What is The Garage Journal?

The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums & Culture (The Garage Journal, GJ) is an independent interdisciplinary platform that advances critical discussions about contemporary art, culture, and museum practice in the Russian and global contexts. It publishes empirical, theoretical, and speculative research in a variety of genres, celebrating innovative ways of presentation. Fully peer-reviewed and available in open access, it provides a sourcebook of ideas for an international audience.

Why is GJ an academic journal?

The Garage Journal is registered as a research journal in an international publication database. It advances scholarship by publishing new, original research. Articles and essays published in GJ are written by active scholars (both established academics and doctoral students), as well as all those involved in academic research. In other words, submissions in GJ are authored by researchers, not professional journalists (though, of course, we appreciate that research is conducted and used in many other fields). Decisions about the publication of a manuscript submitted to GJ are made on the basis of blind peer reviews, meaning that the manuscript’s reviewers assess it for quality and compliance with the international standards of scholarly research as well as ethical standards (see ‘What is blind peer review?’ for details). 

What is The Garage Journal’s connection to Garage Museum of Contemporary Art?

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the backers of The Garage Journal. GJ is an independent international research journal, meaning that its editors and authors are free to set research agenda and express their views. GJ adheres to the international standards and ethics of research. 

What does ‘open access’ mean?

The Garage Journal publishes materials online in open access, meaning that they are available free of charge to users anywhere in the world, provided that the latter have access to digital technologies such as the internet. We thank our backers including Garage Museum of Contemporary Art for making this possible. 


(Information for UK-based scholars: Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, we are currently investigating the impact of this event on international open access policy. At present, we follow the procedure when GJ sends the authors a formal letter confirming that their submission has been accepted for publication. This gives the authors sufficient time to lodge relevant information about the publication with their institution.) 

How many issues does GJ publish annually?

The Garage Journal publishes three issues per year. 

How many texts comprise an issue?

A GJ issue consists of ten to twenty submissions in different genres and forms. 

Who reads GJ?

The readership of The Garage Journal comprises academics, curators, museum workers, archivists, artists, critics, and other professionals, as well as all those interested in issues and problems of contemporary culture, art, and museology.

What is the structure of The Garage Journal’s team?

The Garage Journal consists of the Editorial Board (check the ‘Editorial Board’ section on the website) and the Advisory Board. 

Who are members of The Garage Journal’s Advisory Board?

Members of The Garage Journal's Advisory Board are drawn from a range of relevant professions, academic disciplines, and areas of knowledge production and research. They include academics, curators, and cultural practitioners involved in the production of cutting-edge research. All of them have extended experience of working in academic presses, research institutions, cultural institutions, and similar. Members of the Advisory Board consult the Editorial Board on issues concerning the various activities of GJ, propose topics for special issues, and resolve conflict situations with regard to peer reviews and other issues. For a full list of members, check the ‘Advisory Board’ section on the website.

Can I author a contribution for GJ?

The Garage Journal publishes work by independent scholars, faculty members at universities, employees of research centers, as well as curators, artists, and other practitioners who conduct academic research in the fields of culture, art, and museology. There are no restrictions as to the type of research, methodology or academic discipline. 

How can I submit a paper to GJ?

You can submit your paper through The Garage Journal’s online submission system. You have to register on GJ’s website, then log into your account and choose the option ‘Submit a contribution’. 


Before making a submission, please read carefully the ‘Info for Contributors’ section on the website. 

Does GJ have any submission guidelines?

Yes, please check the ‘Info for Contributors’ section on the website and follow the guidelines in order to prepare your manuscript for submission. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be rejected.

What kind of submissions does GJ publish?

The Garage Journal aims to advance research presented in different formats and genres. In addition to the traditional academic genres of article, essay, and book review, the journal publishes datasets and their visualizations, as well as visual essays (check the ‘Info for Contributors’ section for details). If you have a contribution in another format or genre, please contact the editors to discuss the possibility, including the technical possibility, of publishing your work.

In what language can I write my contribution?

The Garage Journal publishes works in English, German, and Russian. 

Can I write a book review for GJ?

We do not accept unsolicited book reviews. If you would like to review a book, please contact the editors at GJ@garagemca.org before submitting your manuscript to the journal. 


The primary purpose of publishing book reviews in The Garage Journal is to inform the public about new publications by providing an analytical assessment of the book. We do not publish reviews that contain personal views on the book or its author(s), or uninformed criticism, or a discussion that distracts the reader from getting an understanding of the purpose and scope of the reviewed publication. Reviewers are asked to provide essential information about the book, situate it critically within a particular context (for example, a scientific school, a discipline, current debates, etc.), and make a recommendation in terms of potential readership (for example, researchers, curators, students, etc.). Please check the ‘Info for Contributors’ section for details. 

What is blind peer review?

