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Peer-reviewed Journals
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Icon News
Is a bi-monthly magazine sent to all members, containing news, briefings and  updates, feature articles, notes from the Groups, articles on practical topics and listings of upcoming events, awards and scholarships.

Back issues of Icon News can be found by following the links

If you would like to contribute an item to Icon News, please send it by email to the editor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For the 2014/15 copy deadlines for contributors, please click here.

Advertising in Icon News
If you are interested in advertising in Icon News, delivered to over 2,500 conservators across the world please click here to download our current rate card.  


Icon publishes a range of Caring For.. leaflets which are aimed at members of the public, providing basic information

"Caring for the Public Realm" - pdf Public_Realm 635.46 Kb 


Is Icon's monthly email briefing, providing the latest news and notification of forthcoming events.

Iconnect Jobs
Is a regular listing of short-deadlined job advertisements - mailed to eligible members weekly whenever there are new vacancies to announce. 


Icon does not hold any stocks of Conference papers. Most post-prints are produced and distributed by the Icon Group responsible for organising an event, so please go to the relevant Group page for details of how to obtain these.  


Journal of the Institute of Conservation
The Journal of the Institute of Conservation publishes peer-reviewed articles that look to promote knowledge of cultural heritage conservation practice. The two issues a year provide an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of information and research on all aspects relating to conservation and the heritage sector. The Journal enables communication of advances between conservators and the wider conservation and heritage communities in the UK and internationally.

With international contributions on all aspects of conservation it is an invaluable reference. Subjects include scientific evaluation of treatments, collections care, conservation management, conservation history, conservation training, professional issues, philosophy and ethics, interaction with the public, conservation in its wider context, new materials and advances in treatments. The Journal imparts new research developments in the field for a readership that will include practicing conservators, archivists and curators as well as other professionals from the heritage community.

Each annual issue has discrete focus so that one issue of the Journal is based on book and paper conservation and the other issue on other cultural heritage conservation disciplines.

The Journal also improves the practice of conservation by communicating ideas through shorter notices and book reviews. Individual members of the Institute of Conservation receive a print subscription and online access to the journal as a benefit of membership. The Journal is published by Taylor and Francis and can be found on the Taylor and Francis website


Online Access to the Journal of the Institute of Conservation

If you are a member of Icon (excluding Supporter categories), you are eligible to free online access to current and past issues of the Journal, and free online access to past issues of The Conservator and The Paper Conservator. Please click here to gain free online access. You will need the password for the Portal page (this will have been emailed to you - if you need a reminder please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Members of Icon (excluding Supporter categories) also receive free online access to the current volumes of five other Taylor and Francis journals:

  • Collection Management
  • International Journal of Architectural Heritage
  • International Journal of Heritage Studies
  • Museum Management and Curatorship
  • World Archaeology


These can be accessed through the link above.

Contributing to the Journal
What interesting projects are you working on at the moment?  Are you employing a novel approach to your work that others would find useful?  Would you like to enhance your CPD by publishing your work in the Journal? We are currently looking for articles relating to all disciplines for submission to the two issues of the Journal. Although the Journal appears in print twice per year, articles can be published online (with a DOI number) at any time of the year via our publisher’s rapid online publication system Therefore the Editor accepts submissions throughout the year.

If you would like to discuss your ideas or would like more advice on how to turn a project into an article, please contact the Editor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  More information about the Journal can be found on the Taylor & Francis website.   

Guidelines for authors are available here.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   to contact the Journal Editor, Janet Berry. 

Terms of reference for the Editorial Panel for the Journal can be viewed here.


Journal deadlines and publication dates

Submissions that are accepted by the Journal appear online soon after acceptance. Therefore, articles are now being published online throughout the year, and can be submitted throughout the year. All online articles will be published in the printed copy that arrives on members' doorsteps when the next related issue is ready to be printed. There are still deadlines by which submissions need to have been received in order for them to be considered for a specific issue of the Journal. These deadlines, and the publication dates for specific issues are outlined below.

March 2015 Book and paper conservation (Vol 38, no. 1) Submission deadline 28 February 2014
September 2015 All other disciplines (Vol 38, no. 2) Submission deadline 31 August 2014       




Conference proceedings and other publications
Conference proceedings and other publications are available for study purposes from the Chantry Library. Copies of some legacy publications are available for purchase from Archetype Books. Icon does not hold a stock of any publications.


Routledge are offering members of Icon a 20% discount on books. When ordering you will need to insert the offer code ICON13 into the shopping basket.

Butterworth Heinemann are offering members of Icon a 20% discount on their range of Conservation and Museology publications. When ordering you will need to insert the offer code AHV7 into the shopping basket. Please quote your Icon membership number in the Institution/Organisation line of the shipping address.

Maney Publishing , publishers of Studies in Conservationare offering ICON members a 25% discount to journals in their Archaeology & Heritage list including:

  • Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
  • Arms & Armour
  • English Heritage Historical Review
  • The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice

Please note that individual subscriptions are not available for all journals in their collection. For further information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Donhead is another relevant publisher, specialising mostly in conservation of the built heritage. Members of Icon are eligible for a 10% discount on any Donhead book recently reviewed in Icon News, for three months from the date of review, when they place an order by telephone to Donhead, citing their Icon membership number: Telephone 01747 828422

The National Gallery Technical Bulletin
The Technical Bulletin is a unique record of research carried our at the National Gallery London, which covers all aspects of the conservation, technical study and care of the paintings in the collection. New volumes and back issues can be ordered online at and by mail order : 020 7747 2870, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

V & A Conservation Journal
The V&A Conservation Journal provides an overview of current work within the Conservation department. It reflects the department's role within the Victoria and Albert Museum and the range of its activities. The Journal is now published online, as well as in printed format (currently available at the Chantry Library)


The main stockists of conservation and conservation-related publications are:
Archetype Books
Canadian Conservation Institute Bookstore
ICCROM Bookshop








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