The Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy is a peer reviewed, open access e-journal publishing original research on the arts and cultural sector in Ireland.

The journal aims to:

  • Disseminate high quality, recent academic research on all aspects of Irish arts management and cultural policy in an accessible format;
  • 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;
  • Encourage debate on topical issues related to arts and cultural management/policy;
  • Support and grow a vibrant Irish research community, allowing for the exchange of ideas and promoting research collaborations between individuals and organisations.

The Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy publishes original research on the arts and cultural sector in Ireland; cultural policy; arts and cultural management; creative producing and curating; cultural tourism and the creative industries; cultural economics; heritage and museum studies; governance; marketing, audience development and participation; philanthropy/ fundraising; cultural finance; administration; production/ consumption; and arts and education.

The Journal fills a much-needed space for theoretical and practitioner reflection on issues of cultural policy and arts management in Ireland. It was initiated at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin (UCD), and currently has editorial board members from Queen’s University Belfast, University College Cork, and National University of Ireland, Galway.



Peer Review Panel

All research articles submitted to the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy are double blind peer reviewed. There is no formal peer review panel and researchers are invited to recommend up to three potential reviewers.

One volume is published annually plus occasional special issues. The journal aims for peer review to be completed and returned to the editor within eight weeks of receipt of articles. While special issues vary, peer review is usually completed between October and February.

While there is no formal panel, the editorial board would like to hear from researchers who work within the scope of the journal’s interests and who would like to be approached to act as peer reviewers. These may be academics within institutions, independent academics and those in research roles in other fields. Expertise in Irish-based study is not required.

If you feel this is of relevance to you, please make contact with a member of the editorial board outlining your research interests and where you see relevance to the journal’s focus as well as contact details.

Perspectives on Practice

‘Perspectives on Practice’: a section showcasing current practice in arts management, heritage management and cultural policy.

Contributions are invited of between 1,000 – 3,000 words. Thsis section of the Journal began in 2018 and is evolving. The IJAMCP aims to publish a minimum of one Perspective article per issue and keeps the number of articles under review.

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 may 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 from all relevant parties in addition to any copyright requirements, etc as per the editorial policy.

Contact details regarding perspectives in practice: Ali FitzGibbon a.fitzgibbon@qub.ac.uk

When submitting work, please ensure you review the Style Guidelines for the overall Journal, available here.

New Voices

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 masters and MLitt 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 are therefore inviting directors and lecturers of relevant programmes to nominate recently-completed theses, demonstrating exceptional research and analytical quality, that might be rendered into short, synoptic articles of no more than 3,000 words for publication in the Journal.

Eligible articles will:

  • Draw from a Masters-level thesis (level 9) 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.

Other terms to be observed:

It will be the author’s  responsibility to ensure that permissions and clearances are secured for all content.

For style guide, please see the relevant sections of the Author Guidelines here:  http://www.culturalpolicy.ie/index.php/ijamcp/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

All submitted work should clearly state whether it has been prepared in compliance with the research ethics guidelines of the home institution.

Please ensure you review the Style Guidelines for the overall Journal, available here.

Essay Template

All elements not to exceed 3,000 words


Introduction [not exceeding 500 words]

A brief, summary description of the research project and its conclusions

Main section [between 1500-2000 words]

(a) brief description of the objectives and research methodology

(b) a substantial account of the research findings

Conclusion [between 500-1000 words]

Summary presentation of research findings and/or recommendations

Where appropriate the conclusion might also indicate the potential for further research

List of references [not exceeding 20 entries]

Contact details regarding new voices is Patrick Collins: p.collins@nuigalway.ie

Policy and Report Reviews

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.

Examples for review might be

  • Culture 2025 (ROI)
  • Archaeology 2025 (ROI / NI)
  • Arts Council Ireland’s Framework for Collaboration (ROI)
  • Arts Council Ireland’s Paying the Artist (ROI)
  • Northern Ireland’s Strategy for Culture and Arts, 2016 – 2026

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

  • Arts Council Ireland
  • Creative Ireland
  • Arts Council Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Executive
  • 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. Please contact the Editorial Board if you’d like to propose a policy.


Please contact the editorial board via email with the details of the policy you wish to review and a short academic/ professional CV.

Guidelines for reviews:

Policy reviews should be a maximum of 1 – 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.


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.


Information on the style guide used by the IJAMCP can be found here.

Contact Dr. Phil Ramsey for details regarding book reviews: pt.ramsey@ulster.ac.uk



Book Reviews

The IJAMCP publishes reviews of books that explore 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

Book reviews should be between 1000 – 2500 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.

Information on the style guide used by the IJAMCP can be found here.

The IJAMCP aims to review 3 books per issue.

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 editorial board via email 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 editorial board via email 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.

 Contact details regarding book reviews: RUTH BARTON: ruth.barton@tcd.ie 

Research Papers

Author Guidelines

Please ensure you review the Style Guidelines for the overall Journal, available here.