We have a transparent, fair, and unbiased system of assessing contributions for publication. Blind peer review is the assessment of a manuscript by two specialists in the relevant field of research. They are external experts, meaning that they are not members of the Editorial Board. Reviewers are selected by The Garage Journal’s editors, including members of the Advisory Board and guest editors. GJ uses a blind peer review system, meaning that the reviewers must not know the identity of the author(s), and vice versa. That is why manuscripts are sent to reviewers in an anonymized form. This implies that no personal data of the author(s)—their name and surname, affiliation, etc.—are made available. In case the reviewer recognizes the identity of the author(s) whose manuscript she is reviewing, she is asked not to proceed with the review. A new reviewer is then appointed by the editors. 


As part of the submission process, the authors will be asked to provide the names of two or more peers who could be invited to review the submitted manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in the relevant field and should be able to assess the manuscript objectively. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of the submission, should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors, and should not be affiliated with the same institution as any of the authors. The editors will consider inviting proposed candidates to review the submission, but are not obliged to do so.

What role do reviewers play in The Garage Journal?

Reviewers assess the quality of the submitted contributions, including their compliance with the international scholarly and ethical research standards. Important aspects of a review are originality and novelty of the author’s approach to the subject. Based on the reviewers’ recommendation, GJ editors will: 


  1. accept the manuscript for publication without any revisions;
  2. accept the manuscript but ask the author(s) to make revisions. GJ editors will assess the quality of the revisions. If they are not satisfied with the revisions, the editors may invite a re-submission or reject the manuscript (see items 3 and 4);
  3. recommend that the author(s) re-work the manuscript and make a re-submission to the journal. This means that the re-worked version of the manuscript will undergo a new round of blind peer reviews; or
  4. reject the manuscript.

What should I do when recommended to revise the manuscript?

The Garage Journal carries out reviews of submitted work in a polite, constructive, and professional way. As a result of the review, the author(s) are most likely to be asked to use reviewers’ feedback to revise their contribution. The purpose of revisions is not to ‘penalize’ the authors, but to improve the quality of the submission. Reviewers’ feedback and advice on revisions will be provided. 


The author(s) may ask the editors to clarify some recommendations, but generally it is expected that the author(s) are able to work with the recommendations on their own. 


The author(s) can either revise the manuscript as per recommendations, so that it is published in GJ, or they can withdraw the manuscript from publication altogether. The author(s) cannot re-submit a manuscript if it was accepted for publication with revisions. 

What does ‘making a re-submission’ mean?

Making a re-submission means that the author(s) are encouraged to significantly re-work the manuscript in accordance with the reviewers’ recommendations, after which they can submit the paper to GJ again. Once re-submitted, the manuscript will undergo a new round of peer review. 

What happens if I disagree with the reviewers’ recommendations?

In case of disagreement, The Garage Journal’s editors will assign a team of assessors consisting of members of the Advisory Board. They will provide an independent, unbiased assessment of the situation and put forward a recommendation for action. Their decision is final and cannot be contested.

What happens to the personal data I provide during the registration process?

In the course of the registration on The Garage Journal’s website and when submitting a manuscript to the journal, the author is required to provide some personal data (her name and surname, affiliation, postal address, phone number, etc.) and agree that these data be processed by GJ’s team. Personal data are necessary, so that the editors could work with the submitted manuscript efficiently. GJ assures that no data will be shared with a third party. 

What happens to my authorship after the manuscript is accepted for publication?

Before submitting a manuscript to The Garage Journal, you as its author(s) are the sole copyright owner(s) of the work. This excludes the materials (textual extracts, images, etc.) which you use in the work and the rights to which are owned by a third party.


If the manuscript is accepted for publication—with or without revisions— the author grants The Garage Journal an exclusive perpetual license to publish the manuscript, hence, to identify GJ as that work’s original publisher. At the same time the author shall retain the right to use forty percent (40%) of its text him-/herself of entitle third parties to use the manuscript to the same extent. If the manuscript is rejected or the journal asks the author(s) to re-submit the manuscript, then the license is revoked, meaning all the rights return to the author(s).


The Garage Journal cannot publish the submitted manuscript without the author’s permission. Similarly, the Editorial Board cannot forward that manuscript to a third party, with the exception of reviewers and members of the journal’s Advisory Board. 

Can I publish the same text in another journal?

From the moment a manuscript is accepted for publication in The Garage Journal—with or without revisions—the author(s) may no longer publish that manuscript in another journal or on a platform of any kind, including research databases and social media. This also concerns translations of the published text into another language. The author is entitled to using up to 40% of the original text in materials prepared for other publications, provided that she references the publication in GJ.  


That said, The Garage Journal allows its authors to publish (a translation of) their contribution in a collected volume. If such work is planned, the author(s) should contact GJ’s editors and provide information about the prospective publication. The editors will make a decision about granting the author(s) permission to publish (a translation of) their work elsewhere on a case-by-case basis. In the case of a positive decision, a reference to the original publication in The Garage Journal is mandatory. 

Does GJ publish expanded and/or re-worked versions of the texts that previously appeared in another journal?

