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JAIC Special Call for Papers

Special Issue on “Preventive Conservation, Monitoring, and Access—Evolution and Change”

The Journal of American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) and the AIC Preventive Care Network (PCN) seek submissions for a special issue on the topic of “Special Issue on Preventive Conservation, Monitoring, and Access—Evolution and Change.”

Almost 45 years bridge the seminal publication of Gary Thompson’s The Museum Environment and the 2020 publication Preventive Conservation: Collections Storage. Our views about effec­tive and appropriate environmental parameters for exhibition, storage, and collection use have changed and become broader with a growing recognition of interconnected issues surrounding climate, light exposure, indoor pollution, pest activity, and acceptance of a wider range of collec­tions use. We invite papers to a new special issue of JAIC focusing on the evolution of collection care within our field, particularly papers that explore how the parameters for preventive care have grown and changed, with discussions on environmental parameters, pest control, materials choice, and exploring how issues of exposure and access guide our decision-making process.

The volume will concentrate on how the evolution of what constitutes good stewardship is changing and developing; we are looking for papers that examine the myriad of factors that play into how conservators make choices affecting preventive care across our full range of special­ties and job duties. Please contribute!

Article types sought include research articles, short communications, technical notes (similar to expanded tips), literature reviews, and ethical considerations.

Submission Details

Please follow JAIC’s guidelines and style for authors. All articles submitted to JAIC for this special issue will follow the same review process as other JAIC submissions.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract (maximum 400 words) by December 20, 2022 to Submissions will be reviewed by January 15, 2023, and those selected will be asked to submit the full manuscript through our online portal at by June 1, 2023.

You may send inquiries about the issue to Lisa Goldberg,, as well as Wendi Field Murray,, special issue organizers.