- Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture is an
academic refereed journal published annually by the E.H. McCormick
Research Library at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. It
focuses on contemporary scholarship, prioritising consequential
work. Contributions from post-graduate students as well as
established art historians and writers are welcome.
- The journal publishes essays of around 5000 words, artists'
projects, and shorter articles of around 1000 words for its archive
section. Endnotes should be written according to the journal's
guidelines. Use line spacing of 1.5 for all parts of the
manuscript. An abstract of 100 words should be submitted with the
- Contributions should be sent as an email attachment to the
Managing Editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or posted to: Catherine Hammond, Managing Editor, Reading Room,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, P.O Box 5449, Auckland, New
- Contributors are sent two copies of the journal.
- Images used should be good quality photographs, transparencies
or jpeg files (minimum 300 dpi). Copyright clearance and payment of
reproduction fees are the author's responsibility. A figure number
(Fig. 1 etc) and full caption details (artist, title, date, medium
and dimensions, location or collection, and copyright owner of
photograph where applicable) should accompany each
- Captions for illustrations will appear in the following format:
- Title date
- Location or collection
- Photographer/additional courtesy line (where applicable)
- Spelling should follow the Oxford English Dictionary.
New Zealand English is preferred (unless the spelling is in a
quote, title, or title of an institution). Some examples:
specialise rather than specialize,
travelling rather than traveling,
neighbour rather than neighbor,
catalogue rather than catalog,
programme rather than program,
centre rather than center.
- Capitalise all major words (and always the first and last
words) in both titles and subtitles when citing the title of a work
of art or a publication. Titles of art movements should also be
written in upper case e.g. Pop art, Conceptual art,
Post-Impressionism, Baroque; with the exception of terms that do
not refer to a coherent visual category e.g. modernism and
- When a work of art is first mentioned in the text, the date
should follow it in round brackets e.g. Nude Descending a
Staircase (1912). If the work is also illustrated, then the
figure number should also be included e.g. (1912, Fig.1). If the
title of a work of art is already in brackets then the date should
follow within the bracket and separated by a comma e.g. (Nude
Descending a Staircase, 1912). Subsequent references to the
same work do not require a date.
- Double quotation marks should be used. Use single quotation
marks for quotes within the quote. Punctuation at the end of quoted
matter should be included within quotation marks. Indent the whole
of substantial passages of quotation (i.e. more than 30 words) but
omit quotation marks.
- Italics should be used for titles of works of art, exhibitions,
books, catalogues, periodical publications, films, plays, poems,
operas and record albums. Italicise phrases or technical terms in
languages other than English. However, articles, documents and
chapter titles should be distinguished in the text by quotation
- Dates should be presented in the following form: names of
centuries should be spelt out in full, in lower case: "twentieth
century" (noun) or "twentieth-century" (adjective); decades as
"1970s", "mid-1990s"; and particular dates presented as: "22 May
1967". Date spans should be presented as "1988-99" or as
"1998-2001" when crossing centuries. The full span should be given
to birth and death dates: "1914-1996".
Dates of artworks in the text should follow in brackets e.g.
- Write numerals up to nine in letters (ie. five rather than 5)
and numbers 10 and higher in numeral form.
- Dashes. Em (long) dashes should have a space on either side of
them. En (short) dashes that are used between inclusive numbers and
between compound adjectives should not have a space on either side
of them e.g. 1970-72, post-Civil War period.
- Ellipses. Three ellipsis points indicate an omission within a
sentence. Spaces should separate the points from each other and
from the words preceding and following.
- Citations and notes should be given in endnotes. For references
in the text, insert a superscript numeral immediately following the
relevant passage and after any punctuation. Endnotes should follow
the Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.). For an online
guide go to
- Wendy Doniger, Splitting the Difference : Gender and Myth
in Ancient Greece and India (Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1999), 23-24.
- Guy Cowlishaw and Robin Dunbar, Primate Conservation
Biology (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000),
Four or more authors
- Edward O. Laumann et al., The Social Organization of
Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States (Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1994), 262.
Editor, translator or compiler instead of author
- Richard Lattimore, trans., The Iliad of Homer
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951), 91-92.
Editor, translator or compiler in addition to author
- Yves Bonnefoy, New and Collected Poems, ed. John
Naughton and Anthony Rudolf (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
Chapter of other part of a book
- Andrew Wiese, "'The House I live In': Race, Class, and African
American Suburban Dreams in the Postwar United States," in The
New Suburban History, ed. Kevin M. Kruse and Thomas J. Sugrue
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), 101-2.
Article in a print journal
- Kathleen Burnett and Eliza T. Dresang, "Rhizomorphic Reading:
The Emergence of a New Aesthetic in Literature for Youth,"
Library Journal 69 (October 1999): 421-45.
- Regina M. Schwartz, "Tragedy and the Mass," Literature and
Theology 19, no. 2 (2005): 139-158.
Article in an online journal
- Mark A. Hlatky et al., "Quality-of-Life and Depressive Symptoms
in Postmenopausal Women after Receiving Hormone Therapy: Results
from the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS)
Trial," Journal of the American Medical Association 287,
Magazine or newspaper article
- Steve Martin, "Sports-Interview Shocker," New Yorker,
May 6, 2002, 84.
- William S. Niederkorn, "A Scholar Recants on His 'Shakespeare'
Discovery," New York Times, June 20, 2002, Arts section,
Document in a website
- U.S. Census Bureau, "Health Insurance Coverage Status and Type
of Coverage by Sex, Race and Hispanic Origin, 1987 to 1999," Health
Insurance Historical Table 1, 2000,
Weblog entry or comment
- 13. Peter Pearson, comment on "The New American Dilemma:
Illegal Immigration,"The Becker-Posner Blog, comment posted March
(accessed March 28, 2006).
- John Doe, e-mail message to author, October 31, 2005.
Works of art
- Louise Bourgeois, Femme Volage, 1951. Wood, paint, 183
x 44.5 x 33 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
When referring to the same source a number of times, a shortened
form of the citation may be used on subsequent occasions by citing
the last name of the author and page number(s). Include a shortened
form of the title if citing more than one work by the same
- Burnett and Dresang, 423.
- Doniger, Splitting the Difference, 49, 53.