Submitting an article

Articles should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words long, certainly no longer than 5,000 (please provide an approximate word length at the head of the manuscript).

Contributions to The Burlington Magazine cannot be too short.

Where possible, manuscripts should be submitted in English, although submissions in other major European languages are acceptable.

Manuscripts can be submitted by e-mail, send to

Alternatively manuscripts can be sent by mail. They should be double-spaced with notes (also double-spaced) at the end. Long quotations in languages other than English are best translated or paraphrased in the main text, with the original appearing in a note or, if previously unpublished, as an Appendix.

Acknowledgements should go before, not as, the first footnote, but they should not be marked by an asterisk, nor should an asterisk be placed after the title.

Contributors are requested not to use different fonts on their printouts and to italicise where necessary. Submissions should be accompanied by illustrations, if necessary in high-quality scans or photocopies. If an article is accepted for publication, contributors will be asked to send high quality illustrations, preferably in colour, either transparencies, photographs or JPEGs of no less than 300 DPI and at least 10 cm. wide.

Spelling and usage

English orthography is preferred. For general questions of spelling and usage, contributors are referred to The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors, Oxford 2000.


Footnotes should be as few and as brief as possible. Citations to publications should take the form given below. Contributors are particularly asked to include all accents and diacritical marks.

I. Books:

first reference:

3 A. Dézallier d'Argenville: Abrégé de la vie des plus fameux peintres, Paris 1745–52, II, pp.105–07.

6 G. Vasari: Le vite de' piú eccellenti pittori, scultori ed architettori, ed. G. Milanesi, Florence 1878–85, III, p.57.

subsequent references:

25 Dézallier d'Argenville, op. cit. (note 3), p.157.

32 Vasari, op. cit. (note 6), p.32.

II. Articles:

first reference:

5 E. Harris: 'Velázquez and Murillo in nineteenth-century Britain: an approach through prints', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 50 (1987), pp.148–63.

subsequent references:

15 Harris, op. cit. (note 5), p.151.

III. Exhibition catalogues:

first reference:

4 W.B. Jordan: exh. cat. Spanish still life in the Golden Age, Fort Worth (Kimbell Art Museum) and Toledo OH (Toledo Museum of Art) 1985, p.105.

9 S. Ebert-Schifferer et al., eds.: exh. cat. Guido Reni e l'Europa, Frankfurt (Schirn Kunsthalle) 1988–89, p.233, no.A36.

subsequent references:

56 Jordan, op. cit. (note 4), p.32.

58 Ebert-Schifferer, op. cit. (note 9), p.12.

IV. Academic theses:

first reference:

3 I. Rose-de Viejo: 'Manuel Godoy: Patrón de las artes y coleccionista', Ph.D. diss. (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1983), III, p.37.

subsequent references:

17 Rose-de Viejo, op. cit. (note 3), II, p.543.

V. Archival documents:

first reference:

7 Rome, Archivio di Stato, Archivio Spada, vol.454, fols.463r–501v.

subsequent references:

15 Document cited at note 7 above, fol.466r.

When documents from the same archive are cited frequently, abbreviations should be used, with an indication in the first reference:

23 Sansepolcro, Biblioteca comunale (cited hereafter as BCS).

Capital letters in titles of books, exhibition catalogues, etc, should not be used, except for the initial capital of (sub)titles, proper nouns, etc.


When an article is based on unpublished documents, a transcription should appear as an appendix. Good quality photocopies of the original documents should also be submitted if possible.


All submitted manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant photographs or photocopies of good quality, numbered on the back in pencil to correspond with references to them in the text. These numbers should also be used on a list of captions which must include full details of the work, including its date (if known), medium, dimensions in centimetres and present location.

Landscape with Psyche seated near Cupid's palace, by Claude Lorrain. c.1663–64. Pen and brown wash, with red chalk. 18.2 by 34.5 cm. (Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe).

Footed bowl, by François-Desiré Froment-Meurice, executed by Jules Wièse. Paris, c.1851. Silver, partly gilt, with pearls, 35.3 by 26.2 cm. (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).

Apart from the first word and proper names, titles should be in lower-case throughout, except when quoting an artist's own title:

Courtyard in Naarden with a woman laying out linen, by Isaack van Ruisdael.


Life-Boat and Manby Apparatus going off to a stranded Vessel making Signals (Blue Lights) of Distress, by J.M.W. Turner.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce photographs, and should inform institutional and private owners that The Burlington Magazine is a charitable, non-profit-making scholarly magazine. Copyright of twentieth-century works must be cleared with the appropriate holder. Museums should not charge reproduction fees for items published in the Magazine. If a work from a museum is to be illustrated in colour, arrangements will be made only after a manuscript has been accepted and scheduled for publication, but contributors should check the availability of good quality transparencies or electronic files (at least 300 dpi). Please do not ask museums to send transparencies direct to the Magazine unless we have asked you to do so.

Book and exhibition reviews

Please follow the same house style as that of articles, using notes only when absolutely necessary. Reviewers who wish to make detailed points about individual works in, say, a catalogue raisonné or an exhibition, should list them at the end of the review after their more general comments, following the numeration used in the exhibition or book and including the title of the work and the artist's name. Contributors who have agreed to write book and exhibition reviews are particularly requested not to exceed agreed word- and time-limits. The following guidelines should also be observed:

Book reviews:

Please provide publication details at the head of the text as follows:

Full title. By author(s) or editor(s). 000 pp. incl. 000 col. + 000 b. & w. ills. (Publisher, Place, Year), Price. ISBN number.

If a book review is to be illustrated, photographs, transparencies or JPEGs should be sent with the manuscript together with captions (see above).

Exhibition reviews:

Exhibition reviews must be sent to the Magazine as early as possible. Full details of the catalogue should be included in a footnote as follows:

Full title. By author(s) or editor(s). 000 pp. incl. 000 col. pls. + 000 b. & w. ills. (Publisher, Place, Year), Price. ISBN number.

If the exhibition is being shown at several venues, these and the relevant dates should be mentioned in a footnote.

Colour transparencies, slides, high resolution electronic files (at least 300 dpi), black-and-white photographs with full captions, including media and dimensions (see above) should be sent with the review, or as soon afterwards as possible. In most cases the institution showing the exhibition will supply reviewers with a catalogue and photographs; but if any difficulty is encountered in obtaining photographs of works that reviewers particularly wish to comment on they should contact the Magazine as early as possible. If photographs are not available by the deadline for submission, photocopies from the catalogue should be sent, with full captions, as an interim measure.