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European Journal of Cultural Studies

eISSN: 14603551 | ISSN: 13675494 | Current volume: 27 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

European Journal of Cultural Studies is a major international, peer-reviewed journal founded in Europe and edited from the Netherlands and the UK. The journal promotes a conception of cultural studies rooted in lived experience. It adopts a broad-ranging view of cultural studies, charting new questions and new research, and mapping the transformation of cultural studies in the years to come.

The journal publishes well theorized empirically grounded work from a variety of locations and disciplinary backgrounds. It engages in critical discussions on power relations concerning gender, class, sexual preference, ethnicity and other macro or micro sites of political struggle.

European Journal of Cultural Studies is available on SAGE Journals Online.

European Journal of Cultural Studies is a major international journal that publishes well-theorized empirical research from a wide variety of locations and disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities and the social sciences. Founded in Europe and edited from the Netherlands and the UK, the journal has a broad-ranging view of cultural studies, charting new questions and new research, and mapping the transformation of cultural studies to come. The common denominator for the work published is in engagement with and a critical take on how power relations are (re)produced in everyday practices of meaning making. They might concern gender, class, race and ethnicity, sexuality, sexual preference, disability and other macro or micro sites of political struggle.

The topics covered by European Journal of Cultural Studies cover a wide range. This is a result of our double focus on relations of power and processes of meaning making as the twin sides to how ‘culture’ is produced. Topic areas include (among others): popular cultural forms and practices; music; consumer cultures; media, film and television culture; post-colonial criticism; cultural policy; citizenship, sexualities, youth culture and class relations; intersectional constructions of identity; populism; creative industries.



While cultural studies is sometimes understood as a very generic term, we are not interested in publishing studies of culture that focus exclusively on single objects. Partly because such work is done in other disciplinary areas (such as the study of art and literature), more importantly because we feel the study of culture and cultural forms always needs wider contextualization to include how objects, practices or ideas are inserted in relations of power.

We expect authors to move beyond their own interpretation or reading of a cultural text, object or practice, a.o. by including a clear and convincing note on the methodology used in selecting materials (whether texts, interviews, policy documents or other types of data), and on how these materials are analysed. Discourse analysis, visual and narrative analysis, grounded theory and ethnography are among the methods of analysis that can be used. We are interested in how meaning is constructed and in how power relations are produced. Papers concentrating on social and cultural theory are welcome when they e.g. review a new theoretical trend. Typically these would be review articles.



Yiu Fai Chow Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Jilly Kay Loughborough University, UK
Jo Littler Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Anamik Saha University of Leeds, UK
Cultural Commons and Book Reviews Editor
Siao Yuong Fong Lancaster University, UK
Jian Lin Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Assistant Editors
Erin Bell University of Lincoln, UK
Jessica Martin University of Leeds, UK
Social Media Editor
Annelot Prins Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Founding Editor
Pertti Alasuutari Tampere University, Finland
Ann Gray University of Lincoln, UK
Joke Hermes InHolland University, Netherlands
Editorial Board
Mark Andrejevic Pomona College, USA
Ien Ang University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Australia
Yildiz Atasoy Simon Fraser University, Canada
Hermann Bausinger Ludwig-Uhland-Institut, Tübingen, Germany
Tony Bennett University of Western Sydney, Australia
Goran Bolin Sodertorn University, Sweden
David Buckingham Loughborough University, UK
Chua Beng Huat National University of Singapore, Singapore
Nick Couldry London School of Economics, UK
Jeroen de Kloet University of Amsterdam
Abram de Swaan University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Norman Denzin University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA
Alexander Dhoest University of Antwerp, Belgium
Linda Duits University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Johan Fornäs Södertörn University, Sweden
Simon Frith University of Edinburgh, UK
Christine Geraghty University of Glasgow, UK
David Hesmondhalgh University of Leeds, UK
Roman Horak University of Vienna, Austria
Ksenija V. Horvat University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Laura Huttunen University of Tampere, Finland
Eeva Jokinen University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Giselinde Kuipers KU Leuven University, Belgium
Maureen McNeil Lancaster University, UK
David Morley Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
Elspeth Probyn University of Sydney, Australia
Ali Qadir University of Tampere, Finland
Gilbert B. Rodman University of Minnesota, USA
Kim Schroeder Roskilde University, Denmark
Ellen Seiter University of Southern California, United States, USA
Jon Stratton University of South Australia, Australia
Anna Lisa Tota University of Rome III, Italy
Imogen Tyler Lancaster University, UK
Liesbet van Zoonen Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rainer Winter University of Klagenfurt, Austria
Handel Kashope Wright University of British Columbia, Canada
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Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of European Journal of Cultural Studies will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical trials
    2.8 Reporting guidelines
    2.9 Data
  3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 Sage Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
  7. Further information


1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to European Journal of Cultural Studies, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article Types

European Journal of Cultural Studies considers only previously unpublished manuscripts which present original and well-formulated work. All authors should confirm that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal and retain a copy of their manuscript.

Books for review and manuscripts of reviews should be sent to: the editors Jian Lin ( and Siao Yuong Fong (

1.2.1 Word Count

The word count for articles submitted to the journal is 7,000-8,000 words, including references, abstract, etc.

1.3 Writing your paper

The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

The journal operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer.

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.3.1 Third party submissions

Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

•    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
•    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
•    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

European Journal of Cultural Studies encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

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3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

European Journal of Cultural Studies and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

3.3 Open access and author archiving

European Journal of Cultural Studies offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

4.4 Reference style

European Journal of Cultural Studies adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

Please include a full alphabetical listing at the end of the article.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Harvard EndNote output file.

End notes, if necessary, should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

Please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

European Journal of Cultural Studies is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.


As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


5.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.3 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 Sage Production

Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

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