A Collection of Journals

   

The Arts in Society knowledge community aims to create an intellectual frame of reference for the arts and arts practices, and to create an interdisciplinary conversation on the role of the arts in society. It is intended as a place for critical engagement, examination, and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world, on stage, in museums and galleries, on the streets, and in communities. Articles published in Common Ground's Arts in Society Collection range from the expansive and philosophical to finely grained analysis based on deep familiarity and understanding of a particular area of arts knowledge or arts practice. They bring into dialogue artists, theorists, policymakers, and arts educators, to name a few of the stakeholders in this conversation.

The Arts in Society Collection is relevant to artists, curators, writers, theorists, and policymakers with an interest in, and a concern for, arts practice, arts theory and research, curatorial and museum studies, and arts education in any of its forms and in any of its sites.

The Arts in Society knowledge community publishes into a collection of journals, reflecting the richness, breadth, and intellectual depth of our submissions. This consists of:

  • The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review - ISSN: 1833-1866 (print)

Themed Journals:

  • The International Journal of Arts Education - ISSN: 2326-9944 (print), 2327-0306 (online)
  • The International Journal of Arts Theory and History - ISSN: 2326-9952 (print), 2327-1779 (online)
  • The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts - ISSN: 2326-9987 (print), 2327-1787 (online)
  • The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts - ISSN: 2326-9960 (print), 2327-2104 (online)

The annual review publishes once per volume; the thematiaclly focused journals publish quarterly.

Authors can request which of the thematic journals they would prefer for the publication of their article. Alternatively, when the author does not opt to make a selection, the Common Ground editorial team will curate each article into the appropriate thematic journal.

The annual review consists only of articles considered to be of wide interest across the field selected by our editorial team in consultation with the Advisory Board. We do not accept direct submissions to the annual review. Candidates for inclusion in the survey journal will include top-ranked articles, works by invited contributors, articles offered by plenary speakers at the conference, and articles selected from thematic journal submissions for their wide applicability and interest across the field.

Subscribers and conference participants are offered access to the entire collection of journals, organized into thematic sections and the survey journal for ease of access and clearly differentiated focus of interest.

The Arts Collection was founded in 2006.

Circulation:

320,320

Indexing:

The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review

The International Journal of Arts Education

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

The International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts

Scholarly Impact:

In 2011, the Arts in Society Collection had an acceptance rate of 30%. This number reflects the percentage of paper proposals that were ultimately accepted for publication as articles, after the peer review process, in one of the journals in the collection.

We want to make a general comment, however, about the ways in which academic knowledge is valued. The current system, based mainly on rejection rates and citation counts, is seriously fraught. Rejection rates, for instance, are an arbitrary supply-and-demand relation of submissions to publication slots. They tell little of intellectual quality of a journal. The other conventional measure of scholarly value, the citation count, is just as fraught. Just how fraught is a long story, the intricacies of which we explain in the publications below.

In a number of ways, we at Common Ground have been working to create a peer evaluation system which is more reliable and which produces better quality publications. Our measure of quality is the process itself and the rigorous application of explicit criteria of intellectual excellence. In our quest to publish only the best, Common Ground takes a work through multiple steps in a collaborative knowledge creation process. Our goal is to implement innovative peer review practices, using a process of what we call ‘synergistic feedback’ through processes of proposal review, conference presentation and feedback, criterion referenced review, revision, and publication. Our new media publishing tools also provide high levels of Internet exposure and potentials for web interactivity around your work.

References:

All journals in the Arts in Society Collection encourage the widest range of submissions and aim at all times to foster the highest standards intellectual excellence in our journal publishing program. These are our objectives:


Open Review


Common Ground’s approach to peer review is open and inclusive, while at the same time it is based on the most rigorous and merit-based anonymous peer review processes. Our peer review processes are criterion-referenced and peer reviewers are selected on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise. Ranking is based on clearly articulated criteria. The result is a peer review process that is scrupulously fair in its assessments at the same time as offering a carefully structured and constructive contribution to the shape of the published paper.