The Garage Journal tends to publish original texts that previously were not available to the public. However, exceptions can be made. Decisions regarding expanded and/or re-worked versions of texts that have already appeared in another publication are made on a case-by-case basis. Before submitting such a manuscript to the journal, please inquire with GJ’s editors or the editor(s) of the special issue for which the text is intended.  

What is The Garage Journal’s copyright policy?

As part of the submission process, you will be required to affirm that you are submitting your own work and that you own the rights to that work. The author is responsible for clearing all copyright permissions for images, figures, and citations, where applicable. Texts cited by the author(s) should be referenced in accordance with the requirements. Only manuscripts that do not infringe any third-party copyrights can be published in The Garage Journal. The editors are not responsible for the author’s breaking of the international copyright law.


Please note that if you submit a manuscript for the first time or make a re-submission, you do not need to obtain the rights for the publication of the images submitted with the manuscript. At this stage, low-resolution files will be sufficient. If you submit a revised manuscript, high-resolution files with cleared copyrights are necessary. You will be required to certify that you have obtained and, if necessary, can provide permissions for the reproduction of any copyright images not owned by you.

Can I translate and/or republish GJ materials? 

The rights to translate and/or incorporate the materials published in The Garage Journal into any digital or paper form are available upon request. The request must be sent to the editorial office of the journal (GJ@garagemca.org). Any other attempts of translating and/or republishing The Garage Journal materials in any format––whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes––shall be deemed as a violation of copyright policy and license terms. One can disseminate the information about an issue of The Garage Journaland the material published in that issue in any legal ways with a mandatory reference to the source of publication.

What is fair use of copyrighted materials? 

The Garage Journal requires that its authors seek permission for the use of copyrighted materials such as film stills. Exceptions can be made in situations when the author(s) can clearly demonstrate that such materials are intended for the benefit of the public, that is, abide with the principles of fair use. Fair use is an exception and limitation to the rights of exclusivity that are granted to the creator of a piece of work by copyright. Limited use means the use of copyrighted material for the benefit of the public without the author’s permission. The approach taken by The Garage Journal adheres to the principles advocated by international research organizations such as The Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Does GJ screen manuscripts for plagiarism?

Yes, manuscripts are screened for plagiarism. If detected, The Garage Journal has the right to reject the manuscript. A record of the case will be made by the editors. 

What citation tracking tools does GJ use?

In the course of two years, The Garage Journal will be included in the Web оf Science and Scоpus databases. All the articles published in GJ will eventually be included in these databases. 

What tools of identifying authors does GJ use?

The Garage Journal employs the ORCID system for the purpose. The ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a code that uniquely identifies academic authors worldwide. It is used to resolve the problem of the ambiguity of an author’s name in scholarly communication. Most names are not unique, they can change (as a result of marriage or due to other circumstances). The ORCID allows a particular text to be connected with its author in order to avoid confusion.


GJ requires that each submitting contributor and each reviewer provide their ORCIDs. If you do not yet have an ORCID, please register here to acquire one. 

Are authors required to pay any fee for the publication in GJ?

Article processing charges (APCs) are not required by The Garage Journal.

How can I become a GJ reviewer?

There are two ways to become a reviewer of manuscripts submitted to The Garage Journal. First, when submitting a manuscript to GJ, each author is asked to indicate whether she agrees to occasionally act as a reviewer. Having consented to that, you are automatically included in our reviewer database. Second, each researcher can contact GJ editors and send them his/her CV. If your academic background fits the journal’s scope, you will be invited to participate in GJ’s work.


What role does a guest editor play in The Garage Journal?

A guest editor is the person responsible for preparing a special issue of GJ. This includes outlining the future issue’s theme and conceptual framework, preparing a Call for Papers and circulating it among relevant research communities, collecting and selecting abstracts, working with the authors and helping them prepare their articles for submission and peer review. At all stages, the guest editor works closely with GJ editors. 


As a rule, GJ would invite a researcher to guest-edit a special issue, but it can also be a curator or an artist. We welcome your ideas and proposals for future special issues. If you would like to propose a special issue, please contact GJ editors and outline your idea. 

Does The Garage Journal publish artworks? 

GJ does not published unsolicited artworks. For each issue, the journal commissions an artist to create a research-based work that critically relates to that issue's topic. 

What is GJ Media

GJ Media is a project of The Garage Journal that publishes academic and non-academic texts commenting on and/or contextualizing GJ issues. The project provides useful information about research trends as well as relevant projects and interventions. You can also find on GJ Media interviews with academics, essays by curators and artists, podcasts, and other materials. If you would like to contribute to GJ Media, please contact the editors at GJ@garagemca.org.

What is The Garage Journal Grant? 

The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums & Culture has launched a grant program to support independent and early career researchers as well as researchers who do not have access to funding in their country of residence. The Garage Journal’s grants are intended for those engaged in writing on the arts and culture. Please check the 'Grant program regulations' for details.

If you have a question that is not listed above, please e-mail the editors at gj@garagemca.org.
We will be happy to assist you.