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About RIHA Journal

The RIHA Journal is a peer-reviewed and open access e-journal published by the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA). Devoted to the full range of the history of art and visual culture, the journal seeks to publish papers - be it on local, regional or transnational art histories - that are apt to animate the disciplines of art history and visual studies today and engage with important theoretical questions. As a collective endeavor, the RIHA Journal seeks to share materials and knowledge issued by scholars of all nationalities, and by doing so, to make a significant contribution to dissolving the boundaries between scholarly communities.

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Editorial Structure

The journal was launched in April 2010 as a joint project of RIHA – International Asso­ciation of Research Institutes in the History of Art. The directors of the RIHA Institutes - currently 30 member institutes spread over 21 countries - constitute the editorial board. Such, the journal is an excellent medium for fostering international discourse among scholars.

With a de-centralized editorial structure, the journal explores new ways of international publishing: In its country or area, the individual RIHA institute serves as Local Editor, attending the author, managing the peer reviews and editing the manuscript. A Managing Editor based at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich coordinates all activities and finalizes the editorial processes.

The editors take seriously the need of scholars to publish their research results speedily. Hence the journal seeks to offer its authors short editing processes of less than one year from submission to publication. For the same reason, articles are published not in periodical issues, but one at a time.


Individual Articles and Special Issues

RIHA Journal seeks to reflect the manifold dimensions of the discipline and is open to the whole range of art historical topics and approaches. It solely publishes scholarly articles, both individual contributions (Articles) as well as series of articles focusing on a common topic (Special Issues). In either case a double-blind peer-review process ensures the highest standards of scholarship.

We invite submissions on any topic in the history of art, both from members of the RIHA institutes and from any other researchers in the history of art.


Languages of Publication

The journal offers articles in the five official CIHA languages English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish, as well as in other languages, depending on the capacities of the RIHA institutes.


Open Access

RIHA Journal is a not-for-profit e-journal committed to the principles of Open Access: All articles are accessible without restriction and free of charge. Subscribe to our RSS Feed or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with new articles.


Processing Charges for Special Issues

To cover the production cost of Special Issues, RIHA Journal charges guest-editors a moderate contribution. Currently it varies between 200 and 400 € / article, depending on the length and particular requirements of the texts.


Get More Information

For more information, please consult our guidelines for authors, reviewers, readers or commentators.



If you would like to submit an article or have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact our local editors at the worldwide RIHA Institutes or our Managing Editor at Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.


Citation Databases

RIHA Journal is included in the following citation databases:



RIHA Journal is currently co-financed by the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA) and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.

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From January 2013 to June 2016, funding for translations and technical improvements ("Expansionshilfe") has been kindly provided by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).



In addition, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal, has generously supported the editorial processes with a grant over the period 2014-2016. 

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The initial funding for the establishment of RIHA Journal from December 2008 to December 2012 was provided by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM).

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