World 3: Open Iconology Call for Contribution

World 3 is an annually published academic journal organized by OCAT Institute. Taking art history as its basic orientation while exploring points of connectivity in other disciplines, the journal features original publications and Chinese translations of innovative thematic research in art history and theory, and in other relevant fields such as cultural, social, and intellectual history, the history of linguistics, psychology, philosophy, and religion. Other sections include review and commentary on associated international events, publications, exhibitions, and research institutions. The series offers a publishing platform for the research outcomes in related fields, and strives for conditions that cultivate new modalities of thinking and epistemology in Chinese scholarship. 


World 3 as the core publication of OCAT Institute was launched in 2014. It is printed in color and annually released in December.
 
World 3 is pleased to announce its 2015 annual theme as Open Iconology.
 
As an art-historical method devoted to analyzing the mechanisms of meaning in the work of art, iconology emerged as an open-ended methodology through the succesive endeavors of three doyens in art history: Aby Warburg, Erwin Panofsky, and Ernst Gombrich. Aby Warburg and other members of the Hamburg school laid foundation for art history as a humanist discipline by basing their methodological framework on the interdisciplinary breadth of Kulturwissenschaft. With his profound and sweeping historical vision and rigorous intellectual inquiry, Erwin Panofsky established iconology’s lasting contribution to humanities, one that is no less brilliant than contributions from other disciplines. Further along the lineage, Ernst Gombrich’s critical studies brought iconology to a state of unprecedented openness, drawing increasing scholarly attention to its theories and practices.
 
Today, the connectivity and openness of iconology continue to nourish the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature, religious studies, psychology, politics, cultural studies and a variety of visual theories, not to mention the exciting shifts since New Art History in the 1980s. World 3: The Open Iconology proposes to investigate the theoretical lineage of iconology as a modern methodology and its interdisciplinary impact, to showcase the potential prospects of iconology in contemporary research on art history, and to call for an open, critical attitude toward research. 
 
Submission Guidelines 
I. Overview
World 3 includes the following sections:“New Studies in the History of Art”, “Theory and Criticism”, “Project Updates”, “Institutional Profiles”, “Book Reviews”:
1. New Studies in the History of Art is the central component of the journal. It includes research on theories and methodologies in the history of fine art, architecture, film, and design, as well as other relevant fields such as cultural, social, and intellectual history, the history of linguistics, psychology, philosophy, and religion. Each issue features three to five articles. Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words; extended thematic research should not exceed 20,000 words. 
2.Theory and Criticism introduces recent theoretical inquiries and emphasizes their relevance for the discipline of art history.
3.Project Updates offers overviews on the history and status quo of key research fields, as well as commentaries and reports on major scholars, academic activities, conferences, publications, and exhibitions. At least one article will be included per issue, with a maximum length of 5000 words.
4.Institutional Profiles gives brief introduction to world-renowned research institutes in art history and their research projects. One article will be included per issue, with a maximum length of 10,000 words.
5. Book Reviews provides reviews on scholarly research, journals, and research-based exhibitions whose influence, innovation, and unique vision have made an impact in the discipline. Each issue may attach a bibliographic index of related academic works. At least four reviews will be published per issue, with a maximum length of 5,000 words.
 
II. Submission Guidelines
1. All manuscripts should clearly identify the section for which the author wishes to submit the work.
2. All authors, including co-authors, are regarded as full copyright owner of their manuscript.
3. All manuscripts must include title, abstract (300 words) and keywords (3-8 words), in both Chinese and English. Authors writing in any language other than Chinese are not subject to this requirement.
4. All authors should submit alongside the article, a short biography (100 words), contact information and address in a separate word document (manuscripts are reviewed anonymously).
5. Style:
    (1) Please include page number and use footnotes.
    (2) Please follow footnote format in Lishi yanjiu (Historical Research).
6. All authors should ensure the rights of all illustrations included in the manuscripts. Maximum 6 images each manuscript (with specified exceptions). Authors should indicate the corresponding place in text (if applies) for each illustration, and should include its title, maker, material, period, sources (if applies). Each image should meet optimal printing standards (for example, 300 dpi and above).
7. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically, with texts in word files, images in jpeg files. For editing and proofreading purposes, a PDF copy is required alongside the word file if articles include special foreign words or symbols. Deadline for submission is the end of July for the issue of the same year.
8. Please send manuscript to: 
world3journal@ocatinstitute.org.cn (World 3 Editorial Department, OCAT Institute)
 
III. Evaluation Procedure
1. All manuscripts are reviewed by the Editor-in-chief for initial examination.
2. Qualified manuscripts will be passed on for further anonymous review by the Editorial Committee (at least 2 committee members).
3. Official acceptance notification will be issued no later than August each year.
4. Manuscripts can NOT be submitted to more than one journals. Please do not publish articles on such platforms such as Weibo, WeChat before print.
5. Editors will make necessary revisions and corrections of accepted manuscripts in accordance with  publication protocol.
(Discussions will be made with authors under special situations.)


IV. Payment and Volume Copy
1. Different levels of compensation are applied to different editorical sections.
2. Payment will be made within the month of the publication of the journal (every December).
3. Authors will receive two copies of the published journal.
 

World 3, Editorial Department






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