Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope




Museum & Society is an interdisciplinary journal with a wide ranging interest in all issues associated with museums and other places of public culture concerned with collecting, exhibiting and display. The journal is a successor to the series New Research in Museum Studies which was published by Athlone Press from 1990 to 1997.

Museum & Society appears three times a year (March, July, November) and is open access and free to all individuals and institutions. However, we request that users who wish to take advantage of the free access facility register with us first. Those wishing to receive e-mail updates on forthcoming volumes, events and associated publications may also wish to register.

Museum & Society will publish articles covering a wide range of social science, humanities and practitioner research including:

  • Museums in society
  • Museum practice, funding and management
  • Conservation
  • Collecting and collections
  • Museums, identity and difference
  • Museums and social inclusion
  • Audience research
  • Access provision and practice
  • Museums and education
  • Politics and display
  • Heritage studies
  • History of museums/collections
  • Government policy and museums
  • Reviews of temporary exhibitions
  • Book reviews

We welcome submissions of articles and reviews in these and related areas of museum research. All articles submitted to the journal are peer reviewed before being considered for publication.

Articles, which will normally be 5,000-8,000 words in length, may be submitted either on paper with accompanying file on disk (preferably as Microsoft Word), or electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment. All images must be sent as separate files, not included in the Word file; see 'Illustrations' below). Submissions should be prefaced with an abstract (100-150 words) which is followed by a list of 3-5 key words. The name of the author or authors should appear on a separate sheet of paper along with a short biographical statement of no more than 100 words. The following details should also be included: postal and e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and fax numbers.

Submissions are considered for publication on the understanding that the article is not under consideration by another printed or electronic journal. Authors agree not to submit articles for consideration by another printed or electronic journal without prior agreement with the editors of museum & society


Section Policies


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Guest Editorial

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Book Reviews

  • Sarah Plumb
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Review Article

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Exhibition Reviews

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Peer Review Process

Museum & Society follows a double blind peer-review policy.


Publication Frequency

Museum and Society is published three times a year, in March, July and November.


Open Access Policy


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Unless otherwise stated, all articles published in the journal can be re-used under the following CC license: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International

Copyright remains with the author, unless otherwise stated.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


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