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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission is a DOCX file.
  • The submission file is between 1,000 and 2,500 words.
  • The submission file uses the Chicago Manual of Style formatting and citations.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the journal’s mission statement:
    ​"Fwd: Museums Journal strives to create a space for challenging, critiquing, and fostering new futures for cultural production within and outside of museums."
  • Images are in separate files (not embedded in the text) at 300+ dpi in tiff format; pointing out in the text where images should be inserted and including credits, caption, date of realization, materials used, and dimensions, as appropriate.

Author Guidelines

FWD: Museums 2023 Call for Submission: [Redacted]

Condensing a confidential memo from 25 pages to one paragraph. A form of editing to prepare a text for publication. The altering of information. What does it look like to censor?

A notable absence, a muting, making invisible. Redaction extends beyond the simple black squares as incomplete redactions – stamps marked with ‘deleted’ covering the text– white squares, and handmade notations. 

Each black square signifies absence. It serves as a reminder for enforced forgetfulness. Uncovering the secret behind the mask and discovering the text underneath seems like a daring task, but is the redacted information really gone? 

What is visible in cultural spaces, and what is invisible? In attempts to appeal to the public, what is redacted? 

We accept any theme that explores the theme of CENSORSHIP. Potential topics include: 

Relationship between ethics and empathy 

    flexibility of ethics 


Cultural taboos and disgust 

Repatriation in cultural institutions

Memorialization (death and mourning)

Right to privacy, what is private (public vs. private spheres)

Invisible labor 


    unpaid co-curation


Salary transparency 

Invisible illness/disability and accessibility

Underrepresented narratives and communities 


Queer and Trans, 

Political radicals

Regulated behaviors in cultural institutions

Tainted Funding and/or Donors

Destruction of material culture/art (intentional) 

Politics/news; muted movements 


Body-mind politics + a(sexuality)


Written submissions should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words and use Chicago Manual of Style formatting and citations, in a DOCX file. Please read the APA Bias-Free Language Guide and Journal Style Guide before submitting a text for the journal.

All images should be sent as separate files (not embedded in text) at 300+ dpi in tiff format. Note in text where images should be inserted and include credit, caption, date of execution, materials used, dimensions, and alt text/image descriptions, as appropriate.

A Note on Reviews
Reviews need not directly engage an issue’s theme but should relate to the journal’s mission statement. We welcome long-form museum, exhibition, film, and book reviews with a point of view and connections to social, historical, political, and other contexts.


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