Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy is an open access e-journal (launched in 2013) whose mission is to provide a diverse, representative and inclusive publishing platform for academics and emerging researchers, those involved in both creative and management practice in the cultural sector, and policymakers, to engage with questions of policy and management on cultural issues across the island of Ireland.

An initiative based at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin (UCD), it seeks to provide a readable and engaging discussion of recent arts management and cultural policy research for academics and practitioners, encourage new research directions in the sector and offer a platform for aspiring researchers and writers. The Journal's aims include to:

  • Disseminate high quality, recent academic research on all aspects of Irish arts management and cultural policy in an accessible, dynamicformat
  • Serve as an educational resource for arts management and cultural policy professionals, and students studying related topics
  • Support the skill development of professionals working in the arts and cultural sector
  • Engage in debate on topical issues related to arts and cultural management/policy
  • Support and grow a vibrant Irish research and critical community, allowing for the exchange of ideas and promoting research collaborations between individuals and organisations

The Journal consists of five sections:

  1. Original research articles (blind peer-reviewed)
  2. Reviews of topical policies and reports from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  3. Perspectives on Practice: essays showcasing current practice in arts management, heritage management and cultural policy
  4. New Voices: Postgraduate Research: short summary articles summarising original postgraduate research work at master's level and above.
  5. Book reviews: reviews of new publications related to the scope of the Journal

Articles published by the Journal span the following areas:

  • cultural policy
  • arts and cultural management
  • cultural tourism and the creative industries
  • cultural economics and finance
  • heritage and museum studies
  • arts education
  • governance and administration
  • arts marketing
  • audience development and participation
  • philanthropy / fundraising
  • cultural production / consumption

The Journal welcomes submissions of articles and texts on Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as international comparative studies. Proposals for book reviews are also accepted.

 

Section Policies

Research Articles

Research articles should be between 4,000-5,000 words in length. Readership of the Journal includes academics and arts/cultural professionals; articles should be written in an accessible manner (avoiding jargon) and include original, unpublished and rigorously conducted research.

Please see author guidelines for further style and submission information, and editorial policies for details of the review and editorial process, and the topics covered by the journal.

Deadline for 2018 issue: submissions due by 1 March 2018.

For queries on research articles, please contact the Section Editor: Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald (emily.mark@ucd.ie)

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Policy & Report Reviews

Policy and report reviews should be between 1,000-2,500 words in length. The IJAMCP welcomes reviews of policies from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which are here defined as a formally written strategy or plan of action that is wholly, or in part related to, creativity, arts, culture and heritage. It can be either state or non-state initiated, but it must exist in the public domain.

Policy reviews may take the form of:

  • A formal, critical appraisal or critique of a new or current policy, or
  • Comparison of policies in different countries, or over different periods of time

We welcome submissions from practitioners, artists, academics and policymakers.

 The IJAMCP editorial board is currently welcoming individuals to review any of the following policies:

We also welcome reviews of policies from any (but not limited to) the following types of organisations:

  • Arts Council Ireland
  • Arts Council Northern Ireland
  • Heritage Council
  • City / county cultural plans and strategies (NI / ROI)
  • Community Plans (NI)
  • Relevant strategies and plans for wider remit developmental organisations (e.g. Arts and Disability Ireland, Create, Theatre NI, Visual Arts Ireland, Irish Museums Association, Voluntary Arts Ireland, Irish Film Board, NI Screen)

We also welcome individuals to propose policies for review.

Policy reviews should adhere to the journal’s style guide. If you wish to include references, a maximum of 5 is suggested. Authors are asked to provide a short biographical statement of 50 words maximum, in particular declaring any interest in relation to the policy.

Reviews will be edited by the editorial board to ensure that they are in line with the editorial policy of the journal, and to ensure that the review is in keeping with the journal style guide. All changes will be submitted to the author as a proof before publication.

Please see author guidelines for further style and submission information, and editorial policies for details of the review and editorial process, and the topics covered by the journal.

Deadline for 2018 issue: submissions due by 1 June 2018.

For all queries on Policy & Report Reviews, please contact the Section Editor: Dr Victoria Durrer (v.durrer@qub.ac.uk)

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Perspectives on Practice

Contributions should be between 1,000-3,000 words in length. Submissions are welcome from professionals in all areas of professional and voluntary arts, culture and heritage and policy sectors. Authored, co-authored or multi-authored submissions are welcome. All authors must be named. Types of submission will vary but can include:

  • reflective essays on approaches in management, practice and policy
  • case study examinations of particular approaches
  • evaluative studies of programmes
  • interviews or conversations between key figures or practitioners
  • Historic reviews
  • the reproduction of particular keynote addresses from industry events
  • provocations and observations

Topics or themes should be relevant to the scope of the IJAMCP and concerned with the practice, management and policy around arts, culture and heritage. Submissions should not promote a particular practice or organisation but should give insight to the context in which arts, culture and heritage is practiced and presented, offer reflection or appraisal of approaches, and provide stimulus for further discussion both within these sectors and in stimulating a combined debate involving both researchers and practitioners.  

Where an organisation or its work is appraised, interviews carried out or a talk is reproduced, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure permission has been secured in addition to any copyright requirements, etc as per the editorial policy.

Please see author guidelines for further style and submission information, and editorial policies for details of the review and editorial process, and the topics covered by the journal. Submissions should be made first by an initial short proposal (150-200 words) sent to the Section Editor which will be reviewed by the Editorial Board.

