Submit a Proposal to Art Journal Open

Art Journal Open welcomes submissions of artists’ projects, conversations and interviews, scholarly essays, and other forms of content from across the cultural field. Except in extraordinary circumstances, previously published material is ineligible for consideration.

Article proposals should be accompanied by the images, illustrations, or time-based media elements that are to be published with the text (with complete caption information); an abstract of no more than 250 words; and a separate cover sheet for the project, including the author’s name, a biographical statement of no more than 60 words, postal and email addresses, and telephone and fax number(s). Art Journal Open publishes articles between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. Submissions over 4,000 words will be returned to the author.

Artists’ project proposals should include a one-page written description of the project; up to 20 sample images or other media (with complete caption information), or for proposals of new works of art, samples of comparable work; and a short artist bio.

If multiple authors or artists are involved, the proposal must be accompanied by a signed letter from each contributor confirming their willingness to participate.

Art Journal Open is a publication with peer-reviewed content. While all content is different, and demands may change depending on circumstance, submissions are generally subject to single- or double-blind peer review as well as editorial development prior to publication. Due to the strict nature of the double-blind peer-review process, it is essential to remove any information that would identify you as the author or artist, both from your text and from the notes. The author or artist’s name should appear only on the separate cover sheet, along with contact information; only the title of the piece should be repeated on the first page of the submission.

Please note that images must be received in a Microsoft Word file, not as individual JPEG or TIFF files. If the Word file containing the illustrations is larger than 10 MB, CAA is unable to send it to the peer reviewers, since many institutional firewalls block files larger than 10 MB. (As a courtesy to its peer reviewers, CAA does not send massive files via large-file transfer services.)

Photographs and scans of all images (with caption information) should be in the author’s possession when a proposal is submitted for consideration. If the piece is accepted, the author will need to supply images promptly (sized preferably at least 1200 pixels on the longest side). CAA encourages authors to employ fair use for third-party works in copyright according to the principles and limitations outlined in CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. It is the responsibility of the author to determine whether fair use may be invoked for third-party materials (authors will still need to obtain permission for third-party works that are not utilized under fair use and pay all reproduction fees). Please see CAA’s resources on Fair Use and Image Sources and Rights Clearance Agencies for more. Any documents granting permission should be kept by the author, who will provide copies when submitting final materials for publication to the editorial assistant.


Art Journal Open adheres to CAA’s Guidelines for Conflict of Interest and does not accept unsolicited reviews.

Submission Checklist

Please send all Art Journal Open submissions and project proposals to:

Nicole Archer
Editor-in-Chief of Art Journal Open

All article submissions must be in Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced, and must include:

  • A cover sheet with author’s name, a 60-word biographical statement, postal and email addresses, and telephone and fax number(s)
  • A 250-word abstract of the article
  • The article manuscript, including all images, illustrations, or time-based media elements that are to be published with the text (with complete caption information)

All artist project or experimental submissions must be in Microsoft Word, 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced, and must include:

  • A one-page written description of the project
  • Up to 20 sample images or other media, or samples of comparable work, plus details of medium and format
  • Complete caption information

Preparing an Accepted Piece or Project for Publication

If your submission has been accepted, please see CAA’s guidelines for preparing an accepted manuscript for publication.

CAA will also provide a brief WordPress handbook to help authors and artists gather ideas for the layout of their piece.