arenas of research or revisiting established ones, IJCS has been interrogating and defining what constitutes Cultural Studies for more than a decade." Deborah Jermyn, Film and Television Studies, Roehampton University, England

"In an age when most of my own and many others' journal-reading occurs online in the form of single article downloads, IJCS is one of the very few journals that I enjoy thumbing through and browsing, and whose entire issues I look forward to receiving." Jonathan Gray, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, New York, USA

"The IJCS represents everything I feel cultural studies should be - wide-ranging and closely-focused, global and local, serious and playful, respectfully aware of its own history but constantly seeking the new. I am proud to have been associated with it since its first issues when I served as editorial assistant; and it is an honour now to be part of its editorial board." Will Brooker, Director Film and Television, Kingston University, England

"Current culture is of global reach and needs global research agendas. The IJCS offers a unique voice in the scholarly communication chorus by furthering just such an agenda, stimulating incisive questions and providing no facile answers. I am proud to serve as a board member on such a venture." Kirsten Drotner. Director of Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

"One of the main claims of cultural studies is that it is simultaneously local and global. But this combination is hard to achieve. Remarkably, IJCS manages to be highly specific without being provincial. Bravo." Toby Miller, Professor of Media & Cultural Studies, University of California Riverside, USA

"Infused by fine-grained analysis and set in a dynamic theoretical landscape, IJCS offers a compelling set of perspectives on global cultural practices and how we might best learn from them." William Uricchio, professor and director of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, USA; & professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Electronic Access:

International Journal of Cultural Studies is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ics.sagepub.com

International Journal of Cultural Studies is a fully peer-reviewed journal committed to providing a lively meeting-place for international perspectives on cultural and media developments across the globe. Innovative and challenging it produces theoretical, empirical and historical research of the highest quality that aims to reinvigorate cultural studies for its diverse readership of researchers, lecturers and students by routinely suggesting new directions, ideas and modes of inquiry.

International Editorial Board
Mohammad Amouzadeh University of Isfahan, Iran
Tony Bennett University of Western Sydney, Australia
Will Brooker University of Kingston, UK
Sean Cubitt Goldsmiths, University of London
Michael Curtin University of California at Santa Barbara, USA
Mark Deuze University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kirsten Drotner University of Southern Denmark
Mark Gibson Monash University, Australia
Herman Gray University of California, Santa Cruz
Jonathan Gray University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Joke Hermes InHolland University, The Netherlands
Annette Hill Lund University
Chua Beng Huat National University of Singapore, Singapore
Deborah Jermyn University of Roehampton, UK
Wu Jing Peking University, China
Elihu Katz University of Pennsylvania/Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Youna Kim London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Catherine Lumby Macquarie University
Eric Ma Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Anna McCarthy New York University, USA
Divya C. McMillin University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
Tara McPherson University of Southern California, USA
Bingchun Meng London School of Economics, England
Danny Miller University College London, UK
Toby Miller Cardiff University
Joe Moran Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Lisa Ann Parks University of California - Santa Barbara, USA
Mark Poster University of California, Irvine, USA
Arvind Rajagopal New York University, USA
Kristina Riegert Stockholm University
Chris Rojek City University London, UK
Andrew Ross New York University, USA
Philip Schlesinger University of Glasgow, UK
Ellen Seiter School of Cinema, USA
John Storey Open University, UK
Jon Stratton Curtin University, Australia
José Van Dijck University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Andrea Witcomb Deakin University, Australia
Handel Kashope Wright University of British Columbia, Canada
Barbie Zelizer University of Pennsylvania, USA
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
      11.4 OnlineFirst publication
    12. Further information

     

    The International Journal of Cultural Studies welcomes high quality theoretical, empirical and historical research of all kinds that help the journal to fulfil its aims to provide a meeting place for international perspectives on cultural and media developments worldwide.

    1. Article types

    The International Journal of Cultural Studies publishes original research articles. The journal has a preference for papers that report on a specific research project, although theoretical papers are considered if grounded in specific evidence. The journal does not publish critical readings of single film or literary texts; but it does consider such readings if they are cross-media (e.g. comparing a title across film, print and online media forms) and culturally contextualised (e.g. assessing the production and reception of a text as well as its internal features).

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    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The International Journal of Cultural Studies adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should expect to have reviewer’s comments within approximately 6-8 weeks. However, authors should be mindful that it may take some time to secure appropriate referees, and therefore that the total time between submission and decision may be extended. In general, Editors will seek advice from two or more expert reviewers about the scholarly content and presentation of submitted articles.

    All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is reached as soon as reviewers’ reports are received.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    International Journal of Cultural Studies and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    All manuscripts should be submitted electronically, fully numbered and typed in double spacing throughout. Please attach to every submission a covering letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

    Manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted to the editor by e-mail attachment to CulturalStudiesIJCS@gmail.com.

    Manuscripts should contain:
    � title page with full title and subtitle (if any). For the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied in a separate file. Please ensure that you have anonymised the script throughout, deleting self-references until after the review process is complete.
    � abstract of 100-150 words
    � up to 10 key words
    � main text and word count -- Submissions must be no more than a grand total of 8000 words, including abstract, main text, notes, all references and author bio. Text to be clearly organised, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text.
    � the journal uses notes where necessary. Historical, documentary or archival sources should be cited in endnotes. Limited discursive endnotes are also allowed. Endnotes are signalled in the text by superscript numbers.
    . the journal does not allow acknowledgements. Only funding sources can be acknowledged (see section 7 below).

    Please address book review correspondence to the Editor. Space for book reviews is limited.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    The International Journal of Cultural Studies and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. The International Journal of Cultural Studies does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    The journal does not publish personal acknowledgements.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), The International Journal of Cultural Studies additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    10.2 Journal Style
    The International Journal of Cultural Studies conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    Article must be written in English. Use clear readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she.

    UK or US spellings may be used with ‘-ize’ spellings given in the Oxford English Dictionary (e.g. organize, recognize).

    Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Dates should be presented in the form 1 May 1998. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).

    10.3 Reference Style
    The International Journal of Cultural Studies adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    10.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    The International Journal of Cultural Studies does not currently accept supplemental files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in the International Journal of Cultural Studies with SAGE.

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Editor: John Hartley: E-mail: JohnHartleyAM@gmail.com
    Managing Editor: Tina Horton: CulturalStudiesIJCS@gmail.com

    Professor John Hartley
    IJCS
    Humanities Research & Graduate Studies
    Curtin University
    GPO Box U1987
    Perth
    Western Australia 6845
    Australia.

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