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Editorial Remarks

Ding-Bang LUH

"Wisdom is easy to carry but difficult to gather". In the spirit of gathering wisdoms learned in the development process of cultural and creative industries, the International Journal of Cultural and Creative Industries (IJCCI) organized its first international conference on culture and creativity at the end of 2014 in Tainan, promoting the themes of “Cultural Wisdom and Positive Creativity”. The themes are applied in the event design of what we called as the ‘experience-conference’. To highlight Cultural Wisdom, several visits to local industries were arranged to illustrate the conference themes. Conference activities of each day was held at a new location to provide first-hand experience on exceptional local cultural and creative industries. For instance, two conference sessions were held in a lively café that used to be a sugar silo at the Ten Drums Cultural Village. The village is a successful example of how local art groups manage cultural business while keeping the spirit of creativity and performance. To demonstrate Positive Creativity, the conference proceedings, for example, was designed as a multi-functional booklet, an information provider for conference-related materials and a personal journal to preserve memories during the event. Each booklet is a unique souvenir as each and every conference delegate’s profile picture was tailor-made onto the proceeding cover. Additionally, the booklet can be turned into a notebook for later use. The ‘experience-conference’ format was well received and most participants show appreciation on what they experienced and learned from the local industries. We are glad that our arrangements did meet our initial goal – to re-invent conference experience and to go beyond participants’ expectations. 

 

An academic journal serves as a platform to introduce key findings, to disseminate the latest domain knowledge, and to challenge existing theories and to develop new concepts. However, there is an issue of how to make local wisdoms to be heard and become global knowledge. In the spirit of sharing and disseminating local wisdoms, IJCCI would like to maintain its open policy to gather knowledge gained from local practices and distribute among the international audience. We are aware that there could be a challenge of language barrier, especially for authors with non-English speaking backgrounds. To encourage submissions of insights from local studies, in 2015, the IJCCIis conducting a trial on two new policies. First, IJCCI will review articles written in authors’ native language with the supplement of an English abstract; accepted articles should then be translated into English prior to publication. Second, IJCCI would also welcome translations of articles originally published in native languages other than English for the Glocal Perspective section; such articles should be submitted together with the permission of republication from the previous publishers. The policy echoes the journal’s spirit to gather and disseminate local knowledge in developing cultural and creative industries, to represent local wisdoms with their complex dimensions, with the hope to encourage more studies from different regions across the globe.

 

Currently, IJCCI has 34 editors from 14 countries using 9 different languages. For manuscripts written in native languages other than English, the review is only possible with the support of at least 3 editors who are proficient in the said language. Therefore, with our current capacity, IJCCI can facilitate reviews of articles written in Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian during this trial period, starting from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. We are inviting more editors and open for nominations of reviewers who are proficient in various languages such as Arabic, Dutch, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish, and Thai. Nominations can be sent to ijcci.editor@gmail.com by 15 June 2015.