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International Journal of Cultural Studies

Curtin University, Australia and Cardiff University, UK
Associate Editors:
University of Southern California, USA
Goldsmiths College, UK
University of Queensland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
2013 Impact Factor: 0.429
2013 Ranking: 10/38 in Cultural Studies
Source: 2013 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

In October 2010 International Journal of Cultural Studies won a "Creative Stimulus Award" for academic journals at the inaugural "Academy Awards of the Global Cultural Industries" event, held as part of the 5th "Creative China Harmonious World International Forum on Cultural Industries” in Beijing, . In view of its “innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics” it was awarded the title of “Motivated Thinking Periodical.” The Forum was hosted by the Institute for Cultural Industries of the Communication University of China.

International Journal of Cultural Studies has been evaluated as an A* (high ranking) journal by the ARC (Australian Research Council).

International Journal of Cultural Studies provides a lively meeting-place for international perspectives on cultural and media developments across the globe.The journal features theoretical, empirical and historical research which is based in local and regional realities, and deals with everyday practices, identities, media, texts and cultural forms. It publishes work which suggests new directions, ideas and modes of inquiry to reinvigorate cultural studies for a new generation of researchers and readers.

Views from the Editorial Board:

"From first people's internet to Hong Kong's creative industries, no finer explorers of sweaty nightclubs and cultural policy guide us through the jungles of contemporary culture than the contributors to IJCS." Sean Cubitt, Director of the Media and Communications Program, University of Melbourne, Australia

"Inclusive and enjoyable to read - critically reflecting on the world of everyday culture one might take for granted." Youna Kim, Associate Professor of Global Communications, American University of Paris, France

"Drawing on the very finest work by scholars around the globe, IJCS lives up to its billing as the most international journal in the field of cultural studies." Michael Curtin, Director of Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

"The journal keeps expanding Cultural Studies as a field through publishing of new areas of cultural practices and research work from all locations of the world." Chua Beng-huat, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

"Unlike the tired, self satisfied journals in Cultural Studies which preceded it and linger on, IJCS bristles with risk and new ideas. It sets the agenda for others to follow." Chris Rojek, Professor of Sociology & Culture, Brunel University, England

"The IJCS is an open and welcoming space for studies of culture and media around the globe. It is tolerant of the many colorful and different dreams of this one world." Wu Jing, Department of Journalism and Communication, Peking University, China

"The IJCS is where you can find some of the best international research in the field. It is a must read for all serious students of cultural studies." John Storey, professor and director of the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, England

"I'm thrilled to serve on the board of a journal which not only epitomises academic excellence in its field but which also expands the conceptual terrain of that field in such a lively, provocative and exciting manner." Catharine Lumby, Director of the Centre for Journalism and Media, University of New South Wales, Australia.

"The IJCS is a unique combination of quality and originality with speed and efficiency. It is one of the rare journals that truly respects and supports its authors." Nico Carpentier, Centre for Studies on Media and Culture, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Free University of Brussels, Belgium

"IJCS is invaluable for extending the range of cultural studies to meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization." Mark Poster, Professor of History, University of California, Irvine, USA

"The IJCS publishes work that is quirky, surprising and politically engaged, which for me is the true spirit of cultural studies." Joe Moran, Reader in Cultural History, Liverpool John Moores University, England

"IJCS is the place to be when you want to participate in important academic debates on media and culture; it's the international arena of intellectual exchange you cannot afford to miss. I'm very proud to be on the board of this journal, and I'm looking forward to the intensification of debates in the years to come." José van Dijck, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

"The IJCS has remained a valuable, interesting, and engaging journal over its career - never boring, never patronising, always keen to open its pages to the new idea and the new researcher. What's more, when I get my Board member's copy, I actually read it! Right then." Graeme Turner, Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland, Australia

"IJCS has lived up to its promise of enriching cultural studies by taking it to, and learning from, new places and spaces - intellectual and geographic." Tony Bennett, Professor of Sociology and Director, ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-cultural Change, The Open University, England

"I'd say that this journal is itself an important force in internationalizing cultural studies."  Arvind Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Culture and Communication, New York University, USA

"Be it forging new arenas of research or revisiting established ones, IJCS has been interrogating and defining what constitutes Cultural Studies for more than a decade." Deborah Jermyn, Film and Television Studies, Roehampton University, England

"In an age when most of my own and many others' journal-reading occurs online in the form of single article downloads, IJCS is one of the very few journals that I enjoy thumbing through and browsing, and whose entire issues I look forward to receiving." Jonathan Gray, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University, New York, USA

"The IJCS represents everything I feel cultural studies should be - wide-ranging and closely-focused, global and local, serious and playful, respectfully aware of its own history but constantly seeking the new. I am proud to have been associated with it since its first issues when I served as editorial assistant; and it is an honour now to be part of its editorial board." Will Brooker, Director Film and Television, Kingston University, England

"Current culture is of global reach and needs global research agendas. The IJCS offers a unique voice in the scholarly communication chorus by furthering just such an agenda, stimulating incisive questions and providing no facile answers. I am proud to serve as a board member on such a venture." Kirsten Drotner. Director of Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

"One of the main claims of cultural studies is that it is simultaneously local and global. But this combination is hard to achieve. Remarkably, IJCS manages to be highly specific without being provincial. Bravo." Toby Miller, Professor of Media & Cultural Studies, University of California Riverside, USA

"Infused by fine-grained analysis and set in a dynamic theoretical landscape, IJCS offers a compelling set of perspectives on global cultural practices and how we might best learn from them." William Uricchio, professor and director of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, USA; & professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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Frequency: Bi-monthly eISSN: 1460-356X ISSN: 1367-8779
Months of Distribution: January , March , May , July , September , November Current Volume: 18 Current Issue: 3
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