The scholarly journal as puzzle: On time, collaboration and closure

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As the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (JUCS) closes its tenth year of publication, this second instalment of a two-part editorial turns towards questions regarding the nature of scholarly journals. Building from Part 1’s exploration of comics artist Chris Ware’s tactile puzzle Building Stories: Vortex of Anamnesis, the central metaphor of journal as an intellectual puzzle is considered. Specific aspects of time and collaboration are addressed as fundamental concerns for the puzzle of journal editing. After considering, in passing, challenges to editing in the twenty-first century, final comments address the notion of closure, drawn from comics theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Urban Cultural Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023


  • Chris Ware
  • closure
  • comics
  • editing
  • peer review
  • puzzles
  • temporality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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