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Open Cultural Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Miller, Toby

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    Open Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that explores the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts. It interprets culture in an inclusive sense, in different theoretical, geographical and historical contexts. The Journal would like to promote new research perspectives in cultural studies, but it also seeks to map out social and political scholarship that places questions of inequalities and imbalances of power at the heart of academic debate.

    As an Open Access journal, Open Cultural Studies is committed to increasing public access to scholarship that covers an entire range of social and cultural phenomena both within and beyond the academy. It aims, in particular, to enhance international collaboration among scholars by bringing together researchers from the Global North and the Global South. The journal hopes not only to ensure that the latter research is better-represented in the academy but also to increase the visibility of researchers at early stages of career. By bringing together experienced/high-profile and emerging and Third- and First-World scholars, the journal aims to contribute to a wider understanding of culture and promote both innovation and inclusion.

    We invite researchers, academics, teachers, practitioners, and educators to submit proposals for thematic issues/articles dealing with a broad range of subjects. These may include:

    • History & memory,
    • Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian & other cultures,
    • Popular culture,
    • Youth cultures & subcultures,
    • Visual culture,
    • Photography & film,
    • Ethnic & traditional cultures,
    • Comparative Literature,
    • Media & communication,
    • Architecture & urban studies,
    • Multiculturalism, inter- & trans-culturalism,
    • Gender, lesbian, gay & queer studies,
    • Music & dance,
    • Theatre & performance,
    • Culture & education,
    • Regional cultural studies,
    • Political economy,
    • Area studies,
    • Cultural policy,
    • Sports.

    Aims and Scope

    Open Cultural Studies is dedicated to helping scholars from the Global South and emergent researchers to get published in the field of cultural studies. It aims to provide a supportive environment in which such authors might participate in collaborative projects with established professors, such as joint editorship of special issues. In addition to offering emerging scholars help with editing their articles and more chances to revise them, the journal aims to promote their research by publishing it along that of highly-regarded academics. The journal is also interested in the work of practitioners – writers, artists, critics, educators and curators – in short, all people connected with the “production” and analysis of culture.

    Why submit

    Open Cultural Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access, on-line journal. It offers a quick turnaround and the opportunity to reach a worldwide readership. Papers supported by two reviewers selected by the journal will be posted on the website immediately. We strive to provide authors with an in-depth and informed feedback from reviewers to help them to improve their work.

    Journal’s procedures for external peer review.
    The journal has single blind review process. The authors’ names are revealed to the referees, but not vice versa. Authors can oppose particular reviewers and suggest persons competent to review their manuscript. However, the reviewers cannot be affiliated with the same institution. The final selection of reviewers is exclusively a decision of the Editor, who makes sure that there is no conflict of interest and that the reviewers are completely independent. Please see Editorial Policy and Guidelines for Reviewers (in Supplementary Information) for more details.

    Long-Term Preservation
    De Gruyter has an archiving agreement with Portico to ensure long-term monitoring, archiving, and management of the electronic publications stored on its servers. This means that your digital publications are backed up and distributed to ensure they remain available over the long term.

    Call for submissions of proposals for thematic issues

    This call for thematic issues invites submissions from a wide variety of fields related to culture, not limited to any region, sub-field, or methodology. We encourage proposals that include interregional, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspectives, along with topical regional and local concerns. Emerging research fields are particularly welcome.

    Accepted issues will be published within a year from the acceptance of the editor’s proposal. At the time of submission, the proposed issue does not have to be complete. Articles submitted to a given issue will be entered into each volume on a rolling basis as they are approved by the Guest Editor, who has prepared the call for a thematic issue, and two independent reviewers.

    Authors will benefit from:

    • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions,
    • transparent, comprehensive, and fast peer review,
    • an efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter’s e-technology.


    Editors are kindly asked to contact Managing Editor Dr Izabella Penier at izabella.penier@degruyteropen.com


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    Instructions for Authors

    Please download our license and read instruction files.

