Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies

ISSN 2563-3392

Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies (Matrix) is an open-access, peer-reviewed and refereed scholarly journal published by the International Network for Training, Education, and Research on Culture (Network on Culture), Canada. Matrix is published online twice yearly (May and November).

Matrix is a new journal in the humanities and social sciences, founded to provide an interdisciplinary forum for those who are working from the theoretical stance of matriculture as a Geertzian cultural system. Similar to other cultural systems such as art, religion, or mathematics, employing the heuristic of matriculture allows for, among other things: cross-cultural comparisons; fresh insights into the social roles of women, men, otherwise identified, children, and the entire community of humans, animals, and the environment; and/or renewed understandings of historically mis-labelled cultures. With Guédon’s work in mind, then, and based on Geertzian principles, the concept of matriculture is both a model of reality by rendering the structure of matricultures apprehensible and a model for reality, where psychological relationships are organized under its guidance.

We encourage submissions from scholars around the world who are ready to take a new look at the ways in which people - historically and currently - have organized meaningful relationships amongst themselves and with the natural environment, the myths, customs, and laws which support these relationships, and the ways in which researchers have documented and perhaps mis-labeled the matricultures they have encountered.

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Contact: (subject line: Matrix Editorial Collective)


Calls for Papers

Book Reviews

Matrix is interested in reviewing books pertaining to the subject matter of the journal. Authors are welcome to inquire about the possibility of a review, which the Editorial Collective will co-ordinate, and reviewers are welcome to submit their review for consideration in an upcoming issue.

Letters to the Editorial Collective

All good scholarship inspires discussion and respectful debate is crucial to the advancement of knowledge. Matrix invites responses, feedback, comments, and constructive criticism to the material we publish. With permission, letters to the Editorial Collective may be published in an upcoming issue (contact is via the email address above).

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Focus and Scope

Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies accepts pieces written in either English or French. Submissions in another language need to be translated into either English or French by the author(s). The abstracts of articles are published in both English and French. Abstracts submitted in only one language and accepted for publication will be translated by Matrix. The Introduction to a Special Themed issue will be published in both English and French; if it is submitted in only one of these languages, the Introduction will be translated by Matrix. We are also open to discussing the publication of titles and abstracts in the language of the community discussed in the article.

The Editorial Collective (EC) invites submissions that explore aspects, elements, and dimensions of matriculture. We accept for publication:

  • Journal articles (5,000 - 10,000 words; for submissions outside this range, contact the EC)
  • Reports or Interim Reports on fieldwork or other research
  • Notes of up to 3,000 words
  • Letters to the Editorial Collective
  • Announcements
  • Book Reviews

This journal is open-access: free to authors and readers.

Peer Review Process

All articles will pass through a double-blind review process before publication, in which authors and reviewers are not identified to each other. This process aims to enrich and strengthen the submitted texts. Reviews will be made by external professionals whose field of expertise relates to the topic of the article; reviewers are encouraged to provide constructive comments.

Publication Frequency

Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies will be published twice per year, in May and November.

Publication Ethics

We adhere to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing, as published by the Committee on Publication Ethics, UK (COPE).

With this commitment, we particularly bring to attention the following:

  1. All our articles will pass a peer-review process.

  2. Both the Editorial Collective and the Scientific Advisory Circle, as the journal's Governing Body, consists of experts in the field and are informed about all decisions being made for the journal. Contact information is available on this webpage (see Contact, above).

  3. No fees will be applied to authors or readers.

  4. Matrix is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to share works published here with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. Authors may enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the subsequent non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of their work (for example, to post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book) with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  5. We do our best to adhere to the highest standards of academic editorial integrity. We will work hard to ensure that any reported or identified issues of misconduct will be addressed in an appropriate and timely manner.

  6. The International Network for Training, Education, and Research on Culture (Network on Culture) owns and provides the platform for Matrix: A Journal for Matricultural Studies.

  7. Conflict of Interest is taken seriously; authors and reviewers must state any when submitting.

Privacy Notice

All data shared with us will be used only for the purposes of the journal. The only data stored (names and email addresses) is required for publication of journal papers, and it will not be shared with third parties, nor used for any commercial purpose.


We take any allegations regarding misconduct in the publication of content in our journal very seriously.

Such allegations, including any complaints about plagiarism, disputed authorship, multiple/duplicate/concurrent publication, simultaneous submission, misappropriation of research results, research standards violation, research errors or fraud, reviewer bias or competitive harmful acts by reviewers, or undisclosed conflicts of interest, will be addressed following Elsevier's publicly-available Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK). We will follow PERK's guidelines regarding any ethical issues arising at any stage of the process, evaluating each allegation on a case-by-case basis.

For details:

Once a complaint has been assessed from the ethical perspective outlined by PERK, and the EC and author agree a revision, clarification, or correction needs to be made, we will deal with it using the style guide for Correction Notices followed by the American Psychological Association.

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We will publish any corrections, clarifications, retractions, and/or apologies when needed.


We would like to acknowledge the publications Anthropologica and Offa's Dyke Journal for the high standard of their Policies, and thank their authors for ideas which influenced the structure and content of Matrix's policies.