Art Inquiries

Journal Policies


Open Access

This is an open-access journal meaning that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

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Peer Review Policy and Process

Policy: All original scholarship published in Art Inquiries undergoes double-blind peer review to ensure its originality, accuracy, and relevance to the field.

Peer Review Procedure: The Chief Editor conducts an initial evaluation of all manuscripts submitted for consideration to Art Inquiries. If determined to be potentially appropriate for publication, the Chief Editor coordinates the review of the manuscript by at least two anonymous peer reviewers, removing all identifying information pertaining to the author. Authors may propose 3-4 peer reviewers with relevant expertise on the subject, but the selection of peer reviewers is at the Chief Editor’s discretion. The process of peer review can take several months.

Decision to Publish: After receiving feedback from peer reviewers, the Chief Editor communicates with the author and provides a decision regarding publication. In sharing the outcome of peer review, the Chief Editor may 1) accept the manuscript with no or minimal changes; 2) request a revision based on peer reviewer feedback; 3) or reject the manuscript for publication. Regardless of the outcome, the Chief Editor provides the author with an anonymized copy of the feedback from each peer reviewer.

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Art Inquiries provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Art Inquiries, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Art Inquiries. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Art Inquiries, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Notes for Contributors

General: Art Inquiries follows the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and authors are asked to adhere to these guidelines in preparing manuscripts for submission. In accordance with CMS guidelines, authors should ensure use of a single space (rather than a double space) after a period. In addition, authors should refrain from adding any additional space after each paragraph. For more information, please see the Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines.

Articles: Articles generally run between 5,000and 9,000 words in length and must include full and responsible endnotes. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including endnotes. All manuscripts should include a list of captions, along with thumbnail images, on a separate page. Authors are responsible for verifying the accuracy of all endnotes.

Illustrations: We recommend that articles employ up to approximately ten images. Authors are urged to include only images that are especially germane to their argument. Illustrations may be in color or black and white. A list of figures, including all caption material—artist, title, date, dimensions, and any other pertinent or required information—should be included with the manuscript. If the manuscript is selected for publication, it is the responsibility of the author to promptly procure high-quality digital reproductions of all illustrations as well as the rights to publish the images. Images should be 300 (or higher) dpi digital files.

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Author Charges

There is no fee for authors to publish in Art Inquiries. However, the author assumes responsibility for all costs to secure high-quality digital image reproductions and the rights to publish copyrighted images.

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Rights for Authors and VCU Scholars Compass

Art Inquiries is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license (cc-by-nc 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0).

Authors who publish with Art Inquiries retain copyright, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License (cc-by-nc 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Inclusion of Copyrighted Images: If a manuscript is selected for publication, it is the responsibility of the author to promptly procure high-quality reproductions of all illustrations as well as the rights to publish the images. Images should be 300 (or higher) dpi digital files.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission and other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of VCU Scholars Compass, requires credit to the author as copyright holder and Art Inquiries as the original site of publication.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from VCU Scholars Compass provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the VCU Scholars Compass website and/or software agree not to misuse the VCU Scholars Compass service or software in any way.

The failure of VCU Scholars Compass to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between VCU Scholars Compass and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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