    Prospective editors are kindly asked to contact Managing Editor Dr. Izabella Penier at izabella.penier@degruyter.com. All authors wishing to submit an article, please use the online submission system: http://www.editorialmanager.com/culture.

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    Abstracting & Indexing

    Open Cultural Studies is covered by the following services:

    • Baidu Scholar
    • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
    • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
    • Dimensions
    • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • Google Scholar
    • J-Gate
    • JournalTOCs
    • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
    • Microsoft Academic
    • MLA International Bibliography
    • Naviga (Softweco)
    • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
    • POL-index
    • Primo Central (ExLibris)
    • ProQuest (relevant databases)
    • Publons
    • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
    • ReadCube
    • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
    • TDNet
    • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
    • WanFang Data
    • Web of Science - Emerging Sources Citation Index
    • WorldCat (OCLC)

    Editorial Information

    Toby Miller, University of California, Riverside, USA

    Managing Editor:
    Izabella Penier, Izabella.Penier@degruyter.com

    Editorial Advisory Board:
    Deeptha Achar, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India
    Ece Algan, California State University, USA
    Juan-Antonio Álvarez-Pedrosa, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
    Jesús Arroyave Cabrera, Universidad del Norte, Colombia
    Sarah Banet-Weiser, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USA
    Susan Bassnett, University of Glasgow, UK
    Chua Beng Huat, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Alessandro Carrera, University of Houston, USA
    Desmond Cheuk-kuen Hui, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong
    Miyase Christensen, Stockholm University, Sweden
    Umberto Curi, Univeristy of Padua, Italy
    Simon During, University of Queensland, Australia
    Richard Dyer, King’s College London, UK
    Anthony Y. H. Fung, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Dilip Gaonkar, Northwestern School of Communiction, USA
    Kelly Gates, University of California San Diego, USA
    Gretchen Gerzina, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
    Marie Gillespie, Open University, UK
    Rainer Guldin, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland
    Yang Guorong, East China Normal University, China
    Jack Halberstam, Columbia University in the City of New York, USA
    Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser University, Canada
    Baron Kelly, University of Louisville, USA
    Thomas Kemple, University of British Columbia, Canada
    Roy Krøvel, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway
    Thomas Kuehn, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
    Jack Linchuan Qiu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Vivian Liska, University of Antwerp, Belgium
    Joost van Loon, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
    Andrey Makarychev, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, Estonia
    Anna Malinowska, University of Silesia, Poland
    Verdicchio Massimo, University of Alberta, Canada
    Ewa Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire, UK
    Richard Maxwell, Queens College, City University of New York, USA
    David Morley, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
    Graham Murdock, Loughborough University, UK
    Pramod K. Nayar, University of Hyderabad, India
    John Nguyet Erni, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
    Nikos Papastergiadis, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Riché Richardson, Cornell University, USA
    Andrew Ross, New York University, USA
    Tony Schirato, University of Macau, Macau
    Jyotsna G. Singh, Michigan State University, USA
    John Storey, University of Sunderland, UK
    Graeme Turner, The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), Australia
    Aimée Vega Montiel, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
    David Walton, University of Murcia, Spain

    Section Editor - Arab Literature and Culture
    Kamal Sbiri, Ibno Zohr University, Morocco

    Section Editor - Book Reviews
    Justyna Stępień, Szczecin University, Poland

    Section Editor - Digital culture, media theory and films studies
    Erick Felinto, State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil

    Section Editor - Latin American cultural studies
    Patricia Vilches, Harlaxton College, UK

    Section Editor - Urban Studies
    Tim Simpson, University of Macau, Macau

    Senior Associate Editor:
    Pablo Markin, University of the People, USA

    Social Media Editor (Arabic):
    Dallel Sarnou, Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University, Algeria

    Associate Editors:
    Manu Braganca, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, University College Dublin, Ireland
    Magda Dolińska-Rydzek, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany
    Enrique Gutiérrez Rubio, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic
    Marcel Wrzesinski, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
    Adam Zmarzlinski, Jagiellonian University, Poland

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    Izabella Penier

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