About the AICCM Bulletin

The AICCM Bulletin is a hard copy, interdisciplinary and online peer reviewed journal produced by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) since 1975. Published by Taylor & Francis, we welcome papers that:

  • Disseminate new information gathered about the materiality, nature, condition, deterioration and treatment of cultural collections within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Promote interdisciplinary research activity in cultural materials conservation;
  • Present a forum for new ideas and thinking with regards to conservation; management, conservation ethics, cultural engagement, sustainability and wider professional concerns in the region;
  • Disseminate new information and novel methods to the conservation profession world-wide.

We encourage contributions from a wide range of authors, including first-time and submissions from non-native english speakers.

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AICCM Members receive a hard copy of the journal two times per year and can access digital volumes.

The first step is to submit your paper for review. Most papers are peer-reviewed within three months, and typically require 1-2 revisions. Once accepted, papers are typically published within four months.

The instructions for authors and reference guide can be accessed from the Taylor & Francis website, or you can download the AICCM Bulletin reference manual here and the AICCM Bulletin instructions for authors.

Information on the peer review process can be found here.

Articles are submitted through the Taylor & Francis platform. Authors should follow the Instructions for Authors Guide provided by Taylor & Francis.

The AICCM Bulletin publishes original and quality papers, including research reports, discussion papers, literature surveys, thematic bibliographies, summaries of research papers and dissertations.

The AICCM Bulletin does not accept papers that have been published elsewhere, with the exception of research presented at AICCM Special Interest Group meetings, conferences or workshops which has not previously been peer-reviewed. Such submissions must acknowledge their prior form, and acceptance (at the editor’s discretion) is determined by their significance and suitability to the conservation profession and peer-reviewed literature.

Copyright for works accepted by the AICCM Bulletin will be assigned to Taylor & Francis.

The AICCM Bulletin publishes two volumes annually. This may include a special volume or an open call for papers.

Papers may be submitted at any time throughout the year. The following deadlines are typically observed:

  • April Volume — Submission by 1 August
  • September Volume — Submission by 10 January
Upcoming Volumes

As a small but committed profession, the AICCM was inaugurated in 1973 and in 2023 we mark 50 years of collaboration, advocacy and support. Now established and globally interconnected, this significant milestone presents an opportunity to reflect on how our practice is keeping pace with societal change.

Drawing attention to the AICCM’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and the AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research, this special 50th anniversary volume Cultural materials conservation: Self, systems and society aims to provide systematic and critical analysis of a number of themes below, with related questions acting as provocations:

  • Self & identity
  • First Nations representation
  • Society and connections
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Accountability and sustainability

Paper submissions are by invitation and submitted papers are currently under review.

It has a been a time of rapid change in the conservation profession over the past 12 months. With COVID restrictions impacting institutions and businesses worldwide, the profession has had to adapt to changed working circumstances both rapidly and effectively. While these changes have been challenging, there have been some surprisingly positive outcomes allowing for international exchanges and sharing of ideas. Equally, periods of lockdown have offered opportunities for conservators to put pen to paper and write up successful treatments and methodologies conceived at the bench or have explored new ways of sharing with audiences the wealth of information that conservation provides about cultural heritage. Work- from-home for many has also provided new ways of thinking and opportunities that have changed the traditional constructs of how we define the role of conservators. The Book and Paper SIG invite both Research & Technical papers across a range of topics such as:

  • Fascinating bench treatments involving new techniques or methodologies
  • Innovative storage, rehousing or preventive solutions
  • Interesting or unusual collaborative projects
  • ‘Out of the box’ projects or ideas that can help shape the future of the conservation
  • profession.

To apply

The Book and Paper SIG Co-Convenors, Analiese Treacy, Jennifer Todd, and Caitlin Knight will be the guest editors for this special edition Bulletin.

To apply, submit a 250 word abstract by the 7th of July 2021via email the Book and Paper SIG

Please indicate if you are planning to write a research paper (approx. 4000 words) or a technical paper (approx. 3000 words). Guidelines for written papers will be provided following acceptance of your abstract. Papers will be double blind peer-reviewed prior to being accepted for publication.

