APRJA is an open-access research journal that addresses the ever-shifting thematic frameworks of digital culture. The journal’s title APRJA stands for “A Peer-Reviewed Journal About” and invites the addition of a research topic to address what is considered to be a key aspect of contemporary digital culture – and thereby to complete the title of each journal issue. We take a particular interest in aesthetic production and artistic research in relation to the broad field of software studies (including media archaeology, platform politics, and interface criticism).

As an open-access research journal, APRJA is freely available without charge to the user and his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission to authors or the publisher (under a creative commons license).

APRJA takes a fresh perspective on digital culture by including the work of a younger generation of researchers as reflected in the workshop model that generates contents for each issue. The journal seeks to publish new research that promotes a culture based on sharing, open distribution and the on-going exchange of ideas, but without losing sight of rigorous academic conventions of peer-reviewed publication. Since 2014, all submissions are anonymized and distributed to independent qualified experts via our advisory board and our extended networks.*

APRJA believes that research remains a powerful force in shaping our understanding of the world and the institutions through which we operate. APRJA has an ongoing collaboration with transmediale – festival for art and digital culture berlin and thereby places an emphasis on the work of researchers working both within and outside the academy. The festival themes act as a point of departure for each journal issue.

Series editors:
Christian Ulrik Andersen and Geoff Cox

Series advisors:
see list of advisors here

Information Architect:
Winnie Soon

DARC (Digital Aesthetics Research Centre),
Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture,
Helsingforsgade 14, DK 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.
Published in partnership with transmediale – festival for art and digital culture berlin.


Unless stated otherwise all articles are released under the CC license: ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike’.

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*Peer-review process
APRJA employs a rigorous system of double blind peer-review by independent qualified experts. Reviewers follow distributed guidelines and report on a specified form. Each reviewer assesses the submission as either “publish as is”, “publish with minor revisions”, “publish with major revisions”, “do not publish”, and makes additional comments to the editors and authors. In the case that changes are required, the journal editors will ensure the submission meets the required changes. Prior to 2014, the journal followed a looser peer-review process.

APRJA meets the requirements for peer review as stated by the Committee for Protection of Scientific Work (UBVA, www.ubva.dk), in which:

“Peer evaluation of a manuscript involves writing an assessment demonstrating its scientific quality. In addition, peer reviews must meet the following requirements:

1. Peer review is always done before publication.
Peer review is a process which always takes place prior to publication. It is part of the publishing process. Thus a book review cannot be defined as a peer review.

2. At least one reviewer must be external to the publisher/institution.
A manuscript (be it a book or an article) should at least be reviewed by one external reviewer who is an expert in the field. There are no requirements as to whether an external reviewer is known or anonymous.

3. Reviewers must be research experts
An external reviewer must have at least research skills at PhD level. Both national and international reviewers can be used, and reviewers can be called in from any environment, provided they meet the minimum requirement.”