IIC and Routledge announce a new open research publishing partnership.

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IIC and Routledge - leading Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) publisher, have partnered to launch a special open research publishing Collection - a first for the sector.

This special online Collection is hosted on Routledge Open Research, the world’s first open research publishing Platform specifically for the HSS community, which combines, articles, and other research outputs in one interdisciplinary venue. The publishing venue utilizes the publishing model, technology and knowledge pioneered by leading open research publisher F1000 to provide HSS scholars with a rapid and transparent publishing venue, whilst also giving authors the opportunity to increase the discoverability, accessibility and reach of their research.

The IIC Collection explores and shares research and perspectives of ‘conservation and leadership’ from different contexts, including changing contexts and emerging contexts, as well as visions for future leadership within the field of cultural heritage conservation.

Sarah Stannage, Executive Director at IIC, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Routledge to offer this first initiative focusing on leadership and by showcasing the value of practice based open research within our global conservation community”.

Dr Joelle Wickens, guest advisor for the collection and Associate Director of the Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, commented: “I am thrilled to be working with IIC and Routledge on an initiative that responds to the call to diversify and globalize the voices that contribute to scholarship in our field and to make that scholarship available to all.”

Juliet Harrison, Head of Content Acquisition, F1000, commented: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with such a likeminded organisation as the IIC, to enable their researchers to increase the discoverability, accessibility and reach of their research for real-world impact. This is a significant step for the IIC in advancing its aim of democratizing knowledge and we are privileged to be chosen to accompany them on their open research journey.”

The IIC Collection enables all research outputs to be published open access, as well as benefitting from invited and open peer review, article versioning, archiving and indexing. In addition to research articles, the Collection enables authors to publish a variety of peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed content such as books, data notes, software tools, methods articles, policy briefs, case studies, posters, slides and technical reports.

Further details about the scope of submissions for this first initiative can be found here:


A webinar introducing the special online collection and rapid open research publishing will be hosted on 11 September 2023, 2pm to 3.30pm (BST) with Routledge , Dr Joyce Townsend (IIC Director of Publications) and collection advisors, Dr Joelle Wickens and Sarah Stannage. If you are interested in attending the webinar please register your interest via this form: https://forms.office.com/e/pjPKijDjzR