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.”


Written content in British Art Studies is published under an Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons licence. 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.

If required by their funder, authors have the option to publish in British Art Studies under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons licence, which does permit reuse for commercial purposes. This policy meets the open access requirements of funders such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and any of its research councils.


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.