The AICCM Bulletin

The AICCM Bulletin is a hard copy and online peer reviewed journal produced by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) since 1975. In order to better reach our international audience AICCM has recently partnered with Taylor & Francis to provide our online publishing service. The Taylor & Francis Group publishes quality peer-reviewed journals under the Routledge and Taylor & Francis imprints which are available online at their website.

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

The journal has an interdisciplinary focus and aims to:

  • 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.

Two volumes are published each year in April and September online, with the hard copy arriving shortly after. AICCM members can view past and current AICCM Bulletin papers via the membership link.

General call for papers:

  • Submitted by 1 August — Published by April
  • Submitted by 10 January — Published by September 

Papers may be submitted at any time during the year and follow the schedule above. Members can find instructions for authors, submission processes and past copies on this website and by logging in and visiting the AICCM Bulletin page under 'publications' and following the link to Taylor & Francis.

The Bulletin does not accept papers that have been published elsewhere, with the following exception: papers that have been presented at AICCM Special Interest Group meetings, conferences or workshops in the form of Pre-prints, Post-prints, articles or presentations that have not previously been peer reviewed. Acceptance of these submissions is determined by the importance of the research to the conservation profession, the benefits of it being published in a peer reviewed journal and clear reference to its earlier beginnings. Submissions are considered at the discretion of the Editor.

It is a condition of The AICCM Bulletin that, on acceptance of the article by the journal editor, copyright is assigned to Taylor & Francis.

If you're not a member, and require access to The Bulletin, you can join right here and now!

Volumes planned for 2019
We are looking forward to Volume 40.1, which is comprised of papers presented at the 10th AICCM Book, Paper & Photographic Materials Symposium on the theme of 'revisitation'—revisiting a treatment, a survey, a research project, a material, an idea or an era. This volume will also look at how objects have survived the passage of time, and what that tells us for the future, along with themes of 'the Anthropocene' and 'black and white' approached from either a material or a decision-making perspective. Albertine Hamilton of the State Library of Victoria is the guest editor for Volume 40.1.

Volume 40.2 will include papers that support the interdisciplinary focus of the AICCM Bulletin with a particular focus on environmental risk.

Volumes planned for 2020

In 2020 Volume 41.1 guest editors Professor Robyn Sloggett (, The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, and Dr Alison Wain (, Faculty of Arts and Design, will put together a special volume on 'Cultural Materials Conservation in Australia: critical reflections and key issues in the twenty-first century'. It is timely and exciting that the AICCM Bulletin will chart current strengths and opportunities within the profession and discipline of cultural materials conservation, and its areas of special interest within Australia. Our guest editors are calling for papers that identify the key issues that face cultural materials conservation in the first half of the twenty-first century, to build a set of documents that provide a useful basis for future decision-making and enable a critical reflection on the state of conservation in 2020.
Submit your abstracts to the guest editors by 15 June 2019
Upon acceptance fully written paper will be due on 30 October 2019 

The editorial board is excited to deliver these special issues in response to membership feedback and to enrich conservation dialogue and discourse.

The AICCM Bulletin Editorial Board


Nicole TseGrimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Editorial Board
  • 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
  • Rosie Cook, Conservation Center, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan
  • 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
  • Dr Alison Wain, University of Canberra, Australia

Editorial assistants

Claire Grech, Nur Shkembi, Eliza O'Donnell, Adele Barbara, Nick Baylart, Georgia Garvey-Hawke, Angela Hughes
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