Internship job description and application process

The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an academic, single-blind peer-reviewed, free and Open Access online journal for the dissemination of artistic research of all disciplines. JAR is published by the non-profit Society for Artistic Research (SAR).

JAR employs an Editorial Board chaired by the Editor-in-Chief in order to assess submissions and to further develop the journal. JAR’s Managing Editor organises the workflow and is the port of contact for authors. The editor responsible for the peer-reviewing process seeks and communicates with reviewers and presents peer-reviewing results to the Editorial Board. JAR also employs a Copyeditor.

JAR uses the online Research Catalogue for submissions, an online workspace (basecamp) to manage editorial workflows and zoom for monthly 90 mins meetings.

Interns are appointed for one year. An Editor must act as line-manager and first point of contact for them. Applicants should either contact a JAR Editor directly or specify a name or names of possible Editors as part of their application. Interns are appointed by the Editor-in-Chief. JAR will not allow for more than three Interns at any given time.

Candidates need to be passionate about artistic research and willing to integrate into the workings of the JAR Editorial Board. Since the Editorial Board works mostly over the Internet, a good internet connection and basic computer skills are a requirement.

Key duties of JAR Interns:

  1. Read and comment on selected submissions to help decide whether they should go to peer-review
  2. Read and comment on those submissions coming from peer-review in the light of the peer-review reports
  3. Be available for the monthly online meetings to discuss the submissions that could not be dealt with through basecamp

The estimated workload for these tasks is 8 – 10 hours per months. If Interns temporarily cannot join meetings or fulfil set tasks, it is expected that they proactively excuse themselves. Having to miss occasional meetings is perfectly normal in a busy diary.

Interns will be given full access to the JAR workspaces. A confidentiality statement will need to be signed and we expect conflicts of interests to be proactively voiced. For a single-blind peer-reviewed academic journal, confidentiality and impartiality are key elements.

Unfortunately, SAR is not able to pay any fee to Interns.

The Editor-in-Chief is happy to provide a letter documenting the internship.

Application materials:

  1. Cover letter explaining the interest in the position
  2. Name(s) of JAR Editors that could act as line managers
  3. Short CV

Please contact the Editor-in-Chief using the web form explaining your interest in an internship. You will be able to send your application materials to an email address that will be provided to you in the response.

Does JAR accept proposals for special issues?

Having discussed such proposals in the past, currently JAR does not accept proposals for special or thematic issues. We consider that although a research project may seem to suit a thematic issue, publishing research in relation to a specific theme is often problematic, suggesting a narrow scope of interpretation. In addition to this, the cost of producing additional issues was too high for many who were interested.

For those interested in special issues, you may want to consider approaching Ruukku. Studies in Artistic Research and VIS. Nordic Journal for Artistic Research two of the other journals that engage with the rich-media capabilities of the Research Catalogue.

What is JAR’s language policy?

Until 2019, JAR required all submissions to be in English. While bilingual submission could be made, it was the English language version that was reviewed.

From 1 May 2019 onwards, JAR also accepts submissions in Spanish, Portuguese and German—see here for the call.

As described in the Editorial of JAR18, this selection of languages is not to be understood in any way as a preference for some languages over others; rather, it represents a pragmatic extension of the board’s possibilities. Depending on resources, realities and interests, other languages might follow in the future.

However, while English will always remain an option for submissions to JAR, it must be stated that any other language that JAR adopts may be dropped again should JAR’s resources not allow supporting it at a point in the future. An announcement will be made well in advance should JAR change its policies.

JAR aims to translate its communications and the relevant parts of its website into the languages it supports. Please bear with us as this is in development.

Please note that the JAR Network space is open to reflections and book reviews in any language beyond those supported in the peer-reviewed section of JAR.

Proposing a book for review in JAR

If you have a relevant book that you would like to offer JAR for review, please get in touch using our contact form here selecting ‘Network’ as the topic and describing the book briefly. In case you have already a potential book reviewer in mind, please mention his/her name in the message. Please also mention if the book in available in print and/or as digital copy.

We will add the titles that we receive to our list here from which potential reviewers can make a selection.

Currently, JAR accepts only books for review, which may, however, include artist books, special journal issues, catalogues etc. We aim to include other formats such as performances or exhibitions etc. in the future. Please bear with us as we develop this section.

While book review sections of academic journals tend to focus on new titles, JAR is also interested to publish reviews of older books providing that the review adds a new angle to the debate.

How to write a book review for the JAR Network space?

If you are interested in writing a book review for JAR, please look at this page for a list of available titles. Please click here if you want to propose a title that is currently not on the list.

Once you know which book you want to review, please get in touch using our contact form here selecting ‘Network’ as the topic mentioning the book you would like to review. Please click here for more information about the process.

Which reflections qualify for the JAR Network space?

