About the Journal


Openwork is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research into experimental music, art and scholarship. Interdisciplinary in scope, our journal promotes new modes of interaction between scholars and practitioners, whose work critically re-listens, through and across, boundaries and constraints.

Aim & Scope

The editors of Openwork seek to facilitate an inclusive scholarly space dedicated to the liberating potential of experimentalism—a space that allows for new ways of relating and world-making to be heard. 

Openwork welcomes articles and artworks that deal with experimentalism as a form of relistening, remaking, rethinking normative modes of scholarship, artistic expression, and modes of living. We publish full-length academic essays (about 5000 – 7000 words), shorter creative pieces, cultural commentaries, artistic reflections (about 500 – 2500 words), and artworks, including, but not limited to, poetry, photo-essays, short films, visual and sound art, or any combinations of these (not exceeding 4 pages, 10 min, and/or 10GB). We welcome submissions from students, performers, composers, artists, activists, and academics. Openwork publishes portions of the peer-review process, in an effort to encourage both more collaboration and dialogic scholarly practices. Peer-review and component submissions are often tied together by short pieces and commentary from the editors.

Open Access Policy

Openwork is an open access journal. Our published content is free to access without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives” License (CC BY-NC-ND) unless otherwise noted on the article landing page. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.

Openwork charges no author fees upon submission or acceptance.

Archiving Policy

Openwork is distributed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.

Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.

Peer Review Policy 

Openwork uses a reverse single blind peer-review process to facilitate constructive and collaborative assessment of articles and artworks received. Openwork’s peer review process is an opportunity for referees to participate in our mission to produce both creative and critically oriented scholarship in a supportive environment in which emerging scholars can learn and grow from the review and editing process. Reviewers for Openwork are encouraged to provide personal and professional opinions based on their knowledge and experience and to deliver engaging feedback and reflections based on their consideration of the articles under review.  

In addition to supporting the growth of individual articles, exchanges between authors and reviewers will be integrated into published issues themselves. At the conclusion of the editing process, the Peer Reviews Editors will curate selections from the peer-reviews for publication, relating them back to the issue’s main themes. By publishing selections of dialogues between contributors and peer reviewers, we aim to develop a unique scholarly discourse that is open to transformation—colliding both scholarly processes and the critical conclusions of in-depth study.   

Openwork seeks to create alternative spaces for new work by scholars and artists who fall outside of existing discourses which seek to prefigure who and what counts as experimental. This is part and parcel of our aim and mission. We encourage submissions which  circumvent, subvert, or redraw constraints in and around the improvisation of identity, and other modes of relating to worlds and their outsides. We similarly reject work that explicitly or implicitly, knowingly or unwittingly, reproduces essentializing definitions of identity and relation in and around experimentalism and its various histories and futures. 

Code of Ethics

Openwork expects its members to uphold the highest standards of personal and professional behavior. Openwork’s authors should adhere to the ethical professional standards as defined by:

It is essential that all who participate in producing the journal, who conduct themselves as authors, reviewers and editors, strictly adhere to the highest level of ethical professional standards. By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author explicitly confirms that the manuscript meets the highest ethical standards.