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    Amsterdam Museum Journal

    Welcome to Amsterdam Museum Journal (AMJournal). The multidisciplinary biannual (diamond) open access, peer reviewed research journal that connects scholars across  domains.

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    Moving Beyond Disciplines

    As the city museum of the eclectic capital of the Netherlands, the art and object we show, the stories we host and the societal topics that occupy us are complex by nature. This complexity requires a polyphonic approach; not one voice can, or indeed should, tell the whole story. As such, rather than disciplinary, AMJournal is thematically oriented.

    We publish contributions from scholars in various stages of their research careers, and in a variety of disciplines; from art history to law and from sociology to philosophy, as well as multi-, cross-, trans- and interdisciplinary studies.


    AMJournal aims to make research accessible from readers and researchers.


    All texts are published in English and written according to the AMJournal author guidelines with the broader academic and expert community in mind. 

    Reader Accessibility 
    The journal is (diamond) open access. All journal editions, as well as individual contributions, can be accessed and downloaded for free on the renewed Amsterdam Museum website in PDF format (website launch in September 2023). In addition to not charging subscriptions or access fees for readers, AMJournal does not charge authors Article Processing Charges (APCs).

    Author Accessibility
    Whilst AMJournal strictly includes contributions that meet its high standards, we aim to make research publications accessible both for the reader and the writer. As such, AMJournal welcomes contributions by authors in all stages of their research careers; from outstanding master students to the most lauded scholars (and anyone in between). As we highly value junior and freelance researchers, the journal does not require authors to have a research institute affiliation to publish. Each published text goes through three rounds of double-blind peer reviewing by, at least, two peer reviewers (1. Abstract (open call) 2. Version 1, 3. Version 2). As such, we aim to make publishing research more accessible to authors and ensure that publication is purely based on the quality of the contribution. To further support students and independent researchers, for each edition AMJournal awards the Best Paper Prize (€350) to scholars without a research position (e.g., Ph.D. candidates, junior lecturers or freelance researchers).

    Contribution Types

    Rather than restricting itself to one academic text genre, each AMJournal  edition features various text types.

    By centering on a theme rather than one discipline, AMJournal allows researchers to publish their expertise outside the confounds of their usual disciplinary borders. In other words, we wish to provide a platform for academic passion projects; from the big data scientist wanting to write an essay on their work to the literary philosophy scholar doing quantitative empirical analyses outside their project.

    To support multivocality and offer a stage for various disciplines, AMJournal publishes various types of contributions: 

    1. The Short Essays: 2000-4000 words, a clear thesis statement in the text for which they offer sufficient reasoning embedded in existing academic literature.

    2. The Long Essays: 4000-6000 words, a clear thesis statement in the text for which they offer sufficient reasoning embedded in existing academic literature.

    3. The Empirical Papers: 2000-6000 words, for studies that are based on empirical analyses (e.g., data driven research, case studies, experiments).

    4. The Visual Essay: an qualitative analysis of the presentation, representation in a series of images relevant to the theme.

    5. The Polyphonic Object: 1000 words each, feature short analyses of an object from the Amsterdam Museum collection by three scholars from different disciplines

    6. The Polylogue: a thematic roundtable conversations by experts from various academic fields on the theme of the journal edition.

    7. The Interview: an in-depth interview between the guest editor(s) and a prominent name in the field.

    Board of Editors

    Editor-in-Chief / Managing Editor
    Dr. Emma van Bijnen

    Internal Board of Editors

    Dr. Emma van Bijnen
    Prof.Dr.Margriet Schavemaker
    Dr. Judith van Gent
    Dr. Vanessa Vroon-Najem

    For each themed edition, in consultation with the advisory board, guest editors will be invited to be project lead, or complement the fixed members of the AMJ editorial board.

    External Board of Editors

    The internal board of editor is supplemented by an extensive international external board of editors. Depending on the theme of an edition, a selection of the external board of editors will serve as guest editors and edition advisors. As the journal covers numerous disciplines, this external board is comprised of scholars from various academic fields and disciplines:

    Pablo Ampuero Ruiz; Rowan Arundel; Sruti Bala; Markus Balkenhol; Christian Bertram; Stephan Besser; Carolyn Birdsall; Cristobal Bonelli; Pepijn Brandon; Petra Brouwer; Chiara de Cesari; Debbie Cole; Leonie Cornips; Annet Dekker; Karwan Fatah-Black; Wouter van Gent; Sara Greco; Laura van Hasselt; Gian-Louis Hernandez; Pim Huijnen; Julian Isenia; Paul Knevel; Gregor Langfeld; Mia Lerm-Hayes; Virginie Mamadouh; Julia Noordegraaf; Esther Peeren; Gertjan Plets; Menno Reijven; Jan Rock; Noa Roei; Steven Schouten; Irene Stengs; Eliza Steinbock; Dimitris Serafis; Sanjukta Sunderason; Rebecca Venema; Tim Verlaan; Daan Wesselman; meLê yamomo; Mia You; Emilio Zucchetti

    Artwork Call for Abstracts 3

    Call-for-Abstracts: Reproducing Art, Culture, and Society

    AMJournal calls on all scholars, from all disciplines, to submit their abstracts for Edition #3: Reproducing Art, Culture, and Society (to be published in December 2024).

    Authors are invited to submit their abstracts before April 14th, 2024 (23:59 CET) to

    Download Open Call Edition #3
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    Author Guidelines

    Before submitting a text, check the AMJournal author guidelines

    Download Author Guidelines

    Author Terms and Conditions

    All authors must agree to, and adhere to, the AMJournal author terms and conditions.

    Download Author Terms and Conditions

    Contact AMJournal

    For more information, send us an e-mail at

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