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Call for Papers: JAIC Special Issue on “Reflectance Hyperspectral Imaging to Support Documentation and Conservation of 2D Artworks”

The Journal of American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) seeks submissions for a special issue on the topic of “Reflectance hyperspectral imaging to support documentation and conservation of 2D artworks.” Two-dimensional artworks include paintings, works on paper, tapestries, and photographic materials. The focus of this special issue is on hyperspectral systems that provide continuous reflectance spectra over the portion of the spectral range from the UV to the Mid-IR.  Specific areas of interest include:

  • Description of the best methodologies and acquisition parameters of workflows for operating hyperspectral imaging cameras under museum conditions or in non-controlled environments such as when studying outdoor frescoes or murals;
  • Hyperspectral image cube processing workflows to mine datasets for useful information such as pigment or binder maps, or visualizing compositional changes or revisions;
  • Defining, testing, implementing, and developing specific criteria for optimizing the format of acquired data and processing procedures for analysis, storage, usage, and dissemination of hyperspectral imaging data and results;
  • Case studies on the identification of artists’ materials using reflectance hyperspectral imaging, mapping distribution or improving visualization of compositional paint changes or revisions.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract and article outline to the special issue organizers by January 31, 2018. Complete article submissions are due April 30, 2018. JAIC guidelines and its style guide are found at Articles selected by the guest organizers should be submitted through our online portal at Datasets can be included as supplemental information.

You may send inquiries about the issue to Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez, JAIC Editor-in-Chief, at

Send proposals to special issue guest organizers by January 31, 2018:

  • John K. Delaney at
    Senior Imaging Scientist, Scientific Research Department,
    National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • Marcello Picollo at
    Research Scientist, Institute for Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC)
    National Research Council (CNR), Florence, Italy

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (Vol. 56, Issue 3-4): now available online

JAIC AugNov 2017

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Volume 56, Issue 3-4, August – November 2017 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.
This new issue contains the following articles:


Characterization of Yellow and Red Natural Organic Colorants on Japanese Woodblock Prints by EEM Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Michele Derrick, Richard Newman & Joan Wright
Pages: 171-193 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1275438

The Examination and Analysis of Dunhuang and Turfan manuscript materials at Princeton University Library’s East Asian Library
Ted Stanley
Pages: 194-210 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1392105

Reflected Infrared and 3D Imaging for Object Documentation
E. Keats Webb
Pages: 211-224 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1359463

A review of the development and testing of Incralac lacquer
Julie Wolfe & Rosie Grayburn
Pages: 225-244 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362863


Early Seating Upholstery: Reading the Evidence
Deborah Lee Trupin
Pages: 245-246 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1337549

Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory
Glenn Wharton
Pages: 247-248 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1337551

Forging the Future of Special Collections
Rachel Lapkin
Pages: 248-251 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1337550

Waters Rising: Letters from Florence — Peter Waters and Book Conservation at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Di Firenze After the 1966 Flood
Mary Oey
Pages: 251-253 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1277064

Cave Temples of Dunhuang, Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road
Marylin M. Rhie
Pages: 253-256 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1277066

Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
Stephen Koob
Pages: 256-257 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1277067

The 1912 Yale Peruvian Scientific Expedition Collections from Machu Picchu, Metal Artifacts
David A. Scott
Pages: 257-259 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1245511

Rhiannon Clarricoates, Helen Dowding, and Alexandra Gent, eds., Colour Change in Paintings
Dr. Kristin deGhetaldi & Brian Baade
Pages: 259-261 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362751

Lucy Wrapson, ed., Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin, No. 6
Daniela Leonard
Pages: 262-263 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362752

Susannah Rutherglen and Charlotte Hale. In a New Light: Giovanni Bellini’s “St. Francis in the Desert.”
Kim Muir
Pages: 263-265 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362753

Sigrid Eyb-Green, et al., eds., Sources on Art Technology: Back to Basics
Rebecca Anne Rushfield
Pages: 265-267 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362754

Karoline Beltinger, Jilleen Nadolny, eds., Painting in Tempera, C. 1900
Ken Sutherland
Pages: 267-269 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362755

Pages: i-i | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1406636

JAIC: Call for Papers

JAIC welcomes the submission of technical studies, research papers, treatment case studies, and ethics and standards discussions relating to the broad field of conservation and preservation of historic and cultural works.

JAIC encourages the submission of short practical or technical notes, topical reviews, material studies, and longer submissions on subjects of interest to preservation and conservation professionals. Manuscripts are reviewed for their interest and overall suitability for the Journal, as well as for accuracy, clarity, and uniqueness.

The JAIC editorial board would like also to encourage articles that tackle broader issues in the conservation field (i.e., articles that discuss ethical considerations, history of conservation, history of teaching conservation, the changing nature of our jobs as conservators in museums and other institutions); collaborative articles between conservation and allied professionals; review-type articles that investigate a particular under-studied material or long-term results of particular treatments; and short technical notes or clinical practice submissions.

In addition, the journal welcomes submissions for book reviews. If you are interested in submitting a review of a recently published book related to the subject of conservation or preservation, please contact Cybele Tom, Book Review Editor.

If you have questions about whether your topic or manuscript is a good fit for the Journal, you may send a query to either Bonnie Naugle, JAIC managing editor.

For more details about the Journal and guidelines, visit:

First JAIC issue of 2016 now posted online

The first issue of JAIC in 2016 is now posted online at Taylor & Francis’s journal page. You can download articles at  As always, AIC members get full access to all JAIC content. Members should first log in, then access the articles through the link on this page.
In this issue, we feature these articles:

The Editor-in-Chief’s editorial is excerpted below.

