About the Journal

Mission Statement

RIHA, the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art, has launched the RIHA Journal in 2010. It is a peer-reviewed and Open Access e-journal devoted to the full range of the history of art and visual culture. RIHA Journal especially welcomes papers on topics relevant from a supra-local perspective, articles that explore artistic interconnections or cultural exchanges, or engage with important theoretical questions that are apt to animate the discipline. As a collective endeavor, the RIHA Journal seeks to share knowledge and materials issued by scholars of all nationalities, and by doing so, to make a significant contribution to dissolving the boundaries between scholarly communities.

Individual Articles and Special Issues

The RIHA Journal solely publishes scholarly articles, both individual contributions (Articles) as well as series of articles focusing on a common topic (Special Issues). In either case a double-blind peer-review process ensures the highest standards of scholarship. Individual articles are published on a rolling basis forming one open issue per year (running from January 1 to December 31). The number of Special Issues per year is variable. We invite submissions both from members of the RIHA institutes and from any researcher in the history of art or visual studies.
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Double-Blind Peer-Reviewing

Manuscripts that qualify for closer consideration undergo a double-blind peer-review process by two experts (see the RIHA Journal's guidelines for reviewers). Peer reviewers are selected by the editors of RIHA Journal. The peer review process usually takes eight to sixteen weeks. Authors are kindly asked to prepare their manuscripts for blind reviewing. In particular, any first-person references to their own publications should be removed. RIHA Journal policy is to keep the peer review process entirely anonymous but, if an article is approved for publication, to publish also the names of both peer reviewers with it, unless the contrary is requested by them.

Languages of Publication

RIHA Journal publishes articles in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. With regard to manuscripts written in another language, RIHA Journal encourages parallel publications in both the original language and in translation (e.g., Polish-English). Translations have to be organized by the author (or guest-editor of a special issue) and must be carried out by a professional translator. The same applies to articles not written in the author's native language: These must - prior to submission - have undergone editing by a professional foreign language editor.

Open Access

RIHA Journal is a not-for-profit e-journal committed to the principles of Open Access: All articles are freely available immediately following publication.

Authors' Rights

Authors retain the copyright of the content they publish with the RIHA Journal. They allow the RIHA Journal to make available the article in perpetuity under the Creative Commons international license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. After publication in the RIHA Journal, authors may deposit their article in open-access repositories. They also may republish their content, but they must notify the RIHA Journal before its republication and acknowledge the RIHA Journal in the new source.

Processing Charges for Special Issues

To cover the production cost of Special Issues, RIHA Journal charges guest-editors a moderate contribution. Currently it varies between 200 and 400 € / article, depending on the length and particular requirements of the manuscripts.


If you would like to submit an article or have any questions or comments, please contact our Local Editors at the worldwide RIHA Institutes or our Managing Editor at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.

Citation Databases

RIHA Journal is included in the following citation databases:

Archiving and Indexing

RIHA Journal articles are archived with Heidelberg University Library. This ensures the long-term availability of RIHA Journal's digital content. All articles are also indexed by Heidelberg University Library and thus enter the Art Discovery Group Catalogue and the OCLC WordCat.


RIHA Journal is currently co-financed by the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (RIHA) and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.


From January 2013 to June 2016, funding for translations and technical improvements ("Expansionshilfe") was kindly provided by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).


In addition, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal, has generously supported the editorial processes with a grant over the period 2014-2016. 


The initial funding for the establishment of RIHA Journal from December 2008 to December 2012 was provided by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, BKM).