Call for Guest-Edited Special Issues

We are now seeking expressions of interest from practice-based researchers interesting in developing and publishing a Special Issue for the journal, on a subject of your choice.


IJCMR is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed and open access academic journal devoted to pushing forward the approaches to and possibilities for publishing creative media-based research. Championing artistic experimentation alongside critical rigour and creative reflection, the journal specialises in capturing the emerging tools, approaches and methods of practice-based media arts research. IJCMR publishes original screen- and sound-based creative research, spanning works of film, music, media art, digital writing, curation practice, multi-platform and ludic artefacts that contribute to fields across Media Studies, Communication and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Music, Creative Writing, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies, or Education.


We typically accept work in one of three submission categories:

  • Single-Piece Explorations (i.e. a single video or audio piece accompanied by a 1,500-word research statement)

  • Multi-Piece Portfolios (i.e. a number of mixed media artefacts like video, image and audio, accompanied by up to a 3,000-word route-map)

  • Practice Discoveries' (i.e. a 6,000-word article about an area of creative practice)


Guest Editors would be expected to lead their Special Issue with the support of the journal’s editors; this includes producing a call for papers, soliciting and liaising with authors, managing peer review, and finalising submissions ahead of publication.


If you are interested in guest editing a Special issue of the journal, on a suitable topic of your choice, please contact the journal’s Managing Editors Agata Lulkowska ( and Andrew Stubbs ( with a short 500-word expression of interest, outlining the following:


  • Title and broad aim of Special Issue

  • Rationale for the Special Issue’s focus

  • Indication of themes likely to be explored


If selected, the journal’s editors will work with in your capacity as a Guest Editor to agree a workable timeline for the Special Issue over the coming year.


The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is Friday 17 December 2021.


Recontextualising Practice-Based Research


Guest editor: Agata Lulkowska (Staffordshire University)

Despite having been around for over three decades, practice-based research continues to be a source of controversy and confusion. Questions persist about how to design the most relevant methodology, how to demonstrate ‘originality’, ‘significance’ and ‘rigour’ (as defined in the REF criteria), and how to disseminate the outputs. Positioned in between creative arts and traditional research, Art/Practice-based research often lacks clearly defined target audiences. Moreover, with the emergence of practice-based masters and doctoral programmes across (mostly UK and Australian) HE institutions, questions about how to design the most effective training and support still remain largely unanswered.

With this in mind, this special issue seeks to re-contextualise practice-based research in creative arts and humanities by returning to the basic questions addressing the trajectory of a typical practice-based research. Topics within the scope of this issue include but are not limited to:

  1. What is practice-based research in creative arts?

  2. How to tame your inner artist: what distinguishes Art/practice-based research from purely artistic practice?

  3. How to navigate Interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary quagmires?

  4. How to design an effective methodology?

  5. How to balance theory, practice and reflective evaluation?

  6. How to disseminate practice-based research?

  7. How to evidence impact?

  8. What are the ingredients of a successful training and support system for practice-based researchers?


Submission details

Please send an abstract, up to 5 keywords, and a short biographical note to Agata Lulkowska at by 14 January 2022.

Abstracts should be between 300 to 500 words. Notification of acceptance will be sent by no later than 31 January 2022. If the proposal is accepted, the author(s) will be asked to submit the full article by 4 April 2022.

For more detailed guidance please see our Author Guidelines page.

The articles must not exceed 7000-8000 words and can include images, clips, and links. Please, provide correct credits, permissions, and copyright information in order to be sure that the images, clips, and links are copyright free and can be published.

It is expected that the issue will be published in July 2022 TBC.