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Submission of papers

This document sets out the ISS style. Please ensure that your paper conforms to the ISS style before submitting. If you submit with an alternative style your work will be returned, unread, for style correction.


Papers are submitted to an evaluation committee for a double blind peer review. The author or authors will receive written comments from the committee. Some papers might be selected for publication pending corrections or revisions. Please note that the corrections or revisions must be undertaken within the stipulated time frame. If an author exceeds this time frame the offer of publication could be withdrawn.


Papers must be submitted in electronic form, written in software compatible to MS Office (MS Word), in one of the ICOM working languages: English, French or Spanish. Text must be saved as .doc or .docx. Papers should be sent by e-mail – in an attached file – to the address: icofomsymposium[at] saved as follows: Surname_Name_ISS+IssueNumber (Smith_John_ISS46)

Papers should be no more than 6000 words, including the main text, references, keywords and one abstract (the other language abstract can be added to the total number of words). The abstracts should be between 100 and 150 words, and written in both the language of the paper and at least one of the other two ICOM languages. If the article and abstract are in French or Spanish, English is the best choice for the second abstract. Do not forget to translate the title of the abstract. Each manuscript should have 4 to 6 keywords at the end of each abstract.

ICOFOM cannot provide editing or translations. The most frequent reason for a paper being rejected is that the text is unclear or poorly expressed. If the authors are not writing in their mother tongue, they must take care to have editorial and translation assistance from a native language speaker for both the text of their essay and for the abstracts.


ISS is printed in A4 format, so please submit in A4.

Texts should be single-spaced with margins as follows: 2.5 cm (top), 2.5 cm (bottom), 3 cm on both sides (.98” and 1.18”).

Body texts and abstracts must be written in font Arial size 11; justify both left and right margins.

Leave a space of one line between paragraphs.

Do not indent paragraphs.

Italicize foreign language words, followed by a translation or explanation in parentheses.

Long quotations: A quotation of more than 20 words should be set in its own paragraph, without quotation marks, and be indented by 1.25cm on both margins. If the quote is a translation, the reference must be to the text in translation. If the author has done the translation from a reference in another language, this should be noted in a footnote.

Title and author should be centred. The title, should be in lower case with the initial letters of important words capitalized in font Arial 14 bold. Insert a line space (still in Arial 14). Thenext line should be in Arial 12 with the name of the author with only the first letters of the names capitalized. Insert another line space, followed by a line with the institution, city and country. Two line spaces follow, still in Arial 12.

If the author wishes to begin with a quote, it should be placed two line spaces after the title and author, Arial 11, aligned to the right, in italics with the quoted author in bold. Use normal Latin letters.

The abstracts should be separated from the main text with one line space above and one below and three centred asterisks with one space between them.

Footnotes should appear at the foot of the relevant page, and be in Arial 9.


                                        New Trends in Museology
                                                    John Smith
                         Fine Arts Museum – Middlemarch, United Kingdom

A museum is a place where one should lose one's head
Renzo Piano


There are several new trends in museology, words, words, words, etc. (100 – 150 words)

Key words: Museology, key word, key word, key word


Nouvelles tendances en muséologie.

Il existe plusieurs nouvelles tendances en muséologie, mots, mots, mots, etc. (100 – 150 mots)

Mots clé : Muséologie, mot clé, mot clé, mot clé

* * *

Main text begins here.


The ISS reference style is APA, using in-text references in brackets (see guidelines below).

Footnotes should not be used for bibliographical information, but should contain content such as explanations or tangential discussions.

All references should be listed at the end of the paper. Only works cited in the body of the text should be included in the list.

Guidelines for Citations and Reference Lists

How to Format In-Text Citations

In-text citations use the author's last name and the date, separated by a comma:
(Cameron, 1968)

If the author's name is mentioned in the narrative, then only the date needs be given:
Cameron (1968) distinguishes images, writings, and sound recordings…

Two authors. Always use both names every time they are referred to in the text. Use the ampersand (&) to connect the names in the parentheses.

(Knez & Wright, 1970)

… as the medium of museum communication was challenged by Knez and Wright (1970), who

Page numbers are encouraged but not required for paraphrased material.

Page numbers must be included for direct quotations and must include abbreviations ("p." or "pp."):

Léontine Meijer and Peter van Mensch (2011, pp. 15–34) demonstrate the concept of "dynamic collections"…

… “to give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members; to provide a place for community engagement and dialogue” (Simon, 2010, p. 187).

Reference Lists

  • Book

Format: Author. (Date). Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher.

Silverman, L. H. (2010). The Social Work of Museums. London, UK: Routledge.

Example (multiple authors):
Falk, J. H., & Dierking, L. D. (2000). Learning from museums: Visitor experiences and the making of meaning. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

  • Book with an Editor

Format: Editor(s). (Ed.). (Date). Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher.

Watson, S. (Ed.). (2007). Museums and their Communities. London, UK: Routledge.

Example (multiple editors):
Davis, A., Desvallées, A., & Mairesse, F. (Eds.). (2010). What is a Museum? Munich, Germany: Verlag Dr. C. Müller-Straten.

  • Book Article or Chapter

Format: Author, A. A. (Date). Title of article or chapter. In E.E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx-xx). Place of publication: Publisher.

Maroevic, I. (2010). Towards the New Definition of Museum. In A. Davis, A. Desvallées, & F. Mairesse (Eds.), What is a Museum? (pp. 140-151). Munich, Germany: Verlag Dr. C. Müller-Straten.

  • Journal or Magazine Article

Format: Author(s). (Date). Title of article. Name of periodical, Volume, Pages.

Sofka, V. (1991). Museology research marches on: The museum communication on the agenda. ICOFOM Study Series, 19, 7-8.

  • Newspaper Article

Format: Author(s). (Date). Title of article. Title of Periodical, Pages.

Kisida, B., Greene, P., & Bowen, D. H. (2013, November 23). Art Makes You Smart. New York Times, SR12.

If the newspaper was accessed through the online version of the newspaper:
Kisida, B., Greene, J. P., & Bowen, D. H. (2013, November 23). Art Makes You Smart. New York Times. Retrieved from

  • Blog

Format: Author. (Year, Month Day). Title of blog post [Blog post]. Retrieved from URL.

Simon, N. (2013, November 27). Visualizing the Tate's Collection: What Open Data Makes Possible [Blog post]. Retrieved from

In-text, use the following citation: (Simon, 2013).

  • Website

Format: Author(s). (Date). Title of articleTitle of webpage. Retrieved from URL.

Or with no author: Title of article. (Date). Title of webpage. Retrieved from URL.

The British Museum’s 255th anniversary: from the archives.
(2014, January 14). The British Museum. Retrieved from

In-text, use the following citation: (“The British Museum’s,” 2014). Use a shortened title (as in this example) or the full title (if it is short) enclosed in quotation marks.

  • Non-Latin scripts

Cyrillic and other non-Latin scripts should use their Latin equivalent. For Cyrillic characters see the latest edition of ISO 9 (System B).

Levy`kin, K.G., & Herbst, V. (Eds.). (1988).
Muzeevedenie. Muzei istoricheskogo profilya. Moscow: Vy`ssh. shk.

If you have any queries about items not mentioned in the above guidelines, please consult the APA style blog at or see “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association”, 6th ed., "APA Style Guide to Electronic References", 6th ed., 2012.

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