Guidelines for Digital Humanities Submissions

NCAW is pleased to announce that the journal is currently accepting proposals for a series of digital humanities articles funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For more information on how to submit a proposal for a Terra-funded digital humanities project, visit our Call for Proposals page.

We actively encourage authors to submit either completed digital humanities projects or digital humanities project proposals to be considered for publication in the journal. A digital humanities project consists of a scholarly article accompanied by one or more digital tools or components. By digital tools or components, we mean any digital mode of presentation that will meaningfully enhance a scholarly article. This includes, for example, high-resolution images with zoom capability, a visual essay, an interactive map, or a three-dimensional reconstruction of an exhibition. Send all below materials to the Managing Editor, petra.chu[at], and the Digital Humanities Editor, ebuhe[at]

To submit an already-completed digital humanities project for possible inclusion in NCAW, please include:

a. Article as Microsoft Word document
b. Article as PDF
c. PowerPoint file with images (unless embedded in article document)
d. Illustration list as Microsoft Word file in the format described in the Style Sheet
e. 250-300 word abstract as Microsoft Word document
f. Microsoft Word document with your name, address, and title of your article
g. CV
h. URL or other appropriate means of accessing the digital tool(s) that will accompany the article
i. Two page Microsoft Word document explaining how the author plans to present the article and tool or component within the NCAW framework (technologies used, layout, etc.)

To submit a proposal for a digital humanities project, please include:

a. Abstract (500 words maximum) as Microsoft Word document detailing the scholarly content of the article, including how information gleaned from the proposed digital tool(s) or component(s) will impact the article’s interpretive claims
b. Abstract (500 words maximum) as Microsoft Word document outlining the appearance/format of the digital tool(s) or component(s) and explaining how the author plans to present the article and tool within the NCAW framework (technologies used, layout, etc.). Also provide one or more URLs from any existing digital project(s) that resemble your proposed project functionally, aesthetically, or in the technologies used, followed by several sentences describing which elements of that project will differ from/emulate your proposed digital tool
c. Budget (1 page maximum)
d. CV

The Managing Editor and/or the Digital Humanities Editor will review each submission as soon as possible and send it out for peer review (unless they feel it has serious problems, in which case they will return it to the author before peer review). For more information on NCAW’s process of peer review for digital humanities proposals, see Peer Review.

If, after peer review, the submission is accepted, the author(s) will receive comments and suggestions for any changes. The author(s) will also consult with the Digital Humanities Editor on the schedule and timeline for production of the project. In all cases, the editors will attempt to inform the author(s) of the article’s status within two months of receipt.

The areas of investigation in which NCAW is interested include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

High-Resolution imaging and dynamic image presentation:
Use of panoramic and/or high-resolution imagery to view, for example, panoramas, conservation images (x-ray, infrared reflectography), moving images, or three-dimensional images of artworks. Also articles which are accompanied by digital facsimiles of longer works, such as musical scores, albums, or sketchbooks, as in, for example, the NCAW Spring 2013 article “‘In the Park’: Lewis Miller’s Chronicle of American Landscape at Mid-Century”

Data Mining and Analysis:
Use of data analytics programs (e.g., Gephi, Network Workbench) to investigate connections among particular groups or individuals, such as artists, writers, art dealers, art markets, and other networks of exchange (social networks)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping:
Use of maps in concert with data sets (e.g., depictions of sites, location of objects, paths of travel) in order to investigate and communicate change over time and space

For examples of already published digital humanities projects, see Digital Humanities Articles.

For further information, feel free to email Managing Editor Petra Chu, petra.chu[at], and Digital Humanities Editor Elizabeth Buhe, ebuhe[at]