SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS: Journal of Applied Grief & Bereavement Research

Background of publication:

The Substructured Loss: Journal of Applied Grief & Bereavement Research is an open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal dedicated to the publication and dissemination of art-led field research within grief, bereavement, and adjacent themes. Field works are published in an effort to catalogue, preserve for archive, reference, and research.

Contributory themes include both theoretical-historical and practice-led art research conducted on, but not limited to the following subject matter: cancer - patients, caregiver role and treatment, surviving family, and survivors; sex workers (voluntary/involuntary sex trade) - trafficking victims, physical, and sexual assault victims; physical assault; old age - late stage-care and end-of-life; suicide - survivors and primary attempt; miscarriage (maternal and paternal effects) - abortion, stillbirth, and donor egg miscarriage; spousal loss; child loss - families impacted (loss in adolescence, early adulthood, adulthood); disease - brain (families impacted by dementia and Parkinson’s); depression and anxiety; autism, learning disability, and developmental disability diagnosis in families; PTSD; mental illness and trauma; and associated grief and bereavement-centered themes […]

Published in English.

Blind peer-reviewed images (and adjacent written work), video, and audio are published with English equivalency and support.

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Background of publisher:

Established in 2009, the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is a Canadian organization dedicated to the development of applied grief and bereavement research. Documented through the use of practice-led methods within art and comprised of work from an interdisciplinary network of creative and technical practitioners; the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is committed to the advancement of the arts and sciences; providing programming in support of education; public and professional engagement; and the development of field research in partnership with local, national, and international academic bodies, institutions, foundations, and non-profits.

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Peer review process:

Acceptance of papers and works for publication is subject to a double-blind peer review process.

Two anonymous referees are chosen on the basis of their specific research competence and specialization.

Papers and works are evaluated according to criteria including, but not limited to intrinsic quality, thematic relevance, originality, research methodology, and structural rigour.

By submitting an article or work, the author implicitly accepts the double-blind peer-review process. Evaluators will provide a judgment both in cases of acceptance and or when submissions have been declined within 8 weeks of submission date. The article will be published online within 24 weeks of evaluation.

Evaluators will use plagiarism software to evaluate originality against existing works.

The journal publishes original research that has not been previously published publicly. Evaluators may review previously published articles in cases where new findings have been founded. Authors assume the responsibility of copyright related to their work or works in question.

Publication ethics:


The following statement is adapted from the Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guidelines for Journal Editors outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics:

Journal staff:

Editors maintain the right to act if misconduct is suspected or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished works.

Editors have a system for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of the staff, authors, reviewers and the editorial team.

Editors have a process for handling submissions from the editors, employees, or members of the editorial team to ensure unbiased review.

Editors encourage the study and research of peer reviewed practices and will reassess the journal’s own process in the event a new finding is brought forth.

Editors guarantee that errors, inaccurate, or misleading statements are corrected promptly.
Editors will publish corrections, clarifications, and retractions promptly.

Editors will respond promptly to complaints. Complaints and appeals could be sent to:

Please report disputes, mistakes, and errors to us with urgency at:

Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis and follow the stated frequency.

Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published as open access materials. Published materials will use permanent identifiers to guarantee the preservation of articles for the long-term.

The staff and editorial team at the periodical are responsible for the selection and the publication of the articles submitted to the journal.

The staff and editorial team will take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in the periodical.

The decision of staff and editorial team to accept or decline a paper for publication in the journal is based on criteria including, but not limited to intrinsic quality, thematic relevance, originality, research methodology, and structural rigour. Decisions are final and not subject to an appeals process.

The staff and editorial team will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions.

The staff and editorial team will ensure that peer review is subject to fair, unbiased, and be held to time sensitive review policies. Please note that the staff and editorial team may on rare occurrence deviate from the described review process in the case of sensitive works. All submissions and published works will however be evaluated on the basis of intellectual content without prejudice of affiliation to the following: race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, political philosophy and/or ideology.

The staff and editorial team’s decision may be constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The staff will abide by higher body rulings.

The staff and editorial team will provide guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness, clarity of research, editing practices, and the use of appropriate guidelines.

The staff and editorial team will employ a system of discretion to ensure that material submitted to the journal remains confidential during review and after selection, specifically, adhering to strict confidentiality in the course of all information obtained during research, deliberation, and/or professional interactions.

Reviewers are provided guidance on protocol for selection including but not limited to sensitivity, ethics, and compatibility of submitted material.

Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review.

Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions, including the redundancy of submitted material, and plagiarism of works. Intellectual property issues and plagiarism will be reported. Staff will work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws, conventions, and statutes.

Reviewers will help in identifying relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors.

Internal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):

Duties of authors:

Authors are responsible for any and all material they submit and must maintain in good conscience the standing and originality of their works. Authors are responsible for the consequences levied in the event of misconduct.

Authors are responsible for their sources and for providing relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced, inspired, or directed the completion of their works.

Authors may be asked to provide raw data, secondary research materials, and artefacts that have lead to completion of a work submitted for review and should be prepared to retain such data for reasonable amount of time after publication in order to provide access to such data. Submitted raw data, secondary research materials, and artefacts may be retained by journal and organization staff if necessary for further review.

Authors are asked to adhere to accuracy, completeness, clarity of research reporting, and technical editing practices.

Publication fees:

Individual authors of selected submissions: €100-

Individual authors selected by invitation: €35-

Group authored selected submissions (unaffiliated): €150-

Group authored successful submissions (affiliated; academic bodies, institutions etc.): €200-

Group authored works selected by invitation: €45-

More information will be provided to successful candidates after selection.

Archiving policy:

Periodical retains the right to publish, market, disseminate, and archive all submissions.

Credit will always be given to aforementioned author(s).

Open access policy:

Works are published in the open access domain.

This journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial Licence 3.0 (CC-BY-NC):

Whereby users must comply with the following:

Attribution- Users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

Non-Commercial- Users may not use the material for commercial purposes.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the final version of the papers without commercial purposes. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s).

We kindly ask that you inform the journal board when published works are used.

Authors who publish in this journal retain the copyrights.