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Announcing a new online journal

  • 17 January 2015

We are extremely pleased to have made the call for submissions for our new online journal of art history available earlier today. It feels great to know that after all of our hard work managing the beginnings of this momentous project, it will now be coming to the attention of scholars all over the world, and we are tremendously excited in anticipation of receiving the first submissions.

Mark Hallett, Sarah Victoria Turner, Hana Leaper working on 'British Art Studies'

Mark Hallett, Sarah Victoria Turner, Hana Leaper working on 'British Art Studies',

British Art Studies will be an open access, peer-reviewed journal, available only in digital format. Together with our colleagues at the Yale Center for British Art, we will be releasing three issues per calendar year. This endeavour will create an innovative new space for research and scholarship of the highest quality on all aspects of British art, architecture and visual culture. Through this venture, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Yale Center for British Art are staking their staunch commitment to creating new intellectual and creative benchmarks for digital publishing in our field.

We recognize that digital scholarship remains marginalized in the field of art history, partly because scholars are uncertain how to assess it critically. British Art Studies will help to pave the way for creating new evaluative criteria for the field through recognizing and disseminating excellence in digital art history projects, and setting new standards with the work that we publish. In doing so, we will also foreground the debate surrounding open access to images and data for scholarly use. In 2011, Yale University announced its Open Access Policy providing licence- and royalty-free access to digital images of public domain materials in Yale collections. Our digital research publication will fully harness the potential of digital technologies and existing copyright agreements in the service of scholarship on British art in its most diverse contexts.

To this end the editors are keen to encourage submissions that will make the most of the journal’s online format in order to publish articles that propose visually stimulating ways of presenting art historical research. The editorial team are working hard with the brilliant designers at Keep Thinking [insert link] to create a digital publication that works brilliantly, looks beautiful and makes the maximum use of the platform, not simply recreating a print format online.

An editorial group based in London and New Haven will manage the journal and further advice and support will be offered by our committed and enthusiastic international advisory board consisting of ten cultural luminaries.

The first issue of British Art Studies is planned for late 2015 and the call for submissions, together with guidelines for writing for this new and exciting venture and our full rationale for promoting digital publication, are available here: www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/408/

For all enquiries about British Art Studies, please contact Dr Hana Leaper, journal@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk