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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 Microsoft Word, or RTF file formats.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and figure numbers for all illustrations and tables are indicated within the text at their appropriate points. For example: (see Figure 1).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Correspondence concerning contributions, author guidelines and editorial matters should be addressed to Please address correspondence regarding book reviews to Queries regarding exhibits can be sent to


Material Culture Review / Revue de la culture matérielle invites submissions of new research on material culture and its related topics from disciplines including cultural history, public history, art history, cultural geography, folklore and ethnology, archaeology, anthropology, architecture, and museum, conservation and heritage studies. The editors encourage submissions from scholars at any phase of their career, curators and professionals from the museum and heritage world, and from independent scholars with an interest in material culture. Papers may be submitted in English or French languages. Additionally, the editors are currently interested in developing theme issues. Scholars interested in guest-editing a theme issue are invited to submit a proposal to the editors.

Manuscripts should follow the journal's style guide for anonymous evaluation, generally by two referees. The journal follows Chicago Author-Date style. To ensure anonymity, any identifying information from the paper must be removed. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce material from copyrighted works, including illustrations.

Please note that in many situations, French language submissions will not be able to follow the journal's style guide. The French language copy editor will work with francophone authors to ensure stylistic and grammatical clarity. 

Language of publication:

The journal publishes research in either English or French. Titles, abstracts, and editorials are provided in both English and French. The journal will provide translation into the other official language of titles and abstracts. Articles will be published in the language of submission. 


Illustrations are considered an integral part of the journal. The number of illustrations will vary according to category. Most articles, research reports, and exhibition reviews contain between 5 and 10 photographs. The editor should be consulted if an article or research report is expected to contain more than 10 photographs or 5 graphs and tables. Illustrations are generally not included in book reviews. Images should not be embedded in the document. Instead, indicate their placement in the text with a figure number. For example: (Fig. 5). A separate list of captions, including any image credits, must be submitted as a separate Word file. Images must be clear, crisp and no smaller than 300 dpi for photographs and 1200 dpi for maps or drawings. All images should be submitted in .tif format.


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