Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse
Deadline for article submissions: November 1, 2013 and April 21, 2014
ABOUT THE JOURNAL:
Museums & Social Issues welcomes the submission of original articles on
the interaction between social issues and the way that museums respond to,
influence, or become engaged with them. Topics should address questions
and issues that are pervasive, long standing, critical, and not easily
solved. Submissions may include a history of the issue, critical
questions, philosophical reflections, theoretical positions, examples of
exhibits, programs or initiatives that have addressed issue, and a review
or bibliography of pertinent books, websites, exhibits and other
resources. All manuscripts are subject to anonymous peer review by
knowledgeable scholars and professional
practitioners, and if accepted may be subject to revision.
Materials submitted to the journal should not be under consideration by
other publishers, nor should they be previously published in any form. All
article submissions will be sent to independent referees. It is a
condition of publication that on acceptance of the paper by the journal
Editor that copyright must be assigned to W. S. Maney & Son, Ltd. All
submissions should be sent to Elee Wood, Director, Museum Studies Program,
IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Phone (317) 274-7332, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors wishing to correspond directly with the Editor are
also welcome to do so via email: email@example.com.
Articles should not normally exceed 10,000 words in length. In preparing
the electronic version, there is no need to format articles. Use a single
(not double) space after the full point at the end of sentences. Please
use plain style and avoid elaborate layout or typography, but include
italics or bold type when necessary, and make sure that headings and
subheadings are clearly visible as such. Words should not be hyphenated at
the end of a line. Consistency in spacing, punctuation, and spelling will
be of help. References and captions should be placed at the end of the
file. Submission should include a cover letter, an original manuscript,
and copies of any illustrations. Articles must also be accompanied by a
short abstract (c. 100-150 words) summarizing the contents of their paper.
Articles should also be accompanied by up to 6 key words to aid
searchability of the article online. Any acknowledgements should be placed
at the end of the article, before any Notes.
EXHIBITION REVIEWS explore the ways in which institutions approach social
matters through exhibition topics and exhibition strategies. The journal
publishes 1,000- to 1,500-word reviews of recent exhibitions mounted
around the world. Potential authors may examine exhibitions that have
social issues as a stated emphasis, or they may evaluate exhibitions
dedicated to other topics by using a critical lens focused on the social
issues that the exhibition implicitly raises. Exhibition reviews should
include the title of the reviewed exhibition, its host institution, and
exhibition dates. (When applicable include this information as well for
known sites to which the exhibition has traveled or will travel.)
BOOK REVIEWS reflect on or inform how museums and other cultural
institutions are addressing, or might address, social
issues. Submissions should be from 1,000 to 1,500 words in length.
Personal reflections are welcome, but the reviewed material¹s usefulness
to professionals in the museum field is imperative. MSI will reject
submissions from authors, publishers, and others who stand to gain from
favorable reviews. Book reviews should include publication title, author,
publisher, ISBN number, number of pages. All reviews should include the
author¹s name, affiliation, and contact information.
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.