General Information | Aims & Scope | Submitting & Publishing
Volunteering | Peer-Review Process
Does R3 have any affiliation with BigHit or BTS?
No, R3 is not affiliated with BigHit Labels or BTS. While BigHit is aware of our existence, they do not provide any form of support or information. We believe that our independence is essential to maintaining the academic integrity of our journal.
Is R3 making a profit from this journal?
No, R3 is non-profit, 100% volunteer-run, and publishes for educational purposes only. Additionally, our journal is open-access (no cost or registration required to read) and free to submit to, as we feel strongly that this project should be accessible to all. It is possible we may conduct fundraising initiatives in the future to support this endeavor, but all proceeds will be allocated solely to the operational costs of the journal.
How often is R3 published?
Our current plan is to publish twice each year, in March and September. However, this schedule may change in the future and we may have special issues.
Does R3 have any official relationships with a university or any other educational entity?
No, R3 is independent of any institution.
Does R3 have an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)?
Yes! Our ISSN is 2692-7772
I have read through your website and FAQ, but still have some questions. Is there a way to contact R3?
Yes! Feel free to contact us via email at [email protected]
Aims & Scope
What is your mission statement?
R3 is an open-access journal that provides a space for interdisciplinary scholarly work, original creative pieces, and personal narratives that examine the art and impact of BTS and their fanbase ARMY. R3 is dedicated to empowering fans with the means to engage in rigorous, critical discourse and to introducing newcomers to BTS and ARMY.
I’m still a little confused about the types of content R3 publishes. What exactly is the scope of the journal, and how closely must the topic of my submission relate to BTS and/or ARMY for it to be considered?
We publish content that has a connection to BTS. This includes the music and videos by BTS or individual members along with any books, poems, movies, songs, and/or works of art that are referenced in these pieces. Likewise, this includes experiential spaces and exhibits, such as CONNECT, BTS and performances, as well as work published under Creative Collections and Supplemental Stories.
You could, for example, submit:
An essay examining the symbolism in Emily Dickinson’s poem “Hope” as referenced in the The Notes 1 (Academic Articles – Essay)
A painting or video that is an extended interpretation of Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s Catharsis featured in CONNECT, BTS (Creative Collections)
A theoretical investigation of BTS and pedagogy, such as using their content for teaching and inspiration (Academic Articles – Article)
A personal story recounting your inner dialogue with the lyrics of “Magic Shop” during a time of personal struggle (Supplemental Stories)
Submitting & Publishing
What types of submissions do you accept?
Please refer to our submission guidelines for a detailed list of submission categories and requirements for each.
What is a manuscript?
R3 uses the term “manuscript” to refer to submissions of all media types, including written, audio, and visual. The term “creator” is used instead of “author” to be inclusive of individuals submitting multimedia content.
Which submission categories fall under Academic Articles?
The following categories fall under Academic Articles:
Letter to the Editor
Please refer to our submission guidelines for details on each of the above categories.
What can be submitted under Creative Collections?
The Creative Collections of R3 features art inspired by BTS and ARMY. It is an archive of records, records of your remnants. Abstract or concrete, submitted pieces can take any form — graphic, sketch, poem, short story, song, short film, statue, quilt . . . If your piece is a 3-dimensional object, then you may submit photographs of your work. Don’t let our list be your limit.
What can be submitted under Supplemental Stories?
The Supplemental Stories of R3 houses the stories of ARMY, casual listeners, and others who decide to share their stories as they pertain to BTS and ARMY. These stories may come from experiences, triumphs and trials, connection and isolation. These stories can be as casual as a description of listening to BTS while having a cup of tea to the emotional, social, or historical impact BTS and/or ARMY have had on you or on others. These stories should be personal narratives that share an experience or thoughts on an experience.
Am I required to publish under my actual, legal name, or may I choose to publish anonymously or under a nom de plume?
The option to publish anonymously or use a nom de plume will be available for manuscripts submitted under Creative Collections and Supplemental Stories. If this option is selected, the creator will still be required to fill out their legal name during the submission process for the purposes of communication and executing the Creative Commons license, but this information will not be disclosed to anyone outside of the journal staff.