Recently, I have received letters from readers inquiring about our journal’s scope. As noted online, JAIC “welcomes short communications and longer submissions on subjects of interest to professional conservators. Subjects may include conservation treatment case studies; issues of conservation history, philosophy, or method; conservation research; or technical studies aimed at addressing questions in allied fields.” Our scope has not changed. Readers have also expressed interest in seeing more articles dealing with treatment methods and materials being adopted into conservation practice. It may appear that research has become the journal’s focus, but this stems from a dearth of submissions pertaining to treatment. As AIC’s primary vehicle for the publication of peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to professional conservators, we fully encourage authors to submit treatment papers to the Journal.

In an article in the AIC member newsletter (AIC News, November 2015), I wrote that encouraging short communications may offer a possible solution to the low frequency of papers dealing with novel materials and methods. Moreover, as former JAIC Editor Michele Derrick expressed, while short communications are not extensive enough to warrant a full article, their publication is often critical because the information might otherwise become lost to the conservation field. Short communications may introduce the use of new equipment and method variations or focus on one specific detail of a larger problem. (AIC News, September 2004). Consequently, we would like to see a gradual increase in the number of case studies and treatment papers submitted in the form of short communications. […]

At JAIC, we welcome feedback from all members of the conservation community. We are enthusiastic about working together to fulfill the needs of our readers, and want to continue serving the field to the best of our ability. Last but not least, I want to thank the authors, associate editors, anonymous reviewers, book reviewers, editorial team, and translators for their efforts in making our first issue of 2016 successful.

AIC members can access all 2015 JAIC articles online now!

While print editions of issues 54.3 and 54.4 of JAIC have been delayed due in part to the transition to our new publisher (Taylor & Francis recently acquired Maney), AIC members can access all 7 articles online now, plus editorials and book reviews. Log into the AIC website, then visit to get one-click access to all the latest research. Subscribers and members can expect their print issues to begin arriving in 2-4 weeks.
We are so excited about the research presented in these issues, and hope you will read through and enjoy. As always, the editorial is available as a free download to all.

Volume 54, Issue 4 (November, 2015)

Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez, Editor-in-Chief
Matthew L. Clarke, Constance Mccabe, Christopher A. Maines, Silvia A. Centeno, Lisa Barro, Anna Vila
Nina L. Engel and Stefan Zumbühl
Linda Stiber Morenus, Charlotte W. Eng, Naoko Takahatake, Diana C. Rambaldi

Volume 54, Issue 3 (August, 2015)

Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez, Editor-in-Chief
Richard Newman, Emily Kaplan, Michele Derrick
Ellen Pearlstein, Melissa Hughs, Joy Mazurek, Kevin McGraw, Christel Pesme, Renée Riedler, Molly Gleeson
Charlène Pelé, Bruno Bujoli, Élodie Guilminot, Gwenaël Lemoine, Isabelle Louvet, Laurent Poisson
Natasja Swartz and Tami Lasseter Clare
Mary Broadway, Rebecca Anne Rushfield, Doug Severson

Call for Papers – JAIC Collection Care Special Issue

Call for Papers

JAIC Special Issue: Collection Care

JAIC coverThe Journal of American Institute of Conservation (JAIC) is seeking submissions for a “Collection Care” special issue. Collection care can be described as avoiding needless damage to collections or the systematic mitigation of risks to all strategically managed physical and intellectual values of a collection.

Papers are welcome across the full spectrum of collection care activities, from communication and advocacy to technical specifications. This edition seeks to represent the diverse acts of preventive conservation and the work of all of those with a stake in facilitating preservation and access.  The responsibility for collection care is not limited to conservators but rather is a collaborative process among allied professionals such as facility managers, curators, registrars, preparators, collection managers, security staff, archivists, exhibit designers, architects, and maintenance staff, among others, who work together to mitigate or manage collection risks. We would like this issue to consider processes that reflect this range of stakeholders, so welcome research or case study papers on topics as broad as documentation and material choices to the management of staff and the environment.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract and article outline for consideration by the special issue editors with final article submissions due April 1, 2016. Please send inquiries and submissions to Mary Coughlin at

Mary Coughlin (Collection Care Network Editor and JAIC guest editor)

Jane Henderson (JAIC guest editor)

Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez (JAIC Editor-in-Chief)

JAIC Editor-in-Chief Position Announcement

JAIC coversThe American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) is seeking an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC).

The position of Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) primarily involves reviewing new submissions to the Journal, assigning each submission to an appropriate Lead Editor and Associate Editor (AE) in conjunction with the Senior Editor, and making final decisions based on Associate Editor and reviewer comments. Both EIC and the Senior Editor review final proofs. The EIC also requests proposals for special issue topics, writes a bimonthly column for AIC News in coordination with AIC’s Communications Director, and selects new AEs as needed. The EIC also makes final decisions about book reviews, the order of articles, and cover images for each issue. The EIC works with the AIC Communications Director, who serves an administrative role with JAIC.

JAIC publishes four issues annually, with an average of 50 submissions per year. Submissions are made via Editorial Manager and the EIC will be expected to use that program; training and assistance will be provided.

The Editor-in-Chief serves as an independent contractor to the AIC and is given an annual stipend of $8,000. Reimbursable expenses include travel, hotel, and per diem to the November IAG meeting in Washington, DC, and travel and one hotel night only to the AIC Annual Meeting. The expectation is that the EIC will attend both of these meetings as the JAIC representative.

The Editor-in-Chief reports to the AIC Executive Director and works in cooperation with the AIC Communications Director and the Board Director of Communications. Please submit a resume and cover letter describing related skills and interests to Eryl Wentworth, at ewentworth [at]