Focus and Scope

Museum Anthropology Review (MAR) works to advance research and professional practice within the diverse, international fields of museum anthropology, museum-based folklore studies, and material culture studies and to foster communication within and between them. The journal’s founding commitment to open access publishing remains rooted in concerns for equity, inclusion, and the specific interests of the varied communities with whom scholars in these fields work.

In parallel with its open access commitments, MAR strives to reflect a plural, multicentered and international perspective. While reflective of the provincial contexts and social networks out of which the journal emerged, MAR has sought to bridge and reflect the different regional and national contexts in its fields. It has thus published works in several languages other than English and it will continue to do so whenever possible. The journal is also eager to disrupt the scholar/practitioner binary that is particularly pronounced in the museum disciplines. In this context, MAR has pioneered the publication of project reports that record, and reflect upon, the substantive work of museum-based and museum-related initiatives—endeavors that are central to the praxis of the journal's fields but that are too seldom written about and durably shared.

In addition to peer-reviewed research articles and project reports, MAR also welcomes shorter contributions intended to stimulate debate, promote improved professional practice, and disseminate information on new developments within its fields. Authors considering submission of such essays are encouraged to contact the editor to discuss the scope and form of their submissions. Books, catalogs, exhibitions, online exhibitions, websites, and other media of interest to the journal's fields are also reviewed regularly in MAR. Such reviews are typically solicited by the editorial office, but suggestions of materials appropriate for review are especially welcome. Authors, curators, and other interested parties are encouraged to forward to the editor’s attention press releases and other publicity materials produced by museums staging or hosting special exhibitions. These, together with publisher’s catalogs and direct correspondence, all assist the editor in identifying materials suitable for review in the journal.

MAR and Open Access

As a free-to-readers, free-to-authors open access journal, MAR is committed to the development of new, more equitable, approaches to scholarly communication. Like other non-commercial open access journals, MAR seeks to rewrite the terms under which scholarship is made available in a era of dramatic technological change, breathtaking media consolidation, accelerating corporate enclosure of scholarship and scholarly publishing, deep financial strain in research libraries, and demands by diverse publics for access to knowledge and interpretive work that has often been pursued with public support and that takes, in anthropology and folklore studies especially, the life of local communities as its object.

Peer Review Process

The Editor or a member of the journal’s Editorial Board undertakes an initial review of articles submitted to MAR. This preliminary review is aimed at determining if the paper's concerns are appropriate to the foci of the journal and if the manuscript is in a form suitable for outside peer-review. A paper may be returned to its author at this stage or reviews may be solicited from two or more outside readers with specialist knowledge appropriate to the topic of the submitted paper. Initial editorial review is generally completed within four weeks, with subsequent outside peer-review typically requiring six to ten weeks to accomplish. Authors are notified of the results of the peer-review process as quickly as possible. Articles submitted for publication should not have been previously published or be under concurrent review by another journal or as part of an edited book. The editor is available to consult with potential authors prior to the submission of a manuscript for formal consideration.

In matters of style, including the formatting of citations and references, MAR follows the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (and its Author-Date system) and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Papers requiring notes should use endnotes rather than footnotes. Article contributions to MAR generally do not exceed 8,000 words, including notes and other elements. Authors wishing to submit longer works are advised to discuss their proposed projects with the editor.

Publication Frequency

Museum Anthropology Review is published twice each year in two numbers. Each volume's first number should appear before midsummer, while its second number should appear before year's end.


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