Digital Preservation

The growing reliance on e-resources has contributed to an increasing concern about the fragility of electronic content. British Art Studies works with Portico to ensure long-term access to its content. Portico’s mission is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students. The Portico archive accepts content in the format in which it was originally published, and once deposited, maintains it indefinitely.

Should British Art Studies cease to be supported by either the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art or the Yale Center for British Art, Portico will step in to maintain perpetual access to all published content. Our registered Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) will remain consistent, and redirect users to the content preserved in parallel by Portico.

Additionally, the journal is indexed in WARC (Web ARChive) file format by the Internet Archive and through Preservica’s digital preservation software. This format captures the full HTML rendering of the website, including enriched digital content.


Every issue, article, paragraph, and illustration published in British Art Studies is assigned a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which can be cited in academic publication. In a similar manner to page numbers, DOIs provide current information about where an object can be found on the Internet. While the location of the object may change over time, its DOI will not change. We recommend that when DOIs are available, you include them for both print and electronic sources. Our DOIs begin with “10.17658/issn.2058-5462” and can be obtained by clicking the small “DOI” icon alongside the corresponding item. DOIs can be referenced as per your preferred editorial style in place of a URL, for example:

Mark A. Cheetham, “Outside In: Reflections of British Landscape in the Long Anthropocene”, British Art Studies, Issue 10 (2018), doi:10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-10/mcheetham

British Art Studies also encourages contributors to register for an Open Researcher and Contributor iD (ORCID iD). The ORCID ID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognised.


British Art Studies has been awarded a “Seal of Approval” from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This is a mark of certification for open access publishing, awarded by the DOAJ to journals that achieve a high level of openness, and adhere to best practice and high standards. To receive the Seal, the journal must comply with the following seven conditions:

  1. use DOIs as permanent identifiers;
  2. provide DOAJ with article metadata;
  3. deposit content with a long-term digital preservation or archiving program;
  4. embed machine-readable CC licensing information in articles;
  5. allow generous reuse and mixing of content, in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC licence;
  6. have a deposit policy registered wíth a deposit policy registry; and
  7. allow the author to hold the copyright without restrictions.