Index of Medieval Art

Studies in Iconography Editorial Guidelines

Editorial Policy

Essays should focus on the visual culture of the period before 1600. Articles that take a cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to their subjects or that examine theories and methods of iconographic analysis and histories of representation from a critical perspective are especially welcome. All submissions will be evaluated by specialists via double-blind peer review, and decisions will be made expeditiously.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit the article as a digital file in Microsoft Word or a Microsoft Word–compatible format. Studies in Iconography does not accept PDFs since these files cannot be altered to preserve anonymity during the peer-review process.

Manuscripts must be in English. Manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must not contain any personal references, acknowledgments, or information that might reveal to a reviewer the identity of the author (these can be added later if the article is accepted for publication).

A submission to Studies in Iconography consists of five parts:

  1. A cover sheet giving the author’s name, postal and email addresses, and telephone and fax number;
  2. The manuscript, double-spaced, with double-spaced endnotes. The title of the article — but not the author’s name — should appear on the first page of the manuscript;
  3. A 150-word abstract of the article.
  4. A list of illustrations. The title of the article – but not the author’s name – should appear on the list of illustrations;
  5. A Microsoft Word file no larger than 10 MB containing all illustrations. Please note that images for the initial submission must be received in a Microsoft Word file, not as individual JPEG or TIFF files.

All submissions must be sent electronically, either via email or via a cloud delivery system (e.g., WeShare, DropBox), to the Index of Medieval Art at

Publication-quality digital files of all illustrations (with caption information) should be in the author’s possession when a manuscript is submitted for consideration. If the manuscript is accepted, the author will need to supply these images promptly.

If the essay is within the guidelines of the journal’s editorial policy, the editors will send the essay to specialist readers for their evaluations. It is the goal of the editors to make editorial decisions as expeditiously as possible. Essays not accepted for publication will be deleted after the author has been informed of the rejection. Unsolicited book reviews are not accepted.

Preparing Copy for Publication

Upon the acceptance of an essay for publication, the editors will require the following from contributors:

  1.  A final, revised, double-spaced digital copy of the abstract, essay, and endnotes in the journal’s style, in Microsoft Word as detailed below in the Notes for Contributors.
  2. A PDF copy of the final revised essay to preserve a record of the intended format.
  3. A Word file listing the captions for the illustrations; captions should follow the journal’s style, as detailed in the Notes for Contributors, and include a photo credit with any required permission information.
  4. High resolution (minimum 300 dpi) illustrations as individual JPEG or TIFF files. Please use a cloud delivery system such as WeShare or DropBox to transmit your images.
  5. A completed Image Inventory as provided by our publisher, Medieval Institute Publications. The inventory file will be transmitted to you upon acceptance of your article.
  6. Written permissions to publish the illustrations both in print and in digital format. Please request world English-language rights. Print circulation for the journal is 350. It is the author’s responsibility to secure permissions and to pay for any charges related to securing images and permissions to publish; noting that we are a scholarly publication published by two universities may help to keep costs lower. The documents granting permission should be kept by the author, with copies sent to Studies in Iconography, along with the original images.
  7. A short biography of no more than 200 words for inclusion in the journal.
  8. All authors will be required to sign a contract with Medieval Institute Publications allowing publication.

Notes for Contributors

The editors may edit essays for clarity and style. Contributors will receive an edited copy of their essays for their approval. In matters of style, Studies in Iconography follows The Chicago Manual of Style (most current edition). Essays should be in English and should translate foreign language texts quoted in the body of the essay. If a standard translation is quoted, include the original language when it is important for the argument. If your own translation is being used it is necessary to provide the original text. It is always necessary to cite the standard edition of the original. For treatment of foreign languages, see Manualch. 11. Use italics rather than underlining for titles of books, emphasis, etc. It is important for authors to note that the full names of all cited authors are given and that the name of the publisher is always included.

