Wednesday 20 October 2021

New Journal - Transfer


I was just saying to a British colleague with whom I've done a little project that we need a journal on.... and a few days later one appears: 'Transfer: Zeitschrift für Provenienzforschung und Sammlungsgeschichte'. The blurb in German is here, here Google puts it into English:

Call for Papers: transfer - Journal for Provenance Research and Collection History

The digital journal transfer is a scientific publication organ for articles on provenance research and collection history as well as on related research areas such as art market research, reception history, cultural sociology and legal history.

The annual publication of the articles takes place in Open Access (Diamond) using the publication software Open Journal Systems. The quality of comprehensive articles in German and English is ensured by a peer review process (double-blind). Other formats are subject to an internal review by the editors and the scientific advisory board made up of international experts. All contributions receive professional editing and can be commented on in a subject-specific manner.

The journal is institutionally linked to the research center for provenance research, art and cultural property protection law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and is financially supported by the German Research Foundation. The technical project partner is Heidelberg University Library, which guarantees hosting via

Editors: Ulrike Saß & Christoph Zusatz
Editorial support: Florian Schönfuß
Scientific Advisory Board: Provenance Research Working Group, dbv Commission on Provenance Research and Provenance Development, Uwe Fleckner, Larissa Förster, Gilbert Lupfer, Antoinette Maget-Dominicé, Gesa Vietzen

Open call for submissions

The magazine sees itself as interdisciplinary, spanning epochs and international. It primarily addresses readers from academia. In addition to established researchers, transfer would also like to offer young academics a platform for broad-based and barrier-free publication of their own research results. By means of a fast and quality-assured open access model, which is also free for authors and guest editors, transfer offers a medium for maintaining research transparency as well as an opportunity for uncomplicated research networking across disciplines and institutions. The professional long-term archiving, web OPAC listing and repository indexing guarantee that the articles can be found on the web over the long term.

The editors welcome articles in German or English that address the following subject areas:
• Transfer of art and cultural assets in different historical-political and spatial contexts
• Collection history
• Art trade
• Culture and politics of remembrance, cultural identity, collective memory
• Cultural sociological aspects
• Contributions to the biography of natural persons
• History of institutions
• Restitution, return, repatriation
• Provenance research on individual objects or groups of objects
• Relevant archive holdings, source transcriptions and comments
• Legal and financial aspects
• Art policy, art and cultural property protection

In addition to established formats (articles, research reports, reviews, miscommunication, interviews), the editorial team expressly welcomes the submission of subject-specific text categories such as dossiers (on the provenance of individual objects or groups of objects), reports or comments on relevant sources (correspondence, inventories, catalog raisonnés, etc.). Contributions of more than 10,000 characters should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 250 words and at least five key words.
The submission deadline for contributions to the first annual edition 2022 ends on May 1, 2022.

Potential contributors should be advised that the review process for articles via double blind peer review by selected external experts can take several weeks. Accepted contributions are published under the Creative Commons license CC-BY 4.0. The copyright remains in full with the authors. If you are interested, the style sheet and editorial guidelines can be obtained from the editorial team in PDF format.

All very well and good, but I am rather disturbed by the extremely wide range of potential topics, which makes me feel the coverage is going to be rather "bitty". Also no particular group of subjects is explicitly indicated. One assumes that it's about "cultural property" - or is it? Do dinosaurs fit in? And Japanese katana swords, postage stamps and fake chinese porcelain? Anyway, worth looking out for - may there be lots and lots of portable antiquities texts, as i think the antiquities market alone needs a journal like this.

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