In line with our journal’s focus, we wish to attract interesting articles from around the world with a focus on the contemporary practice and policy of traditional music, dance, drama, oral narrative and crafts. We define ‘traditional arts’ as artistic and creative practices that function as a marker of identity for a particular cultural group and that have grown out of their oral tradition or that have been newly created using characteristics derived from oral tradition (although we would also welcome submissions that look to expand such definitions). We are an interdisciplinary journal, interested in publishing high quality scholarship from across the following disciplines: ethnomusicology, cultural sociology, anthropology, ethnology, ethnochoreology, cultural policy, folklore, musicology, cultural studies, cultural economics, heritage and tourism studies or indeed beyond, that focus upon contemporary policy and practice in the traditional arts.
The key incentives for authors to publish in our journal are as follows:
1. Your article, if accepted, will be published on the Open Journal Systems with a unique DOI which effectively guarantees its availability permanently on the internet, via the LOCKSS backup system of distributed archiving. Once published, your article will remain available even if the journal folds or the site disappears through distributed backup of the material via the unique DOI.
2. The review time for articles will be no more than 6 weeks from submission to decision. For more information on why and how this will work see our submission guidance here.
3. As a Gold Open Access journal, your published article will be free to read, for anyone in the world, permanently. This means that there are no paywalls or other barriers limiting access to your research: you will not need to pay (i.e. Author Publication Charges) to publish in the journal; and readers do not need to pay (i.e. through subscription) to gain access to your work. The International Journal of Traditional Arts operates on a Gold Open Access double blind peer-review basis. This peer review process therefore supports the highest international standards of scholarship whilst providing an outlet to the widest possible global audience. Studies suggest that Open Access articles are very much more popular and highly cited, and furthermore, many of us who work within communities around the world can be confident that the results of our research will be available to our participants and friends in the field, forever. For researchers in the UK and other national systems that require Open Access publications as a condition of grant funding, this journal satisfies those requirements, as it is freely available to anyone at any time.
4. We welcome traditional articles with relevant sound files to illustrate if needed. And because we are an online-only journal, sound or links to video files can be an integral part of the paper.
5. In addition to traditional articles of around 8000 words, we also wish to attract shorter policy and briefing papers of no more than 2,000 words (including title, abstract, and reference list), which should provide brief commentary on a specific, topical development in the field of cultural policy as it relates to traditional arts practice, or national updates on innovative or notable practices in traditional arts from around the world. These are not peer-reviewed, but are reviewed by an editor.
The IJTA benefits from an international advisory panel, who form the advisory group for the Journal and a core group of reviewers (although we will also solicit reviews from experts beyond this group). The Journal is not tied to any large commercial publishing house, or to any academic or scholarly association, and the editors are free to make editorial decisions based solely upon the rigour, originality and potential significance of the work via the informed assessments of expert reviewers. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.