Abbreviations. See Manual ch. 10, esp. 10.43-51, for scholarly and biblical abbreviations. Endnotes should use standard abbreviations for journals (e.g., PMLA), libraries (e.g., NYPL, BL), and scholarly documentation (e.g., ca., MS, fols. 35r-35v). A list of library, museum, and bibliographic abbreviations used by Studies in Iconography is printed inside the back cover of recent volumes.

Documentation. See Manual ch. 14. Provide all documentation in endnotes; please do not submit footnotes or bibliographies. The first citation should provide the names of authors in full publication details, including publisher. After the first full citation of a primary source, subsequent citations should be parenthetical within the text; after the first citation of a secondary source, all subsequent citations to the source should be placed in endnotes, using a short form. Discursive notes should be kept to a minimum. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all citations, which should be verified before the final manuscript is submitted.

Captions. Captions should be numbered in the order in which the images are to appear within the essay. They should name the artist (if known) and should identify the title or topic of the work and its locations or the text from which the illustration is taken. Captions should acknowledge the source of the image and include details required by the photographic source or owner of the original work. Please us the following captions as models for format and style:

Fig. 1. Psalm 101; within lower border a young man proffering a ring to a young woman. Psalter of Robert of Ormesby, ca. 1300; Bodl. Lib., Douce 366, fol. 131r. (Photo: Bodleian Library, Oxford.)

Fig. 2. Aristotle being ridden by Phyllis. Aquamanile, 14th century; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975.1.1416. (Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.)

Fig. 3. Donatello, David, ca. 1440; Florence, Museo Nazionale. (Photo: Alinari/Art Resource, New York.)

Fig. 4. Stratonice Master, Wedding of Antiochus and Stratonice, 15th century; San Marino, Calif., Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, HEH 26.120. (Photo: Huntington Library, San Marino.)

Fig. 5. Avarice and Lust, ca. 1120. Porch, Saint-Pierre, Moissac. (Photo: James Austin.)

Fig. 6. The Prodigal Son and Prostitutes, 1210-1215. Stained glass window, Bourges Cathedral. (Photo: Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques et des Sites, Service photographique.)

Book Reviews

Studies in Iconography provides broad review coverage of works on iconography and other aspects of visual culture up to 1600. In consultation with the Editors, the Book Review Editor chooses reviewers based on their expertise. Unsolicited reviews will not be published. The length of the review, as well as deadline for submission, is determined by the Book Review Editor. Anyone who reviews a book in Studies in Iconography should not review the same book elsewhere. If you are invited to submit a review, we ask that you keep your role as reviewer confidential until the review has been published.

Reviews should provide a clear description of the content of the book, as well as of the author’s method and purpose. The ideal review is sympathetic but critical, without prejudice for or against the author, the subject, or the methodology. The Editors look for honest and fair critical judgment, applied to an assessment of the book’s strengths and weaknesses, and for an indication of the importance of the book in the context of other scholarship. Elaborate scholarly apparatus (footnotes, charts, illustrations) should be avoided, as should long lists of errata. The Editors and Book Review Editor aim for reviews that are fair to the author and to the work. Although reviewers speak for themselves, and their judgments should not be understood to be endorsed by the journal, the Editors of Studies in Iconography reserve the right to reject reviews that do not meet scholarly standards of competence and fairness.

Format: In general, reviews should follow the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Each review should begin with a header that includes the following information: the author’s full name, followed by a period; the book title, italicized and title caps, followed by a period; the place of publication, followed by colon; the publisher, followed by a comma; and the year of publication, followed by a period. Following this should be the number of pages, written as “pp.” followed by the number and a semicolon, then the number of color and black and white illustrations (abbreviated “illus.”), followed by a period. The ISBN number should be included whenever available.

Example: Michael Camille. The Gargoyles of Notre Dame: Medievalism and the Monsters of Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. xvii, 439pp.; 370 black-and-white illus. ISBN: 9780226092454.

The review should end with the reviewer’s name and affiliation, if any.