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The Science Museum Group is producing a new open access e-journal
The Science Museum Group Journal (SMGJ) is an open-access forum to present academic research relevant to the collections and practice of the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the wider international science museum community. SMGJ is published biannually in spring and autumn, and the submission deadlines for issues are the preceding 1 November and 1 June respectively.
SMGJ will publish original (peer-reviewed) research articles covering conservation, collections research, audiences and learning, and exhibition and museum studies of about 2000–7000 words; book, conference or exhibition reviews and comment pieces of about 1000–2000 words; and a featured object or new acquisition piece of about 1000 words.
SMGJ articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. Copyright in the content of all articles is retained by the author.
Because it is an open-access publication, the SMGJ's content is freely available to anyone, anywhere. It is committed to providing, via its own website or via third-party distributors, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of its articles, which are made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, which conforms to the most widely accepted definition of open access. This allows for the use, copying, reproduction and adaptation of articles, free of charge, so long as the appropriate citation information is used and on the understanding that third-party material included in the article, such as images or multimedia, may not always be licensable in the same way. Wherever it is reasonably practicable for us to do so, we will signpost any third-party material contained in our articles that may be subject to different licensing restrictions. Copyright in the content of all articles is retained by their authors.
Opinions expressed by authors of works published in SMGJ do not necessarily represent those held by SMG. Where articles are subject to peer review, review shall be undertaken by an appropriate specialist. The decision of the Editor is final.
To make a submission, the article should be sent, along with any relevant supporting files, in Word 97-2003 (.doc) or OpenDocument (.odt) format to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Once an article has been submitted, the editorial process comprises three stages:
Before publication the author will receive a post-editing proof of the article for approval, along with any editorial queries which need to be addressed. The final article will be published on the SMGJ website and will be downloadable from the same location or via affiliated gateway sites.
Please ensure that the article contains the following elements:
Authors must declare all relevant competing interests for consideration during the review process. A competing interest is anything that interferes with, or could reasonably be perceived as interfering with, the full and objective presentation or publication of research or non-research articles submitted to the journal, or the peer review and editorial decision-making processes.
Unless they are commonly used examples such as UK, DNA, NASA, sets of initials should be spelled out in full at the first inclusion, followed by the abbreviation in brackets. For example, ‘Council for the Preservation of Rural England (CPRE)’. The abbreviation may then be used thereafter.
Titles and headings should only have an initial capital on the first word.
British date form should be used, i.e. day-month-year. For a range of dates repeat the decade digit, e.g. 1971–76. Use the form 1980s, rather than 80s or eighties.
Times should be written numerically in the 24-hour clock, e.g. 09.00, 13.30.
Use single quotation marks, with double quotation marks for a quote within a quote.
British English should be used throughout. Use -ise rather than -ize endings. Single foreign words and short phrases, unless they are proper names, should be italicised.
Lists may be numbered using lower-case roman numerals or set as bullet points; lists within lists should be lettered, then numbered with Arabic numerals.
Spell out numbers up to and including ten, numerals for 11 upwards. Use numerals if numbers span 11.
Please list references according to the author-date (Harvard) style. In the text, references should be included in the style (Jones, 2010, pp 13–19) or ‘Jones (2010, pp 13–19) commented that...’. The references section should be included at the foot of the article, in which the titles of journals, books, etc. must be given in full.
Shapin, S, 2012, ‘The ivory tower: the history of a figure of speech and its cultural uses’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 45/1, pp 1–27, DOI 10.123456789 (accessed 20 July 2012 [if online])
Crouch, T, 1994, ‘Learning from the past’, in Glaser, J R and Zenetou, A A (eds), Gender Perspectives: Essays on Women in Museums (Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press), pp 128–31
McLynn, F, 1992, Hearts of Darkness: The European Exploration of Africa (London: Hutchinson)
McAuley, S, 1994, ‘A child’s eye view of museums’, paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference of the Visitor Studies Association (Raleigh, NC: Visitor Studies Association)
European Space Agency: Missions, Earth Observation: ENVISAT, http://envisat.esa.int (accessed 3 July 2008)
Please use only one typeface and size. All text should be ranged left and unjustified.
SMGJ offers authors unique free access to the Science & Society Picture Library (SSPL) and seeks to make use of the wide range of open-access images located within the collection. In order to browse the library, authors should register for a free account on the SSPL website. They can then use the ‘lightbox’ feature to store favoured images and e-mail the image details to either of the editorial staff detailed above at the time of article submission.
Authors are encouraged to use any imagery/multimedia from this library for the purposes of their submission; however, not all images on this site are the copyright of SMG and free for use. Editorial staff can advise and assist with permissions where images are held by SSPL but the rights are not owned by SMG. If it is essential to use a copyrighted image/multimedia object from a source other than SMG, SSPL can arrange license for such use. It is the responsibility of the contributor to secure such permissions and provide the correct attribution. Copies of all correspondence and the permissions themselves should be submitted along with the article.
Any video or audio files used in the article must not exceed X minutes (to be confirmed) in length. All files must be accompanied by a full transcript. Video files should be submitted in the format MPG4, MP4, MOV or WMV. Audio files should be submitted in the format WAV or MP3. Any image files sourced by the author should be submitted in the format JPEG or TIFF.