British Art Studies is one of the few completely open access journals in the field of art history. We do not charge readers or institutions to access the journal and anyone may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text versions of its contents. As such, the journal provides a unique platform for digital publishing, and is a forum for debate about fair use and the digital humanities.

The ethos of Yale University’s Open Access Policy has inspired the journal’s approach: “The preservation, transmission, and advancement of knowledge in the digital age are promoted by the creative use and reuse of digitized content for research, teaching, learning, and creative activities.”


All written content in British Art Studies is published under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC International 4.0 license. You are free to share, copy, and redistribute the material in any medium or format. We encourage you to adapt, remix, transform, and build upon the material.

However, you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if changes were made. You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

Research Excellence Framework 2021

The United Kingdom’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an assessment of research outputs at British higher education institutions. The next REF is planned to take place in 2021. According to the Open Access Policy of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the body that coordinates the REF, research outputs must be published under certain conditions to count as “open access” in the assessment. A key requirement is that journal articles be deposited in subject-specific or institutional open access repositories.

For the purposes of the REF, British Art Studies is a gold open access journal. Papers published in the journal automatically qualify as open access and need not follow the usual HEFCE deposit requirements. More information can be found in clause 38.f. of their Open Access Policy under the heading “Deposit exceptions”.

Authors may still deposit their journal publications, if they wish. British Art Studies is a RoMEO green journal. As image rights have been cleared for publication within our articles, in both HTML and PDF formats, the image permissions obtained for journal contributions will extend to depositories. Given the terms of the licence, third-party agents may equally deposit the publications, without consulting either the author or the journal.

The journal is considered gold open access by virtue of making all content freely and digitally available immediately upon publication under a non-commercial licence. It is therefore also likely to meet open access requirements in other scholarly assessments, for example, tenure reviews or grant applications.


British Art Studies is a digital publication and intended to be experienced online. Copy-edited post-production versions of long-form articles are provided as PDF documents for ease of reading offline. Though special features are also distributed in PDF format, we recommend that readers return to the online platform to experience them in their native format.