Cultural Trends is inviting EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS to submit to a special edition of the journal, which we hope to publish early 2015.


We also looking for an EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER to guest edit this special issue.



The ethos of Cultural Trends is that cultural policy should be based on reliable empirical evidence.


The journal’s emphasis is on empirical evidence and it champions the need for better statistical information on the cultural sector. Its readership is divided between academics, policy makers, funders, consultants and practitioners.

Cultural Trends is based on the assumption that cultural policy should be based on empirical evidence and it champions the need for better data on the cultural sector. It aims to:

•    stimulate analysis and understanding of the arts and wider cultural sector based on relevant and reliable statistical data;
•    provide a critique of the empirical evidence upon which arts and wider cultural policy may be formed, implemented, evaluated and developed;
•    examine the soundness of measures of the performance of government and public sector bodies in the arts and wider cultural sector; and
•    encourage improvements in the coverage, timeliness and accessibility of statistical information on the arts and wider cultural sector.



Submissions should have empirical issues at their heart – such as reporting on empirical results of research projects, discussing methodological issues in developing the evidence base for cultural policy, and/or reporting on developments in cultural indicators.


Submissions should be up to 5,000 words long and would need to be delivered in August 2014. More details about the journal and submissions are provided below


In the first instance we suggest that you submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the Editor, Professor Sara Selwood ( no later than 30 June 2014. Please head you email, “Early Career Researchers”.


You will find a sample copy and more details about the journal at

Guidelines for submissions can be found at


Please note that publication in Cultural Trends is dependent on the outcome of peer reviewer.



Guest editor


If you would like to be considered for the voluntary post of guest editor for this special issue, please e mail the Editor with details of why you would like to be involved and what you could bring to the journal, together with a short CV (max 2 sides A4). Please head you email “ Guest Editor, Early Career Researchers”.


Experience of publishing reviews (in a peer-reviewed journal, in particular)  would be an advantage.


You may apply to both submit and guest edit.



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