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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Articles submitted to MMD - Museum, Materials and Discussions. Journal of Museum Studies must not have been previously published or simultaneously submitted to another journal for evaluation. Articles should preferably be between 25,000 and 45,000 characters and must be accompanied by:

1. An abstract in English (maximum 1000 characters, including spaces);

2. An abstract in Italian (maximum 1000 characters, including spaces);

3. A brief bio-bibliographic profile of the author in English (maximum 500 characters, including spaces);

4. A comprehensive bibliography of all works cited in the text, formatted according to the specified guidelines;

5. Preferably up to a maximum of 15 images. Digital images (in tif or jpg format) must be in high definition (300 dpi) and free of copyright restrictions;

6. A Word document with captions for the images, numbered corresponding to the images they refer to;

7. Release form [ENG] [ITA]

Articles can be written in Italian, English or French.

Text format:

  • Save the text file in Word, preferably with the ‘.docx’ extension.

  • The body text should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1.5-line spacing.

  • Titles (chapter titles, paragraph titles, etc.): do not use any automatic formatting such as ‘styles’; the important thing is to clearly distinguish their hierarchy.

Font style:

  • Use roman type as much as possible.

  • Use italics in the following cases:

    a. To highlight distinctive elements (terms, phrases, etc.) within the text to give particular emphasis.

    b. For foreign terms not in common use or to which you want to attribute a certain emphasis.

    c. For titles of books, contributions to books, articles in journals, works of art in general.

  • Do not use underlining.

  • Do not use bold.

Use of quotation marks:

Use only double quotation marks or English quotation marks (“ ”) both for direct quotations and to highlight a particular meaning or sense of individual terms or expressions. Any internal quotations (quotations within a quotation) should be made with single quotation marks or apostrophes (‘ ’).

Direct quotations:

  • Short and medium-length quotations (typically, no more than 3/4 lines): included in the main text and enclosed in double quotation marks (“ ”).

  • Long quotations: clearly separated from the main text, not enclosed in quotation marks, in 10-point font size.

  • Shorter quotations can be separated from the main text to give them particular relevance or if they will be the subject of in-depth analysis.

Punctuation in citations and end-of-text references (closing notes):

  • A period always follows any closing parenthesis or closing quotation marks.

Example: [...] in such context").

  • It is to be avoided to place a period before closing quotation marks in a citation.

Example: NOT [...] in such context."

  • In the case of a citation ending with an exclamation or question mark, after the closing quotation marks, it is allowed to continue with any punctuation as usual.

Example: [...] in such context?".

  • Endnote reference numbers are always placed after the punctuation mark.

Example: [...] in such context”).1 We now observe [...]

Dates and Numbers:

  • Days and complete years are written in Arabic numerals.

  • For numbers in general, it is preferred to use letters if they are less than ten, as well as for tens, hundreds, and complete thousands. In other cases, use numerals. In "technical-numeric" contexts, numerals are always preferred.

Bibliographic guidelines in notes:

  • Last name of the author Date, page.

Example: Poulot 2005, p. 15. (if referring to multiple pages, use pp.)

  • If there are two or more authors, separate them with a comma.

Example: Bisetto, Scalise 1999.

  • When citing works of the same author or authors simultaneously, separate the dates with semicolons.

Example: Scalise 1989; 1991; 1994.

Example: Bisetto, Scalise 1999; 2004.

  • Always indicate the page range in full form (e.g., pp. 140-149, not 140-49 or 140-9).

  • In the case of references to archival sources, indicate the title and complete location (e.g., Rapporto a Sua Eminenza il Sig. Cardinal Vicario sulle scuole esistenti in Roma nel 1850, Roma, Archivio segreto del Vicariato, Atti della Segreteria del Vicariato, b. Scuole 1829-1890, doc. 15, c. 15v). If archival sources are numerous and recurring, it may be useful to adopt abbreviations, to be explained once and for all in the first note of the text.

  • In the case of referencing online resources, it is necessary to provide the URL.

Extended Bibliography (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Monographs: Last Name Initial punctuated First Name, Italicized Title, place of publication, publishing house, year.

Example: Grenier P., La République de l’oeil, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2010;

  • Edited Volumes: Last Name Initial punctuated First Name (ed./eds.), Italicized Title, place of publication, publishing house, year.

Example: Cooney Frelinghuysen A. (ed.), Splendid legacy. The Havemeyer collection, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993;

  • Articles in Edited Volumes: Last Name Initial punctuated First Name, Italicized Title, in Last Name Initial punctuated First Name (ed./eds.), Italicized Title, place of publication, publishing house, year, contribution pages.

Example: Boime A., Entrepreneurial Patronage in Nineteenth-Century France, in Carter E.C., Forster R., Moody J.N. (eds.), Enterprise and entrepreneurs in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century France, Baltimore-London, The J. Hopkins Press, 1976, pp. 137-207.

  • Journal Articles: Last Name Initial punctuated First Name, Italicized Title, in “Journal Title”, year, number, contribution pages.

Example: Long V., Les collectionneurs d’œuvres d’art et la donation au musée à la fin du XIXe siècle: l’exemple du musée du Louvre, in “Romantisme”, 2001, 112, pp. 45-54.

The year range should not be abbreviated (1984-86, not 1984-1986 or 1984-6).


  • Images should be sequentially numbered based on their order in the text.

  • Include a reference to the relevant image in the text using parentheses: (fig. 1), (figg. 2-3).

  • In a separate Word file, provide captions for the images, sequentially numbered consistently with the images. Captions should include the following information:

    • Author.

    • Title, project name, event, product, etc.

    • Any photographic credits.


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