Key dates

7th July 2021 – Abstracts due
16th July – Confirmation of accepted papers
1st October 2021 – Full papers due
Anticipated publication date – April 2022

Recent volumes

Sherring, A & Pagliarino, A 2021, ‘Editorial – Don’t you think it’s time? Reflecting on time-based media art conservation practices in Australia’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, pp.1-3, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2021.2014647

Lazarus, R 2021, ‘Updated? Teaching conservation through time-based media art’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, pp. 4-12, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2021.2009662

Sherring, A, Cruz, M & Tse, N, 2021 ‘Exploring The outlands: A case-study on the conservation installation and artist interview of David Haines’ and Joyce Hinterding’s time-based art installation’,AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, pp. 13-25, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2021.1982540

Pagliarino, A 2021,  ‘A Measure of Happiness – The use of live animals in contemporary art installations’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, pp. 26-42, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2021.1989257

Coleman, P 2021, ‘The case for documenting user experience as part preservation strategy for internet-based art’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, pp. 43-52, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2021.2000177

Collyer, C 2021, ‘Tracking the Invisible: Collection management and conservation of time-based art at QAGOMA’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, pp. 53-67, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2021.2008202

Sherring, A & Barnott-Clement, R 2021 ‘Art Gallery of New South Wales Time-Based Art Tool Kit: Practical resources for the documentation and preservation of time-based artworks’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, pp. 68-79, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2021.1993631

• Tse, N 2020 ‘Editorial’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 93-94, DOI:10.1080/10344233.2021.1892978

• Bakhri, S 2020 ‘Promoting Traditional Knowledge in Conservation: The Role of The Borobudur Conservation Office’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 95-105, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1867360

• Tay, D 2020 ‘Expanding the Singaporean discourse: Exploring artist materials from the 1950s to 1970s’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 106-117, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2021.1892303

• Soraluze, I & Wu, HC 2020 ‘Preserving the legacy of Chen Cheng-Po 陳澄波: Restoration project of the first Western style painter of Taiwan’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 118-126, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1868160

• Barrett, M & Waters, L 2020 ‘Conserving the expanded art object for Margel Hinder: Modern in Motion’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 2, pp., DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1868144

• Goodall, R & Measday, D 2020, ‘Measuring and mitigating mercury vapour in the collection cabinets at Museums Victoria’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 140-151, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1870301

• Sloggett, R & Wain, A 2020, Cultural Materials Conservation in Australia: critical reflections and key issues in the twenty-first century, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41 no. 1, pp. 1-2, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1831826

• Pagliarino, A & Meredith, A 2020, Mapping climate change and risks for Australian cultural collections, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41 no. 1, pp 3-26, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1788881

• Scott, M & O’Connell, J 2020, Sustainable conservation: linking conservation students and graduates with local communities to build a sustainable skills-based heritage preservation model in rural and regional Australia, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 27-34, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1797331

• O’Connell, J, Dabrowa, B, Firth, J, Mansfield, L, Paterson, F, Sawicki, M & Vearing, E 2020, AICCM special interest groups—key issues for the twenty-first century, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 35-44, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1788882

• Murphy, C 2020, Physical object or variable, flexible, ephemeral and reproducible: the management and care of contemporary art collections in 2020, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 45-51, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1788880

• Welsh, LET 2020, The conservation of rock-art at Gariwerd: a response to recreational impacts, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 52-60, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1797324

• Sawicki, M 2020, New challenges for frames conservation in Australia: a pragmatic vision of future hands-on training, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 61-68, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1802912

• Sherring, A 2020, Divergent conservation: cultural sector opportunities and challenges relating to the development of time-based art conservation in Australasia, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 69-82, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1809907

• Oam, SR & Matthews, T 2020 Small museums — more tango than foxtrot (the salsa gets you nowhere, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 83-91, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1812181

• 2020 Correction, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 1, p. 92, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2020.1822110

The AICCM Bulletin Editorial Committee

Dr Nicole Tse (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia)


Editorial Committee
Ian Batterham (University of Canberra, Australia)

Tharron Bloomfield (Auckland Museum, New Zealand)

Dr Sabine Cotte (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Dr Caroline Kyi, Wall Paintings Conservator, Australia

Amanda Pagliarino (Queensland Art Gallery-Gallery of Modern Art, Australia)

Dr Marcelle Scott (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Dr Catherine Smith (Clothing and Textile Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand)

Cobus Van Breda (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia)

Sherryn Vardy (Gippsland Heritage Conservation, Australia)

Isabelle Waters (Artlab Australia, Australia)

Editorial Assistant Committee
Daniel Bornstein (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne)

Fiona Bremner Nugo (Deakin Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, Deakin University)

Emma Dacey (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Emily Hornum (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Cheralyn Lim (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Frances Lojkine (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Erina McCann (Tiaki Objects Conservation, Australia)

Margy Noble (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

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