Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Journal of Aesthetics & Culture is a peer reviewed Open Access journal whose main focus lies on the intersection between contemporary theory, culture and aesthetics. To transcend traditional subject boundaries and integrate regional, national, international and global perspectives, we aim to present articles departing from this intersection that develop inter-disciplinary theoretical models as applied to research on aesthetic questions and cultural productions understood in their broadest sense but related to contemporary developments. At the same time, we aim to bridge the gaps between art and technology, between high-brow culture and popular culture, and between aesthetics and politics.

Contributions can embark from historical or contemporary cultural and aesthetic phenomenon or genres (from popular or vernacular culture to classical genres such as film, literature, visual art, theatre…), as well as from research on aesthetics and culture from a theoretical point of departure. Even subjects normally covered by fields such as anthropology, philosophy, history, communication studies, or sociology may be equally of relevance for publication when they address the essential aims set out in the journal. For examples of previous publications, see the archive here.

Journal of Aesthetics & Culture occasionally publishes thematic clusters. Calls for papers on these themes will be announced on the journal website.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Original Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Against Globalization

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Process and practice: New distributions of the sensible

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Visual Frictions

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Journal of Aesthetics & Cultureare subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional, high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal. The fact that Journal of Aesthetics & Culture is an Open Access journal does not mean that the papers published therein have not undergone peer review.

Papers are sent to at least two independent referees. Journal of Aesthetics & Culture has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The peer referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or linguistically sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 4 months for revision. After 4 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.


Publication Frequency

All articles are posted online immediately they are ready for publication. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay.


Open Access Policy

Journal of Aesthetics & Culture is published Open Access under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. Authors retain the full copyright to their work. For more information see copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

Journal of Aesthetics & Culture is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.aestheticsandculture.net as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:





This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).