About the Journal

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/their 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 (see previous workshops and newspapers). 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 extended networks.

APRJA believes that research remains a powerful force in shaping our understanding of the world and the institutions through which we operate. It 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 annual festival themes act as a point of departure for each journal issue.