Call for Special Issue Papers 

Creativity and Co-production

Abstract submission deadline: 5 December 2020

This special issue uses the lens of Creativity and Co-production to explore the meaning of ‘evidence’ and whose meaning counts. It considers what the terms ‘creating’, ‘making’ and ‘production’ mean with regards knowledge creation, sharing and putting into action. It examines the potential role that created artefacts play. For example, what are the values embodied and represented in ‘knowledge artefacts’ and what affordance and agency might they give to human actors?

Areas for discussion include:

  • What evidence is valid, who produces it, and how was it produced?
  • What is the process by which ‘evidence’ can be interrogated by others, made sense of, and acted upon?
  • Not acting on evidence is commonly described as the ‘evidence gap’. Could this be broken down into a series of ‘micro’ gaps between Evidence and Knowledge, Knowledge and Knowing, Knowing and Action?
  • What role do creative practices, tangible objects, and visual language play in bridging each of these micro gaps?

Aims and scope

This special issue engages with a previous issue – ‘co-creative approaches to knowledge production and implementation’ – which found two clear gaps in knowledge. The first is a focus on creativity and how it might be applied to ‘evidence into practice’ debates. The second is an examination of the historical roots of co-creation and co-production to understand the differences between them and their potential contribution to evidence-informed policy and practise. In that context, we invite papers that consider issues of knowledge, power, culture, change, state-of-being and much more.

Examples of specific topics include:

  1. What is Creativity?
  2. Knowledge, Power and Creativity
  3. Creativity, Culture and Power
  4. A history of Co-production, Creativity and Cultural Change
  5. Creativity as expressions of indigenous knowledge cultures
  6. Using appropriate forms of expression for public engagement in research
  7. Creativity, material agency and research outputs; beyond guidelines to tools that mediate agency

Types of paper

Evidence & Policy encourages a mixture of research articles, contemporary debate pieces and articles from practice. We might expect roughly seven research articles, one debate, and one practice article.

Authors will be expected to follow the journal guidance, full details of which can be found here. Word limits are typically from 5,000 up to a maximum of 8,000.

Submission instructions

To be considered for this special issue please email the special issue editors at j.langley@shu.ac.uk. Please do not submit to the journal via the online submissions manager system until asked to do so. 

We would strongly encourage contributors and potential contributors to get in touch with the editorial team to talk their ideas through at any stage of this process. We can offer support as papers are developed. Full papers that are submitted will be blind peer-reviewed.

To ensure high quality and rigour in the process as well as a cohesive narrative across the collection of articles in this special issue, we will be inviting more papers than we can publish in the one issue. However, we have additional outlets for publications, such as to direct some articles to the Design4Health journal and The Design Journal. The process of working with authors to develop full papers should minimise the risks of not being published.

Key dates and deadlines 

  • Deadline for one-page structured abstract – open call: 5 December 2020
  • Open call responders notified: 18 December 2020
  • Deadline for first draft submissions: 31 May 2021
  • Deadline for submissions after peer review: 26 July 2021
  • Publication: Late 2021 (online) and Early 2022 (print)

Editorial Team 

Dr Joe Langley – Principal Researcher, Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University. Design engineer with interests in co-production and knowledge mobilisation in health and wellbeing.

Prof Claire Craig – Professor in Design and Creative Practice for health, Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University; Editor of Design for Health journal, Editor of Design4Health conference proceedings. Historian and Occupational Therapist.

Prof Ian Gwilt – Professor of Design and Visual Communication, University of South Australia.

Associate Prof Nicola Kayes – Associate Professor of Rehabilitation, Director, Centre for Person Centred Research, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand; Guest editor for Special Issue of Disability and Rehabilitation, past-Associate Editor and expert qualitative reviewer Postgraduate Medical Journal, expert reviewer Rehabilitation Research Review.

Prof Erna Snell-Grove Clarke – Vice Dean, Health Sciences & Director, School of Nursing at Queen’s University.

Sarah Smith – Artist, radiotherapist and PhD student in Lab4Living using drawing to explore and enhance the experience of therapeutic radiotherapy.