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The Journal of Art Crime: Call for Papers

The Journal of Art Crime, published by ARCA, is the first peer-reviewed academic journal in the study of art crime. This biennial publication welcomes interdisciplinary articles from both academics and professionals, related to art crime, its history, and its repercussions. Relevant fields include criminology, law, art history, history, sociology, policing, security, archaeology, and conservation. ARCA welcomes submissions at any time.

Each issue of The Journal of Art Crime will include at least four academic essays, which will be subject to anonymous peer review. Essays considered to be of merit by peers may be returned to their authors along with rewrite guidelines which must be applied before publication.

The Journal of Art Crime will also include book and exhibition reviews, conference write-ups, capsule summaries of major recent art crimes, and editorial columns. The Journal welcomes submissions or proposals for any of the aforementioned.

The following prominent professionals will serve on the editorial board, in addition to ARCA’s trustees:
  • Professor Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn FBA, Emeritus Disney Professor of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
  • Petrus van Duyne, Professor of Criminology, University of Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • Neil Brodie, Stamford University, US
  • Dick Drent, Director of Security, the Van Gogh Museum, the Netherlands
  • Matjaz Jager, Director, Institute of Criminology, Slovenia
  • Patricia Sherwin Garland, Senior Conservator, Yale Art Gallery
  • Liisa van Vliet, Consultant, Accenture, UK
  • Bojan Dobovsek, Professor of Criminology, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Michael Kirchner, CPP, CIPM, Director of Safety and Security, Harvard Art Museums, US
  • Benoit van Asbroeck, Attorney, Brussels, Belgium
  • Judah Best, Attorney and Smithsonian Commissioner, US
  • Howard Spiegler, Attorney, US
  • David Gill, University of Swansea, Wales
  • Erik Nemeth, The Getty Research Institute, US
  • Travis McDade, University of Illinois, US
  • Ken Polk, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • David Simon, Professor of Art History, Colby College, US

Submissions are welcome at any time. Academic essays should be 4000-9000 words in length (including footnotes, excluding bibliography). Please adhere to MLA style guidelines. Relevant images should be sent in jpg form in a separate email. Authors are responsible for securing any necessary permissions for the reproduction of images related to their articles. Average turnover for peer-reviewed essays is eight weeks, two weeks for editorial or review material.

Each academic essay should be accompanied by a cover page that includes:
-author’s name, affiliation, and contact information
-biographical information (up to 100 words)
-an abstract (100-200 words in length)
-six keywords that characterize the content of the article.
Please remove all identifying material from the body of the article.

Editorial proposals or submissions (book reviews, letters, etc) should include:
-brief abstract of proposed or submitted topic (200 word maximum)
-author’s name, affiliation, and contact information
-biographical information (up to 100 words)

Please send all submissions to as an attachment in Word format.

The Journal of Art Crime will be published both as an e-journal and in printed form. Subscribers may choose the electronic form alone, or purchase the electronic and print form as a package. The first issue will be published in the Spring of 2009, the second issue the following Fall. Please visit to subscribe.


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