Call for Papers 2018 Issue 22

For Issue 22

MR2018Museological Review, Issue 22: Museums of the Future

*The PDF version of this call for abstract could be downloaded here.

Due in June 2018

Submission Deadline: 1700 GMT, Monday 13 November 2017

Museological Review (MR) is a peer-reviewed journal, published annually, by the community of PhD students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. It is aimed at graduated Masters students, PhD students and early career researchers from around the world and from any museum-related discipline. It is a forum for the exchange of museological ideas and for the development of academic skills.

Museological Review Issue 22 takes as its theme the concept of Museums of the Future. The theme seeks to encourage a creative and innovative reflection around the concept of the museum of the future in both philosophical and practical terms. We welcome submissions that will explore various aspects of the future museum practice and museum ontologies, envision the future museum space and museum experiences and “negotiate” a conceptualisation of the museum of the future in a global context, taking into consideration the notions of social sustainability and the social impact of museums.

This call for papers welcomes submission of abstracts on the theme of museum of the future, addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

-          The future of collecting and collecting the future

-          Curation in the digital age

-          Museum education and innovation

-          Technology and museum experience

-          Museum design and architecture

-          Post-museums and post-modern museums


There are a number of ways to engage with Museological Review this year.

-Academic articles (maximum 5,000 words)

The editors welcome submissions of abstracts of academic articles (350 words) that will be developed into academic articles (see below).

-Exhibition or book reviews (maximum 1,000 words).

We also encourage creative and alternative formats including exhibition or book reviews.

-Visual Submissions

The editors welcome visual submissions comprising a single image which depicts the theme of museums of the future.  The image can be manipulated and edited.  A title and a short caption of 150 words or less should enhance the message but the image must be able to communicate on its own merit. Visual submissions must be original work. Any identifiable persons depicted must agree to allow their image to be published. Please submit your image as a .jpeg or .tif file to a resolution of 600 dpi and 3508x2480 pixels. Please submit your caption in a Microsoft Word document.



The authors of the selected abstracts/book reviews/visual submissions will be contacted in November 2017. The deadline for the submission of the academic  articles (maximum 5,000 words) is mid-January 2018. The editorial team will then contact authors in January 2018. The editorial process (peer review and editing) of those accepted submissions will take place from January to April 2018. Final publication decisions will be made after the peer review and editing process.  The issue is due to be available from the Museological Review web page by June 2018.


Written submissions should be set out in the following order:

Round 1: Abstacts

●     Title of article

●     Full name of the author

●     350-words

●     3-5 keywords

●     Full postal address, professional qualifications, position held


Round 2: Articles

●     Title of article

●     Abstract 150words

●     3-5 keywords

●     Main body of the paper (maximum 5,000 words)

●     Do not use footnotes, only numbered endnotes if necessary

●     Acknowledgements

●     References/Bibliography

●     Appendices

●     Author’s name

●     Full postal address, professional qualifications, position held

●     Please note that the email address of corresponding authors will normally be displayed in the journal


Written submissions should be set out in the following order:

●       Title of article

●       Full name of the author

●       150 -word abstract and 3-5 keywords

●       Main body of the paper (maximum 5,000 words)

●       Do not use footnotes, only numbered endnotes if necessary

●       Acknowledgements

●       References/Bibliography

●       Appendices

●       Author’s name

●       Full postal address, professional qualifications, position held

●       Please note that the email address of corresponding authors will normally be displayed in the journal


●       A digital copy of the typescript is required in Microsoft Word format

●       All submissions must be in English.  British English spelling is preferred.

●       Times New Roman font size 12

●       A4 format (21 cm x 29.7 cm)

●       Double line spacing

●       Normal margins (2.54 cm on all sides)

●       The sub-headings should be typed in exactly the same way as the ordinary text, but should be in bold.

It is not possible for the editorial team to undertake or arrange for independent proof reading and the obligation for thorough checking is the responsibility of the authors. Publication cannot be assured until final revisions are accepted.


Style Guide

Please adhere to the following:

●       Section headings are welcome but should be concise; ‘Introduction’ should be avoided where this is obvious. They should be in bold and aligned to the left.

●       Words ending in -ise or -ize: -ise is used.

●       Numbers: up to and including twenty in words, over twenty in figures, except where a number begins a sentence, in which case it should always be in words.

●       Measurements are given in SI units.  Imperial units may be quoted in addition.

●       Place names should be up-to-date, and in the Anglicised form (Moscow not Moskva).

●       Italics should be used a) for foreign words not yet Anglicised, including Latin; b) for titles of books, ships, pictures etc.; c) very sparingly, for emphasis

●       Quotations should be set in single quotation marks ‘...’, using double quotation marks “...” for quotes within a quote. Quotations of more than two lines of typescript should be set on a new line and indented.

●       Abbreviations should always be explained on first usage, unless in common international use. Full points should not be used between letters in an abbreviation: e.g. USA not U.S.A.

●       Organisations and companies take the singular, e.g. ‘the Royal Academy is...’.

●       First person tense should be avoided.


Written papers can be accompanied by black and white or colour photographs, line drawings, maps, tables or any other visual element. All illustrations and figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Please note that they must be fully captioned and supplied separate from the document, NOT included in a Word document, as .jpeg, .tif or .bmp files (NOT eps).

Contributors are requested to discuss illustrative material with the editors at an early stage. If there is any requirement for special type (e.g. Arabic, Greek, scientific or mathematical symbols) this should be supplied as artwork. All artwork must be scanned and submitted digitally. Photographs and line art must be supplied at 72dpi (lpi) minimum, and fully captioned. It is the author’s responsibility to gain permission to publish images, and they will be required to warrant that they have done so.


References must be presented using the Harvard system (author and date given in text, e.g. Connerton, 1989; Cook, 1991: 533).

This should be at the end of the paper, arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically if there is more than one work by the same author. Use the inverted format as follows:

Connerton, P. (1989). How Societies Remember. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Cook, B.F. (1991). ‘The archaeologist and the Art Market: Policies and Practice.’ Antiquity 65: 533.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain copyright approval for non-original materials included in submissions.

If the author wishes to include any material in which they do not hold copyright, written permission from the copyright owner must be obtained before submission.  This applies to direct reproduction as well as ‘derivative reproduction’, where a new table or figure has been created which derives substantially from a copyrighted source.

The author must provide appropriate acknowledgment of the permission granted to them for reuse by the copyright holder in each caption or figure.  The author is solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for reuse.

Acknowledgement of Funding Sources
Sources of funding for the research reported in the submission should be acknowledged at its end.  All authors should disclose in their submission any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of the submission.


The team is not able to discuss your proposals in detail, however, we welcome an indication of submission. Please feel free to contact the editorial team with any questions. OR;


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