Please also ensure you provide a list of 4 potential peer reviewers (names and contact details), with whom you do not have a personal relationship. The list should reflect peer reviewers who have knowledge in the topic on which you are seeking to publish.

Review Process

Overseen by the Section Editor(s), the Journal’s editorial board evaluate every submitted paper. If the paper does not meet the required formal or academic criteria; or if the topic and content does not fit within the focus of the Journal, it may be directly returned instead of being submitted to the review process. Authors are informed of this approximately 4 to 6 weeks after submission of the paper.

Up to three experts review each manuscript. Experts are selected through a combination of author and Editorial Board recommendation. More information on our Review Panel or how to join is available here. The reviewing follows a standardized procedure with a marking sheet that allows for scoring against the Journal’s criteria and comment on aspects of the submitted work.

The results of the reviews are initially reviewed by the Editorial Board. This is to ensure there is agreement with the review process regarding whether or not a paper should proceed to editing and publication or not. It is then sent to the author along with an editorial decision letter. Papers may be accepted; possibly subject to revision requirements; or rejected / returned. This process can take up to 4  – 6 months.

Should the paper need substantial revisions, revised papers may be reviewed by the Editorial Board and in some cases a reviewer once again. This process takes approximately 4 weeks. The authors are informed about the decision on the definitive acceptance of the paper; final small changes may be requested.

The Section Editor(s) will liaise with the author on the copyedit process.

Review criteria are:

  • relevance to journal’s aims
  • originality of research
  • quality of critical analysis
  • soundness of methodology
  • grounding in existing literature
  • contribution to the field
  • readability (presentation, stylistic form)


  • Submissions should be 4,000-5,000 words.
  • 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.
  • Submissions should be provided in Arial, 12 point font double- spaced.
  • UK English spelling and punctuation conventions should be followed in the text and endnotes.
  • Please give full names (not surnames) of individuals on first mention.
  • Policy and government bodies should be given their full, formal title on first mention (eg the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, not Arts Council). Acronyms may be used for long titles after first mention, though excessive use should be avoided.
  • Omit ‘The’ in journal and newspaper titles (eg Irish Times, not The Irish Times)
  • In text, titles of policy documents should be italicized and followed by the relevant date, eg Cultural Diversity and the Arts: Policy and Strategy (2010). Full details should follow in the bibliography. Please provide URL details for online policy documents and date of access.
  • No full stop in BBC, MP, UK, USA, RA, Washington DC, PhD.
  • Capital letters should be used with restraint. Do not use capitalization for terms such as ‘the arts’. Job titles should be lowercase – for example, curator of the National Gallery of Ireland.
  • Subheadings should be used sparingly and be typed on a separate line in Bold, not run in with the text. Only first word and proper names have initial capital.
  • All pages, including captions, notes, etc., should be numbered consecutively in the lower right-hand corner.

Full instructions for authors, including a style guide, are available on the IJAMCP website:

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Permissions & copyright

It is the author’s role to obtain the original illustrations and copyright permission for any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills, and screenshots, and any supplementary material you propose to submit. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.

The Journal will not pay for illustrations and the responsibility of obtaining reproduction clearance rests with the contributor. All costs for reproduction rights are the responsibility of the author. Once a submission is accepted, contributors should immediately begin to request pictures and permissions. As the Journal is a non-profit-making scholarly journal, contributors should try to negotiate a reduced fee for illustrations and reproduction costs. Copies of permission letters should be sent along with the final submission of the manuscript. Please contact the editors for permission letter templates.

Author copyright & open access

The Journal uses the open access system of publishing, and we are committed to the free dissemination of published scholarship. Copyright of articles resides with the authors, but they must allow users to copy, use, distribute, transmit, and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship.

Authors are further encouraged to post versions of or links to their articles in open access repositories, or on individual or departmental websites, noting the Journal as the original place of publication.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Call for Submissions

The Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Arts Management & Cultural Policy is open for submissions for the 2022-23 Volume

We will be seeking contributions in the following areas:

Proposals for special issues of the journal are also always welcome.

Section Word count Submission Deadline
Research Articles 4,000-5,000 Abstracts by 31 October 2022, Paper submission 16 January 2023
Book Reviews 1,000-2,500 May 2023
Policy & Report Reviews 1,000-3,000 May 2023
Perspectives on Practice 1,000-3,000 May 2023
New Voices: Postgraduate Research 2,000-3,000 March 2023

Detailed information for each section can be found here and through the Style Guide here.

For further enquiries, please contact the corresponding Section Editor:

Research articles Victoria Durrer Victoria.durrer@ucd.ie
Book reviews RUTH BARTON ruth.barton@tcd.ie
Policy reviews Phil Ramsey pt.ramsey@ulster.ac.uk
Perspectives on Practice Ali FitzGibbon a.fitzgibbon@qub.ac.uk
New Voices: Postgraduate Research Pat Collins p.collins@nuigalway.ie