Guidelines for submissions
1] All articles must be submitted in a form than can be printed on A4 paper, double line spaced, preferably by email attachment, in Word.
Illustrations may be sent by email in the first instance or by post on disk, or in printed-out or photocopied form.
For purposes of publication after acceptance of an article, illustrations ought, ideally, to be supplied in high resolution digital images (300 dpi large enough for reproduction at 20 cm high) by email or on disk, but they can also be supplied in transparency or b/w print.
NOTE: their acquisition and the payment of fees where applicable for reproduction are the responsibility of the contributor, but the Journal may be informally consulted where excessive reproduction fees might be charged. Please note that the National Gallery, London, and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, have decided (in a way... ) to waive fees for reproduction in scholarly publications such as The British Art Journal, while the British Museum Prints & Drawings online database will normally supply images free (registration is necessary).
Colour and black-and-white are equally acceptable.
Copy should be e-mailed to:
2] Please try to keep to the suggested length of the article (if agreed), and send it to us by the deadline date set. If there are any problems, please contact the editorial department immediately.
3] All manuscripts must be clearly marked with the author's name, address, email address, phone number, and a word count.
4] Please keep to our house style when writing captions.
Captions should be written with the information in the following order and style:
[Plate] Number in bold [keyed in to text]; title of work in italics; artist; artist's dates in brackets; date of work [full point]. Medium and support and measurements (height, width, and depth, if applicable, in that order), using metric measurement, usually centimetres, unless especially large [full point]. Collection and location of collection [NO POINT]
1 Captain Coram by William Hogarth (1697-1764), 1740. Oil on canvas, 26 x 20 cm. Foundling Museum, London
2 State barge of Frederick, Prince of Wales, designed by William Kent (1685-1748), completed 1732. Length 19m. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
5] Titles of works are predominantly lower case, except in the case of biblical scenes, eg, The Rest on the Flight into Egypt; The Expulsion from the Temple. For works with titles in foreign languages, the commonly accepted translation into English can be used, but it will remain a matter of taste.
6] All original illustrations, when supplied, should be marked on the back with plate number, a brief caption and the name of the author of the article.
Where any doubt might exist about the orientation of images, such as with transparencies, and in the case of abstract paintings, the front and top must be labelled, or a photo/photocopy of the work should be included to indicate the correct orientation.
7] Plate references should be keyed into the text, within brackets, using Arabic numerals thus: (Pl 2) (no point). Use a separate number for each illustration, including details or versions of a work..
8] In the text, write numbers after ten in digits (11, 12... eg, 20 years old) save where confusion is possible (eg, after a footnote reference).
9] A translation must be supplied (in the form of a footnote) for all quotations in foreign languages.
10] In exhibition reviews, all past and present dates and venues of the exhibition, if touring, should be included at the end of the text, together with names of corporate sponsors and the publication details of the catalogue (author/editors, publisher, place of publication, ISBN and price).
11] Book reviews should give details of the full title of the book, the author, publisher, place of publication, date of publication, number of pages and illustrations, ISBN, and price.
12] Articles should be complete at the time of submission. Limited corrections can be made at galley stage, but excessive corrections at this point should be avoided.
When using an automated word-processing footnote system, please also insert the numbers separately both in the text and before each footnote, in order to ensure their correct transfer into our typesetting application. Notes should appear at the end of the article submitted rather than at the foot of each page. When using auto format please use normal Arabic, 1, 2, 3, etc., and NOT i, ii, iii, etc.
Footnote numbers in the text are inserted after punctuation at the end of the sentence, outside brackets. or at the end of the clause within the sentence, eg:
1854 was to be the artist's most productive year, justifying what Hunt himself called his 'oriental mania'.5
Where footnotes contain references to a book, the following format should be followed:
Author/Editor, Title, number of volumes, place of publication, year of publication, volume no., page nos., catalogue number (as applicable but in this order), eg:
Lynn F Jacobs, Early Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces, 1380-1550: Medieval Tastes and Mass Marketing, Cambridge, 1998, p50. [note no point, no space, after p for page].
or, in the case of a series or multi-volume work:
Anne Garrould, ed, Henry Moore: The Complete Drawings, 6 vols, London, 1994-96, V, 1994, p83, no. AG 23.46.
Note: No points, no space, after 'p' for page or 'pp', no points after initials of authors, in fact, the fewer points the better (eg, ed, ie), save where confusion is possible (always 'no.' for number; and 'fig.' for figure).
If the publication cited is a periodical article, the following style should be followed:
Thomas McGrath, 'Federico Barocci and the history of pastelli in central Italy', Apollo, vol CXLVIII, no. 441 (November 1998), pp3-9.
Page numbers should be elided repeating the tens, eg, pp256-58, except in the case of figures less than ten, in which case the hundreds should be repeated, eg, 'pp303-308'.
If the publication is an exhibition catalogue, please observe the following format:
Author/Editor, Title, exh cat, venue of exhibition [or first venue if more than one], p00, cat. 00.
If, however, the reference is to an exhibition and not to its catalogue, please use single quotation marks: 'Van Dyck', Royal Academy, London, 1999.
For lots in sale catalogues, please include the name and location of the auction house, the title of the sale, the date, and the lot number (the latter in brackets).
Other abbreviations in footnotes: 'MS'/'MSS' for manuscript references, eg, 'British Museum Harley MSS 2917'; 'inv no.' (inventory no.), 'acc no.' (accession no.); 'exh cat' (exhibition catalogue); 'fol' (folio) and 'fols' (but nb not 'ff.'); 'v' and 'r' (following the folio no., recto and verso), 'c' (circa) but no space eg, c1760; 'nd' (no date)
References to footnotes
n/nn followed by the number (no space, no points, eg, n103/nn23, 587).
Repeated citations of books or periodical articles
Following the initial citation, the author's/editor's surname only is used, followed by 'op cit', any volume reference and the age numbers. 'Ibid' is used to refer to the immediately preceding reference; 'idem' is used if the author only is the same as in the preceding reference.
Avoid double spaces between words.
Avoid returns to make line endings (check your application).
There are single spaces after footnote numbers and full points but not after c for circa (eg, Fig. 1, c1822, etc.) but no points in measurements (eg, 25.5 cm), or between initials (eg, JMW Turner) - no points.
There are no spaces before or after hyphens in names or dates, eg, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98). Remember to use 'en' dashes here.
Please do not include any tabs in the document format.
Inverted commas/quotation marks
Quotes within the text should be in single inverted commas, and quotes within quotes in double inverted commas.
Please transcribe quotes as faithfully as possible, retaining the capitalization, punctuation and spelling of the original. Where mistakes appear in the original, '[sic]' may be used.