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African Arts

Print access: 1975 – 1999; 2005 – 2009 (some issues missing); 2018 – Present

Online access: 1967 – Present

African Arts presents original research and critical discourse on traditional, contemporary, and popular African arts and expressive cultures. Since 1967, the journal has reflected the dynamism and diversity of several fields of humanistic study, publishing richly illustrated articles in full color, incorporating the most current theory, practice, and intercultural dialogue. The journal offers readers peer-reviewed scholarly articles concerning a striking range of art forms and visual cultures of the world’s second largest continent and its diasporas, as well as special thematic issues, book and exhibition reviews, features on museum collections, exhibition previews, artist portfolios, photo essays, edgy dialogues, and editorials. African Arts promotes investigation of the interdisciplinary connections among the arts, anthropology, history, language, politics, religion, performance, and cultural and global studies.

Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry

Print access: September 2005 – 2009; September 2010; March 2012 – Present

Online access: 1998 – Present

Afterall is a journal of contemporary art, providing a forum for in-depth analysis of art’s context and seeking to inspire artists to see art as an agency for change. Each issue provides the reader with lengthy, well-researched articles, and includes different writers discussing the same artist’s work from varied perspectives. Their website includes additional articles not appearing in the print version.

American Arts Quarterly

Print access: 2005 – Present

Online access: Some content is available on their website.

American Arts Quarterly supports today’s burgeoning cultural revival by championing creative individuals in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Animation: an interdisciplinary journal

Print access: July 2008 – Present

Online access: Current year plus one year previous

Animation is an international, peer-reviewed journal that brings together research in film and media studies, architecture, art and design, visual culture and creative practice. The journal seeks to create an academic dialogue mapping the interdisciplinary nature of animation studies. Articles address all known techniques, revealing animation’s implications for other forms of time-based media.

Art Bulletin

Print access: March 1929 – 1937 ; Sep & Dec 1940 ; Dec 1941 ; Dec 1988 ; 1999 – Present (Some issues missing throughout)

Online access: 1975 – Present (Art & Architecture Source)

The Art Bulletin publishes leading scholarship in the English language in all aspects of art history as practiced in the academy, museums, and other institutions. From its founding in 1913, the journal has published, through rigorous peer review, scholarly articles and critical reviews of the highest quality in all areas and periods of the history of art. Articles take a variety of methodological approaches, from the historical to the theoretical.

Art Journal

Print access: May 2007 – Present

Online access: 1974 – 2011 (Art & Architecture Source)

The mission of Art Journal, founded in 1941, is to provide a forum for scholarship and visual exploration in the visual arts; to be a unique voice in the field as a peer-reviewed, professionally mediated forum for the arts; to operate in the spaces between commercial publishing, academic presses, and artist presses; to be pedagogically useful by making links between theoretical issues and their use in teaching at the college and university levels; to explore relationships among diverse forms of art practice and production, as well as among art making, art history, visual studies, theory, and criticism; to give voice and publication opportunity to artists, art historians, and other writers in the arts; to be responsive to issues of the moment in the arts, both nationally and globally; to focus on topics related to twentieth- and twenty-first-century concerns; to promote dialogue and debate.


Print access: 2020 – present

Online access: 2012 – present

ARTMargins publishes scholarly articles and essays about contemporary art, media, architecture, and critical theory. ARTMargins studies art practices and visual culture in the emerging global margins, from North Africa and the Middle East to the Americas, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and Australasia. The journal acts as a forum for scholars, theoreticians, and critics from a variety of disciplines who are interested in art and politics in transitional countries and regions; postsocialism and neo-liberalism; postmodernism and postcolonialism, and their critiques; and the problem of global art and global art history and its methodologies.

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Camera Obscura: feminism, culture, and media studies

Print access: Some issues from 1979 – 2006 ; 2007 – Present

Online access: 1976 – Present

Since its inception, Camera Obscura has devoted itself to providing innovative feminist perspectives on film, television, and visual media. It consistently combines excellence in scholarship with imaginative presentation and a willingness to lead media studies in new directions. Its debates, essays, interviews, and summary pieces encompass a spectrum of media practices, including avant-garde, alternative, fringe, international, and mainstream.

Craft Research (CRRE)

Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2012 – Present

The aim of Craft Research is to advocate and promote current and emerging craft research, including research into materials, processes, methods, concepts, aesthetic and style. This may be in any discipline area of the applied arts and crafts, including craft education.

