About Ground Works
Ground Works is a compendium of exemplary interdisciplinary arts-inclusive collaborative research projects, and a hub for reflection on the processes that drive such work.
Ground Works promotes research-based, interdisciplinary collaborations through rigorously peer-reviewed presentation of arts-inclusive work, and guided reflection on the processes that support them. It aims to support a robust, critical community of practice in support of such work, while sharing best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration to ever wider spheres of practice, within and without the academy.
What are the contributions?
We’re looking for:
- Mature projects with arts-inclusive focus, interdisciplinary
- At least part of it has a research component, with external recognition elsewhere
- Innovative outcomes that have impact; and that impact is validated by another venue
- Hallmarks of innovative process(es) that leads to new modes of interdisciplinary production
- Demonstrated understanding of context and precedent.
Who is it for?
Ground Works aims to represent the many and diverse ways interdisciplinary work takes place. It's for those reflecting on how they collaborate at the intersections of disciplines. This includes researchers, scholars, and practitioners engaged in arts-inclusive collaborations that lie within and without the academy, but which at some point in their process depend on academic review in the establishment of rigor and impact.
How does it work?
The core of Ground Works is a compendium of projects, critically reviewed for their interdisciplinary research aims and impact. Two to three successfully reviewed projects will debut each month, accompanied by rich media and initial reflection by contributors about process and best practices. Search and indexing capability will facilitate discovery of projects for those both new to, and familiar with, the growing field of arts-inclusive interdisciplinary research.
As part of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), select projects also receive further examination and analysis of the collaborative process in an effort to illuminate and understand the mechanisms and conditions that foster these innovative projects. Project contributors will work with a team from a2ru to rigorously articulate, document, and reflect on the modes of collaboration found within their work. Through co-authored whitepapers, interviews, presentation and conversation, each project will join a community ‘lab’ to discover knowledge, best practices and insight around interdisciplinary processes.
- Suitability Review (10 day turnaround) - New submissions are reviewed by (Managing) Editors to check they fit the scope of the journal and showcase interesting interdisciplinary explorations. Submissions to this stage are brief, requiring only a short summary of the project, a statement of relevance, and appropriate links. This can be completed in under 15 minutes.
- Project Review (1 month turnaround) - Projects that progress to the second stage are asked to provide a 1,000 word narrative and media for their project. This is examined by three external reviewers. Successful projects are included in our online compendium of projects and invited to contribute reflections and best practice on process. Two to three projects will be published per month.
- Process Review (6 month turnaround) - Our Managing Editors will select a very small number of projects (2-3 per year) to participate in a ‘lab’ that examines collaborative process. Selected projects will be interviewed and invited to contribute whitepapers and articles reflecting on their collaboration. Ground Works will also provide direct support through assigned copywriters and editors to help prepare materials. Once complete, each project will be presented online.