New Conservation Resources in Open Access

The ICCROM Library is providing a constantly growing set of Open Access resources in conservation through its catalogue interface. These include papers from the most recent ICOM CC triennial meetings, 2011-2017, as well as a multitude of scholarly and peer-reviewed research journals, all freely available at no charge under Open Access.

ICOM-CC Publications Online Platform

The new ICOM-CC Publications Online Platform was inaugurated at the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, last September 2017. The inaugural contents consisted of the Preprints from the Triennial Conferences in Lisbon (2011) and in Melbourne (2014).

Now, the ICOM-CC Triennial Preprints from the 2017 Conference are also available in Open Access on the platform, in celebration of the ICOM-CC 50th Anniversary (1967-2017).

Ever since the first ICOM-CC Meeting in 1967, ICOM-CC has published the preprints from its Triennial Conferences, many of which are no longer available for purchase. Over the past few years, ICOM-CC has worked with the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Research Institute to digitize most of the past preprints in order to offer them in Open Access. This digitization project will continue over the next couple of years.

Other Open Access Conservation Journals

Many conservation periodicals specializing in conservation-restoration are now available in Open Access. These are reliable resources, solid and credible from a scientific point of view, and accessible by all researchers everywhere the world.

They can be found also through ICCROM’s searchable Electronic Journals Library service by clicking on the EZB icon on the ICCROM Library Catalogue.

These journals and e-publications include:

Built Heritage. This journal is the first in China published in English integrating built heritage conservation in a multidisciplinary sphere of architecture, urban and rural planning, and landscape architecture, administrated by the Ministry of Education of China, sponsored by Tongji University, and published by Tongji University Press.

Capitale Culturale: Studies on the Value of Cultural Heritage. This journal has been created to provide a field of discussion on the issue of the integrated conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage among scholars in different disciplines.

CeROArt is a web journal and platform for pluridisciplinary approaches in issues of conservation, exhibition and conservation of works of art. It is also a forum for historians and art historians, philosophers and museologists, heritage scientists, curators, conservator-restorers, museum representatives and students in any one of these disciplines to share ideas and interact.

CONVERSA (Spanish) is a new online publication that aims to serve as a meeting point, dissemination vector and community building tool for conservators and restorers in Argentina.

CONVERSATIONS (Spanish) This journal of the National Coordination of Conservation of Cultural Heritage of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia launches a space to circulate fundamental texts of the field of the conservation of cultural heritage that have influenced the theoretical and conceptual development of the discipline, not published in Spanish until now.

EX-NOVO Journal of Archaeology is a fully peer reviewed open access international journal promotes interdisciplinary research focusing on the multiple relations between archaeology and society. It engages with contemporary perspectives on antiquity linking past and present, and encourages archaeology’s engagement with theoretical developments from other related disciplines such as history, anthropology, political sciences, philosophy, social sciences and colonial studies.

In Situ. Revue des patrimoines (French) offers all heritage professionals a means of disseminating the results of their work on knowledge, conservation and enhancement of heritage. It promotes exchange between different actors and disciplines in heritage research and provides the public with new knowledge about heritage.

International Journal of Conservation Science (IJCS) publishes original research papers, review articles, book and project reviews in all areas dedicated to applied conservation of natural and cultural heritage and other related areas of environmental science and engineering. Our topics cover all disciplines and branches of modern scientific conservation.

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies is an influential, frequently cited, accredited, peer reviewed and Open Access journal published since 2006. Jàmbá (meaning disaster in Yoruba) is a journal in the field of disaster reduction, aimed at serving as a platform for discussion and debate in this relatively new field of study.

Studies in Digital Heritage. This peer-reviewed, online journal publishes innovative work applying new digital technologies, with a special emphasis is on 3D technologies, to the various fields of cultural heritage such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Conservation Science, Egyptology, and History.


A printed list of these free online periodicals is available to users in the Library reading room (classified by major domains and updated regularly). The most recent full PDF list is attached here.

Feel free to consult them!