Postprints Guidelines

The Research and Technical Studies Postprints is published once a year by the Research and Technical Studies Group (RATS), a specialty group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).

The Research and Technical Studies Postprints are published online and consist of annotated presentations, extended abstracts, or abstracts of papers presented at the RATS specialty group session at the AIC Annual Meeting. Joint session presenters are invited to submit to the postprints as well.

Submissions Information

The Research and Technical Studies Postprints is a non-juried publication. Papers presented at the Specialty Group session of the Annual Meeting are selected by committee based on abstracts. After presentation, authors have the opportunity to revise their annotated presentations or consolidate them into an extended abstract before submitting them for publication. There is no further selection or review of these papers. Authors are responsible for the content and accuracy of their submissions and the methods and materials they present. The original abstracts distributed at the meeting are published if the authors do not submit either their annotated presentations, extended abstracts or revised abstracts.

For full guidelines, including formatting and submissions instructions, download the RATS Postprints 2021 Submissions Information or contact the publication chair at <PublicationChairRATS at gmail dot com>.

Copyright and Permissions

Authors retain copyright for all materials submitted to the Research and Technical Studies Postprints and are free to publish verbatim or in revised form elsewhere. Articles are made accessible digitally for purposes of education and research. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from photographers, illustrators, copyright holders, or owners of objects described in each article and to provide appropriate credits.

Notice and Takedown Policy

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to the Publication Chair of RATS.

Please include the following in your notice:

  • Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material (including the specific URL of each item in dispute);
  • Your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address;
  • A statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury, and
  • Your physical or electronic signature.

Upon receiving a notice that includes all of the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice. No action will be taken to remove content until all of the necessary information is provided.