Submission Guidelines

Views is published as a newsletter edition, semiannually, in May and November. Deadlines for content are April 15th and October 15th. But, blog submissions are accepted year round, so, don’t wait to send a post, if you’ve got something to say!

Email newsletter and blog submissions to

Newsletter Content

Book reviews are needed for every newsletter edition. Please contact the current Books Editor if you’re interested in writing a book review or watch the VMS listserv for volunteer opportunities and get a free book!

Blog and Newsletter Content

Views Editorial Board is looking for year-round submissions. Contact us if you’re interested in submitting a piece that addresses some aspect of visual materials collections. It can be casual, conversational, or academic in nature. Ideas include (but are not limited to):

  • interviews
  • debates
  • how-to guides
  • case studies
  • dialogues
  • reviews/critiques
  • examination of current trends/topics
  • commentaries or reflections
  • professional experiences
  • essays (visual or written)

Submission Format

Length can be anywhere between 150-800 words.

Images/illustrations are highly encouraged, and should be 72 ppi jpegs, 2500 pixels wide.  Include caption and credit line. Make sure you own the rights to publish the images you submit, or they are available with a Creative Commons license.

All text should be submitted as an email attachment (.docx file) or link (Google doc or other). Use block style for paragraphs, single spaces between sentences, and en (–) or em (—) dashes. Italicize publication titles, and use parentheses within text for citations (or hyperlinks to sources online).

Use hyperlinks, including parenthetical citations (link to source) and endnotes, if needed.

Include Attribution Information, as it should appear at the end of your post: name, title, and institution.

Audience includes anyone with an interest in visual materials collections. Assume a variety of depth of knowledge when crafting your post.

Editors will correct for grammar, punctuation, and clarity.