Call for Papers: “Practice-Based Research”

Call for Papers: Special Issue of the International Journal for Creative Media Research “Recontextualising Practice-Based Research”


Please send an abstract, up to 5 keywords, and a short biographical note to Agata Lulkowska at by 14 January 2022.

Abstracts should be between 300 to 500 words. Notification of acceptance will be sent by no later than 31 January 2022. If the proposal is accepted, the author(s) will be asked to submit the full article by 4 April 2022.

For more detailed guidance please see our Author Guidelines page.

The articles must not exceed 7000-8000 words and can include images, clips, and links. Please, provide correct credits, permissions, and copyright information in order to be sure that the images, clips, and links are copyright free and can be published.

It is expected that the issue will be published in July 2022 TBC.

More information:

Recontextualising Practice-Based Research

Guest editor: Agata Lulkowska (Staffordshire University)

Despite having been around for over three decades, practice-based research continues to be a source of controversy and confusion. Questions persist about how to design the most relevant methodology, how to demonstrate ‘originality’, ‘significance’ and ‘rigour’ (as defined in the REF criteria), and how to disseminate the outputs. Positioned in between creative arts and traditional research, Art/Practice-based research often lacks clearly defined target audiences. Moreover, with the emergence of practice-based masters and doctoral programmes across (mostly UK and Australian) HE institutions, questions about how to design the most effective training and support still remain largely unanswered.

With this in mind, this special issue seeks to re-contextualise practice-based research in creative arts and humanities by returning to the basic questions addressing the trajectory of a typical practice-based research. Topics within the scope of this issue include but are not limited to:

  1. What is practice-based research in creative arts?

  2. How to tame your inner artist: what distinguishes Art/practice-based research from purely artistic practice?

  3. How to navigate Interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary quagmires?

  4. How to design an effective methodology?

  5. How to balance theory, practice and reflective evaluation?

  6. How to disseminate practice-based research?

  7. How to evidence impact?

  8. What are the ingredients of a successful training and support system for practice-based researchers?