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About the Journal

Culture & Musées (formerly known as Publics & Museums from 1992 to 2003) is an international double-blind, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing new research on cultural institutions, audiences and mediations. The Journal aims at a wide readership of researchers, students as well as museum and cultural heritage professionals.

The Journal was established in the context of close collaboration between researchers in sociology, psychology, art history, semiology, linguistics and philosophy, and a growing interest from the museum community in audience evaluation studies. For founders Jean Davallon and Hana Gottesdiener, the challenge of creating a scientific journal of museology was then to offer researchers and practitioners support for research dissemination in a French-language journal; in this perspective, the Journal’s creation was regarded as a decisive landmark in structuring museology as a scientific discipline. The first issue of Publics & Musées was thus published in 1992 and another eighteen issues followed. By 2002, a decision was made to widen the Journal’s perspective on institutions, audiences and evaluation tools for museums and cultural heritage, to encompass other areas of culture; Publics & Musées then became Culture & Musées.

Given the recent digital developments in scientific publishing and the new opportunities for knowledge dissemination, the Journal’s editorial board decided to switch to a digital format as of January 2018. The Journal then started a transition to a new editorial model based on open access content, via the OpenEditions platform, an electronic data-resources portal dedicated to humanities and social sciences. In this “freemium” format, papers are freely available to all readers in HTML format, while the PDF and ePub formats are available to subscribers only.

Culture & Musées is published with the support of France’s Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication,  Direction générale des patrimoines – département de la politique des publics, and Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Culture & Musées has an international scope: the Journal has been indexed by the INIST and Arts and Humanities Citation Index & Current Contents databases, as well as the Arts and Humanities (Thomson Reuters) since 2010. Culture & Musées is also indexed by the HCERES and the French 71st CNU section (Information and Communication Sciences).

Editorial Board

The Journal is managed by editors Éric Triquet and Isabelle Brianso (University of Avignon), editor-in-chief Marie-Christine Bordeaux (Grenoble Alpes University), the editorial committee and the international editorial board (see lists).

Editorial Policy

Each issue focuses on a specific theme or research question, with all main papers exploring this topic, to provide a strong collective contribution, edited by an academic(s) expert in the field, acting as guest-editor.

Each issue also features:

  • The “Experiences and Points of View” section, designed to share experiences and perspectives and open debates on recent developments in both professional and academic practices.

  • The “Readings and News” section includes reviews of new publications, books and innovative works (dissertations, theses, studies and research projects).

  • The “Research Papers and Notes” section offers Junior researchers and experienced authors an opportunity to present research in progress in its final stages and open it up for discussion within the research community.

Themed section

The theme

Themes are examined and approved by the editorial committee, based on a proposed thematic call for papers developed by one or two academic(s) to act as guest editor(s). Interested academics may be invited by the Journal based on their expertise, or they can submit a proposal to the editorial committee.


All articles sent to the Journal are submitted to peers through a double blind-review. Guest editors are then responsible for liaising with the authors. If accepted pending revision, papers will be invited for resubmission, based on the reviewers’ comments. The paper is only selected for publication after this process is completed, in collaboration between the guest-editor and the editorial committee.

Other Sections

Papers published in “the Experiences and Points of View” / “Readings and News” / “Research”.

“Papers and Notes” sections follow the same evaluation process, but solely under the Journal editors’ supervision. The “Experiences and Points of View” section may include papers by or interviews with professionals, if related to the main topic, under the joint responsibility of the guest editor and Journal editors.

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