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Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health
Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health is an open access journal established in 2019, with its first issue scheduled for November 2019. The journal provides a platform for publication and debate in the interdisciplinary field of arts and culture in healthcare and health promotion. The purpose of the journal is to contribute to dissemination of research, knowledge and practice experience in the arts, culture and health field.

The journal aims to
  • Strengthen the arts and health field in the Nordic countries
  • Contribute to the growing knowledge in the field from a Nordic point of view
  • Document existing projects to make sure that valuable knowledge is maintained and shared
  • Provide Nordic politicians and decision-makers with an evidence-base for policy-making
The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, cultural, existential, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.

The journal’s target audience is researchers and students in academic institutions, practitioners working with arts and culture in health and social care, education, government institutions, the media and other stakeholders from the broader public.

The journal publishes articles in Danish, English, Norwegian, and Swedish.

The journal is published by Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget AS) on behalf of National Center for Culture, Health and Care (Norway), Volda University College (Norway), Clinical Research Center - Region Skåne (Sweden), Aalborg University (Denmark), Royal College of Music (Sweden), and Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) (Finland).

Peer review
All research articles that are considered relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least two anonymous academic referees with no ties to the author. In addition, the article is reviewed by the journal's editors and the final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The journal practices "double blind" peer review, whereby both reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other.

Indexing
The journal will be covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
  • Google Scholar
  • Primo Central Index (Ex Libris)
  • The Summon Service (ProQuest)
  • Ebsco Discovery Service
  • WorldCat Local (OCLC)
EDITORS IN CHIEF

Wenche Torrissen
Associate Professor, Drama and Theatre, Volda University College, and Norwegian Research Centre for Arts and Health
torrissen@hivolda.no

Anita Jensen
Postdoc, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, and Clinical Research Centre, Region Skåne, Sweden
anita@hum.aau.dk

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Liisa Laitinen
Project Planner, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences
liisa.laitinen@turkuamk.fi

EDITORIAL BOARD

Max Liljefors
Professor, Division of Art History and Visual Studies, Lund University

Lars Ole Bonde
Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University

Leah Burns
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University

Anders Ohlsson
Professor, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University

Tine Fristrup
Associate Professor, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University

Stine Lindahl Jacobsen
Associate Professor, Institute for Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University

Steinar Krokstad
Professor and Director, HUNT Research Centre, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Martin Lindström
Professor and Senior Consultant, Social Medicine and Health Politics, Lund University

Kai Lehikoinen
Professor, Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA), University of the Arts Helsinki

Vegar Rangul
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Nursing, NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Anita Salamonsen
Professor, RKBU North, UIT - The Arctic University of Norway

Töres Theorell
Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience (Neuro), Karolinska Institutet

Eva Bojner Horwitz
Professor, Music and Health, Royal College of Music Stockholm

Theodore Stickley
Associate Professor, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University
Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health is a scholarly journal with open access, with no subscription charges or registration restrictions. All content is freely available online.

As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.

Authors are not required to pay article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges.
ABOUT THE JOURNAL

The Nordic Journal of Arts, Culture and Health is an open access journal, providing a platform for publication and debate in the interdisciplinary field of arts and culture in healthcare and health promotion. The purpose of the journal is to contribute to dissemination of research, knowledge and practice experience in the arts, culture and health field.
  • Strengthen the arts and health field in the Nordic countries
  • Contribute to the growing knowledge in the field from a Nordic point of view
  • Document existing projects to make sure that valuable knowledge is maintained and shared
  • Provide Nordic politicians and decision-makers with an evidence-base for policy-making
The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, cultural, existential, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.

MANUSCRIPT STANDARD

The editorial office welcomes submissions of research articles (both empirical and theoretical), notes from the field, practice-based reports, opinion pieces, interviews and review pieces.

The journal practices external peer review of research articles and internal review of other written texts, such as book reviews and project presentations. The journal does not consider manuscripts for publication if they have already been published elsewhere. The editorial office accepts submissions in MS Word-format (.doc) or Rich Text –format (.rtf).

Authors must specify which of the following manuscripts that they are submitting:
  • Research article (Peer reviewed)
    • Original research (empirical studies)
    • Original scholarship (systematic reviews, theoretical articles, interpretive research, methodological articles, academic essays, etc.)
       
  • Notes from the field (Non-peer reviewed)
    • Practice-based reports
    • Opinion pieces
       
  • Review piece (Non-peer reviewed)
    • Review (books, conferences, events)
SUBMITTING A RESEARCH ARTICLE 
  • Research articles are double blind peer-reviewed and should:
    • Contain original research or scholarship
    • Not be under consideration by any other publication.
    • Be written in a clear and concise style.
    • Be compiled in the following order: title; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgements; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
    • Include the following structure (while these guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive, it is important that authors think carefully about how they structure their work in order to ensure that the research is rigorously presented):
      • Into/background
      • Methods / methodological approach of research
      • Findings/results
      • Discussion
      • Conclusion/reflections
    • Be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and cannot exceed 45,000 characters (including space and paragraph marks). Authors should include a character count with their manuscript.
    • Include a structured abstract in English, keywords (in English and native language if the manuscript is not written in English) (see BEFORE SUBMITTING section).
    • Include a reference list (see BEFORE SUBMITTING section).
    • Be anonymised. Self cites should always be done in the third person and in such a way that reviewers cannot identify author(s).
SUBMITTING NOTES FROM THE FIELD

