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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The AICCM Bulletin can be accessed through Taylor & Francis. Or join the AICCM and receive access to all copies of The AICCM Bulletin and many more benefits.

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.

Contact Nicole Tse, Editor, the AICCM Bulletin if you are interested

Conservation is a small profession in Aotearoa meaning conservators in Aotearoa must be multi-taskers and innovators. Māori cultural values have indelibly shaped the conservation profession in Aotearoa New Zealand creating conservation practises and ethics that are internationally unique. This special volume is an opportunity to share research, learnings, and case studies of conservation in Aotearoa New Zealand with an international audience.

The AICCM Bulletin invites submissions on themes including, but not limited to:

  • the development of conservation practise in Aotearoa New Zealand,
  • Tikanga Māori and conservation – challenges, successes and learnings,
  • case studies of conservation of works by artists from Aotearoa New Zealand,
  • the characteristics and treatment of cultural material unique to Aotearoa New Zealand
  • conservation of Māori cultural material in international collections, and
  • Aotearoa New Zealand’s role in the wider region including the Pacific and Antarctica.

Key dates: Publication June 2024
Deadline for submission of papers: 1 August 2023

For more details contact Tharron Bloomfield, Guest Editor

Recent volumes

Treacy, A, Todd, J & Knight, C 2022, ‘Editorial’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 1-2.doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2157585

Cannon, A 2022, ‘Metallic memorandum books—history, materials and conservation’, AICCM Bulletin , vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 3-14. doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2140268

Chu, C & Knight, C 2022, ‘Everyday books: an introduction to short run commercial bindings in early twenty-first century Australia’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 15-23.doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2135327

Fitzmaurice, C & O’Connor, F 2022, ‘#Itwasboundtohappen. Reflections on the specialism of book conservation in Australia during the Covid-19 Pandemic’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 24-32.doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2146264

Kahabka, D 2022, ‘Old materials, new ideas: the use of concentrated solutions of hydroxypropyl cellulose to remove an aged glossy varnish on a seventeenth century Dutch map’, AICCM Bulletin,vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 33-39. doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2158573

Treacy, A & Dennis, J, 2022 ‘Iltja Ntjarra artists and the making of contemporary lumen prints: documentation, display and storage’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 1, pp.40-47.doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2150488

Hughes, K & Bell, S, 2022 ’Conserving an Endeavour Journal: paper and binding treatment in concert’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 48-55. doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2135321

Wise, A & Kemp, F, 2022 ‘56 Case Studies in the Treatment of Asian Scroll Paintings’, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 56-63, doi.org/10.1080/10344233.2022.2146037

Tse, N 2021, ‘Editorial’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 42, no. 2, p. 81, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2021.2144632

Macleod, I 2021, ‘Analysis of poultice-based desalination of a nineteenth century brick and stone cathedral after the event; a longitudinal study of surface chloride readings’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 82-90, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2021.1956124

Huan, Y, Jizhen, L, Eckfeld, T & Junchang, Y 2021, ‘Making the First Emperor’s Chariots—High-temperature Bronze Connection Technologies in Qin Dynasty China’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 91-103, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2022.2131197

Thompson, K & Nel, P 2021, ‘A preliminary investigation into the influence of archaeological material on the yellowing of polyethylene storage bags’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 104-117, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2022.2058245

Ewing, E, Carter, A & Osmond, G 2021, ‘Conservation of a Termite-Damaged Acrylic Painting: Treatment Solutions for Gordon Bennett’s Number three’, AICCM Bulletin, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 118-131, DOI: 10.1080/10344233.2022.2104548

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

Erina McCann (Tiaki Objects Conservation, 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)

Hakim Abdul Rahim, University of Canberra, 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)

Emma Dacey (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Emily Hornum (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Cheralyn Lim (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Ann Fuata (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Liam Holmes (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Jessica Argall (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Ellie Thomas (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Vanessa Bray (Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

Belinda Muir (National Library of Australia)

Like more Information? contact the editor