IJAM Associate Editor: Antonio C. Cuyler
Practitioner Perspectives Guidelines
Aims and Scope
This Section seeks to incorporate the perspective of top practitioners in the Arts Management field to link scholarly debate with practice and inspire future research ideas. While the IJAM Case Studies section is necessarily retrospective, considering a practical case within its temporal and geographical context, the IJAM Practitioner Perspectives section is intended to be forward-looking, encouraging preparedness and proactive thinking in addressing topics and issues that Arts Management practitioners will face in the future.
These topics might include, for example:
• The impact of global warming and climate change on the arts
• The impact of political and economic change on the arts
• Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts
• Technological innovations and arts management/arts marketing strategy
• Globalization of funding and participation in the arts
• Ethics and arts leadership
The goal of submissions should be to examine an issue or “hot topic” that is of importance to practitioners in the Arts Management field and that has the potential to inspire future academic or scholarly research articles.
Guidelines for Submission
Practitioner Perspectives submissions are designed to encourage dialogue between practitioners and academics in Arts Management. They should be based around an interview between an academic and one or more practitioners in the Arts Management field.
All submissions should highlight a key issue or topic of interest faced by the practitioner(s), clearly discuss how this issue relates to or is of interest to other practitioners, and connect it to future scholarly research opportunities. A “Research Implications” section must be included at the conclusion of the submission, similar to the “Managerial Implications” section at the end of Research Paper submissions.
Submissions should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length including the teaching notes (with the +/- 10% rule). References should follow IJAM guidelines on Manuscript formatting. Only include references that you have read, understood, and used in the submission. Do not use more than approximately 10 references without some clear justification.
Once a Practitioner Perspectives article has been submitted by the authors, it goes through the following steps of the editorial process:
1. Initial assessment e-mail: Authors receive an initial assessment e-mail within two weeks of submitting their article. If the article is deemed unsuitable for publication, the process ends here. If the article is deemed suitable, the following steps apply.
2. Article sent for peer review: The Associate Editor selects two reviewers with expertise in the theme(s) addressed in the article. These reviewers have four to six weeks to submit their evaluation reports. The peer- review process focuses on:
• Relevance: A Practitioner Perspectives article should demonstrate a problem, issue, or topic that is of clear relevance to the Arts Management field.
• Rigor: Submissions should adhere to the canons of the appropriate methodology (e.g. interview or focus group).
• Scope: The topic or issue being addressed should be broad in scope, ideally globally applicable, and important to a range of Arts Management practitioners.
• Potential for Future Dialogue: The topic should have clear implications for academic research and future discussion among both scholars and practitioners.
• Clarity and Logic: The writing should be clear and comprehensible for both academics and non-academics.
3. Editorial decision #1: Based on the evaluation reports and on his/her own assessment of the manuscript, the Associate Editor makes an editorial decision corresponding to one of the following four recommendations:
• R&R with minor revisions: The authors must make the requested changes and resubmit the manuscript within one month.
• R&R with major revisions: The authors must make the requested changes and resubmit the manuscript within three months.
4. Editorial decision #2: Based on the revised version of manuscript and on the author’s letter detailing the changes made, the Associate Editor makes a second editorial decision. If major changes have been made, the editor may ask for the opinion of the reviewers. The Associate Editor will make one of the following recommendations:
• Additional changes requested: The authors must make the requested changes and resubmit the manuscript within one month.
5. Once the article has been accepted, the Journal’s editorial team will then do a linguistic revision and formatting of the documents. The authors will be asked to approve the suggested corrections rapidly.
6. The article will then be published in the next available issue of the IJAM.