Curator: The Museum Journal

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Edited By: John Fraser

Online ISSN: 2151-6952

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Curator: The Museum Journal is a refereed, interdisciplinary quarterly journal. It provides a forum for exploration and debate of the latest issues, practices, and policies in museum administration, research, exhibition development, visitor studies, conservation, education, collections management, and other subjects of current concern to the community.

Submitted manuscripts will undergo a blind peer review. Anonymous critiques of manuscripts are forwarded to the author with recommendations for revision or resubmission, or with a notice of rejection. Forum contributions consist of position papers or commentary. Forums, technical notes, and reviews of books, exhibitions, and media are subject to approval and editing by the editorial staff before being accepted for publication.

In writing for Curator, keep in mind that readers are museum professionals, but not necessarily in your discipline. Please define technical terms, avoid technical jargon, and focus on communicating your perspective and/or research.

Manuscripts submitted to Curator should not be under consideration by any other publishers, nor may the manuscript have been previously published elsewhere. If a manuscript is based on a lecture, reading, or talk, specific details should accompany the submission. The lecture, reading, or talk should be acknowledged in the submission.

Curator requires that authors submit electronically via the online submission site at Do not use page breaks, fancy headline script, or anything other than basic formatting. Please provide mailing addresses (including telephone, fax, and e-mail) as well as title and institutional affiliation for each author.

An abstract of no more than 150 words must accompany the manuscript.

Manuscript preparation, styles, and format:

1. Preferred length of feature articles is 5,000–6,000 words.
2. Headers and footers in the manuscript file should be limited to sequential page numbers (from 1 through the last page).
3. Left justify only.
4. Use Times New Roman font throughout the text. An alternative font may be used in figures.
5. Do not use the automatic numbering or bullet list utilities in your word processing program. Put the numbers or bullets in by hand.
6. Any images, tables, figures, or other graphics that accompany the manuscript should be saved separately, one graphic per file. Save each as an individual file and sent it as an attachment to your submission or via email to
7. Short captions should be included for each figure or table, along with appropriate credits. It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain necessary permission for use of copyrighted material.
8. Digital images should be saved as EPS files or TIFF files at 300 dpi with a final image size of approximately 4 by 5 inches.
9. Please do not embed graphic elements, images, or figures in the main body of the text. Simply indicate their approximate placement in the text (e.g. “place Figure 1 about here”).
10. Photographic images that are purely illustrative (not essential to understanding the text) are welcome and encouraged, but please hold these until notice of the manuscript’s acceptance is sent.
11. Please indicate the sections of your manuscript. Curator uses three levels of headlines: A, B, and C. You may write your own heads, or you may indicate placement and the editors will write heads, subject to your approval. Please refer to the journal for styles of headlines and for examples of how they are used to hierarchically organize the manuscript.
12. Please do not use the Word function that creates embedded footnotes or automatically formatted footnotes. Instead, create numbered endnotes at the end of the article, in ordinary body text, without autoformatting. Endnotes appear after text but before References and any appendices.

In all references and citations, please follow the Author-Date style in the Chicago Manual of Style and review Curator issues for our house-style variations.

Some examples of References:

Allen, S. 1997. Using scientific inquiry activities in exhibit explanations. (Informal Science Education Special Issue.) Science Education. 81 (6): 715-734.

Doering, Z. D., and A. J. Pekarik. 2000. Questioning the entrance narrative. In Transforming Practice: Selections from the Journal of Museum Education, 1992-1999, J. S. Hirsch and L. H. Silverman, eds., 261-267. Washington, DC: Museum Education Roundtable.

August, P. V. 1979. Distress calls in Artibeus jamaicensis: Ecology and evolutionary implications. In Vertebrate Ecology in the Northern Neotropics, J. F. Eisenberg, ed., 113-175. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Examples of text citations:

“. . . repositories of culture” (Graburn 1984, 180).”

“… were supported by the later studies of Rosenfeld (1980).”

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement:
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs:

For authors using photographs, audio files, video clips, biographical information, and quotations from interviews:
Authors are required to gain permission for use from the copyright owner using this Standard Release Form. A new copy of the form must be used for each copyright owner. Multiple items can be listed on the same form when the copyright owner is the same for each item. Completed forms must be included with manuscript submission.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen:
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA
To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services: and visit
If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:


Please direct questions and correspondence to:

Editorial Office: New Knowledge Organization Ltd.