Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

ARID: A Journal of Desert Art, Design, and Ecology is a peer-reviewed bi-annual journal focusing on cross-disciplinary explorations of desert arts, design, culture, and the environment for both scholarly and new audiences. ARID seeks submissions of scholarly articles, curriculum, visual essays, and other media including sound and video that investigate diverse aesthetic, social, cultural, historical, ecological, and political subjects related to desert regions of the American Southwest and beyond. ARID emphasizes the convergence of art, design, and culture with science, ecology, geography, and other related disciplines to create a unique snapshot of and dialog about desert environs and cultures with a vested and active interest in the desert as a point of creative investigation.


Section Policies


A place to publish hypotheses, experiments, and results for those attempting to redefine an education in art, media, and design along environmental and social practice lines. We are particularly interested in field-based pedagogy with an emphasis on desert geographies.

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Practices, projects, and ideas referencing art, design, media, and other works related to ARID’s mission.

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A place for discussion of the frameworks, rules, regulations and other structures that govern and legislate place, a vehicle to converse with our co-inhabitants, and a means to link to other desert communities.

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An ongoing archive of dialogues, fictions, and freeform ideas concerning desert geographies from an array of stakeholders, viewpoints, and positions. This section includes book and exhibit reviews.

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Peer Review Process

All submitted works are reviewed in an open, peer-reviewed process by at least two reviewers familiar with the content and scope of work submitted. Please note that ARID reserves the right to return proposals and submissions without explanation if they do not meet journal’s standards or overall mission.