Intellectual Excellence


The result is a publishing process which is without prejudice to institutional affiliation, stage in career, national origins, or disciplinary perspective. If the paper is excellent, and has been systematically and independently assessed as such, it will be published. This is why Common Ground journals have so much exciting new material, much of it originating from well known research institutions but also a considerable amount of brilliantly insightful and innovative material from academics in lesser known institutions in the developing world, emerging researchers, people working in hard-to-classify interdisciplinary spaces, and researchers in liberal arts colleges and teaching universities. In recognition of the highest levels of excellence, every year an international prize is awarded for the top-ranked paper in each journal.


Practicality


Common Ground is developing a low-cost commercial approach to academic publishing. We believe there are limitations in both the high cost commercial publishing and status-quo open access publishing models. Our desire to find a practical middle way between the idealism of open access and the inefficiencies and greed of the big journal publishers inspired the launch of of our Hybrid Open Access and Institutional Open Access initiatives. Hybrid Open Access allows authors to pay a modest fee to make their work freely available to anyone. Institutional Open Access allows institutions to transact directly with Common Ground to support the open access publication efforts of their students and faculty and include the typeset versions of published articles in their institutional repositories.

However, Common Ground's non-open access content remains highly accessible. We have modest subscription charges for libraries and a small per-article charge for electronic access by non-subscribers. Every journal article has its own page, and every author has their own self-maintainable website, which includes any articles and books they have published with Common Ground, a blog, and places to paste their bionote, photo, and CV. Conference participants are granted free electronic access to the corresponding journal for a year. All our journals are available in both print and electronic formats.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Common Ground takes intellectual integrity very seriously. The publisher, editors, reviewers, and authors all agree upon the following standards of expected ethical behavior, which are based on COPES’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Duties of Publisher

Publication Decisions
Common Ground’s editorial team, in consultation with the journal or journal collection's editor(s), is responsible for deciding which submitted articles should be published. The editorial team may confer with the journal editor and will strongly consider peer reviewers' comments and recommendations as part of this decision-making process.

Fair Play
Submitted articles will be evaluated according to their intellectual merit, without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, political philosophy, or institutional affiliation of the author(s).

Confidentiality
Editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, or other editorial advisors.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished material must not be used in an editor's own research without the written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Recommendations by peer reviewers are the single most important determining factor in whether a manuscript is accepted for publication. They may also help the author improve a manuscript that has been accepted pending revisions.

Promptness
Peer reviewers are asked to complete their reviews within two weeks of receiving a refereeing assignment. If they cannot complete the report within two weeks, they may ask for an extension. If a peer reviewer feels unqualified to review a particular manuscript, he or she may notify a member of Common Ground’s editorial team to be excused from the assignment.

Confidentiality
Any manuscript received for review will be treated as confidential. It must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by Common Ground’s editorial team.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Reports of statements, observations, or arguments that have been noted elsewhere should be accompanied by a relevant citation. A reviewer should also call the editor's attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not be used for personal benefit. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, our institutions connected to the papers under review.

Duties of Authors

Reporting Standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed, as well as an objective discussion of its significance.

Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with the paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, whenever possible. In any event, authors should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable amount of time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original work, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Articles found to have plagiarized material will be withdrawn from publication consideration. If plagiarism is found after an article is published, the publisher will contact the author for a response to the allegations. In cases of proven plagiarism or non-response/non-adequate response, the offending paper will be retracted and a statement from the publisher will be inserted in its place in the relevant journal issue.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication
Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and it is unacceptable. Manuscripts must only be peer reviewed by a one journal at a time. Common Ground will consider publishing articles that have been published elsewhere previously, provided that they have undergone substantial revision or reworking. In such cases, 70% of the article must consist of new or significantly revised material.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who participated in certain substantial aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged are listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his or her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the publisher and cooperate with Common Ground’s editorial team to correct or retract the paper.