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Information for contributors

Editor: Ali Clark


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Editorial Board 2017–18:

Chair of MEG: Sue Giles (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery)


Editor: Ali Clark (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge)


Deputy Editor: Inbal Livne (Powell-Cotto Museum, Kent)


Book Reviews Editor: Harriet Hughes (University of Sussex) 


Gallery & Exhibition and Electronic Reviews Editor: Polly Bence (Independent Curator)



Contributing Editors:

Claire Wintle (University Of Brighton)

Emma Martin (World Museums, Liverpool)

Laura Peers (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford)

Len Pole (Independent Museum Consultant) 


The Journal of Museum Ethnography (JME) is published annually by the Museum Ethnographers Group (MEG) and distributed free of charge to all members at the beginning of the membership year (April to March). It is also available by subscription. 


JME is the journal of record for museum ethnography in the United Kingdom. Contributions are therefore invited on all aspects of contemporary and historical practice in museum ethnography, including collecting and collectors, conservation, curation, display and exhibition, documentation, ethics, fieldwork, photography, repatriation, research, and theory.


All submitted articles should be original works and no concurrently under consideration by any other publication. Please send submissions of articles, and contributions to the editor as an email attachment (MS Word is preferred) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 1st September.


JME does not published unsolicited reviews. Material and suggestions for review should be sent to the appropraite editor: for books, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Brighton Museum); for new galleries and exhibitions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Polly Bence (Independent Curator)


Articles should not exceed 8,000 words. Shorter contributions of no more than 4,000 words - including research notes and 'work-in-progress' reports on recent acquisitions and discoveries, conferences, exhibitions, projects, etc. - are especially welcome. Contributions on Museum Ethnography as practiced outside the United Kingdom are also welcome.


Book reviews should be between 500-2000 words in length. Gallery and exhibition reviews should be under 1500 word in length and accompanied by three images (for image conventions see below)



Texts should be submitted as electronic files in MS Word or RTF. The document must be set as the US letter or A4 paper size standard. The entire document should be single spaced. A 11 point standard font Times New Roman should be used for all text, except acknoledgements, notes and references, which should be 10 point standard font. If special characters are used, one hard copy should be supllied with all instances highlighted. Electronic files should be submitted with minimal use of formatting. Advanced word processing functions, e.g. automatic cross-referencing, should not beused. Nor should automatic 'note' functions be used: rather, notes should be supplied in ordinary text at the end of the article and '[1], [2]' etc. inserted in the appropriate places in the main text (following the next convient punctuation mark). Minimal capitalization should be used unless used as part of a specific title or in the case of referring to a specific museums as a noun, for example 'the Museum'. Neither underlining nor bold should be used for emphasis - where necessary italics should be used. Full-stops, semi-colons, and colons should not be followed by two or more spaces, but by one only. Paragraph breaks should be indicated by a simple return (indented 0.5 cms); i.e. no lines should be left between paragraphs.


Cover Sheet

Submissions should be accompanied by a cover sheet, which provides the title of the article, complete contact information for each author (address abd email), biographical data of approximately 100 words for each author, and any acknowledgedments.



Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use copyright material in their work, and for any permission fees involved. Authors may advise copyright holders (1) that the Journal's print run is 250, (2) that the page size is 240 x 165 mm, and (3) that all images are reproduced in black and white and, normally, at less than half-page size. On written request, authors will be permitted to republish or reproduce material in the copyright of the Journal of Museum Ethnography.



All figures (photos, graphs and maps) should be placed in spearate files; only placement indicators should appear in the main text. Figures should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. Please number items individually (Figure 1, 2, 3, 4) as opposed to grouping items together. For optimal reproduction figures or photos should be supplied electronically as TIFF files at 300 dpi and 130 mm wide/high, greyscale (black and white for line-art), with all fonts embedded. Line-art (such as maps) should be submitted as greyscale TIFF files at 1200 dpi and 130 mm wide/high.


