About the Journal


Inscriptions are carved into rocks, drawn on paper, embedded in the senses of spectators.

Inscriptions present themselves as invitations to make meaning.

Inscriptions are scribbled into a medium — when the script is made manifest, the medium changes.

In art, Inscriptions are what artists do to their unformed clay, blank canvas, unwritten scrolls. They appeal to our ability to make sense, they entice us to experience the aesthetic, they can transport us beyond ourselves to the domain of the sublime and transcendental. When Inscriptions are decoded, the scribe is no longer present: only the artwork as cipher remains.

Inscriptions appeal to our understanding of the craftsman as simply writing down words that are given to him. Bartleby the Scrivener famously would like not to make any further Inscriptions. His elegant negation comes at a heavy cost: in the end Bartleby is without work, domicile and — we should speculate — meaning. For what is the sense in which a scrivener can continue to be a scrivener when he no longer inscribes?

We are thrown into our acts of Inscriptions. When writing begins the script gains a life of its own, and when our Inscriptions are committed to a community, we experience a loss of meaning: it is as if our child has achieved a life of its own, making its own way in the world.

Inscriptions are wounds carved into our memory. They are part of our selves.


Inscriptions is an international, interdisciplinary double-blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes contemporary thinking on art, philosophy and psycho-analysis. Its media are material, psychic and imaginary, its authors are scholars and artists, and its form is open-source internet publishing. We welcome all kinds of approaches that seek to shed light on contemporary and abiding topics in the domains of art, philosophy, and psycho-analysis. 

Section policies


Authors are encouraged to submit proposals of up to 150 words that will receive an indicative recommendation from the issue editor/editor-in-chief. Following on this preliminary feedback authors may then submit a full-length single file manuscript for review. Full-length essays should be submitted on the same submission ID as the initial proposal. Instructions on how to do this is provided on the front page of our web platform.


Inscriptions publishes academic essays, commentaries, and book reviews. We are looking for academic and scholarly essays that are well structured, have a convincing argument and form, follow academic convention, and are appropriately sourced. Generally academic essays should be 3,000 to 4,500 words. Inscriptions adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style (footnotes and bibliography) and our own In-house stylesheet. Note that we will consider contributions that are not fully in conformity with these requirements, as long as we are convinced there is good reason to go beyond convention in each particular case. The author may be asked to provide further grounds for not adhering to academic convention during the review process.

Creative criticism: Under the rubric of Creative criticism we solicit submissions under a broad ambit; we seek writers who are reflecting explicitly on their methods, practices, positionings, etc., as academic writers and/or creative practitioners. We provide space for autoethnographic explorations; lyrical, personal essays; creative non-fiction approaches; imagined dialogues; experimental oddities in which form charts “thinking in/as writing” (and vice versa); collaborative conversations and “inter-views”; interdisciplinary detournements; and even multimodal, hyperlinked, digital innovations.

Commentaries and book reviews

We seek shorter commentaries and book reviews that have the quality we associate with our mandate and that addresses the theme of the issue. These texts should be up to 1,500 words, and written in clear, concise language.

Review policy


Inscriptions practices double blind reviews for academic papers. The review process is coordinated by the issue editor/editor-in-chief, who select reviewers that are not affiliated with the same institution as the author. That the review process is double-blind means that authors and reviewers do not know of each other. Double-blind submissions are subject to two external reviews. Additionally, reviewers may require a resubmission to be reviewed by themselves, or by a member of the editorial board/editor-in-chief.

Editorial review

Commentaries and reviews are subject to a simplified, open editorial review by the issue editor or whoever she or he assigns the task.

Default timing

Inscriptions aim to keep the following timeframes:

  • Indicative assessment of proposals: 2 weeks
  • Peer review of full manuscripts: 12 weeks

Publication ethics

Inscriptions follows established rules of conduct in matters of publication and authorship and aims to follow the COPE’s Code of Conduct. In the case of misconduct on the author’s part such as plagiarism, falsification of information, or double publication, the editorial board will call for explanation and then undertake appropriate steps or seeking advice on particular issues from the academic community. This may eventually include notification of authorities at the author's institution, the withdrawal of the article in question and the exclusion of any further submissions of the same author from being processed by the journal.


Authorship credit should be based on substantial contributions, drafting and/or revising the manuscript for important intellectual content, and final approval of the version to be published. Inscriptions is vigilant to avoid ghostwriters and guest authors. "Ghostwriting" refers to a case when a person who made substantial contributions to a publication is not credited as an author or, in the case of purely technical support insufficient for authorship, the person is not acknowledged in a publication. "Guest authorship" is the opposite situation, when a person appears in the publication as an author despite insignificant contribution or even absence from the writing.

Competing interests

A conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence his or her actions. Such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties. These range from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence academic judgment. Competing interests may exist regardless of whether an individual is aware of it. Financial relationships, such as employment, consultancies, honoraria, paid expert opinions are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and ones most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and scholarship itself. However, conflicts may occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and political and intellectual passion. In the case of conflicting interests exists, it is obligatory to declare it for each author (in the Comments for the Editor field, Step 1 of the submission process) and reviewer (review Step 1).

Open Access policy

Access to content in this journal remains open on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Work published by Inscriptions is Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License unless otherwise indicated.


Inscriptions and articles therein is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), WorldCat, and Federation of Finnish Learned Societies' Publication Forum (Julkaisufoorumi).

Publication frequency

Inscriptions is published twice a year, in January (themed issue) and July (open issue).


Inscriptions is archived by the National Library (Nasjonalbiblioteket) in Norway. Their electronic record of Inscriptions can be retrieved through Oria.no.

Print copies of each issue are also stored in the National Library repository.

Article fees

Inscriptions does not at this point charge authors for submission, review and publication. To support Inscriptions subscribe to our print edition for one or two years (two/four issues). More information on how to subscribe is available from https://subscribe.tankebanen.no/.

Print edition

Inscriptions exists in printed, soft-bound form. Single back-copies can be from our distributor. For more information see our publisher page.

Version control

The online version of Inscriptions is considered to be the publication of record.


It is the editor-in-chief who acts as publisher and is legally responsible for all editorial content. In the last instance all publishing decisions lies with the editor-in-chief. Inscriptions is pulished by Tankebanen forlag.