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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  • The submission is in Open Office or Microsoft Word format.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  • The chosen style (i.e., Harvard, APA) has been clearly indicated on the first page of the document. The author(s) have reviewed and integrated these guidelines for formatting.

  • The file submitted for review is no more than 60mb, including all embedded images.

  • The instructions in Ensuring an Anonymous Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Art/Research International accepts a range of expressive forms including (but not limited to) academic articles, fictional short stories, poetry, dramatic scripts, visual media (painting, drawing, textiles, photography, among others), music, among others. We ask that all submissions indicate, in the form of an abstract or artist statement, how the work links to both art and research practices.

Art/Research International falls into three sections: ‘Art/Research In Action,’ which focuses on examples from the practice of Art/Research – these could be accounts of research studies or art/research works in any publishable digital medium; ‘Art/Research Theoretical Musings,’ which offers the opportunity to explore methodological ambitions and theoretical or philosophical underpinnings of Art/Research practices; and ‘Art/Research Reviews,’ which offers a space for Art/Researchers to give insight and critiques to the art/research work of other practitioner/scholars such as literary works, films, performances, visual artworks.

As this is a transdisciplinary journal, submissions should speak to a wide range of audiences and avoid discipline-specific jargon.

Prospective Art/Research authors please read and adhere to the following guidelines. Please address any questions to: ari@ualberta.ca.

Please note that there are no article processing charges (APCs) or any other submission charges for publication in this journal.

For text-based submissions:

  • Please limit text-based submissions to a maximum of 7500 words (plus references; approximately 30 pages). Reviews should be no more than 4000 words in length.
  • We accept a range of academic style conventions such as APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago, as we aim to be flexible due to the international/transdisciplinary/multimodal nature of the journal. Please indicate with your submission your chosen style convention to assist the reviewers and please be consistent throughout including in citations, reference list and formatting.
  • We ask that all submissions be in English; unfortunately at this time we do not have the capacity to accept or publish submissions in languages other than English. As the journal grows, we anticipate expanding language options.


The body of the manuscript must be anonymized for the peer review process and should include:

  • Art/Research Content / Text
  • Acknowledgments (optional)
  • References
  • Endnotes
  • Appendix: (optional)

Please used these guidelines for formatting when preparing your submission.

If your submission is being directed to a special issue, please indicate that clearly on your title page.

Please include with submissions as a separate supplementary file:

  • Title of the contribution
  • For each author: Name of the contributor, their affiliation and e-mail address
  • Abstract / Artist Statement: 150 to 300 words. Given that Art/Research International accepts submissions in a range of forms, we ask that contributors indicate how the work links to both art and research practices through an Abstract and/or Artist Statement. This Abstract/Artist Statement should highlight the contexts for the submission.
  • Key words: 5-10
  • Biographical statement: 50-100 words in total for all authors. Brief biographical information should include complete contact information for the lead contributor including institution (if applicable), mailing address, e-mail address, website (if applicable). We recommend that all contributors give at least some information about their research/work interests and home discipline(s).


For multimedia elements:

  • For submissions that include images:
    • Images within initial submissions should appear in text, in their appropriate locations.
    • Please keep in text images small as the total file size per submission must not exceed 60mb.
    • If the article is accepted, the Editors will ask you to submit images in TIFF, JPEG, or JPEG2000 format with a resolution of at least 300dpi.
    • Any photos that are not your own must be submitted with permissions.
  • For submissions that include video or audio components:
    • Please provide a link to the video or audio files in the appropriate location within the text for reviewers to follow.
    • Please ensure that the link to the file does not include information identifying the author(s) or author's affiliation. For example, you may want to create an anonymous Vimeo site to host your video, and then provide us with that link.
    • If the article is accepted, the Editors will ask that you submit audio files in WAVE, WAV, or BWF formats, and video files in MP4 or JPEG2000 formats.


Prior to publication contributors will be asked to sign a contributor agreement and permission/release form. This will include confirmation that the author has appropriate permissions from any individuals identifiable in photos/images/other media, ethical approval from the author's institution for any research-based material if applicable, and copyright permission to re-print any material for which the contributor does not hold the copyright.


Art/Research In Action

The intention underscoring the section Art/Research In Action is to offer a space for practitioners to draw on working examples to discuss challenges, best practices, ethical quandaries, new directions (among other topics) for the practice of bringing art and research processes together. The primary focus of these pieces is generally a particular research study or project. Submissions should contextualize the work within an art and research context including both discussion and examples. Please consult the first edition of the journal for published examples.

Art/Research Theoretical Musings

This section offers a space for contributors to discuss and explore methodological ambitions and theoretical or philosophical underpinnings and issues of art/research practices. Submissions should contribute to discussions that both deepen and expand our understandings of art/research practices in academic and community settings. Contributions should indicate clearly links to both arts and research practices. Contributions should be situated in scholarly contexts that are critical and rigorous; rather than opinion pieces we are looking for scholarly discussions about how our thinking about art/research practices might be deepened, challenged, and provoked. We are interested in submissions from those who find art/research problematic as well as compelling. The primary focus of these pieces is expanding theoretical understandings of art/research practices. Studies or projects may be used as examples, but are not the primary focus of pieces in this section. Please consult the first edition of the journal for published examples.

As such, some questions that might be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • How do arts practices work with / support / bump against / stretch / disrupt / critique more traditional academic research methods?  
  • How do art/research practices challenge us to navigate relationships with our participants? How do we navigate our own position as researchers in this relationship?
  • How can we (or, can we) draw on traditional standards of academic rigor and validity in thinking about art/research methodologies? If not, what might be other ways to think about this?
  • How might artistic/critical/posthuman/poststructuralist theoretical and/or philosophical underpinnings inform how the ways that art/research is assessed or evaluated?
  • How do art/research methodologies challenge the way we engage wider audiences with our work? Are there ethical implications that need to be considered as part of this?
  • Does drawing the virtual/online into our art/research work stretch how we conceive of or engage in practices?
  • How are art/research practices ‘normalized’? What (if any) tensions arise through this (attempted/successful) normalizing?


Art/Research Reviews

Contributors are encouraged to submit insights and critiques of art/research projects of other art/research practitioners (in a variety of forms, including more traditional academic literature/books). Here we offer a space to showcase, support and comment on the practical work taking place ‘in the field.’ Please consult the first edition of the journal for published examples.

Submissions should be no more than 4000 words in length and may be in genres such as narrative, poetry or dramatic dialogue. Visual reviews with a brief written description/explanation are also possible. Any photos submitted must have permissions.

Reviews should indicate:

  • Date/time/location of the project being reviewed (if applicable)
  • Art/research practitioner(s) involved in creating the project
  • Art form(s) of the project
  • Social/political/cultural/geographical (or other) contexts for the project  

Questions to consider as part of your review might be:

  • How have art/researchers considered their audiences for the project?
  • Are there goals for social/political/cultural change for this project? How are these goals addressed?
  • What is the relationship between the social/political/cultural/geographical (etc.) contexts and the aesthetic/artistic interpretive work for this project?
  • How might this work advance our understandings of art/research theories and/or practices?

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