New England Museums Now Call for Submissions

 

New England Museums Now is the professional journal for the voices of museum professionals across the geography, genres, and job descriptions present in our field, and we want your voice to be represented! Submissions for articles are accepted on a rolling basis. However, if your article is especially timely or relates to an upcoming theme, plan on submitting your work before the deadlines below.

What kinds of articles are we seeking?

Though Museum Now issues each focus on a particular theme relevant to our field, we welcome articles on all museum topics. Your submission is not required to fit a theme for an upcoming issue.

Your article may take any of these forms:

Format

Example

Approximate Length

Hot Topics/Current Events

Thoughts on trends in the museum field (any/all genres and issues). Opposing viewpoints and debate welcome.

750-1,500 words

Case Studies (The Good, the Bad, and the Awesome)

Exhibit or program development, prototyping, partnerships with others in/out of the museum field

1,000-2,000 words

Best Practices

“5 Steps to a better…”

Practical tips for better management, donor relations, interactive design, difficult visitor interactions, etc.

500-1,000 words

Book Reviews

Key points and reader reactions from a newly published work (within last 2 years; New England authors/features preferred)

500-1,000 words

Travelogues

Lessons learned, ideas gained from visiting museums outside New England

750-1,500 words

Other

Have a great idea that doesn’t fit one of these categories? Propose it to us!

 

 

What about images?

We welcome images submitted with your articles! However, please make sure that they are images that you have a right to share, and be aware that by submitting these images, you are granting NEMA the right to use them in this electronic publication and related marketing. Please identify the photographer or creator of the images so that we may give proper credit. (The best way to be certain you have the right to share the images is to have created them yourself!)

Will NEMA accept an article that has been published elsewhere?

We prefer works that are new and unpublished. However, we may consider a previously published article if you have new information or a different focus which will provide fresh insight to the topic. If submitting a previously published work, please include a link or copy of the original, as well as its original publication date and audience.

If you have a blog post, article from your own museum’s newsletter, or similar, please feel free to submit the link for possible inclusion in our “From the Blogs” or “From the Region” sections.

What are the rights, expectations, and benefits of being a NEMN contributing author?

All submitted articles remain the copyright of the original authors. If NEMA selects your article for publication, you are granting us rights of first electronic publication, along with the right to keep the article on our website and in our association archives in perpetuity, and to excerpt your article for marketing and public relations purposes, such as social media and email communications. After 3 months you may republish your article on any other platform (your personal or institutional blog, other professional journals or review sites, etc). NEMA reserves the right to edit for length and clarity, and will contact you if further edits are requested or required.

If your article is selected, we encourage you to share the link with your own networks and to include your writing credits in your resume and portfolio. We will provide a pdf of your NEMN article for your records on request.

If you wish to submit your article to another market or publication, you may email us to remove your submission from consideration at any time.

When are the deadlines?

We accept article submissions throughout the year. If you would like to write a theme article for any upcoming issue, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your ideas.

We do not require all articles in a single issue to relate to the theme. However, if you have an existing piece particularly suited for an upcoming focus, make sure not to miss the following submission deadlines

October 1, 2017: Winter 2017 Issue, “Up to Standard?” – Professionalize the field. Prove value. Support staff and board decisions. Encourage donors and funders. Standards across the museum field are meant to do all these things and more, but do they always work? When are they helpful and when do they hinder? When is flexibility more important than conformity, or vice versa? How are standards in the museum field evolving to reflect the changing realities of museums in the 21st century?

February 1, 2018: Spring 2018 Issue, “Museums, Mother Nature, and Exhibits in the Great Outdoors” What are the unique opportunities and challenges faced by outdoor museums? How do museums with sculpture parks, historic landscapes, nature centers, and other open-air spaces strategize differently than their roofed counterparts? How do museums with limited campuses maximize their outdoor options for programming? What can urban museums learn from rural ones? Where are New England’s ‘extreme outdoor exhibits’ and what are their lessons for the rest of us? What are the newest trends and ideas for interpreting “empty” space?

May 1, 2018: Summer 2018 Issue, “Examining Museum Memberships” How are museum membership programs evolving to suit their shifting audiences, as generations and populations age and change? Are there new trends in the motivations for becoming museum members? How have membership incentives and structures changed in the last decade? We will be doing a benchmarking survey on museum membership and comparing this year’s responses with our last membership issue from 2010, and looking at the first two years’ results from NEMA Stats Plus.

August 1, 2018: Fall/Winter 2018 Issue, “Volunteerism & All-Volunteer Institutions”What are best practices that are manageable goals for organizations that are completely volunteer-run? What should you know if you’re transitioning from all-volunteer to your first professional paid staff? Are there legal issues that are particular to all-volunteer organizations, and what pitfalls should you avoid? What do members of different generations look for in a volunteer opportunity?  How can you best support your volunteers?

February 1, 2019: Spring 2019 Special Anniversary Issue, “NEMA Turns 100! We’re celebrating 100 years of New England museum history! We’ll be collecting museum histories and fun facts via an upcoming survey, but we’re interested in other reflections on the changing (or eternal) nature of museum work, stories of personal and professional growth, and treasures from the attics and basements of museums all over New England.

**Please Note: Future themes may change in response to current events and trends.**

Articles should be sent to meg.winikates@nemanet.org.

When will we notify contributing authors about the status of their submissions?

You will receive an acknowledgement when we receive your submission; notification of acceptance, requests for editing or clarification, etc. will follow on a rolling basis. If you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of submission, please feel free to inquire.

Your article may be accepted for the next issue or held for an upcoming issue; we will always inform you as to the projected publication date of any accepted submission.

What will help make my article more likely to be published?

We are looking for topics that will be of interest to people across many parts of the museum field. Authors that demonstrate that they have thought about the implications of their topic for people in organizations of different sizes, types, and geographic locations will be at the top of the list.

Always proofread (or have a colleague look over) your piece before submitting it. You can read example articles from previous Museums Now issues here.

Please submit your article in a format easy to read and edit, i.e. as an attached Word document, not as a pdf or in the body of your email. Make sure to include “NEMN submission” in the subject line of your email.

Further Questions?

If you have questions or ideas for themes for upcoming issues, please contact Meg Winikates at meg.winikates@nemanet.org or by phone 781-641-0013.