e-conservation is a journal, distributed exclusively electronically in Open Access, that aims to serve the cultural heritage community by publishing useful research, both from and to the researchers and practising professionals. In order to accomplish this, the journal is interested in articles from a wide range of fields of knowledge with application to Cultural Heritage, including, but not limited to, chemistry, physics, biology, history of art, archaeology, museum studies, and conservation-restoration. All the published papers are peer-reviewed. 

The journal is published twice per year although the articles are available online as soon as they are accepted.

Types of collaboration
e-conservation Journal publishes review papers, research (original) papers, technical papers, case studies but also opinion articles, conference and book reviews, announcements and news.

Licence and Fees
e-conservation Journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial licence and it is made freely available. There are no fees charged to the author(s) or their institutions.

Publication Agreement
The submission of a contribution for publication has to be original and it cannot enter in conflict with any article previously published elsewhere by the author(s). Also, it cannot be currently submitted for consideration to any other publisher.
In case the paper is written under collaboration with more authors or institutions, it is the responsibility of the authors to obtain the required approval from all the parts involved.
Authors must be the creators of the images of their article or must have usage and publishing permissions from the owners of the images. By submitting a contribution to e-conservation magazine it is implicit that authors have previously obtained the appropriate permissions concerning any cultural heritage items, works of art or persons depicted in the images.

Peer Review Process
Manuscripts submitted to e-conservation are reviewed under the understanding that they have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. Papers are usually reviewed within three months of their receipt. Every manuscript will be carefully refereed by two reviewers, usually including at least one member of the Editorial Board, in a double-blind reviewing procedure. In case the decision conflicts between them, the paper will be send to third peer reviewer. The papers will be published online (in html format) as soon as they are accepted. Subsequently, they are published in half-yearly issues with continuous page numbering, and are made available online in pdf format.
Submission Guidelines
Manuscripts should be sent in editable format (.doc or .rtf format). Manuscripts should NOT be sent directly in .pdf format. Do not use Read Only attribute or compression formats like .zip or .rar.

The working language is English. Please use "check spelling" when writing your article. Use only British or American spelling (not mixed). In some cases you may consider to ask a native-English speaker to revise your article before submission. Please try to use accessible terms and to explain the scientific and technical ones with respect for the readership.

Word limit
There is no strict word limit although 3,000 - 4,000 words is recommended. Longer articles may be accepted if justified. The limit of words includes the bibliographic references.

Reference citations should be used in the text consecutively with numbers in square brackets. They have to be included in the text each time the quoted author is mentioned. The order in which the references are listed in the end of the paper should be the same as the one in the text (not in alphabetical order). For example:
a) These results were later confirmed by Smith and Jones [7].
b) This technique is widely used in the field [9, 11].
c) The effect has been extensively studied [14, 23-26].

At the end of the paper, the article should contain a numbered list of references (cited references only). The list should have only one reference per reference number and should be listed by order of citation in the text (not by alphabetical order). Footnotes or other similar should not be included in the reference list.
For the reference format, please see the following examples:

Journal Article (all authors must be mentioned)
[1] W. Fremout, S. Saverwyns, Identification of synthetic organic pigments: the role of a compreensive digital Raman spectral library, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 43(11), 2012, pp. 1536-1544, doi: 10.1002/jrs.4054

Article published on conference proceedings
[2] A. Phenix, The composition and chemistry of eggs and egg tempera, in: T. Bakkenist, R. Hoppenbrouwers, H. Dubois (eds.), Proceedings of the Symposium on Early Italian Painting: Techniques and Analysis, Maastricht, 9-10 October 1996, Limburg Conservation Institute, Maastricht, 1997, pp. 11-20

Book or published thesis
[3] J.S. Mills, R. White, The organic chemistry of museum objects, Butterworth-Heinemann, London, 1987

Unpublished thesis
[4] J.R.J. Van Asperen de Boer, Infrared Reflectography: A Contribution to the Examination of Earlier European Paintings, PhD thesis, University of Amsterdam, 1970

Book Chapter
[4] J. Kemp, Practical Ethics v2.0, in: A. Richmond, A. Bracker (eds.), Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas and Uncomfortable Truths, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2009, pp. 60-72

Online document
[5] Lead White, in CAMEO, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, http://cameo.mfa.org/wiki/Lead_white (accessed 1 September 2013)

Figures should be sent as individual graphic files: tiff, jpg, bitmap, psd or png. Figures embedded in Word files will not be accepted. The images will be inserted later in the text, by order and according with the layout of the pdf. Images should have at least a resolution of 150 dpi (300 is recommended). Use JPG, Bitmap, PNG or TIF formats for your images.
Copyright for the images is the responsibility of the author. Any image received will be automatically considered possible to release on internet publishing and it is assumed that the author has checked and solved the copyright issue before submitting it to e-conservation Journal.

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