Editorial Process and Proofs

Submissions will not be peer-reviewed but, at the editors' request, may be reviewed by members of JME's editorial board and/or other members of MEG with specialist knowledge. Submissions may be made at any time, but authors are advised that material recieved after 1 July in any one year is unlikely to be processed until the following year. Authors will normally be provided with proofs for reviewing copyedits and typesetting errors, not as an opportunity to re-write the text. Proofs must be returned within a week of receipt. On publication, authors will be provided with PDF files of thier contributions.


House Style

JME follows 'Oxford' (i.e. OUP) spelling and grammatical conventions: so, for example, 'artefact' rather than 'artifact', '-ize' rather than '-ise'. Please note that the journal house style is based on the Harvard style.


Italicize isolated non-English words that do not appear in roman in a standard UK dictionary. The word should be italicized on every use. 


Dates, Numbers and Ranges 

Numbers under 100 should be spelt out. Dates should be in day, month, year order, e.g. 12 January 2005 (and withour superscript st, nd, etc.).


Quotation Marks

Use single rather than double inverted commas, and punctuation marks extraneous to quotations outside the quote marks. All quotations should be within single quote marks and unindented; quotations fifty or more words long will be indented by the editors.


Citation System

References in the text should be in Harvard style, with full documentation in the reference list. Any other notes should be presented as notes (not automatic endnotes) and should be kept short and to a minimum.



(Brown 1999: 36; Jones (ed.) 1986: 27-56; Smith et al. 2002: 75, fig. 102)


Reference List

References should be given in full and gathered together in a single list, organized alphabetically by author, at the end of the article and set out in the style used in the most recent issue of the Journal. All works referred to in the text (including figure captions and notes) should be included in the list, which should not include any works not referred to in the text. It is preferred that the authors' first names be given in full, rather than using first-name initials. Manuscript material should be referenced in the end notes. Full details should be provided, giving the name of the institution, the repository, and any relevant item numbers. For example, 'Letter from E. A. Freeman to E. B. Tylor, dated 3 July 1873; British Library, Manuscripts, Add. 50254 f. 68'; 'Univeristy of Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum, Manuscript Collections, Oxford University Anthropological Society Papers, Minute Book'. Automatic formatting of internet paths with hyperlinks should be turned off.)




Ridley, D., 2012. The literature review: a step-by-step guide for students. 2nd ed. London: SAGE.

Edited Books:

Keene, E. ed., 1988. Natural language. Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press. 

Silverman, d.f. and Propp, K.K. eds., 1990. The active interview. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage .

Chapters in Books:

Samson, C., 1970. Problems of onformation studies in history. In: S. Stone, ed. 1980. Humanities information research. Sheffiled: CRUS. pp. 44-68.

Newspaper Articles:

Slapper, G., 2005. Corporate manslaughter: new issues for lawyers. The Times, 3 Sep. p.4b.

Online Newspaper Articles:

Chittenden, M. Rogers, L. and Smith, D., 2003. Focus: 'Targetitis ails NHS. Times Online, [online] 1 June. Available at: [Accessed 17 March 2005].

Journal Articles

Keitsch, M., 2012. Sustainable architecture: design and housing. Sustainable Development 20(3) pp. 141-145.


Parboteeah, K.P. and Cullen, J.B., 2013. Business ehtics. [e-book] Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, Available through: Anglia Ruskin Univertsity Library website <> [Accessed 8 August 2016]

E-Journal Articles:

Zorach, R., 2012. Regarding art and art history. The Art Bulletin, [e-journal] 94(4). Available through: Anglia Ruskin University Library website < [Accessed 8 August 2016]


V&A Museum, 2015. Introduction to English embroidery. [online] Availabe at: < embroidery-introduction/. [Accessed 8 August 2016]


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015. The code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. [pdf] Available at: < [Accessed 8 August 2016].


This information can be downlowded here:

JME Notes to Contributors PDF


Further Information

Further information on all matters relating to the Journal is available from the editor: Ali Clark,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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