contributors

WELCOME

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 Database in recognition of academic quality and alignment with international peer review processes.

FORMATS

Formats include: articles; essays; original research; practice and project reviews,conference 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 text version). Other suggested formats will also be considered; and special topics comprising submissions by various contributors may be tendered to the editors. The maximum word length for feature articles is 4000 words, with other formats at a shorter length. Please ask editors for more guidance on word limits for your submission.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions should be sent in hardcopy and electronic format by 30 March for review and potential inclusion in the annual issue to the editors of each issue. Please consult the information for contributors below and the hardcopy or online versions of the previous issues for examples. Peer review feedback will be sent to all submitters in due course, with details concerning the possible reworking of documents where relevant. All submitters will be allowed subsequent resubmissions of documents for peer approval subject to the timeline for print production. 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.

INFORMATION FOR CONTRIBUTORS

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 APA referencing style are expected (Chicago endnotes referencing style for Art & Design). For more information, please refer to the APA Manual of Style; and consult previous issues 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.

IMAGES

For final print publication purposes images should be sent as separate tif of jpg, with resolution equivalent to at least 300 dpi, by email or electronic transfer. Indicate in the article the approximate placement of images with <<figure 1>> Maximum image print area is 130mm wide x 180mm deep All image files should be labelled with the author’s name and numbered in the order in which the images appear in the document e.g. “smith1.tif”. “smith2.tif” etc. The author should supply a list of full captions. All images must be accompanied by reproduction permission.

Provision of high resolution images is a prerequisite for images to be considered for possible publication. Publication of images is at the editors' discretion depending on availability of space and budget considerations. Image quality is also taken into consideration when making these decisions. Copies of written copyright permissions should also be included with all images for work that is not the author's.

ABOUT US

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

For further information please see the colophon for each separate issue.
Leoni Schmidt (Series Editor) 
 

AUTHOR CHECKLIST FOR SUBMISSIONS

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • Supply all author details, including institution, current address and contact email on a separate file
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses) and the submission file is saved as a .doc or .docx file.
  • Brief author bio including institutional affiliation
  • Indicate the nominated, submitting, contact author by including their present address
  • Indicate the type of article (e.g. Article, Case Study)
  • Quoted material is used with written permission and clearly identified in the manuscript
  • Use the APA 6th ed. style of referencing, with endnotes (Chicago endnotes for Art & Design) please check with editor for preferred referencing style. Please see previous issues for examples.
  • Numeric data are given in SI units
  • Prepared tables, figures and their captions- all illustrations, figures, and tables placeholders are within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Images are provided as tif, jpg or eps files and are at least 300dpi.  Image files are labelled with the contributor's name and number in the order which they should appear (ex: smith1, smith2) and sent as individual attachments.
  • Written reproduction permission has been obtained for all images. A supporting page of information detailing authorship, full title, origin and permission for all images is supplied.