Critical Inquiry

Print access: 1974 – 2001 ; 2009 – Present

Online access: 2002 – Present

Combining a commitment to rigorous scholarship with a vital concern for dialogue and debate, Critical Inquiry presents articles by eminent critics, scholars, and artists on a wide variety of issues central to contemporary criticism and culture. The wide interdisciplinary focus creates surprising juxtapositions and linkages of concepts, offering new grounds for theoretical debate.

Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture

Print access: July 2007; Spring 2012 – Present

Online access: 2007 – Present

Critical Interventions focuses on the arts and visual cultures of global Africa, which encapsulates African and African Diaspora identities in the age of globalization. It provides a forum for investigating the value of African art/cultural knowledge in the global economy and its mediation protocols, reviewing in particular how this value is created via the politics of reception and commodification. The journal thus inaugurates a formal discourse on the aesthetics, politics, and economics of African cultural patrimony and African ownership of the intellectual property rights of its indigenous knowledge systems and forms of cultural practice. Through this focus it stakes out a ground on what promises to be the principal site of discursive engagement for the field of African art history in this century.

Design and Culture: The Journal of the Design Studies Forum

Print access: 2009 – Present

Online access: 2009 – Present

Design and Culture looks for rigorous and innovative critical frameworks to explore ‘design’ as a cultural phenomenon today. As a forum for critique, the journal features a substantial reviews section in each issue. Moreover, in-depth essays analyze contemporary design, as well as its discourse and representations. Covering a field that is increasingly interdisciplinary, Design and Culture probes design’s relation to other academic disciplines, including marketing, management, cultural studies, anthropology, material culture, geography, visual culture and political economy.

Design Issues

Print access: Mar 1997 – Sept 1997; Mar 1998; Apr 2005 – Present

Online access: 2000 – Present

The first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design. Regular features include theoretical and critical articles by professional and scholarly contributors, extensive book reviews, and illustrations. Special guest-edited issues concentrate on particular themes, such as artificial intelligence, product seminars, design in Asia, and design education. Scholars, students, and professionals in all the design fields are readers of each issue.

The Design Journal

Print access: 2012 – 2016

Online access: 1998 – Present

Established in 1998, The Design Journal is an international refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts. The journal is published three times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.

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Harvard Design Magazine

Print access: 1997 – 2000 ; 2007 – Present

Online access: None

Harvard Design Magazine covers current topics in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning with a critical eye. A theme serves as the touchstone for an issue; recent examples include sustainability and design practices. Within the boundaries of the selected theme, articles focus on culture, theory, design, history, technology, and materials.

The Journal of Modern Craft

Print access: 2008 – Present

Online access: 2008 – Present

The Journal of Modern Craft covers all aspects of craft as it exists within the condition of modernity (conceived as roughly from the mid-19th century to the present day), without geographical or disciplinary boundary. Its editors welcome articles that analyze the relevance of craft to architecture, design, contemporary art, and other fields, as well as the central disciplines of clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal, paper, etc. The overall editorial objective is to support a mobile and wide-ranging contemporary discourse on craft as an issue in all creative fields, while also being an authoritative historical voice on the subject of craft as a field or movement in its own right.

The Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ)

Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2012 – Present

The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first international peer-reviewed scholarly publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. It offers a forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks: films, video installations, expanded cinema, video performance, experimental documentaries, animations, and other screen-based works made by artists. MIRAJ aims to consolidate artists’ moving image as a distinct area of study that bridges a number of disciplines, not limited to, but including art, film, and media.


Print access: 2006 – present

Online access: 2004 – present

n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times yearly.

Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art

Print access: 2013 – Present

Online access: 1994 – Present

Nka focuses on publishing critical work that examines the newly developing field of contemporary African and African Diaspora art within the modernist and postmodernist experience and therefore contributes significantly to the intellectual dialogue on world art and the discourse on internationalism and multiculturalism in the arts. Nka mainly includes scholarly articles, reviews (exhibits and books), interviews, and roundtable discussions.


Print access: 1981 – Present (some issues missing)

Online access: 2001 – Present

At the forefront of art criticism and theory, October focuses critical attention on the contemporary arts and their various contexts of interpretation: film, painting, music, media, photography, performance, sculpture, and literature. Examining relationships between the arts and their critical and social contexts, October addresses a broad range of readers. Original, innovative, provocative, each issue presents the best, most current texts by and about today’s artistic, intellectual, and critical vanguard.

