Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

For both the Culture Machine journal and the InterZone section, Culture Machine is currently only accepting submissions on specific themes, as announced in its regularly issued calls for papers which are distributed via a variety of mailing lists.


Culture Machine is a series of experiments in culture and theory.

The aim of Culture Machine is to seek out and promote the most provocative of new work, and analyses of that work, in culture and theory from a diverse range of international authors. Culture Machine is particularly concerned with promoting research which is engaged in the constitution of new areas of inquiry and the opening of new frontiers of cultural and theoretical activity. It is also committed to the generation of possibilities for new scholarship and research. Other than these founding aims (which are themselves, along with the very concepts of 'founding' and of 'aims', possible themes to be analysed), Culture Machine has no specific agenda, no project or programme - cultural, theoretical, political, social or ethical - it intends to see worked out in its various manifestations. Culture Machine is instead endeavouring be to cultural studies and cultural theory what 'fundamental research' is to the natural sciences: open ended, non-goal orientated, exploratory and experimental in approach.

Culture Machine's experiments in culture and theory are currently taking the form of:
- An open access journal
- The Open Humanities Press Culture Machine Liquid Books series
- The LivBL: Living Books about Life project


Acting as additions or supplements to the Culture Machine journal are:
- Culture Machine Reviews
- Culture Machine InterZone


Earlier experiments have included:
- An open access archive, CSeARCH (which stands for Cultural Studies e-Archive), available at:
- A Culture Machine book series, published by Berg


The Culture Machine Open Access Journal
One way in which Culture Machine is endeavouring to promote original and challenging work is by publishing an international, electronic, open access journal. Publishing online of course provides Culture Machine with an opportunity to explore the effects, consequences, limits and possibilities posed for research by contemporary technology - computers, the Internet, mobile phones, laptops, tablets, text and picture messaging, blogs, podcasts, mp3 files, free software, open source, p2p file-sharing, wikis, 'social networking', and so on. Yet if one motivation behind the creation of the Culture Machine journal is the familiar intellectual idea of hosting a forum for the production, development, communication and testing of new ideas, another is the desire to provide contributors with a space in which to publish research that is open-ended and experimental: research that encourages speculation and intellectual risk taking, and which does not simply succumb to the pressure to produce 'results'. This is not to say the activities of Culture Machine can be simply opposed to 'end-orientated' research, nor that these activities will themselves have no 'useful' or practical outcomes. The extent to which such outcomes are desirable or even possible is again something to be investigated.


Culture Machine Reviews
Another way in which Culture Machine aims to promote original and challenging work is by publishing a section of reviews of recent texts on culture and theory on a rolling, all year round basis (rather than annually, as in the case with the journal).


Culture Machine InterZone
The InterZone also enables Culture Machine to publish research in culture and theory at any time of the year. Other than that, all the main features of the Culture Machine journal and reviews remain: the InterZone is open to both established figures and newer writers; it welcomes contributions that take advantage of and explore the uses and limitations of new technology; and accepts material from academics, graduate students and independent scholars .

The InterZone was initially unthemed. However, due to the sheer number of submissions Culture Machine is now receiving, the editorial team took the decision in late 2010 to suspend general submissions to the InterZone for the immediate future. For both the journal and the InterZone section, Culture Machine is currently only accepting submissions on specific themes, as announced in its regularly issued calls for papers which are distributed via a variety of mailing lists.


The Open Humanities Press Culture Machine Liquid Books series
The Culture Machine Book Liquid Books Series is published by Open Humanities Press. It consists of a series of digital ‘books’ which users are able to remix, reformat, reversion, reuse, reinvent and republish.


LivBL: Living Books about Life
The LivBL: Living Books about Life project is a sustainable series of electronic open access books about life - with life understood both philosophically and biologically - which will provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. An expansion of the Culture Machine Liquid Books series, the LivBL project is also published by Open Humanites Press and funded by JISC.


CSeARCH Open Access Archive
Culture Machine welcomes contributions to its open access archive for research and publications in cultural studies and related fields: literary, critical and cultural theory, new media, visual culture, communication and media studies, philosophy, psychoanalysis, science and technology studies, feminist theory, postcolonial theory, etc. The Cultural Studies e-Archive is not-for-profit and free to download from and upload to. Readers can freely browse the archive, and read and download its contents.

To upload work into the archive, please go to the 'Submit' page. Fill in the brief details and you will then be sent a login name and password via e-mail together with a direct link. Click on the link and you will be there - no need to login at that point the first time. (The password merely ensures that no one but you can edit your entries.) Anything that is already in digital form, be it Word, pdf, and so on, can be uploaded into the CSeARCH archive easily and quickly. However, the idea of the archive is not just to preserve documents from the past, but also to make recent and even current work widely available open access: both that which has already been published and that which is awaiting publication.


Culture Machine Book Series
Before moving to publishing electronic open access books, the Culture Machine book series, published by Berg (Oxford and New York), ran from 2004 to 2008. The series brought together writers from relevant arts, social sciences and humanities disciplines: cultural, media and communication studies; sociology; new media; literary, critical and cultural theory; art history; anthropology; continental philosophy; and political science. The International Editorial Advisory Board for the series included Lawrence Grossberg, Donna Haraway, Peggy Kamuf, Brian Massumi, Paul Rabinow and Avital Ronell.
Four titles were published in the series:

- Paul Virilio, City of Panic (2005)
- Clare Birchall, Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Celebrity Gossip (2006)
- Charlie Gere, Art, Time & Technology: A History of the Disappearing Body (2006)
- Jeremy Gilbert, Anti-Capitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and the Global Justice Movement (2008)

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

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Reviews 2017

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Reviews 2016

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Reviews 2015

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Reviews 2014

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Reviews 2013

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Reviews 2012

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Reviews 2011

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Reviews 2010

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Reviews 2009

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Reviews 2008

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Reviews 2007

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Reviews 2006

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Reviews 2005

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Reviews 2004

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Reviews 2003

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Reviews 2002

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Reviews 2001

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Reviews 2000

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Reviews 1999

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InterZone

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...of the institution

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...of Cultural Studies

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...of New Technologies

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Peer Review Process

DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF SUBMISSIONS AND THE SUBSEQUENT DECISION TO PUBLISH THEMED ISSUES ONLY, CULTURE MACHINE IS NOT ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED GENERAL SUBMISSIONS AT THIS MOMENT.

Culture Machine publishes texts written in English from anywhere in the world. Culture Machine also welcomes contributions that take advantage of and explore the uses and limitations of new technology.

Culture Machine accepts material from academics, graduate students and independent scholars.

All contributions to the Culture Machine journal, Reviews section, and InterZone will be refereed anonymously.

Culture Machine will publish one edition of the journal each year.

For both the Culture Machine journal and the InterZone section, Culture Machine is currently only accepting submissions on specific themes, as announced in its regularly issued calls for papers which are distributed via a variety of mailing lists.

For further information contact the Editors: Gary Hall, Dave Boothroyd and Joanna Zylinska. For reviews issues, please contact Reviews Editor Clare Birchall.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

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. LOCKSS system has permission to collect, preserve, and serve this open access Archival Unit. More...