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09.06.2017

Journal Turns 40 With Anniversary Special Issue

We are pleased to announce that a 40th anniversary special issue of the Journal of the Institute of Conservation (Vol 40, no 2) is now available online with the print issue due out later this month

Journal Editor, Dr Jonathan Kemp, shared his thoughts:

icon_journal_40_0_0.jpgIn celebrating what is the de-facto 40th year of publication of the Journal – including its past iterations as The Conservator and The Paper Conservator – the issue has been convened around the question of what possibilities are there for 'the future of conservation?' While some of the nine diverse responses perhaps point to the acceleration of technology as modulating the profession it is also made explicit how conservation needs to be viewed much more as an active cultural practice - one where ideas are elaborated, contested, and transformed - rather than continue to remain hidden backstage, sotto voce, in accordance with some of its more traditional designations.

In presenting this special issue we hope that the 'restless enquiries' therein given voice provoke further engagement with issues that will, undoubtedly, determine something of the future of the profession.

This 40th anniversary issue comes at an interesting time for the Journal as it continues to move from strength to strength. Downloads in 2016 increased by 65% over 2015 (at an impressive 16,660) and again by 58% when comparing the first quarters of 2016 and 2017. Good progress has also been made to achieve one of the long held ambitions of the Editor's predecessors - who all furthered the means and to whom Icon are extremely grateful - incorporation of the Journal into academic citation indices. The publisher, Taylor & Francis, recently gave news that the Journal has been accepted into the ESCI Emerging Sources Citation Index and that it will be assessed in the next 12 months for inclusion in two Thomson Reuters citation indices – now 'Clarivate Analytics' – for Arts & Humanities and either Science or Social Science. We all earnestly hope this succeeds to mark a huge milestone for the next 40 years of the Journal.

Finally, this special issue comes in a generous 120-page edition for which the Editor would like to give an enormous thanks to all at the publisher, Taylor & Francis, especially George Cooper and Liz Eades who both so enthusiastically embraced its production.

Dr Jonathan Kemp
Editor, Journal of the Institute of Conservation

The 40th Anniversary Special Issue of the Journal is now available online and will be out in print soon.

Praise for the journal

The Journal of the Institute of Conservation is a key cornerstone of the conservation profession. Throughout its 40 years it has sought to impart practical knowledge to conservation practitioners in an accessible way. Prof. May Cassar, Editor, The Conservator, 1989–1992

One thing that struck me when editing was the similarities between different conservation disciplines, and the potential for more inter-disciplinary sharing of knowledge and skills. To that end, I see the recent move to all-discipline issues of the Journal as a huge step forward for the Journal and the profession. Janet Berry, Editor, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 2009–2015 (maternity leave 2011-2012)

As the first editor of the Journal of the Institute of Conservation I worked hard with the publisher to retain the two identities of the previous two journal titles ...[but] it was clear that certainly editorially but also for readers and contributors combining content would give the Journal a new lease of life, it would allow more rapid publication of papers, it could offer interest across specialisms and it would likely encourage more contributions ... The Journal can move into this next incarnation thanks to the continuing high standard and relevance to the profession of its contributions and increasingly its recognition within academic publications. It was a privilege to have been involved in a small stage of its life and I wish it many more years to come. Happy anniversary! Shulla Jacques, Editor, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, 2008-2010

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