Deadline for 2018 issue: proposals due by 1 March 2018; final text due by 27 April 2018.

For all queries on Perspectives on Practice, please contact the Section Editor: Ali Fitzgibbon (fitzgibbonali@gmail.com)

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New Voices: Postgraduate Research Summaries

Contributions should be between 2,000-3,000 words in length.

At the heart of our revised editorial policy for the Irish Journal of Cultural Policy and Arts Management is a desire to reflect a wider and more varied range of voices engaging with questions of policy and cultural management on the island of Ireland. One strand among these voices is the often excellent analysis and case-studies to be found in minor and major theses at taught master’s level in our third level institutions. Here we offer an opportunity for the best of this work to be disseminated within the cultural sector, where it can have real impact, and perhaps stimulate further research of the given topic.

We therefore invite directors and lecturers of relevant programmes to nominate recently-completed theses that demonstrate exceptional research and analytical quality, and which might be rendered into short, synoptic articles of no more than 3,000 words.

Eligible articles will:

  • Draw from a Masters-level thesis (level 9) or above, completed in the previous two academic years,
  • Demonstrate a high level of academic achievement  (generally at 2:1 or first class-level),
  • Be written in a fluent and engaging style,
  • Be subject to editorial review, but not to peer-review.

The article should be written to include the following elements:

  • A short introduction briefly outlining the aims and findings of the thesis,
  • A more expansive section outlining the main research findings,
  • A concluding section, highlighting  key conclusions and/or recommendations for changes in policy or practice in the subject area,
  • A list of source references not exceeding twenty in total (included in word count).

The overall aim of these pieces will be to provide a concise description of the research project, combined with a clear statement of the implications for policy or practice. It is envisaged that each issue of the Journal will carry not more than five such articles. Selection of suitable articles will be made by the editorial board, whose decision will be final.  It will be the author’s  responsibility to ensure that permissions and clearances are secured for all content. All submitted work should clearly state whether it has been prepared in compliance with the research ethics guidelines of the home institution. An essay template is available to download to assist with structure.

Please see author guidelines for further style and submission information, and editorial policies for details of the review and editorial process, and the topics covered by the journal.

Deadline for 2018 issue: submissions due by 1 March 2018.

For all queries on postgraduate essay submissions, please contact the Section Editor: Pat Cooke (pat.cooke@ucd.ie)

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Book Reviews

Book reviews should be between 1,000 – 2,500 words in length and should adhere to the journal’s style guide. If you wish to include references, a maximum of 5 is suggested. Reviews will be edited by the editorial board to ensure that they are in line with the editorial policy of the journal, and to ensure that the review is in keeping with the journal style guide. All changes will be submitted to the author as a proof before publication. Proposals to review new publications are welcome.

For the most part, the IJACMP selects books for review and contacts suitable reviewers directly. However, if you wish to suggest a book for review to the IJAMCP, please follow the guidelines below.

How to submit a book for review to the IJAMCP:

If you are an academic press and wish to submit a book for review to the IJAMCP:

  1. Contact the Section Editor with the details of the book you wish to have reviewed.
  2. If the book is accepted for review, the editorial board will contact a suitable reviewer and send on their postal address.
  3. Please send a hard copy of the book for review directly to the postal address of the reviewer.
  4. The editorial board will send you an electronic copy of the review when published. 

If you are a reviewer and wish to review a book for the IJAMCP:

  1. Contact the Section Editor with the details of the book you wish to have reviewed and a short academic/ professional CV.
  2. If your review proposal is accepted, please send on the full bibliographical details of the book, the contact details of the publishing house and your own postal address. The editorial board will then contact the publishing house and request a hard copy of the book for review to be sent directly to you.
  3. The editorial board will send you an electronic copy of the review when published.

Please see author guidelines for further style and submission information, and editorial policies for details of the review and editorial process, and the topics covered by the journal.

Deadline for 2018 issue: submissions due by 1 June 2018.

For all queries on book reviews, please contact the Section Editor: Dr Niamh NicGhabhann (niamh.nicghabhann@ul.ie)

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Peer Review Process

The Editorial Board of the Journal is comprised of Irish academics and practitioners, and rotates annually in its membership. Submissions to the research article section are sent out for anonymous peer review when considered for publication.The peer review panel consists of international academics selected for their relevant expertise. All other submissions are reviewed by the editorial board and considered for publication.

The editors reserve the right to edit all texts received, and peer-reviewed authors will be provided with a copy of an external reader’s report. All authors will receive feedback on their submissions by the editorial board. Any substantial changes will be made in consultation with the author. Once accepted for publication, the author must agree to undertake any necessary revisions and to deliver a final copy of the text and illustrations in a publishable format to the editors by a mutually agreed date.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

International Advisory Board

Members of the International Advisory Board of the Journal include:

Professor Eleonora Belfiore, Loughborough University

Professor Oliver Bennett, University of Warwick

Professor Constance Devereaux, Colorado State University

Professor Luke Gibbons, NUI Maynooth

Chris Maughan, De Montfort University

Andrew Newman, Newcastle University

Dr. Dave O'Brien, University of Edinburgh

Professor John O'Hagan, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Carmel O'Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Bernadette Quinn, Dublin Institute of Technology

Professor Marie Redmond, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Elizabeth Silva, The Open University

Professor David Throsby, Macquarie University

Dr. Jonathan Vickery, University of Warwick

Professor Chris Whitehead, Newcastle University