JAR Network Channels are a feature on https://jar-online.net allowing to group past and current JAR content (expositions and network texts) as well as links to external content (RC and otherwise). Channel editors can write editorials, upload documents, commenting on individual elements, and add Calls for Papers. Channels allow to interlink what has already been published with ongoing research ‘out there’ indicating the specific role artistic research plays in a channel’s chosen field.

The JAR Network Channels offer an alternative to special, thematic issues of JAR. Rather than providing a snapshot around a particular theme, the JAR Network Channels take a more developmental approach around themes as well as more generally concerns emergent from different submissions over time.

The JAR Network Channels are also the place for Non-English materials to be assembled allowing visitors access to JAR predominantly in their native or chosen language from which content in other languages (including English) may be explored. This paired with the editorial commentary will allow for much more local engagements with communities of practice.

JAR offers its Network Channels to SAR’s Special Interest Groups (SIG) as a possible vehicle for public facing collections of relevant materials as well as SIG outputs including Calls for Papers. (The option for SIG to initiate special issues of JAR in not affected.)


The channels are fully integrated in the JAR Network section on the journal’s website. Please refer to this page for examples: https://jar-online.net/en/channels and https://jar-online.net/en/channels/channel-demo for an overview.

Channel editors have access to the JAR website content management system (CMS) in order to create and assemble to channel pages. (Channel editors are responsible to check copy right compliance of all uploaded materials.)

Key features include:

  • Metadata including name, editor list, key words etc. on the left of the page
  • Space for visual and introductory text at the top of the page
  • Group levels with space for additional text
  • Tiled group contents (nodes) with space for individual commentary

The nodes form the key content of the channel. They can link to different types of material:

  • Content already on the JAR website (JAR expositions, reflections and book reviews)
  • Content external to the JAR website (publications of artistic research in JAR’s sister journals on the RC or RC expositions in general, materials published otherwise on the internet as well as references to offline content
  • Content created for the channel (pages are similar to JAR reflections and book reviews)

Channels, being part of JAR’s network, operate independently from JAR but can benefit from JAR’s core activities:

  • Channels can feed updates into JAR newsletters
  • Channel articles can receive DOI
  • Channels can offer reflections and book reviews to JAR to be integrated beyond the channel also in the general JAR Network space offering increased exposure
  • Channels can launch Call for Papers that JAR will distribute with its own calls; these calls can lead to submissions to JAR (processed in the normal way) or contributions on channel level
  • In the case of SIGs, channels can prepare and guest edit JAR special issues featuring content and post publication commentary

Please note that the JAR Network channels are not intended to operate as a ‘journal in a journal’ e.g. receive and publish submissions on the RC etc. They are also not meant to operate as expositions themselves since media use and styling options are limited.

Call for JAR Network Channel expressions of interest

JAR seeks expressions of interest from individuals or groups of individuals including SIGs to set up channels on jar-online.net. Upon successful application, these individuals will be appointed as JAR Network Channel guest editors for a period of two years (or shorter) with possible renewals after this period.

Please contact us providing this information:

  • Name of the proposed channel
  • Name(s) and short bios of people to act as channel editors
  • SIG (if applicaple)
  • Short description and rationale of the channel
  • List of at least three publications from JAR and its Network space that would initially be included
  • List of additional links and references that would be included