About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research is a scientific, open and peer reviewed journal designed as a space for dialogue and reflection upon about the interdisciplinary and contemporary turn to matter. This turn engages with materiality and explores how that impacts research practices and the relation between researcher and object of research. 

New materialist scholars argue that agency is something relational, a network that distributes objects, humans, affect, and energies in determined spaces and time. It is an interdisciplinary paradigm that explores how multiplicity transverses the levels of the individual, the social and the symbolic. The term ‘neo-materialism’ was coined by Rosi Braidotti in 2002, to articulate the producing a very close connection between new materialist theories and contemporary feminist philosophy.

New materialism produces a zoom into the complexity of contemporary power relations, the canonization of knowledge, the importance of scientific jargons and reconfigurations of bodies (human and non-human), affects, pedagogical practices, and ultimately the relation between different disciplines and feminism itself.

Matter publish issues related with its focus and scope and also publish monographic issues, centered on a specific and emerging subjects. Both of them are subjected to a peer review process.

Finally, this journal is published by the network of scholars that was developed viafunded by COST Action IS1307: Networking European New Materialisms: How matter comes to matter and Esbrina Research Group at the Universitat de Barcelona.  

Peer Review Process

Published articles are subject to a process of assessment by at least two referees considered to be experts in the research field. Thus, the articles published in Matter are previously subjected to a blind peer review. The editors of the journal reserve the right to publish the contributions in the issue which they consider most appropriate. The intention of the Matter is to provide rigorous, good-quality articles of interest to the academic community.

All the authors will receive notification of receipt of their work. Nonetheless, reception of a manuscript does not entail any commitment or obligation on the part of the journal.

When a manuscript is submitted it is subject to a review process consisting in the following steps:

a) it is reviewed in the first instance by the editorial board which may reject it outright if it clearly fails to comply with the journal’s editorial line;

b) otherwise, two experts are asked to make a blind assessment of the document. The committee may make suggestions for the article to be revised and improved. The assessment is performed in accordance with the review guidelines issued;

c) on the basis of the experts’ reports, the editorial board decides whether to publish the article as it stands, return it to the author with suggestions and observations or reject it for publication; at all events the author is informed of the decision as soon as possible (in a period of no more than six months after the date of the receipt of the article) together with the reasons for rejection if that is the decision.  If changes are requested, the author must confirm if he/she is willing and in a position to make them. If there is no reply or the reply takes more than one month, the journal will consider that the changes are not accepted and the article will therefore be considered rejected.

Publication Frequency

The journal will be published twice a year, in February and July.

Open Access Policy

The texts published in this journal are – unless otherwise indicated – covered by the Creative Commons Spain Attribution 4.0 International licence. The full text of the licence can be consulted here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Matter: Journal of New Materialist Research provides free access to the full texts of all its contents immediately upon publication. Once published, authors can post a copy of their articles in their websites and in an Institutional or subject repository providing acknowledgment is given to the original source. 

Declaration of publishing ethics and best practices

The journal subscribes the Declaration of publishing ethics and best practices for scientific journals published by the University of Barcelona.

The University of Barcelona promotes the open access publication of digital journals and endeavours to guarantee quality and conscientiousness in the transfer of scientific knowledge. The University is committed to ensuring that the articles it publishes and the publishing process itself observe the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). It is therefore essential that all of the stakeholders in this process—journal editors, reviewers, technical editors and authors—know and act according to the Code.

Journal History

The journal was born as an initiative to continue the work that began with the European COST Action “Networking European New Materialisms: How matter comes to matter.” Iris van der Tuin (chair of the COST Action) and Felicity Colman (vice-chair of the COST Action) were very supportive of this opportunity since we all found problematic the publication of scientific and artistic research in an interdisciplinary framework. During the COST Action, the different sections of the journal were divided into working groups. To these working groups, we have added pedagogies, which we believe it is a pillar for social transformation.

Besides, the network involved in the project had already published the following special issues in different journals: