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Empirical Studies of the Arts
Editor: Oshin Vartanian

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The interdisciplinary forum for theoretical and empirical studies of aesthetics, creativity, and all of the arts. Anthropological, psychological, semiotic, and sociological studies of the creation, perception, and appreciation of literary, musical, and visual art forms. Whether you are an active researcher or an interested bystander, Empirical Studies of the Arts keeps you up to date on the latest trends in scientific studies of the arts.

Empirical Studies of the Arts
is the official Journal of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics. The Journal serves as a forum for empirical studies of aesthetics, creativity, and all the arts as examined by researchers in all of the social sciences. As well as research reports, the Journal publishes theoretical and review articles. Research reports are quantitative or qualitative depending upon the methods employed by the researcher. All articles are oriented toward a general audience, so that scholars in allied disciplines such as philosophical aesthetics, literary and art criticism, etc. who are interested in current developments in empirical aesthetics can keep abreast of the field.

From the start, Empirical Studies of the Arts has aimed to be an inclusive central repository for high quality research reports, reviews, and theoretical articles. One of the main reasons for starting the Journal was the perception that work on scientific aesthetics is too widely scattered. Thus, for example, psychologists or anthropologists may not hear for many years about interesting new developments in sociology for the simple reason that they do not regularly read sociology journals. This lack of communication has impeded progress in empirical aesthetics, as it would be difficult to argue that the arts can be adequately understood from the perspective of any single discipline.

a message from the editor . . . We are pleased to announce that beginning with Volume 28 (1), Empirical Studies of the Arts will be indexed and abstracted in the following resources:

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index®
  • Current Contents®/Arts & Humanities
  • Social Sciences Citation Index®
  • Journal Citation Reports/ Social Sciences Edition
  • Current Contents®/Social and Behavioral Sciences

Recently, the Journal has seen the introduction of a number of new features to facilitate the needs of scholars in the field. Specifically, we have introduced Brief Reports and Theoretical Notes alongside standard Research Articles to better represent the diversity of approaches to tackle problems of interest in the arts and aesthetics.

Second, to shorten the duration of time between acceptance of manuscripts and their availability on the Journal’s website, beginning in 2013, the publisher will make available corrected proofs via the Early Online View (EOV) link on ESA’s electronic content website.

This should result in the rapid communication of findings to the Journal’s audience, as manuscripts will be made available to subscribers prior to their inclusion in a specific issue.

  • A.P.A.-Psychinfo Database
  • A.P.A.-Psychological Abstracts
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index®
  • British Humanities Index
  • Current Contents®/Arts & Humanities
  • Current Contents®/Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • EBSCO Publishing Databases
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews (IBR)
  • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ)
  • Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
  • Social Planning/Policy & Development Abstracts
  • Social Sciences Citation Index®

The archive—
This impressive collection of electronic, fully searchable pdf's spans 16 years beginning with Volume 1, 1983, through Volume 16, 1998; it comprises 32 issues, 202 articles, and 3002 pages. The collection may be purchased outright for the low price of $626.00*, or may be received as part of an enhanced subscription for just $62.00/year over the current subscription rate. The outright purchase is a truly remarkable value for this quality and quantity of content—for over 3,000 pages, the breakdown is just 20 cents per page!

The journal of Empirical Studies of the Arts is known as an unparalleled, valuable source of information reporting on the latest trends in the scientific studies of the arts. This extensive resource collection covers all the developments and trends in the field as they originated and evolved; an unsurpassed treasure trove of information at one's fingertips!

We encourage you to examine the abstracts in this collection, all are free to read.

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Empirical Studies of the Arts is a peer refereed journal.

© Copyright Volume 1 - 1983 through Volume 32 - 2014

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