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International Journal of Cultural Studies

International Journal of Cultural Studies

2016 Impact Factor: 0.938
2016 Ranking: 11/39 in Cultural Studies
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Chief Editor
Jonathan Gray University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Jean Burgess Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Anthony Fung City University of Hong Kong, China and Beijing Normal University, China
Paul Frosh Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Myria Georgiou London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Lori Kido Lopez University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Editorial Assistant
Austin Morris University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Founding Editor
John Hartley Curtin University, Australia

eISSN: 1460356X | ISSN: 13678779 | Current volume: 21 | Current issue: 1 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

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.

International Editorial Board
Giorgia Aiello University of Leeds, UK
Melissa Aronczyk Rutgers University, USA
Göran Bolin Södertörn University, Sweden
Will Brooker University of Kingston, UK
Miyase Christensen KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University, Sweden
Beng Huat Chua National University of Singapore, Singapore
Laura Guimarães Corrêa Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Nick Couldry London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Hatim El-Hibri George Mason University, USA
Clifton Evers Newcastle University, England, UK
Gerard Goggin University of Sydney, Australia
C. Lee Harrington Miami University of Ohio, USA
Alison Hearn University of Western Ontario, Canada
Andreas Hepp Bremen University, Germany
David Hesmondhalgh University of Leeds, UK
Larissa Hjorth RMIT, Australia
Heather Horst University of Sydney, Australia
Mehita Iqani University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Emma A. Jane University of New South Wales, Australia
Henry Jenkins University of Southern California, USA
Wen Jin East China Normal University (Shanghai), China
Ralina Joseph University of Washington, USA
Elihu Katz Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Youna Kim American University in Paris, France
Kate Lacey University of Sussex, UK
Ramon Lobato RMIT, Australia
Amanda Lotz University of Michigan, USA
Susan Luckman University of South Australia, Australia
Mirca Madianou Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Alice Marwick University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Joe Moran Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Yoshitaka Mori Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
Stephen Muecke University of Adelaide, Australia
Susanna Paasonen University of Turku, Finland
Zizi Papacharissi The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Aswin Punathambekar University of Michigan, USA
Kane Race University of Sydney, Australia
Cornel Sandvoss University of Huddersfield, UK
Adrienne Shaw Temple University, USA
Limor Shifman Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Nancy Thumim University of Leeds, England, UK
Wang Xiaoming Shanghai University, China
Barbie Zelizer University of Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Journal of Cultural Studies

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Journal of Cultural Studies will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to International Journal of Cultural Studies, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 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).

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    The journal does not publish personal acknowledgements.

    2.4 Funding

    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. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    International Journal of Cultural Studies encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 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 the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    International Journal of Cultural Studies offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    International Journal of Cultural Studies adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    International Journal of Cultural Studies is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Chief Editor, Jonathan Gray:

    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.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Journal of Cultural Studies editorial office as follows:

    Editor: Jonathan Gray E-mail:

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