Information For Authors

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting and follow Author Guidelines.  

We invite submissions for possible publication from artist workers, teachers, scholars, and activists across creative, practice-based perspectives acknowledging positionalities, both in identity and geography. These categories, we understand as fluid and acknowledge their complexity. Authors do not have to be exclusively academically-trained, nor necessarily need to be explicit about their work as ‘development’ practice. We also value authors’ positions and experiences as vital to deepening understanding about the complexities inherent in arts and cultural development, as well as the potential for fostering rich networks. Further, to honor the global community of creative practitioners, authors can submit abstracts and manuscripts in their native language if English is not available to them. In this case, we will work with our editorial team and authors to find qualified translators. Note that non-English submissions may impact the publication timeline.

Submissions should align with the mission of the Journal and present examples of creative projects in the form of manuscripts or visual essays. Given the unique focus of this journal, we encourage potential authors to submit abstracts for feedback from the editors before sending a full manuscript.

Examples should be practice-based, individual and/or community-focused, sustainability-minded, and centered on capacity-building, inclusive of the myriad ways practitioners are imagining or defining the role of arts and culture in social transformation.

Questions for consideration: What are the different ways you are imagining or defining the role of arts and culture in your work, considering the centrality of arts and culture in human development? How do you build inclusive relationships with the communities where you practice? How might looking at this work (small and large scale) as a body of expression, interaction, exchange and generosity surface new ways of looking at and informing modes towards social transformation? Finally, what questions or concerns do you bring– are they within the realm of support for this work?; how is it characterized?; represented?; directed?

Peer Review Process

Articles in Arts, Culture and Development are subject to anonymous, peer review. Prior to peer review, editors may decline submissions that fall outside the journal's scope or editorial standards. Once accepted, articles may be further copyedited and queries returned to authors for final clarifications. Typically, articles are assigned to two reviewers who have knowledge and expertise related to the submission and will judge submissions based on overall quality as well as suitability. Submissions may also be subject to multiple rounds of reviews, for revisions and resubmissions. The deadline is rolling for an annual culminating volume to conclude publication end of December. The process from submission of full manuscripts and/or visual essays to publication typically takes 6 months depending on factors.

Statement of Ethics

Arts, Culture and Development adheres to ethical conduct of research using human subjects and handling confidential data. We strive for loving kindness by fostering openness, cooperation, and a mindful sharing of  knowledge within a safe and inclusive space for all. We value all contributors to our network, commited to making certain that everyone is able to benefit from their involvement. All individuals engaging with Arts, Culture and Development are expected to act respectfully and professionally. All individuals engaged in Arts, Culture and Development must exchange with respect for self and others as we wish for all participants to be valued and supported.