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Announcement: Special Issue “Advances in Art Crime Research (2018)” Now Accepting Submissions

December 8, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

International trafficking of illicit goods around the globe has steadily diversified, and transnational art crime is no exception. Illegal excavations and antiquities theft from sites around the world have marred archaeologically-rich landscapes to the point that they now resemble “swiss cheese”; countless other sites of historical, scientific, and cultural significance around the globe have been devastated; illegally-obtained cultural treasures continue to be regularly sold on the international art market; and even terrorist organizations have become involved plundering and selling cultural property to fund their activities.

The international scholarly open access journal Arts (ISSN 2076-0752) invites submissions for a Special Issue on the topic of “Art Crime”. Appropriate topics include: art thefts and confiscations; faked and forged art; art fraud; art vandalism; illicit excavation and export of antiquities, artifacts, and other archaeological materials; cultural racketeering; transnational smuggling routes; terrorist involvement in the art and antiquities trade; museum security; emerging trends in art crime; trafficking in art and antiquities; art/antiquities protection and recovery.

We invite potential contributors to submit original articles on their research, whether theoretical or empirical, and both quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome. Technical and/or field reports, short communications, as well as book reviews, will also be considered. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Blythe Alison Bowman Balestrieri, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA) and Tess Davis, Esq. (The Antiquities Coalition, Washington DC, USA) will serve as Guest Co-Editors for this Special Issue. Inquiries about the appropriateness of topics should be directed to:

Dr. Blythe Alison Bowman Balestrieri
Ms. Tess Davis, Esq.
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Arts is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.