All manuscripts submitted under Academic Articles (article, essay, letter to the editor, academic review, response) must be published under the creator(s)’s actual name(s).
I have already published or posted my work somewhere (twitter, facebook, youtube, podcast, etc.). Can I still submit it to R3?
No, the submitted manuscript may not be identical to an existing source. You may, however, submit a manuscript that builds upon an existing work that you posted, provided that the submission substantially expands upon the existing content.
Is there a deadline to submit?
No. Submissions are open and we accept submissions on a rolling basis though there are deadlines to be in consideration for a particular issue that are announced periodically.
I submitted to R3 and my submission was accepted. Will my submission be published in the next issue?
Not necessarily. Submissions will sometimes be published later than the next issue, depending on the timing of the submission, the number of submissions we receive, and specifics about each issue.
I’d love to help, but I’m not sure if my experience is suitable. What are you looking for in a prospective applicant and their CV?
We need critical and creative thinkers who can work on a team and meet deadlines dependably. We welcome applications from anyone over the age of 13. We need individuals from all types of backgrounds (academic and non-academic alike) and strongly believe that a diverse staff is essential to the success of R3.
Your CV should support the area(s) of expertise you hope to bring to the journal. For example, if you are applying to be a reviewer, your CV should demonstrate the experiences that make you a good person to review for the topics you have indicated.
I know a LOT about BTS and ARMY, but don’t feel comfortable claiming expertise in another area. Can I still help the R3?
Yes! We need people with a diploma in ARMY to help us review and edit submissions. The application process will ask you to indicate your general area(s) of expertise. This list includes areas such as music, philosophy, and language studies as well as ARMY/BTS. When you fill out your form, just indicate “ARMY/BTS” as your area of expertise.
Is there a deadline to apply to be a volunteer?
No, we accept applications for all posted positions on a rolling basis.
What is peer review?
Peer review is just like it sounds — it is a review conducted by your peers! Peers include ARMY and individuals with knowledge specific to your submission category. We consider every creator a peer, regardless of age, degree, or background.
Reviewers will go through your submission in detail, and provide specific comments pertaining to factual integrity and conceptual cohesiveness. The submitting creator will be asked to consider these comments and provide a point-by-point response to them in addition to the revised submission.
Why do it?
Teamwork makes the dream work! Our reviewers are here to help ensure your work can be the best that it can be.
Peer review relies on a network of individuals who collectively possess a body of knowledge much larger than any single person (or editorial board!). By tapping into this network, we can match your submission with people who are well equipped to provide insightful feedback.
A “masked” review means that the identity of the creator(s) will not be revealed to the reviewers during the review process, and neither will the identity of the reviewers be disclosed to the creator(s).
We believe that masking the identity of the submitting creator(s) from the reviewers helps ensure that they can assess your submission with minimal bias.
We emphasize mutual respect and supportive feedback, but the peer-review process can still be tough. We choose not to reveal the identity of the reviewers to the creator(s) to help depersonalize the feedback loop and promote an honest dialogue that facilities quality production.
What makes our process different?
We acknowledge that the peer-review process can be intimidating and difficult to navigate. We are committed to ensuring the success of our submitting creators. If your submission is recommended to undergo revisions during the peer-review process, you may opt to be assigned a mentor. The role of the mentor is to provide encouragement and guidance, and to work collaboratively with the creator to address reviewer comments and prepare their submission for the next round of peer review.
Are all submissions peer reviewed?
No, some submissions do not undergo peer review. R3 values and will publish both academic and personal work. Peer review is suitable for submission types that address subjects from an external perspective and are building upon a pre-existing body of public knowledge. In these instances, peers can contribute to ensuring the factual and logical integrity of the submission.
Non-academic, personal submission types such as Creative Collections and Supplemental Stories, which must be viewed subjectively, are intended to voice the unique experience and perspective of the creator(s), for which they are the sole expert. These submissions undergo a standard editorial process.
See our Submission Guidelines for a detailed list of submission types and indication of those that fall under peer-review.
You can find more details in our Journal Operations Guidelines