to Art on the line, the journal for historians and
theorists of visual culture, including the history of art,
architecture, design and film.
on the line is a professional, peer-reviewed electronic
journal which seeks to provide an international forum for
original and innovative research in the field of visual culture.
The journal aims to draw together both the breadth and depth
of research currently undertaken in art history and design
history departments, museums and fine art departments as well
as seeking to expand the boundaries of art historical studies
into the broader field of cultural studies. Further it seeks
to encourage dialogue and debate and to extend the understanding
of visual culture within a broad chronological and geographical
context. The title, Art on the line, reflects two
core values of the journal: Firstly, its means of delivery
is electronic, ie, online; secondly, it will include material
frequently regarded as on the margins of art history as a
Brief History of Art on the line
Art on the line was first launched in the autumn
of 2003 and published by Western Academic and Specialist Press
Ltd (WASP). Two issues were published between 2003 and 2004
and made freely available. These issues included: academic
articles; reviews of books, exhibitions and electronic resources;
and news items. Publication of the journal was briefly suspended
between 2005 and 2006 and launched again in 2007, published
at the University of Bristol. The editor wishes to express
his profound thanks to Western Academic and Specialist Press
for all their hard work and commitment in bringing the journal
into being, and their continued support for the venture.
on the line’s Mission
In its first two issues, Art on the line published
a wide range of research articles varied in both scope and
focus. With its relaunch in 2007, however, the journal is
seeking to shift its emphasis towards a more specialist presentation.
In particular it aims to provide an arena for the publication
of articles collected around a specific subject or theme.
Accordingly it welcomes proposals from potential guest editors
to oversee special issues which may draw upon material from
successful national and international collaborative projects,
including conferences or other academic ventures. From time
to time it will also publish issues with a wider range of
articles gathered from individual submissions.
intention of the journal is to maintain free access for all.
The journal will be hosted at the University of Bristol and,
at present, there are no plans to introduce subscription charges.
From this site you can:
• access all current and past issues of the journal
• access and download articles from all issues
• find out how to submit material to the editor
• print out author guidelines
• print out referee guidelines
• contact the editorial team and administrative people
involved in this journal's production.
of the journal
This journal is a new and exciting venture for us all. We
hope to develop it over time to suit the requirements of its
readership and to take full advantage of technological developments.
Please let us know your views and any ideas you might have
for improving the journal.
to this journal
Art on the line is a hybrid, a cross between an electronic
and a print journal. The main parts of the journal are designed
to be downloaded and printed out for ease of reading. To refer
to any item in the journal you need to know what the issue
is, what reference the item has been given and within that
the page number. So, if the editorial in issue 2003/1 is item
1 and you wish to refer to page 2, your reference will be
2003/1(1):2. We also suggest that you cite the URL of the
journal with the reference as described here and the date
of accessing the article.