Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Culture Crossroads is an international peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies of the Latvian Academy of Culture. The goal of Culture Crossroads is to develop and expand theoretical and methodological approaches to the research of art and creativity with emphasis on the potential of a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinarity. The main focus of the publication is on the interaction of cultural, artistic and creative processes as well as the synergy between them and other domains of national economy, politics and social life. It is targeted on the most topical issues and discussion points in culture studies and arts. The publication is open to research in the fields of ethnology, theory of culture, semiotics, cultural anthropology, museology, cultural heritage, management of culture, sociology of culture and art, cultural economics (including creative industries), cultural politics, audio-visual art, performing arts, dance, theory of literature, musicology, law, linguistics, or other domains of culture studies and arts.

Selection Policy

For publication, we select the papers that are based on the theoretical and methodological principles of humanities and social sciences. These principles must be reflected in original, non-duplicating articles, which are expected to comply with high academic standards.

Peer review process

Submitted papers are evaluated by an editor, who decides if they correspond to the focus and scope of the publication. If a submitted article complies with the guidelines for authors, it is forwarded to an expert reviewer. The reviewing process is mutually anonymous. Reviewers evaluate the paper following reviewing guidelines. The author introduces corrections based on the reviewer’s suggestions up to the moment when the editor either accepts it for publication or rejects it.

Publication Frequency

The journal Culture Crossroads is published once a year and is devoted to various interdiciplinary issues. The publishers of Culture Crossroads also issue special editions that are devoted to particular topics and may be published once a year.

Open Access Policy

Culture Crossroads is an open access publication whose content is available to anyone for free. Its aim is to expand the knowledge of the public about the topical issues in the field and its representatives through availability to students and other interested parties as well as through convenience of access.

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

At Culture Crossroads we do not discriminate against authors, editors or peer reviewers based on personal characteristics or identity.

We protect the confidentiality of participants in the peer review process.

Editors must ensure a double-blind peer-review of the submitted articles and ensure there is no potential conflict of interests between author, editorial board and reviewers. Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the work of editors.

Authors submitting a journal manuscript to Culture Crossroads, employees, editors and reviewers of Culture Crossroads, are invited to declare any potential competing interests that could interfere with the objectivity or integrity of a publication.

Reviewers must evaluate the submitted articles objectively and present clearly their opinions on the articles in the review form. They must report to the Editor-in-Chief if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism. Reviewers must ensure that all the information related to submitted articles is kept confidential.

We expect that those who are in charge of the peer review process are able to recognise warning signs of fraudulent peer review, and will raise concerns by emailing the Editor-in-Chief

Authors are required to ensure their submitted article is their original research and has not been previously published or has not been submitted to another journal for consideration. If they to include any images in their articles for which they do not hold copyright, they are responsible for obtaining written permission.

We do not tolerate plagiarism in Culture Crossroads publications, and we reserve the right to check all submissions through appropriate plagiarism checking tools. Submissions containing suspected plagiarism, in whole or part, will be rejected.

We do not support substantial overlap between publications (redundant publications), either in the same language or another.

Deposition of a preprint or final version on the author’s personal website, in an institutional repository, or in a preprint archive will not be viewed as prior or duplicate publication.

If an author is found to have made an error, the journal will issue a correction note. If the journal is found to have made an error, they will issue a statement of error. 

Where we are made aware of fraudulent research or research misconduct by a Culture Crossroads author, the relevant editor(s) will investigate. Any publication found to include fraudulent results will be retracted, or an appropriate correction or expression of concern will be issued.

We do not provide space for any kind of advertizing.

Culture Crossroads is an Open Access journal and it does not have Article Processing Charges. The publishing is made possible solely through the institutional support of the Latvian Academy of Culture. We allow authors to publish articles under Creative Commons (CC) licences, thereby enabling readers to freely access and re-distribute our articles.

Pre-final and final versions of journal articles may be made accessible in non-commercial websites (e.g. PubMedcentral) and commercial repositories or social media sites (e.g. ResearchGate, Academia.edu, SSRN)

Any concerns and complaints related to the publishing process should be addressed by email to the Editorial Assistant/s, who will forward these to the relevant editor/s.

Indexing of Culture Crossroads

Culture Crossroads is indexed in:

  • EBSCO (Humanities Source Ultimate)
  • Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL)