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The editors are pleased to invite submissions and inquiries from both established and emerging scholars of American art and related fields for all sections of our open-access journal. In general, Panorama publishes only original material that has not appeared elsewhere. All our content is reviewed; feature articles are double-blind peer reviewed, and all other content is either editor or guest editor reviewed. There are no submission or article publication charges, and all content is available on our site in full-text format free of charge, without embargo.

All article texts published in Panorama are distributed with a Creative Commons Noncommercial Attribution license (CC BY-NC 4.0). This license allows authors to retain the copyright to their work and grants users non-exclusive rights to share, copy, and/or redistribute the essay in any medium or format. Users may also adapt and/or build upon the article, as long as the original author and source are cited, and the use is for noncommercial purposes. Authors may also republish their material, with Panorama asking only for acknowledgement in the new source. Read the summary terms, or the full legal license code.

Permissions and fees for images and multimedia, when required, are secured directly through arrangement between Panorama’s contributors and the copyright holders. See Illustrations and Permissions Guidelines below.

All submissions should be submitted through Panorama’s manuscript management system. Further guidelines for preparing submissions in each of Panorama’s various formats can be found below.

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Feature-length articles are double-blind peer-reviewed by two scholars in the field. Manuscripts are usually 7,000-10,000 words in length (excluding captions and endnotes).

Feature Article Submission Checklist

  1. 250-word abstract, including author’s name and contact information, in Microsoft Word document
  2. Article text in Microsoft Word document
  3. Illustrations and caption list in Microsoft Word document
  4. Files named according to the following convention: SUBJECT [or title]_abstract; SUBJECT_article; SUBJECT_captions; etc.
  5. Text and image files scrubbed of all identifying information. In Word, follow the folder path file/properties/advanced properties/summary to remove document author information.

Contributions to In the Round, suites of scholarly articles on a common theme, are reviewed by the Executive Editors and may take a variety of forms:

  • conference or symposium papers
  • written or transcribed roundtables
  • interviews paired with an introductory text

Authors interested in proposing a topic for In the Round should begin with an inquiry to the Executive Editors at: journalpanorama@gmail.com

The journal welcomes ideas for the Bully Pulpit, which are selected by the Executive Editors. Submissions generally incorporate a series of short texts that trace a conversation or debate on a topic that is of interest to the field. The Bully Pulpit usually begins with a short scholarly or polemical question or essay (500–2,500 words) by a guest editor, followed by responses from invited authors. Bully Pulpit contributions are reviewed by the guest editor in collaboration with the Executive Editors.

Authors interested in submitting Bully Pulpit ideas should begin with an inquiry to the Executive Editors at: journalpanorama@gmail.com

The journal seeks shorter works of original scholarship that bring new research discoveries, new museum acquisitions, or developing projects (academic, curatorial, and/or digital) to the attention of its readers. Research Notes are reviewed by the Research Notes editors.

Research Notes should be written in the first person, so that the author’s voice is a significant presence. They can be informal, and you are encouraged to express your excitement. Place your discovery moment in the introductory paragraph, including or followed by how you discovered the information. Explain your discovery further along, how it aids your own work, and its possible importance for the field. Research Notes are an opportunity to surface these great (and rare) moments when something comes to light. They are usually about 2,500 words long; they may also include footnotes and up to five illustrations.

Completed Research Notes should be submitted through Panorama’s online portal[link], but the Research Notes editors also welcome general inquiries. Submit inquiries to:

Kevin M. Murphy: kmm3@williams.edu
Sally Webster: Salweb38@gmail.com

Research Notes Submission Checklist

  1. 150-word abstract, including author’s name and contact information, in Microsoft Word document

  2. Article in Microsoft Word document

  3. Illustrations and caption list in Microsoft Word document

  4. Files named according to the following convention: SUBJECT [or title]_abstract; SUBJECT_article; SUBJECT_captions; etc.


Each issue features reviews of recently published books in the field of American art. Upon commission, authors will be provided with a book review style guide. Review manuscripts, which are reviewed by the Book Review editors, are usually 1,500–2000 words in length. Note: we do not accept unsolicited review copies from authors and publishers.

Individuals interested in suggesting books for review or writing a book review should begin by contacting the Book Reviews editors. Submit inquiries to:

Margaretta M. Lovell: mmlovell@berkeley.edu
Naomi Slipp: nslipp@aum.edu
Marissa Vigneault: marissa.vigneault@usu.edu

Each issue features recent or ongoing exhibitions in the field of American art. Upon commission, authors will be provided with specific style guidelines. Manuscripts, which are reviewed by the Exhibition Reviews editors, are usually 1,500–2000 words in length.

Individuals interested in suggesting exhibitions for review or writing an exhibition review should begin by contacting the Exhibition Reviews editors. Submit inquiries to:

Mishoe Brennecke: mbrennec@sewanee.edu
Jacqueline Francis: jfrancis@cca.edu
Diane Mullin: dmullin@umn.edu

General Information

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  • All text should conform to Panorama’s Submissions Guidelines and Style Guide;  it should be double-spaced and in 12-point Arial font.
  • Text and notes should follow the format of the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style
  • Notes should use Chicago’s "Notes and Bibliography" format (though we do not require a separate bibliography) and should appear at the end of the text.
  • In its initial appearance, each citation should be in its complete form; thereafter please use a shortened citation. Please consult Chicago's citation guide for more information.

For the final manuscript, the author must provide any images as high-resolution digital files. As a general rule, image files should be 300 dpi and 3000 pixels wide, and submitted in jpg format only.

Panorama can also accommodate certain audio and video media files, and authors are encouraged to incorporate these in their submissions when relevant.

Contributors are responsible for determining whether formal permissions are required for the inclusion of images and multimedia; for securing permissions and paying fees, when necessary; and for providing appropriate attribution for publication. Contributors must provide documentation of permissions through the journal’s manuscript management system. Contributors should request non-exclusive English-language, worldwide digital publishing rights.

Contributors should also note that many cultural institutions now offer free, open-access use of images from their collections. Resource list here.

The editors will send Panorama’s Image and Permissions Guidelines and a sample photo permission request letter to authors upon confirming acceptance of manuscript for publication.

A subvention, paid to the author, may be available to offset the cost of reproduction permissions. Details available upon request.

Fig. 0. Artist, Title of Work, date. Medium, dimensions. Collection; required credit line. Photography credit.