Contribute to Print Quarterly

Submissions may range from 200 to 5,000 words (including footnotes and image captions) and contain a maximum of twelve illustrations. All contributions should be preceded by an abstract of three to four sentences outlining what is new about the material. Submissions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or presented on a USB memory stick or CD/DVD-Rom accompanied by printouts.

The text, including footnotes, should be formatted in Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced and without subheadings. Quotations should be in English; if the original language is deemed essential, this should be given in a footnote, in single ('  ') rather than double quotation marks. Inscriptions, titles of works of art, books and periodicals should be in italics. Titles of works of art should be in English.

Dates should be given in the form: 17 March 1513, and in references to centuries the ordinal should be spelled out, as in ‘nineteenth century’.

Footnotes should be as brief and as few as possible and serve to provide literature references rather than asides on the subject. They should be linked to the main body of the text rather than appended as a separate document. The footnote numbers should be placed at the end of a sentence, after the full stop. 'Edited by', 'revised by' and 'translated by' should be written in full and follow the title. Where there are more than three editors or authors, the name of the first should be given, followed by 'et al.'. Note the following examples:

  1. P. Hughes, 'Patronage and Pedagogy: The British Institution in the Early Nineteenth Century', Art History, viii, 1967, pp. 65–78.
  2. A. Griffiths, The Print in Stuart Britain 1603–1689, London, 1998, p. 41.
  3. A Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance, edited by J. R. Hale, London, 1981, p. 214.
  4. M. Smith, Constable, Cambridge, MA, 1984, pp. 239–42.
  5. Ibid., p. 248.
  6. Griffiths, op. cit., p. 52.
  7. A. von Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, Vienna, 1803–21, xv, p. 138, no. 14.
  8. S. Turner, The New Hollstein: Wenceslaus Hollar, vi, edited by G. Bartrum, Ouderkerk aan den Ijssel, 2011, no. 1824.

Captions should be inserted at the end of an article. They should include:

  1. Name of the printmaker, or artist if not a print. If desired, the caption may include the name of the designer of the original image, as in Pieter van Heyden after Pieter Bruegel the Elder. If the printmaker is unknown, 'Anonymous artist' should be used. 
  2. Title in italics.
  3. Year or range of years, if date is known.
  4. State, as in 'fourth state' or 'state iv/6', but only if relevant to the text.
  5. Medium, described in full.
  6. Dimensions in mm with height before width (to the platemark in the case of intaglio prints such as etching and engraving, to the edges of the image/matrix if otherwise, such as woodcut, lithograph or screenprint; if either is unknown, please specify that the measurements are of the sheet).
  7. Location of image and collection. 

e.g. Damien Hirst, Memento (Butterfly), 2008, photogravure etching, 933 x 858 mm (London, Private collection © Damien Hirst & Paragon Press).

Illustrations should be submitted in electronic format at a minimum of 300 dpi, at least 15 cm/6 inches wide and approximately 10 MB or as high quality photographs or transparencies. If there are more than two illustrations, these should be sent as a single WeTransfer file or via Dropbox. Images should be taken directly from the object, not from a book or other reproduction. References to illustrations should appear at the end of the sentence, just before the full stop, as (fig. ##1), (fig. ##2) and so on.

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