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[Commlist] Journal update and CFP: "Viral Logics and Cytopathic Effects"
Thu Apr 16 11:35:25 GMT 2020
On behalf of the Editorial Board of /Culture, Theory and Critique/, I
would like to provide an update on our journal’s operations during this
difficult time. We recognise that many authors and reviewers will have
been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways and may thus
not be able to meet deadlines or to carry out tasks that seemed entirely
feasible but a few weeks ago at all. Please know that we understand
entirely and reach out if ever you wish to discuss how we can work
together for a positive result – and please forgive any automated
reminders that still fly your way from our systems.
While progressing the work of the journal has become more challenging,
we have decided not to pause all of our operations, knowing that for
many colleagues it will remain important for publications to appear in
as timely a fashion as possible; this may be especially so for
colleagues seeking employment or in tenure track positions. In addition,
we believe that work such as that published in the journal has an
important role to play in helping people to think through the world they
live in, both generally and in relation to the particular constellation
of questions that have come to the fore during this pandemic.
For this reason, as well as trying to maintain our normal operations as
far as possible, we are here issuing a call for papers that address
questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to ensure that
papers in this series appeal to and are accessible to as broad an
audience as possible as quickly as possible, we are: calling for papers
that are shorter than the journal’s standard article-length; working on
a fast-track refereeing process, and; negotiating with our publisher,
Taylor & Francis, to make the online version of any paper published in
this series open access for a limited time. (Note that while Taylor &
Francis have announced a pause on the print publication of journals,
there is currently no interruption to their online operations.) Please
note that while we are keen to receive submissions that appeal to a
broad audience, papers submitted MUST fall within the journal’s normal
aims and scope. The call for papers follows. We look forward to reading
“Viral Logics and Cytopathic Effects”//
/Culture, Theory and Critique/ is calling for submissions for a themed
series to be entitled, “Viral Logics and Cytopathic Effects”. In line
with the journal’s aims and scope, papers submitted for this series
should address ways in which the current COVID-19 pandemic requires us
to reconceptualise extant theoretical frameworks or, conversely, how
these frameworks might enable us to reconfigure the viral logics that
have come to dominate many different forms of culture. The critical
interventions called for should then seek, metaphorically, to bring
about cytopathic effects in the bodies of knowledge that are, or should
be, operational in the current environment.
All papers will undergo a process of double blind peer review; however,
in line with the accelerated timelines of this contemporary moment, we
will aim to fast track the refereeing process for papers in this series.
Once accepted and through the refereeing and production process, papers
will be made immediately available online; we are currently negotiating
for these papers to be open access but cannot confirm this as yet.
Papers will appear in print issues of the journal as soon as possible,
published across a number of issues as a series rather than all together
in a single volume.
Aware of the extra demands placed on many working in the academic sector
at this time but wishing to provide an outlet for colleagues wanting to
turn their work to this crisis, for this series, /Culture, Theory and
Critique/ will accept shorter papers than usual; submissions should be
between 2,500-5,000 words.
Submissions will be accepted at any time until the end of 2020. When
submitting through our online submission system
<https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rctc>, please select “Viral Logics” as
the issue for which you wish your paper to be considered.
Prospective authors are asked to familiarise themselves with the
journal’s aims and scope
a range of papers from the journal to ensure that their work is suitable
for this outlet. For the sake of expediency, authors are also requested
to respect the journal’s instructions for authors and style guide
For all inquiries, including questions regarding the suitability of a
piece for /Culture, Theory and Critique/ prior to full submission,
please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Greg Hainge ((g.hainge /at/ uq.edu.au)
<mailto:(g.hainge /at/ uq.edu.au)>).
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