Cultural Trends Interested in becoming a Peer Reviewer?

Cultural Trends

Cultural Trends has been providing in-depth analysis of the cultural sector since 1989. It focuses on key trends within the arts, culture, heritage and media and it offers overviews of the sector as a whole.

Cultural Trends is committed to the principle that cultural policy should be rooted in empirical evidence. To this end, it champions better information on the cultural and creative sectors and its widespread dissemination. Its aims are to:

  • Stimulate analysis and understanding of culture and the creative sectors based on relevant and reliable data;
  • Provide a critique of the empirical evidence upon which policy on culture and the creative industries may be based, implemented, evaluated and developed;
  • Examine the soundness of measures of the performance of government and public sector bodies pertaining to the cultural and creative sectors; and
  • Encourage improvements in the coverage, timeliness and accessibility of data on culture and the creative industries.

What Cultural Trends expects from its peer reviewers

The Editor invites researchers and academics who are experts in the subject areas of articles to be reviewed. Three peer reviews are commissioned for each submission that Cultural Trends considers for publication. The reviewers are asked to read these and advise the Editor whether or not to publish, recommend revisions and for any other appropriate comments.

The task of peer review is to check that the work is original, that the study design and methodology are apposite, that the results are presented clearly and fittingly, that its conclusions are reliable and significant, and that the work is of a sufficiently high standard for publication.

Cultural Trends expects reviewers to maintain an attitude of positive, professional and collegial support in their assessments of submissions, and to support others to improve their work.

For the publishers’ information on peer review, please visit their Author Services page.

What benefits peer reviewers can expect

Reviewing requires considerable engagement by those appointed as peer reviewers. They may, or may not, choose to have their name revealed to the author. They may, or may not, choose to be listed in the journal at the end of the year.

Although peer reviewing is unpaid, it provides a way for reviewers to keep up with the literature on the subject, and to see emerging work on their subject. It provides the reviewer with an opportunity to learn from, and challenge, the work of others including established scholars.

How to apply: Please write to the Editor, Sara Selwood describing your area/s of specialisation and experience of peer reviewing to date. Please cite ”CT CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS” in the subject line of your e mail.