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Open Cultural Studies

Editor In Chief: Toby Miller

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  • J. G. Ballard and Making
  • Contemporary African and Black Diasporic Spaces in Europe
  • Of Sacred Crossroads: Cultural Studies and the Sacred
  • Musical Improvisation: Approaches, Practices, Reception and Pedagogy
  • Images of the Future: Science Fiction across the Media
  • Motion and Emotion: Cultural Literacy on the Move
  • New Nationalisms in European and Postcolonial Discourses
  • Black Womanhood in Popular Culture
  • Marx, Semiotics and Political Praxis
  • Capitalist Aesthetics
  • Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture
  • Transmediating Culture(s)?
  • On Uses of Black Camp
  • Migration and Translation
  • Multicultural Cervantes
  • Victorians Like Us - Domesticity and Worldliness
  • MatteRealities: Trajectories and Conceptual Futures for Material Culture Studies


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.

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.


Open Cultural Studies cooperates with

Journal Metrics

European Reference Index for the Humanities

Abstracting & Indexing

Open Cultural Studies is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Chronos Hub
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
  • Dimensions
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
  • Microsoft Academic
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
  • 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
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • Web of Science - Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • WorldCat (OCLC)
  • Yewno Discover

Please download our license and read instruction files.

All authors wishing to submit an article, please use the online submission system: http://www.editorialmanager.com/culture.

Toby Miller, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana—Cuajimalpa/ University of California, Riverside/ Murdoch University

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
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 - 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
Adam Zmarzlinski, Jagiellonian University, Poland

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