Broadly speaking the JAR Network space is about artistic research and the activities of the communities of practitioners. We are particular interested to hear about exciting initiatives and the urgencies that drive people’s work using a more speculative approach to writing that allows to express what is at stake. However, we are also interested in the more personal reflections rooted in your own research practice.

Please click here for more information about the process.

Texts on the JAR Network are hosted on jar-online.net and not the Research Catalogue (RC) as JAR’s peer reviewed contributions are. As a consequence, there is much less flexible use of media and no control by the author over the design of the page. Furthermore, publications in the JAR Network need not be expositional, i.e. expose practice as research. Click here for more information about submissions to JAR. Please consider making a submission to JAR should you aim at a presentation of your own practice as research.

How to publish on the JAR Network space?

Anybody can send us texts to be published in this section. Please get in touch using our contact form here selecting ‘Network’ as the topic and describing your proposal briefly. We will respond as soon as possible.

Please click here to get more information about the kind of reflections we are interested in and click here for information about book reviews.

Manuscripts can be as long (or short) as necessary keeping in mind that they are to be read on the screen and, thus, resemble more blog posts than journal articles. Texts can be in any language including those not published in JAR; png/jpg images, mp3 audio and m4v video are supported. 

After receiving your manuscript, the editorial board will discuss whether or not it should be included. Since the Network space is there to represent the diversity of positions and practices of artistic research, we aim to endorse as many different perspectives as possible regardless of whether or not they coincide with JAR’s approach.

There is no peer review for publications in the Network space of JAR. Once accepted, JAR provides feedback to the author suggesting possible revisions, which need not be followed. JAR will copyedit your final manuscript.

We aim to include new materials on an ongoing basis, which will be advertised as part of new issue announcements. On publication on jar-online.net, each text will receive a DOI, which is shown at the bottom of each contribution as part of the ‘suggested citation’.

How can I influence the strategy, content, attitude of JAR?

  • JAR is guided by input from the SAR Executive Board and its members
  • we believe that quality is not democratic, but a question of discussion and argumentation, therefore, we support special-interest forums, allowing a wide range of people to be involved in the strategic developments of JAR:
  • you can become a member of SAR and attend the Annual Meetings
  • you can put yourself forward for election to the SAR Executive Board or apply for appointment to the Editorial Board

Is it possible to download JAR articles in PDF format?

  • JAR is built on the Research Catalogue, a rich media web format. Expositions often include media files such as .mpg and .mov that cannot be represented in PDF format.
  • Additionally our Terms of Use are more restrictive than Creative Commons licences. All JAR expositions are free to view online.

How can I publish in JAR?

  • Read the JAR submissions page (link) for information on opening an account with the Research Catalogue, assembling an exposition and submitting it to the journal. Use the detailed tutorials and help guides on the RC (link) to assist you.
  • if you need further assistance, please contact the Managing Editor (link contact email: [email protected])

How can I become a reviewer?

  • The quality of JAR relies heavily on the quality of reviews; so, if you have substantial expertise in artistic research in your fields of interest and are interested in acting as a referee, please contact us Editor (email [email protected]). For further information on the review process please see our Peer Review page (link).
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Is JAR free of charge?

  • It is free to create an account on the Research Catalogue and to submit to JAR
  • as part of its commitment to Open Access, it is free to access and read all expositions published in JAR. You can view our full archive here (link).

Is JAR Open Access and listed in the respective directories?

  • Yes, although the question is open to interpretation. As far as SAR is concerned, the RC is Open Access since content can be accessed free of charge without a subscription cost. However, some Open Access directories follow the Budapest OA Initiative, which states that apart from being freely accessible, assets in an Open Access publication also need to be re-distributable. SAR does not permit this (see RC Terms of Use) due to copyright issues.

What is the legal framework of the RC, in particular regarding copyright?

  • The Research Catalogue Terms of Use are more restrictive than Creative Commons licenses insofar as use and distribution of any material uploaded to the Research Catalogue is allowed only within SAR web domains (such as the Research Catalogue itself) and not beyond this.
  • This decision is based on the fact that artists find it difficult to be given permission to use others’ work in the context of their research on the Internet. More restrictive terms may help to convince copyright holders to grant permission to use a particular piece of art that the right holder may legally not want to see circulating on the Internet.
  • This point relates also to the question regarding Open Access.

How is JAR financed?

  • JAR is financed by SAR, which receives income from individual and institutional membership fees, and also sponsorship
  • strategic alliances with research projects such as the Artistic Research Catalogue (ARC) also allow JAR to develop its infrastructure

Whom do we want to reach with JAR?

  • Professional artistic researchers from all arts fields, such as fine arts, music, theatre, dance, curators and other key players in the arts, etc.
  • practicing artists
  • academics

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Whom do we want to reach with JAR?

  • Professional artistic researchers from all arts fields, such as fine arts, music, theatre, dance, curators and other key players in the arts, etc.
  • practicing artists
  • academics