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Author Guidelines

Types of Articles

Critical and Theoretical

Book Reviews - (Different guidelines, not peer reviewed, see below for more information)

From the Maker's Perspective - Complementing its critical and theoretical articles and its book reviews, the CBAA journal may also includes a section titled “From the Maker’s Perspective.” Writers discuss their own or others’ work, with the primary focus being to provide historical or theoretical contexts. This should include reference to other work being done in the field. Articles submitted will be reviewed based on the strength of the established context, the quantity and quality of comparative material in the piece, and the manner by which that comparative material is woven throughout the article.

Article Length

Articles should strive to be within 6000-8000 words in length (not including notes), though shorter submissions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Style Guidelines

Style and spelling should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Please double-check all dates, titles, spellings of names, etc. mentioned in your article. Citations should take the form of endnotes. If a bibliography is also included, shortened citations should be used in the endnotes. 


The use of images and other illustrative material is encouraged. Authors must ascertain they have permission to use the images in their articles which will be made available online initially by subscription and later as open access.  Sample letters for requesting permission are available.  Images can be embedded within the document at the appropriate places. If the article is accepted, high-resolution version of the images will be required.

Supplementary Material

The online version of the journal can accomodate all sorts of supplementary material which will be provided as links accompanying the article.  Material could include bibliographies too extensive to include in the article itself, additional images, checklists, audio files, video, spreadsheets, etc.  Rights and permissions for supplementary material must also be cleared by the author.

Author Biography

After an article is accepted, the author will be asked for a short (1-2 sentence) biography for inclusion at the end of the article.  Please include institutional affiliation, if relevant, and an indication of your activity within the art or academic fields. Web site links may be included if they provide further context to your work.

In order to facilitate the double-blind peer review process, please do not include an author's bio in the initial article submission.

Book Review Submission Guidelines

Openings: Studies in Book Art seeks book reviewers for upcoming issues. Reviewers will evaluate a book of criticism, published within the last five years, on book arts, media studies, or craft and artistic practices. Reviews of artist books or a group or genre of artist books may also be considered. The Openings: Studies in Book Art book review editor can work with the reviewer to recommend potential titles. However, suggestions are also welcome.

Book suggestions will be considered up to three months prior to publication date. The reviewer will have approximately six weeks to write the review, which should range between 750 and 1250 words in length. Once selected, the book review editor will work with the reviewer to set an initial deadline for the submission of text, and will thereafter keep the reviewer abreast of copyediting and production timelines.

To submit a book review for consideration, please contact Levi Sherman, Openings Book Review Editor, at 


Submission Preparation Checklist

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

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the Comments for the Editor box).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. (High-resolution versions of the images wil be required after an article has been accepted.)
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines found in the About the Journal page.
  6. Copyright permission has been secured (when necessary) for images or other copyrighted materials.  Please consult with the editor if you are unsure whether or not copyright permission is required.
  7. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  8. A note has been added in the Comments for the Editor box alerting the editor to any potential conflicts of interest for the review of the article.  E.g., a submitter in a close personal relationship with an editor or potential reviewer should declare that person's name;  a student should declare where they are in school so their own advisors are not asked to review their article. The editor will use this information to recuse anyone with a conflict of interest from being involved in the publication decision.

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