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For Authors


Authors: RIHA Journal invites submissions from researchers in the history of art and related disciplines, both from members of the RIHA institutes and from researchers who are not affiliated with any RIHA institute.

Topics: Contributions on any topic in the history and theory of art and visual culture are welcome.

Type of Articles: Only research articles are published, no book or exhibition reviews (exception: comprehensive research reviews). Articles should be original and innovative, offering new research material and/or new perspectives. Besides single contributions, RIHA Journal also publishes collections of articles on particular research topics (Special Issues).

Publication Status: Only unpublished manuscripts are accepted.

Languages: Articles are published in one of the five languages authorized by the Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA), i.e. in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish ("CIHA languages"). However, with regard to manuscripts written in a non-CIHA language, RIHA Journal encourages parallel publications in both the original language and in translation (e.g., Polish-English). Translations have to be arranged for by the author (or guest-editor of a special issue), and are required to be carried out by a language professional.

Length: Preferred article length is between 20,000 and 50,000 characters (including footnotes and spaces).

Costs: RIHA Journal does not charge article processing or submission fees for individual articles. However, 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. Please note that reproduction or permission fees for images, archival fees or other charges by third parties are to be paid by the authors or guest editors themselves.

Peer Review: Manuscripts that qualify for closer consideration undergo a double-blind peer-review process by at least two experts. Peer reviewers are selected by the editors of RIHA Journal. The peer review process usually takes eight to twelve weeks. Authors are kindly asked to prepare their manuscripts for blind reviewing. In particular, any first-person references to their own publications should be removed. RIHA Journal policy is to keep the peer review process entirely anonymous but, if an article is approved for publication, to publish also the names of both peer reviewers with it, unless the contrary is requested by them.

Dates and Schedules: Articles are released not in periodical issues but on a continual basis. Submissions of individual manuscripts as well as proposals for Special Issues are welcome any time.

License: Unless otherwise arranged with the author, articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons License CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0.

Archiving: Long-term archiving is provided by the German National Library (DNB). Each article has a URN (to be found in the metadata) warranting the article's persistent identifiability and accessibility in the web.

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How to Submit Your Manuscript

Contact: Please submit your manuscript to the appropriate Local Editor or the Managing Editor (see list of contacts).
Staff members, visiting scholars or fellowship holders at the RIHA institutes are asked to contact the Local Editor of their respective institute. Authors who are not affiliated with any particular RIHA institute are asked to contact the RIHA institute of their country and/or their field of expertise, if applicable. Otherwise, you may contact the Managing Editor at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich (ZI) who will refer your submission to a competent institute.
Please submit your manuscript to one RIHA institute only!

Submissions should include:
• Contact details, including name, e-mail address, city and institutional affiliation (if applicable).
• Abstract in English (c. 400-900 characters, including spaces).
• List of 3-8 keywords for free subject indexing.
• Manuscript, saved as a Word document (*.doc / *.docx), including the intended illustrations (with captions) in the  text. Format of illustrations: 72 dpi and a maximum of 700 pixels for the longer side length.
• Separate image files, numbered according to the intended sequence of illustrations in the text, in the format 72 dpi and a maximum length of 1600 pixels for landscape format resp. a maximum heigth of 1300 pixels for portrait format.
• Short academic CV (c. 80-120 words).

If your article is accepted for publication, please also provide:
• A signed declaration that permission for image use has been obtained, if applicable; please use the prepared declaration form.

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