Notes from the field are non-peer reviewed articles and should follow the conventions for articles outlined above. However, articles in this section will be more focused on practitioner or client experience within the field and will allow for a range of creative ways of reporting. Practice-oriented articles are meant to inform the reader about innovative programmes and arts in health practices from the Nordic countries and beyond. These articles will tend to be more descriptive than research articles. Articles should refer to theory but are not necessarily reporting on designed research projects. Notes from the field articles should
  • Be written in a clear and concise style.
  • Be compiled in the following order: title; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgements; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
  • Be between 3,000-4,000 words and cannot exceed 30,000 characters (including space and paragraph marks). Authors should include a character count with their manuscript.
  • Include an abstract in English, keywords (in English and the native language if the manuscript is not written in English). 
  • Include a reference list (see BEFORE SUBMITTING section).
  • Include the following structure (while these guidelines are not intended to be prescriptive it is important that authors take into consideration the following points):
    • Title page: The title of the article should convey something specific about the programme. For example: Clowning in dementia care or Creative writing in a children's cancer unit
    • Main part of manuscript:
      • Introduction: A description of the programme, it's history, how it is funded, location, and population served
      • Programme rationale and goals 
      • How the programme is evaluated. This is a key area and authors should describe the evaluative aspects of the programme in detail. Please include any data the programme has collected if possible. Include a discussion of any challenges relating to evaluation, e.g. methodological issues, ethical issues, resource issues
      • Future plans for creative activity
      • References (if relevant)
SUBMITTING A REVIEW PIECE

Review pieces will not be subject to peer review but require editorial approval. Reviews may be of relevant books, significant conferences, seminars or workshops. Review pieces should:
  • Be between 1,000 and 2,000 words and cannot exceed 14,000 characters (including space and paragraph marks). Authors should include a character count with their manuscript.
  • Be written in a clear, concise, readable style.
  • Not be under consideration by any other publication.
  • No abstract or keywords are needed for reviews.
BEFORE SUBMITTING 

Contributors must check that each of the following has been supplied correctly:
  • Title page
    • Title and Author name (included separate from the submission for anonymity)
    • Author addresses – the submitted material should include details of the full postal and e-mail addresses of the contributor for correspondence purposes (included separate from the submission for anonymity).
    • Author biography – authors should include a short biography of around 60-120 words, specifying the institution with which they are affiliated (included separate from the submission for anonymity). 
  • Abstract of max. 300 words. This is not needed for reviews. Abstracts for research articles should include 4-7 sub-headings:
  • Purpose (mandatory)
  • Design/methodology/approach (mandatory)
  • Findings (mandatory)
  • Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
  • Practical implications (if applicable)
  • Social implications (if applicable)
  • Originality/value (mandatory)
  • Keywords – 3 to 5 keywords or two-word phrases (in English and the native language if the manuscript is not written in English)
  • Bibliography – titled ‘References’.
ETHICS

Ensure to state in the main manuscript:
  • Ethical considerations
  • Statement of interest
REFERENCE SYSTEM

The journal uses APA 6th edition style guide for references.

Introductions to this style can found here: http://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/apa-format/

DOI-REFERENCES

The references should always include DOI-references, when possible (DOI: digital object identifier.) The DOI-reference should be accessible by clicking at the URL. If you are not sure about the DOI-code of a reference you may search for it here (title or author name): http://search.crossref.org/

The DOI-reference should be placed at the end of each reference, like in this example:
Aas, K. F. and Gundhus, H. (2015). Policing Humanitarian Borderlands: Frontex, Human Rights and the Precariousness of Life. The British Journal of Criminology, 55(1), 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu086.

TABLES, FIGURES AND ILLUSTRATIONS

If someone other than the author has made a figure or table, the name of the source should be stated in the text. The author is responsible for obtaining the permission to use earlier published illustrations. Placing of illustrations in the text should be marked in the manuscript: [table / figure 1 about here].

Each table/figure should be numbered and editable in Microsoft Word. Title of table is placed above and title of figure below.

QUOTES

Quotations of less than five lines are included in the sentence and marked by quotation marks (“). Quotations of five lines and more are indented with no quotation marks.

NOTES

Notes in the manuscript should be organised as footnotes. Notes should be kept to a minimum and used only for comment.

REFEREE PROCESS

The journal uses double blind reviewing of manuscripts. Manuscripts must therefore be anonymized by the author(s). Front side and information about the author(s) must be given in a separate document. All explicit self-references should be anonymized.

RIGHTS

The articles in the Nordic Journal for Arts, Culture and Health are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.

Scandinavian University Press follows the ethical publication guidelines of Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE)

SUBMISSIONS

All correspondence with the editors and submissions should be sent to: NJACH@kulturoghelse.no
  • ISSN Online:
  • ISSN Print:
  • DOI:
  • Publisher: Universitetsforlaget

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