Focus and Scope


Cultural Studies Review is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication and circulation of quality thinking in cultural studies—in particular work that draws out new kinds of politics, as they emerge in diverse sites. We are interested in writing that shapes new relationships between social groups, cultural practices and forms of knowledge and which provides some account of the questions motivating its production. We welcome work from any discipline that meets these aims. Aware that new thinking in cultural studies may produce a new poetics we have a dedicated new writing section to encourage the publication of works of critical innovation, political intervention and creative textuality.


The journal is a review in the fullest sense. We seek serious engagement with new publications in cultural studies as well as with events in other modes that suggest new cultural tendencies or which ask us to think again about the politics of transmission in culture across the world.  We warmly welcome reviews and translations of work published in other languages or in media other than text.


Cultural Studies Review is an open-access e-journal which reflects our belief that the critical and creative thinking produced by scholars should be widely available and our respect for the author’s ownership of their own thinking.

CSR is published twice a year (in March and September) by UTSePress. It is available from the UTS Cultural Studies Review website. Access is free but you will need to register to make on-line submissions and to receive publication alerts.


Cultural Studies Review is grateful for the financial support of:

-       School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne

-       Faculty of Law, UTS



Section Policies


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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Book reviews are commissioned by the reviews editor. They are not peer reviewed.

  • Lee Wallace
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Peer Review Process


Cultural Studies Review is a peer-refereed journal. It follows a double-blind refereeing system. Two referees are selected for each submission deemed suitable. They are chosen for their expertise in the area that the submission focuses on and asked to comment on the general quality of the text, both in terms of the project and in terms of cultural studies; on the submission's quality as scholarship and/or writing; on its suitability for publication in Cultural Studies Review. The process takes up to four months.

Prior to 2016, Cultural Studies Review followed a single-blind refereeing system, whereby the author's name was made known to the referees but the referees remained anonymous to the author (unless the referee specifically request that their name be made known). Two referees were selected for each submission deemed suitable. 

For further information on best practice peer review processes, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer Review Process.

Conflicts of Interest

Our editors are required to declare any potential competing interests in undertaking their editorial duties. In cases where a manuscript is submitted by a colleague at their own institution or from their resesarch networks, editors will remove themselves from the decision-making process. A co-editor, or an external trusted expert, with no such connections, is then asked to act as the editor for that particular article. Additionally, an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for an article they have authored and submitted to the journal. Should a member of a journal's editorial team submit a manuscript to the journal, a co-editor, or external trusted expert, will be assigned to manage the entire review process and act as editor for that particular article. If the article proceeds to publication, it will be explicitly stated on the article that the editor who submitted the paper has had no involvement with the journal's handling of this particular article, along with the reasons for this, and the name of the assigned editor.




Publication Frequency

Cultural Studies Review is published twice a year, in March and September. Each issue is published as a unified issue with its own table of contents.


Open Access Policy


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.  

This journal has no submission or article processing charges.  

Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant others the right to use, reproduce, adapt and share their articles according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.  

Authors are permitted to self-archive works on their personal or institutional webpages and repositories.




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The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not, be considered representative of Cultural Studies Review or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology Sydney.



Author Responsibilities


It is the responsibility of the author/s to ensure:

- Any conflicting or competing interest is disclosed on submission of their work and all sources of funding are declared.

- They contact the Managing Editor Alexandra Dane to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work.

- The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited, according to the Journal's style guide.

- The authorship of the work is accurately reflected. This means that all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the authorship of the work, and all those who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the work. Other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the article and their contribution described. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.


Handling of Suspected Misconduct

Issues of suspected misconduct will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.


Corrections and Retractions

Corrections and retractions will be treated in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.


Complaints Handling

Complaints related to Cultural Studies Review should be directed in the first instance to the Managing Editor Alexandra Dane Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics (see COPE Flowcharts). If complainants are unsatisfied with the response they may contact the Publisher, Authors with complaints related to the peer review or editorial process should refer to the Author Guidelines.