Correspondence concerning contributions, author guidelines and editorial matters should be addressed to the Editors at:

Material Culture Review
Cape Breton University
P.O. Box 5300
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6L2

Call for Submissions:

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Material Culture Review invites submissions of new research on material culture and its related topics from the fields of cultural history, public history, art history, cultural geography, folklore and ethnology, archaeology, anthropology, architecture, and museum, conservation and heritage studies.

Additionally, the editors are currently interested in developing theme issues. Scholars interested in guest-editing a theme issue are invited to submit a proposal to the editors outlining the concept and focus of the special issue.

The editors are currently interested in developing theme issues around the following topics:

Editorial Focus:

Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle (MCR) is Canada’s only scholarly journal dedicated to the study of material culture. It documents cultural artifacts, describing their historical contexts and roles in society. MCR is published twice annually by Cape Breton University Press in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The journal invites submissions from scholars at any phase of their career, curators and professionals from the museum and heritage world, and from independent scholars with an interest in material culture. Papers may be submitted in English or French languages. Material Culture Review is pleased to receive unsolicited as well as commissioned works.

Works submitted will be categorized as:

Both articles and research reports are peer-reviewed.

Author Guidelines:

Submissions and Format:

1. Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor-in-chief following the journal's style guide (see below) for anonymous evaluation, generally by two referees. To ensure anonymity, please remove any identifying information from the paper.

Please note that in many situations, French language submissions will not be able to follow the journal's style guide. The French language copy editor will work with francophone authors to ensure stylistic and grammatical clarity.

2. Manuscripts must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file format. At the time of submission, a copy of the manuscript should be emailed to the editorial assistant (, along with a fully completed submission form (see above) and a brief biographical sketch. A one hundred-word abstract is required at this time for articles only and, where possible, should be provided in both French and English.

3. All papers are to be double spaced and paginated. Font must be Times New Roman—or Times—12 point.

4. English spelling must conform to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary Second Edition, French spelling will follow Le Petit Robert Dictionary.

5. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce material from copyrighted works, including illustrations.

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Exhibition Reviews:

The purpose of exhibition reviews is to recognize the significance of museum material culture research, to extend the impact of certain exhibitions beyond the museum setting per se and to stimulate debate in the academic and museum communities about the value of exhibitions. Reviewers should assume that readers might not have seen the exhibition and so should include a brief description of the exhibition, an assessment of the objectives of the exhibition and a critique of how well those aspirations are met. Reviewers are encouraged to include commentary on how an exhibition may differ or resemble other exhibitions or books on a subject or theme presented in the exhibition. In some cases, curators and/or others responsible for assembling an exhibit may be invited to comment, or to respond to a review. It is expected that reviewers include images as part of an exhibition review. Typical length is 10-15 pages.


Illustrations are considered an integral part of the journal. The number of illustrations will vary according to category. Most articles, research reports and exhibition reviews contain between 5 and 10 photographs. The editors should be consulted if an article or research report is expected to contain more than 10 photographs or 5 graphs and tables. Illustrations are generally not included in book reviews.

Images should not be imbedded in the document. Instead, indicate their placement in the text with a figure number. For example: (Figure 5). A separate list of captions, including any image credits, must be submitted as a separate Word Doc file. Images must be clear, crisp and no smaller than 300 dpi for photographs and 1200 dpi for maps or drawings.

All images should be submitted in .tif format by email to: If image files are too large to attach by email, upload via drop box, google drive link, or mail in CD format to the above address.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors should check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines:

The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the editors).

The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.

When available, the current URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,

The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times or Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and figure numbers for all illustrations and tables are indicated within the text at their appropriate points. For example: (see Figure 1).

Images are clear, crisp and at least 300 dpi.

The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Style Guide.

If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, any identifying information has been reviewed from the manuscript to ensure a blind review process.

Send all manuscripts to the attention of the editor-in-chief:

Dr. Richard MacKinnon
Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle
Cape Breton University
1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6L2