About Arts


Arts (ISSN 2076-0752) is a peer-reviewed, open access scholarly journal that publishes new, significant research on all aspects of the visual and performing arts. Its goal is to promote critical inquiry, dialogue, and innovative approaches. We welcome articles that present innovative and important scholarship—theoretical, historical, interdisciplinary, and global—as well as other contributions of broad scholarly interest such as interviews with leading artists.

Subject Areas

Visual Arts

This section will deal with visual arts ranging from ancient times through to the present day.

  • Ancient (Near Eastern, Egypt, Greece, Rome)
  • Medieval (including Byzantine and Early Christian)
  • Renaissance and Baroque
  • 18th and 19th century
  • 20th century (prior to World War II)
  • Global Modern/Contemporary (post World War II)
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • First Nations of the Americas
  • Pacific islands
  • Photography
  • Exhibitions and collecting

Musical Arts and Theatre

This section publishes papers on music, including cross-disciplinary studies of the subject matter, and will also collect research on performance and performing art.

  • Composition of music, musical performances and instruments
  • Opera
  • Ballet
  • Theatre
  • Performing arts and performance arts in general

Applied Arts

This section collects papers on applied arts, including, but not limited to:

  • Architecture
  • Decorative arts
  • Fashion
  • Interior, graphic, and industrial design

New Media

This section collects papers on new media, including, but not limited to:

  • Film and television
  • Comics
  • Animation
  • Video games

MDPI Publication Ethics Statement

Arts is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). MDPI takes the responsibility to enforce a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies and standards to ensure to add high quality scientific works to the field of scholarly publication. Unfortunately, cases of plagiarism, data falsification, inappropriate authorship credit, and the like, do arise. MDPI takes such publishing ethics issues very seriously and our editors are trained to proceed in such cases with a zero tolerance policy. To verify the originality of content submitted to our journals, we use iThenticate to check submissions against previous publications. MDPI works with Publons to provide reviewers with credit for their work.

Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

Articles published in Arts will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2020 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).


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Announcement and Advertisement

Announcements regarding academic activities such as conferences are published for free in the News & Announcements section of the journal. Advertisement can be either published or placed on the pertinent website. Contact e-mail address is .

Editorial Office

Mr. Adonis Tao
Managing Editor

For further MDPI contacts, see here.

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