Academic 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. 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)

General

  • 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arts/cultural professionals; articles should be written in an accessible manner (avoiding jargon) and include original, unpublished and rigorously conducted research.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.

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