Instructions for authors
The articles (expositions) in RUUKKU are created using the Research Catalogue (RC) platform, which provides a general framework within which authors are free to compose their expositions. We ask that you create your suggestions and drafts for research expositions using the RC platform (http://www.researchcatalogue.net/). To do so you must first sign a licence agreement and register an account with the RC (see "register").
The design and structure of the exposition should support the research presentation and illustrate the research dimension of artistic practice. Tips for placing and presenting text, images, sound and video are available, for example, in the JAR design guide: http://www.jar-online.net/app/webroot/uploads/RC-WEAVE_STYLE_GUIDE_1-0.pdf
The design is one element of the exposition and is assessed as part of it. Authors are encouraged to seek bold solutions that illustrate the topic in an ideal manner. Registered users can access more detailed instructions in RC: http://www.researchcatalogue.net/portal/register
There is no "word count" limit for a RUUKKU exposition, as text is not always central in an exposition. A good exposition is more than a short project presentation but shorter than a small book. If an exposition cannot be thoroughly examined in 1-2 hours, it is likely to be far too large.
Detailed instructions and accompanying videos on submitting an exposition to RUUKKU can be found here: https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/661336/661337
For authors: To link to a particular issue of RUUKKU, (e.g. issue 9) please use the format (e.g.) http://ruukku-journal.fi/en/issues/9 instead of the front page, as this always displays the latest issue.
The peer-review process
All expositions in RUUKKU are peer-reviewed except the Voices section. For each issue, a specific group of editors-in-chief is nominated. This group decides if the suggested exposition fits to the issue theme. It also decides to start of the review process and informs the author about both this and about the schedule of the peer-review process in one month after the call has closed. At this stage the exposition may be rejected. The group chooses two reviewers, experts in artistic research or in their field; these are selected individually for each exposition. The reviewers propose that the exposition be accepted, rejected or possibly modified. After receiving the reviews, the editors-in-chief make the final publication decision based on the reviews within three months after the start of the review process. At the same time, the writer receives the review statements or the summary of the statements.
The activities of issue-specific editors are supervised by an editorial board comprising representatives of institutions interested in the development of artistic research as well as experts in various fields of artistic research.
Peer-reviewers are not members of the editorial board and independent in relation to the reviewed exposition. In principle, the peer review process is unilaterally anonymous, meaning that the reviewers make their comments anonymously, but they know the identity of the artist-researcher.
The peer review process is documented on the password protected network of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The recorded documents include: 1) for those exposition not accepted, the names of the writers, the opinions issued by the reviewers and the names of referees; 2) for the accepted expositions, the proposal by the authors, the opinions issued by the reviewers, and the decisions on the publication made by the editors-in-chief sent to the authors.
The long-term archiving of the published expositions is handled using the password protected network of the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Research Catalogue platform.
Instructions for peer-reviewers
Works of art and artistic practices are often the focus of attention in artistic research, and the artistic and academic aspects are closely interwoven in the exposition. Consequently, both artists and researchers serve as peer reviewers. We expect reviewers to adopt a critical and constructive attitude to artistic research and the expositions they examine. RUUKKU hopes to demonstrate that, through their expositions, the researchers can define the way that each case can be interpreted as artistic research.
To enrich discussions about artistic research, the reviews are published – if permitted by the reviewer – in connection with the exposition to which they relate. RUUKKU uses an international review form tailored to meet RUUKKU's purposes.
Peer Review Form
The English version of the peer review form can be downloaded here
Finnish language version here.