At The Gathering, we know that you have information to impart and thoughts to share, so we welcome submissions of all shapes and sizes. Whether you have written a long and detailed report of an interesting conservation treatment or a short and lively opinion piece about current events in the conservation world, we want to publish it. Submissions related to treatments and techniques should naturally focus on books and paper (or related materials), but other posts could address the conservation and cultural heritage profession at large. The basic rule to keep in mind is that articles should be relevant to your fellow book and paper conservators.


You can submit your idea by emailing us at If you have not written anything yet but want to kick around some ideas, just drop us a line to let us know what you have in mind. Otherwise, if your piece has already been written, then please send us the following:

  • text: Word, Pages, OpenOffice or PDF formats. If your article includes citations and/or references, our preferred style is Harvard; however, we are happy to accept other styles, so long as you are consistent within your article.

  • full-resolution images: all articles should include at least one image – we need one for the home page (as a ‘featured image’), and it also makes your article nicer to look at. Even if images are included within your document, please send full-sized originals as attachments, and please ensure that the images are cropped to your desired size. Do bear in mind that any photos not taken by yourself need to have copyright permission. 

  • author bio: this can be as long or as short as you wish; have a look at other articles on our site if you need inspiration


Unlike articles for conservation journals, pieces submitted to The Gathering will not endure an overly rigorous peer-review process, but will be checked for spelling, grammar, clarity and general suitability. Our editing team will work with you on any such textual changes, as well as issues regarding images and layout, prior to publication.

If English is not your first language, do not fear! Many of the articles on our site have been written by authors with varying levels of ‘English as a second (or third) language’ proficiency, and we are more than happy to work with you.

Sound easy enough? We certainly hope so, and we hope to hear from you soon. Now get writing!