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Sovereignty, Repatriation, and the Archival Imagination
Museum Law: A Guide for Officers, Directors, and Counsel
The Routledge Research in Museum Studies Series
The Next Level: Automating the Collection Records
Provenance: Not the Problem (The Solution)
The Importance of Being Human
A Note from the Guest Editor
Planning and Storytelling with Collections
Inviting Engagement,Supporting Success
The Creation and Evolution of the Transcription Center, Smithsonian Institution’s Digital Volunteer Platform

Submissions Guidelines

Information for Authors: Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that seeks timely exploration of the issues, practices, and policies related to collections by addressing all aspects of handling, preserving, researching, interpreting, and organizing collections. Curators, archivists, librarians, collections managers, preparators, registrars, educators, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit their work on the subject of collections in the areas of scholarly research, case studies, best practices, discussions and interviews, conference and exhibition reports as well as reviews of books and websites or other electronic resources. In addition, proposals are invited for focus issues of the journal that seek to present a range of perspectives on a single topic. A complete manuscript submission shall include the following: an abstract of no more than 150 words; manuscript (at the head of submission, please include appropriate contact details that will appear in print: name, title, institutional affiliation, and email); acknowledgements; endnotes, references; figures. Submissions for proposed focus issues shall include the following: 300-word proposal as to the timeliness and relevance of this topic; draft Call for Papers to be used for solicitation of manuscripts or a list of authors to be approached about writing on this topic; reference to current work in this field, previously published scholarship, or the absence of such work; and CV of proposer(s). All authors are encouraged to submit images and visuals to accompany manuscripts. Captions should include appropriate credits. Authors are responsible for observing the laws of copyright when quoting or reproducing material and for any reproduction fees incurred.

Collections follows Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Manuscripts should be prepared in Word and submitted as .doc or .docx files. Do not embed images in the manuscript, instead submit each image as an additional file. Images should be saved as .tiff or .jpg with a minimum of 300 ppi and with no measurement greater than 5”. Tables should be supplied in Word or Excel. Charts and Graphs should be supplied in Illustrator and saved as .tiff. A document with captions for images should accompany the submission. Contact Journal Editor, Juilee Decker, to obtain sample articles, notes for authors, and the contributor agreement. All manuscripts should be submitted via Dropbox® to the editor at the following email: Manuscripts submitted to Collections should not be under consideration by any other publishers, nor may the manuscript have been previously published elsewhere. If a manuscript is based on a lecture, reading, or talk, specific details should accompany the submission. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals is a refereed, quarterly journal. Submitted manuscripts will undergo peer review.

Authors or publishers seeking to have titles reviewed should consult the editor.

Submit all queries, abstracts, papers, and supplemental files to the journal editor via email or via Dropbox®, a free file sharing service. Please contact the Editor for details.
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Collections is advised by an Editorial Board of museum and archives professionals. Beginning in 2011, board members adopted a term and rotation system. Members of the Editorial Board serve a three-year term that may be renewable. We thank them for their dedicated service to the journal.

Editor: Juilee Decker
Rochester Institute of Technology

Editorial Board
Whitney Baker, University of Kansas Libraries
Nancy E. Villa Bryk, Eastern Michigan University
Diane Bruxvoort, University of Aberdeen
Paisley S. Cato, Cato Services
Gary Edson, Museum of Texas Tech University
Catharine Hawks, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Lee Andrew Hilyer, University of Houston Libraries
Claire Kovacs, Augustana Teaching Museum of Art
Greg Lambousy, New Orleans Jazz Museum
Robert O. Marlin, IV, Truman G. Blocker History of Medicine Collections
at the Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch
Nicolette B. Meister, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College
Carrie Wieners Meyer, Durham Museum
Margot Note, Independent Scholar
Laurel A. Racine, The National Park Service
Michele Reilly, Brooks Library, Central Washington University
Kym S. Rice, The George Washington University
Consuelo Sendino, Natural History Museum, London
Dee Stubbs-Lee, The New Brunswick Museum
Deborah Rose Van Horn, Kentucky Historical Society
Heather A. Wade, Independent Scholar and Contractor
Robert Waller, Protect Heritage Corp.
Heather Marie Wells, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Pamela J. White, Western Illinois University
Barbara Wood, National Trust (of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland)

Juilee Decker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Museum Studies Program
Rochester Institute of Technology
Editor, Collections: A Journal for Museum & Archives Professionals
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Rochester, NY 14623 | 585-475-4206 | @RITmuse