Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Spark: UAL Creative Teaching and Learning Journal is a new open-access online journal for university teachers, researchers and students with a focus on exploring all aspects of teaching and learning in arts, design and communication. Spark will be published by the Teaching and Learning Exchange twice a year.

The journal is a creative space for the UAL community to:

  • share examples of excellent and/or innovative teaching and learning from across the range of disciplines and colleges at UAL;
  • report the outcomes of evaluation or action research projects undertaken as part of the Masters in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication or university funded projects;
  • engage in debate and dialogues about key issues of theory and practice in creative arts teaching and learning.
Categories of contribution

There are five categories for submissions:

  • Research papers (2000−5000 words or equivalent);
  • Case studies describing pedagogical methods, experiments and outcomes (1000-2000 words or equivalent);
  • Student contributions, or student/staff co-authored responses to the themes (1000−2000 words or equivalent);
  • Provocation pieces that provide a place to pose questions to encourage debate (1000−2000 words or equivalent);
  • Reviews of articles, books, events or exhibitions that explores creative practice pedagogy (1000-2000 words or equivalent).

Indicative topics for submissions in any of the categories may include:

  • creative teaching, learning and assessment approaches in all disciplines and at all levels from Foundation to PhD;
  • use of digital technologies to support or transform student learning;
  • inclusive creative arts curriculum or initiatives that respond to the internationalisation of the student experience;
  • developing employability in the curriculum or co-curriculum;
  • use of collections, galleries, libraries, archives, technical resource areas or community spaces for learning;
  • development of education for sustainability;
  • student engagement and the role of students in the enhancement of learning and teaching. 
Authors new to publication

We particularly seek to encourage submissions from those new to publication. The journal aims to provide a supportive environment for developing new work to publishable standard. New authors will be offered the opportunity to be mentored through the process of editing their first submission and responding to reviewer feedback. If you are interested in this peer support please let us know: sparkjournal@arts.ac.uk 

Media submissions

We encourage pedagogic work that reflects in its form the breadth of the creative disciplines. For example, you may wish to present a short film, photographs, artwork or audio piece. If you have alternative format ideas please get in touch to discuss the specific aims and format of the submission.

Media submissions require a 200−400 word statement that positions the piece and articulates its relationship to pedagogy in the arts. Non-text media file sizes will be discussed and agreed at time of submission.

Spark house style

When you are developing your submission, please consult the Spark Journal Contributor Guidelines, which explain Spark's house style. References should conform to the Harvard referencing style, guidance on which can be obtained via CiteThemRight


 

Section Policies

Research Papers

Research papers (2000−5000 words or equivalent).

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

Case studies describing pedagogical methods, experiments and outcomes (1000-2000 words or equivalent).

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Student Contributions

Student or student/staff co-authored responses to the themes (1000−2000 words or equivalent).

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Provocations

Provocation pieces that provide a place to pose questions to encourage debate (1000−2000 words or equivalent).

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Speculations

Proposals for future creative practice pedagogic interventions and notions (1000−2000 words or equivalent).

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Interviews

Edited video or audio interviews (maximum 7 minutes in duration), accompanied by text transcripts. High quality media files only. Alternatively, edited transcripts accepted on their own.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review

Review of an article, book, event or exhibition that explores creative practice pedagogy (1000-2000 words or equivalent).

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All work must be original and must not have been previously submitted for publication. All submissions will be initially reviewed by the editorial team. Research papers, case studies and provocation pieces deemed suitable for consideration for publication in the journal will be forwarded for anonymous peer review. Submissions in other categories will be reviewed by the editorial team.


 

Publication Frequency

Spark will publish two issues per year, in January and July.

 

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.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...