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art

Print access: 1998 – Present

Online access: 2002 – Present

PAJ is admired internationally for its independent critical thought and cutting-edge explorations. PAJ charts new directions in performance, video, drama, dance, installations, media, film, and music, integrating theater and the visual arts. Artists’ writings, critical commentary, interviews, and a special review section for performances and gallery shows are highlighted along with plays and performance texts from around the world.

The late-seventies in NYC generated a lively scene in experimental theatre, performance, dance, music, sound, video, film, clubs, and festivals. Numerous alternative spaces were opened up and publications started, though none were exclusively devoted to downtown performance, except Performance Art/LIVE Magazine. Many who appear in the pages of these archival issues are part of the still inchoate histories of performance, including Stuart Sherman, Michael Smith, Joan Jonas, and Cookie Mueller.

Access Performance Art Magazine, 1979 – 1980 and LIVE, 1980 – 1982.

Philosophy of Photography (POP)

Print access: 2012 – 2016, 2019 - Present

Online access: 2012 – 2016, 2019 - Present

Philosophy of Photography is a new peer-reviewed journal devoted to the scholarly understanding of photography. It is not committed to any one notion of photography nor, indeed, to any particular philosophical approach. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for debate on theoretical issues arising from the historical, political, cultural, scientific and critical matrix of ideas, practices and techniques that may be said to constitute photography as a multifaceted form. In a contemporary context remarkable for its diversity and rate of change, the conjunction of the terms ‘philosophy’ and ‘photography’ in the journal’s title is intended to act as a provocation to serious reflection on the ways in which existing and emergent photographic discourses might engage with and inform each other.


Print access: 2009 – Present

Online access: 2008 – Present

Photographies seeks to construct a new agenda for theorising photography as a heterogeneous medium that is changing in an ever more dynamic relation to all aspects of contemporary culture.Photographies aims to further develop the history and theory of photography, considering new frameworks for thinking and addressing questions arising from the present context of technological, economic, political and cultural change.

Photography & Culture

Print access: 2012 – Present

Online access: 2008 – Present

Photography & Culture is a refereed journal that is international in its scope and inter-disciplinary in its contributions. It aims to interrogate the contextual and historic breadth of photographic practice from a range of informed perspectives and to encourage new insights into the media through original and incisive writing. Photography & Culture publishes research papers, discursive critiques and reviews. It appears at a key moment as photography evolves; once again, to embrace a technological change that is shifting both contemporary usage and historic understanding.

Print Quarterly

Print access: March 2009 – Present

Online access: Indexed on their website.

Print Quarterly is the leading international journal dedicated to the art of the print from its origins in the fifteenth century to the present. It is peer-reviewed. The Journal publishes recent scholarship on a wide range of topics, including printmakers, iconography, social and cultural history, popular culture, print collecting, book illustration, decorative prints, and techniques such as engraving, etching, woodcutting, lithography and digital printmaking. The journal strives to cover Asian, Latin American and African printmaking as well as the Western tradition.

Third Text: critical perspectives on contemporary art and culture

Print access: 2001 ; 2003 – 2008 ; 2010 – Present

Online access: 1997 – Present

Third Text is an international scholarly journal dedicated to providing critical perspectives on art and visual culture. The journal examines the theoretical and historical ground by which the West legitimises its position as the ultimate arbiter of what is significant within this field. Established in 1987, the journal provides a forum for the discussion and (re)appraisal of theory and practice of art, art history and criticism, and the work of artists hitherto marginalised through racial, gender, religious and cultural differences. Dealing with diversity of art practices – visual arts, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, video and film – Third Text addresses the complex cultural realities that emerge when different worldviews meet, and the challenge this poses to Eurocentrism and ethnocentric aesthetic criteria. The journal aims to develop new discourses and radical interdisciplinary scholarships that go beyond the confines of eurocentricity.

World Art

Print access: 2013 – Present

Online access: 2011 – Present

World Art encourages critical reflection at the intersections of theory, method and practice. It provides a forum for redefining the concept of art for scholars, students and practitioners, for rethinking artistic and interpretive categories and for addressing cultural translation of art practices, canons and discourses. It promotes innovative and comparative approaches for studying human creativity, past and present.

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