Scope: Contemporary Research Topics is peer-reviewed and published annually in November by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) is catalogued on the EBSCO and Thomson Reuters academic databases in recognition of academic quality and alignment with international peer review processes.


Formats include: articles; essays; practice pages, logs and travel reports; reviews, residencies and publications; and moving, interactive works (to be negotiated with the editors for the online version, with contextualising paragraphs and stills to appear in the hardcopy version). Other suggested formats will also be considered; and special topics comprising submissions by various contributors may be tendered to the editors.


Submissions should be sent in hardcopy and electronic format by 30 April for review and potential inclusion in the annual issue to Leoni Schmidt (series editor) at Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Private Bag 1910, Dunedin, New Zealand, Please consult the information for contributors below and the hardcopy or online versions of the previous issues for examples. Peer review forms will be sent to all submitters in due course, with details concerning the possible reworking of documents where relevant. All submitters will be allowed up to two subsequent resubmissions of documents for peer approval. All final decisions concerning publication of submissions will reside with the editors. Opinions published are those of the authors and not necessarily subscribed to by the editors, or the institution.


Submissions should engage with contemporary practices in ways which may contribute to critical debate and new understandings. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the Chicago referencing style are expected. For more information, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style; and consult this issue for examples. A short biography of no more than 50 words; as well as title; details concerning institutional position and affiliation (where relevant); and contact information (postal, email and telephone number) should be provided on a cover sheet, with all such information withheld from the body of the submission. Low resolution images with full captions should be inserted into texts to indicate where they would be preferred; while tif, jpeg or eps image files in CMYK mode with a resolution equivalent of at least 300dpi should be provided on a clearly labled disc accompanying the hardcopy submission. Copies of written copyright permissions should be included with all images.


Leoni Schmidt (Series Editor) 

For peer review and editorial advice and comment, the editors rely on a range of appropriate reviewers, but in the first instance on members of the Editorial Board. 

For further information please see the colophon for each separate issue.