// About FCJ

The Fibreculture Journal is a peer reviewed international journal, first published in 2003 to explore issues and ideas within the Fibreculture network. The Journal now serves wider social formations across the international community. We work with those thinking critically about, and working with, contemporary digital and networked media.

The Fibreculture Journal has an international Editorial Board and Committee. In 2009 the Journal became a part of the Open Humanities Press , a key initiative in the development of the Open Access journal community.

The journal encourages critical and speculative interventions in discussions concerning a wide range of topics of interest. These include the social and cultural contexts, philosophy and politics of contemporary media technologies and events. We have a special emphasis on the ongoing social, technical and conceptual transitions involved. More specific topics of interest might include:

  • - informational logics and codes
  • - the possibilities of socio-technical invention and sustainability
  • - the transdiscplinary impacts of new media technologies and events in fields such as education, the biosciences, publishing or knowledge management
  • - information and creative industries, media innovation, and their critique :: national and international strategies for innovation, research and development
  • - contemporary media arts :: new forms of collaborative constitution made possible by contemporary media
  • - software and hardware develops in relation to the social :: networks :: media change, convergence and divergence
  • - the use of contemporary media in socio-technical interventions

The Fibreculture Journal encourages submissions that extend research into critical and investigative network theories, knowledges and practices.

The Fibreculture Journal values academic scholarship in the field, and demonstrates this through the publication of refereed articles. The journal is fully supportive of Open Access communities and practices, and is committed to contemporary metadata provisions and uses. It is also open to expanded notions of scholarship which might include collaborative hypertexts, database compositions, and low-band electronic installations that experiment with the philosophy, politics and culture of information and communication technologies.

The Fibreculture Journal is open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access.

In addition The Fibreculture Journal has always been, and remains, free to authors submitting and publishing through the journal. We are founded on an activist philosophy of Open Access that extends well beyond the current trend of supplying free, often embargoed, access to readers while charging large fees for either publication or review. We actively pursue the development and implementation of techniques and technologies that extend and explore the openness of the scholarly work we publish.

The Fibreculture Journal meets the HERDC requirements for peer review as stated in section 9.6 of the Specification for Data Collection 2013:

For the purposes of the HERDC, an acceptable peer review process is one that involves impartial and independent assessment or review of the research publication in its entirety before publication, conducted by independent, qualified experts. Independent in this context means independent of the author.

In pursuant and in extension of this requirement The Fibreculture Journal employs a system of ‘Double Blind Peer Review’. All submissions are anonymised and distributed to two independent qualified experts via our Editorial Board and their extended networks. Reviewers work to distributed guidelines in order to review the submission and report on a specified form which is then anonymised for distribution to the submitting Author. Each reviewer assesses the submission as either ‘Accepted’, ‘Rejected’ or ‘Accepted with Changes Required’. In the case that changes are required of the submitting Author the Issue editor will ensure the submission meets the required changes and the paper will be published. In the case that the two reviews are at odds a third ‘blind’ reviewer will be allocated to review the submission.

ISSN: 1449 – 1443 Published in Australia
Publisher: The Fibreculture Journal Incorporated.

The Fibreculture Journal is listed in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Journal listings:
ERAid: 34830 Fibreculture Journal: internet theory criticism research
ERA Field of Research: 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media.

The ERA 2012 Journal List includes journals that were included in the ERA 2010 journal list or suggested to the ARC for inclusion during the defined consultation period and found to meet the following criteria:

  • - Were active during the ERA 2012 reference period for research outputs (1 January 2005 – 31 December 2010)
  • - Are scholarly
  • - Have peer review policies acceptable to the discipline
  • - Have an ISSN

You can contact the Journal at this address

The Fibreculture Journal is published by:

The Fibreculture Journal Incorporated
in Sydney 2052 & Wollongong 2515, New South Wales, Australia.