Call for Peer Reviewers

Museological Review, Issue 25 – (Re)visiting Museums

Application Deadline: 8th January 2021

Museological Review (MR) is a peer-reviewed journal, published annually 
by the PhD cohort of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. 

The theme of Museological Review Issue 25 is ‘(Re)visiting Museums’. As museums around the world reopen their doors to visitors after the closures imposed by the spread of the pandemic, Museological Review Issue 25 invite submissions that reflect upon the alternative paths that opened up through the practical and theoretical challenges faced by museums in 2020. Now that museums are reopening, this is a great chance to revisit them with fresh eyes and consider how the museum sector is responding to worldwide events and navigating new ways to reach the audiences and negotiate relevance, even from a distance through times of crisis. 

We are now inviting Museum Studies scholars to engage with us as peer reviewers for Issue 25.

We are seeking scholars who received their PhD in Museum Studies or Cultural Heritage related topics, ideally within the last two years, or who have already submitted their thesis to serve as peer reviewers.

Peer reviewers contribute to the development of an article by using their expert knowledge of the specified research topic to give a constructive evaluation of the article. Both the author and the peer reviewer remain anonymous throughout the process, with contact mediated through one of MR editors. 

Researchers from anywhere in the world with an interest in any of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Museum outreach 
  • Community-based programmes and projects
  • Digital approaches and social media
  • Museums and social change
  • Material culture in the age of digitisation?
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Visitor engagement 
  • Participation
  • Democratisation
  • Health and wellbeing in museums and art galleries
  • Inclusivity

Being a peer reviewer is an exciting opportunity, but it requires commitment to the team for the successful publishing of the next issue of Museological Review. The responsibilities of peer reviewers include:

  • providing written feedback on the assigned articles according to the MR reviewing guidelines
  • listing, if appropriate, a series of specific comments related to text marked by editors
  • making recommendations whether the paper is: a) publishable as it is, b) publishable with minor corrections, c) publishable with major corrections, d) unpublishable.

Articles are submitted in English, so excellent proficiency in this language is a mandatory requirement. We consider this as an excellent opportunity for researchers wishing to develop their editing skills and to establish a collaboration with PhD students across universities.

Please note that this is on a voluntary basis.

To be considered as a peer reviewer, please send an expression of interest and a short biography (no more than 100 words) to museologicalreview@leicester.ac.uk by 8th January 2021.

Time frame: papers will be sent to peer reviewers on or around the 22nd January 2021. 

Deadline for peer-reviewed articles:  1st March 2021.

Journal will be launched in June 2021.