Peer review process

To ensure that British Art Studies maintains the highest standards of scholarship all articles are subjected to a rigorous peer review process conducted by specialists. Articles published in BAS meet the requirements set by UK research councils to be suitable for submission to the Research Excellence Framework.

Manuscripts are first reviewed by the editorial team to judge their suitability for the journal. If a submission proceeds beyond this first stage, it is then refereed anonymously by subject-specialist reviewers. The reports are then considered by the editorial team who discuss the reviewers’ advice and recommendations with the author/s. The final decision as to whether to accept an article for publication is made by the editorial team and will be communicated to the author/s in writing.

Editorial Group and Management

British Art Studies is jointly published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, UK, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT. The journal is based at the Paul Mellon Centre. It is overseen by an editorial team and is shaped by the advice of an international board of advisors.

Editorial team/contact information

Please send articles or enquiries to the Editorial Team via email to

Author fees

There are no fees or charges associated with making a submission to the journal.

British Art Studies funds and sources all reasonable use of images and media. The final number of images permitted in an article is made by the editorial team. As a non-commercial, open-access journal dedicated to the promotion of research, we encourage the use of fair dealing when reproducing images and other media. When a work is not covered by fair dealing, we will work with the appropriate institution or individuals to secure permission to reproduce the image for non-commercial purposes. Making use of the connectivity offered by the web, we will also link to other online resources where appropriate.

BAS is inspired by the ethos of Yale University’s Open Access policy which states that: “The preservation, transmission, and advancement of knowledge in the digital age are promoted by the creative use and reuse of digitized content for research, teaching, learning, and creative activities.”

Author Rights

Authors retain copyright of the content they publish with British Art Studies with no restrictions, whilst granting PMC and YCBA the right to distribute and continue showing the article in perpetuity under the journal’s preferred licence (Creative Commons CC BY-NC International 4.0). Author may post any version (pre- or post- publiation) to any repository or website.

The author also consents to copies being stored by third-party digital preservation services including, but not limited to, The National Archives, the Internet Archive, and Portico.

We encourage authors to deposit their content in open-access repositories. BAS does not impose an embargo period on the redistribution of material.


All articles in British Art Studies are published under Creative Commons CC BY-NC International 4.0 license. If you use any of the content published in BAS it must be for non-commercial purposes and you must give appropriate credit to the author.

In many cases, copyright or other proprietary rights for illustrations may be held by individuals or entities other than, or in addition to, the publishers of BAS. If a work or a photographic image is still protected by copyright, you must cite the relevant copyright information when using the image and comply with all other terms or restrictions that may be applicable to that material.

BAS fully supports the protection of intellectual property and is committed to complying with, and strictly adhering to, all applicable copyright law. In some cases exceptions to copyright that permit limited the use of protected works without the permission of the copyright owner may be applied. The Centre is confident that it has carried out due diligence in its use of copyrighted material as required by the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended), but we apologise for any inadvertent infringement of rights.

If you have any queries relating to the journal’s use of intellectual property, please contact Staff will endeavour to address your concerns within 21 working days of receipt.

Research Excellence Framework (2022) and Open Access

The United Kingdom’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an assessment of research outputs at British higher education institutions. The next REF is planned to take place in 2022. According to the Open Access Policy of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the body that coordinates the REF, research outputs must be published under certain conditions to count as ‘open access’ in the assessment. A key requirement is that journal articles be deposited in subject-specific or institutional open access repositories.

For the purposes of the REF, British Art Studies is a gold open access journal. This means that papers published in the journal automatically qualify as open access and need not follow the usual HEFCE deposit requirements. More information can be found in clause 38.f. of their Open Access Policy under the heading ‘Deposit exceptions.’

Authors may still deposit their British Art Studies publications if they wish. BAS is a RoMEO green journal. As image rights have been cleared for publication within our articles, in both HTML and PDF formats, the image permissions obtained for journal contributions will extend to depositories. Given the terms of the licence, third-party agents may equally deposit the publications, without consulting either the author or the journal.

The journal is considered gold open access by virtue of making all content freely and digitally available immediately upon publication under a non-commercial licence. It is therefore also likely to meet open access requirements in other scholarly assessments, for example tenure reviews or grant applications.

DOAJ SealBAS has been awarded the Directory of Open Access Journals 'Seal of Approval'. This is a mark of certification for open access journals, awarded by DOAJ to journals that achieve a high level of openness, adhere to Best Practice and high publishing standards. To receive the Seal, the journal must comply with the following 7 conditions:

  • use DOIs as permanent identifiers;
  • provides DOAJ with article metadata;
  • deposits content with a long term digital preservation or archiving program;
  • embeds machine-readable CC licensing information in articles;
  • allows generous reuse and mixing of content, in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC license;
  • has a deposit policy registered wíth a deposit policy registry;
  • allows the author to hold the copyright without restrictions.


The journal invites submissions in all languages. To the best of their ability, the editorial team will secure peer reviewers for submissions that are not in English. Following positive reviews, the journal may fund translation of the submission into English, after which a final assessment will be carried out by the editorial team prior to issuing a formal acceptance. As British Art Studies publishes all contributions in English, only the translated version of a submission in another language will appear in the journal.


British Art Studies is a digital publication and intended to be experienced online. It is an open access publication, meaning that anyone may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text versions of its contents. We do not charge readers or institutions for access to the journal.

Pre-production versions of long-form articles are provided as PDF documents for ease of reading offline. Content in these PDF versions may not correspond exactly with that of the current article, and the documents are not illustrated. Special features are not distributed in PDF format.

The journal’s content is also available in XML format conforming to the CrossRef XSD schema. To retrieve this XML, append /deposit_schema to the issue URL.

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Publishing schedule

The journal appears three times a year in spring, summer and autumn. Content for the autumn and spring issues is drawn from an open call for submissions, while content for the summer issue is selected by guest editors.


British Art Studies works with Portico to ensure long-term access to its content. The growing reliance on e-resources has contributed to an increasing concern about the fragility of electronic 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.