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The International Journal of Creative Media Research publishes a wide range of creative media-based research, seeking to push forward the approaches to and possibilities for publishing this kind of research. Authors should choose one of the four available submission types, depending on which suits the style and focus of your research.


Single-Piece Explorations

This submission type is for single media-based artefacts of practice-based research, spanning works of film, music, media art, creative and digital writing, curation practice and ludic artefacts that contribute new knowledge to fields across Media and Game Studies, Communication and Cultural Studies, Art and Design, Music, Creative Writing, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies, or Education.


Single-Piece Explorations should complement their creative artefact with a research statement (up to 1500 words) that outlines:

  • research question(s);

  • methodology/approach;

  • theoretical context;

  • evidence of significance for the work itself. 


In line with REF criteria, key to this research statement is a clear articulation and demonstration of ‘originality’, ‘significance’ and ‘rigour’ in research terms, and also a clear alignment between the creative artefact and fields of academic study.


Multi-Piece Portfolios

This submission type is for portfolio-based projects that feature a number of audio-visual artefacts including mixed media and multi-platform works alongside textual descriptions that guide the reader through the research function and significance of each of these artefacts. 


Multi-Piece Portfolios should be accompanied with a research statement (up to 3000 words) that provides a clear ‘route-map’ for readers to understand the range of research presented. The overriding research question across all of the artefacts submitted should be consistent and well-articulated in the research statement, the audio-visual artefacts well-structured and focused, and with discussions of how each artefact contributes something distinct and significant to the overriding research question and process. 


Multi-Piece Portfolios are ideal for projects featuring multiple artefacts, spanning, for example, films, exhibitions, photography, sound pieces, images, and so on. You can submit up to five artefacts, but as per REF guidance for portfolios, each artefact included needs to be carefully addressing a different part of the same larger research question/research project.


Practice Discoveries

This submission type is reserved for practice-led research – that is, research that is concerned wholly with the nature of practice and which leads to new knowledge that has operational significance for that area of practice, such as modes of creative writing, filmmaking, or creative potentials of new technologies. Practice Discoveries should be text-based (up to 6000 words), and the main focus of the article should be to advance knowledge about a particular form of practice, or to advance knowledge within practice. Submissions may also reflect on the role of creative practice as a form of innovation within pedagogy.


Though Practice Discoveries are text-based, authors are still encouraged to include relevant images, video or audio to accompany or illustrate the article, providing that all copyright is cleared.


Issues in Creative Practice Research

This submission type is for short methodological reflections on creative practice research, addressing the unique questions that arise in the course of conducting creative practice research. 


Issues in Creative Practice Research submissions can take any audio-visual form (e.g. a podcast, a blog, an interview, a video essay) but should be approximately 5 minutes in length (or 1000 words). They should aim to reflect on the opportunities and challenges presented by practice-based, practice-led, and practice-as-research. Submissions should identify and theorise new methodologies for conducting creative practice research, raising awareness of the different kinds of knowledge that this kind of research can convey and illuminate in particular fields of study. We welcome a diversity of perspectives on research, practice, and how the two can work together.

Authors are encouraged to experiment with the creative potentials of articulating methodological reflections in an audio-visual format.


Audio-Visual Requirements

All videos or video documentation of creative research must be uploaded on If you do not already have an account, you will need to join, upload and, if necessary, password protect your video using the privacy settings. Please see the Vimeo/Help/Compression page for guidance on optimising your video for Vimeo. You will then include the URL and, if necessary, the password during the submission process.


All audio artefacts must be uploaded on SoundCloud. Again, if you do not already have an account, you will need to join and upload your work. You will then include the URL during the submission process.


If your work is web-based, including images, then simply supply the URL for review purposes.


Citation Style

Please ensure that all written elements, such as accompanying research statements, adhere to the Chicago style.

Abstracts and Keywords

Finally, when prompted to do so during the submission process, please remember to include an abstract (up to 200 words) and three to six keywords.

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