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
All issues of International Journal of Cultural Studies are available to browse online.
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.
|Will Brooker||University of Kingston, England|
|Milly Buonanno||University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy|
|Beng Huat Chua||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Sean Cubitt||Goldsmiths University of London, England|
|Mark Deuze||University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Clifton Evers||Newcastle University, England|
|Paul Frosh||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Elfriede Fürsich||Free University, Germany; and Boston College, USA|
|Robert Gehl||University of Utah, USA|
|Mark Gibson||Monash University, Australia|
|Gerard Goggin||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Herman Gray||University of California, USA|
|C. Lee Harrington||Miami University, USA|
|Joke Hermes||InHolland University, The Netherlands|
|Mehita Iqani||University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa|
|Emma A. Jane||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Wen Jin||East China Normal University (Shanghai), China|
|Jeffrey Jones||University of Georgia, USA|
|Elihu Katz||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Youna Kim||American University in Paris, France|
|Catherine Lumby||Macquarie University, Australia|
|Alice Marwick||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA|
|Nyasha Mboti||University of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Divya McMillin||University of Washington, Tacoma, USA|
|Danny Miller||University College London, UK|
|Toby Miller||Loughborough University in London, England; and Murdoch University, Australia|
|Stephen Muecke||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Zizi Papacharissi||The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|Arvind Rajagopal||New York University, USA|
|Kristina Riegert||Stockholm University, Sweden|
|Nancy Thumim||University of Leeds, England|
|Andrea Witcomb||Deakin University, Australia|
|Handel Kashope Wright||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Barbie Zelizer||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Baohua Zhou||Fudan University (Shanghai), China|
- Article types
- Editorial Policies
2.1 Peer review policy
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication Ethics
- How to submit your manuscript
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
8.1 Funding acknowledgement
- 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
- After acceptance
11.3 SAGE production
11.4 OnlineFirst publication
- 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.
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).
2. Editorial Policies
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The journal does not publish personal acknowledgements.
8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
International Journal of Cultural Studies requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
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.
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.
10.4.1 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.
10.4.5 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.
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
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:
Professor John Hartley
Humanities Research & Graduate Studies
GPO Box U1987
Western Australia 6845