About the Journal

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal presenting scholarly articles that contribute to historical and art-historical research into the Rijksmuseum collections. In addition, there are short notices and acquisition descriptions that highlight interesting features of objects on display or in depot. The Bulletin is read by an international audience of curators, scholars, students, art professionals and enthusiasts. Scientific research into objects and works of art by museum experts is often published in The Rijksmuseum Bulletin. However, authors from outside the museum are very welcome to contribute, providing their contributions add to the understanding of the Rijksmuseum collection. 

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin started in 1953 as Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum with mainly Dutch contributions. It evolved into a bilingual journal and is completely available in English as of 2009. The contributions are peer-reviewed (double blind) articles of circa 6000 words including footnotes, and short notices of around 2000 words. Series of spreads represent concise research into the recently acquired objects in fine and applied arts including rare books, of both European and Asian culture, and the drawings, prints and photographs bought for the Print Room.

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin open access policy

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles. This policy is grounded on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin in Scientific Databases

The Rijksmuseum Bulletin is available in JSTOR (Arts & Sciences VIII Collection) from vol. 1 (1953) and indexed in Web of Science (Social Sciences / Arts and Humanities Citation Index) from vol. 59 (2011), in Scopus (Social Sciences / Arts and Humanities Index) from vol. 57 (2009) and in ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences) from vol. 1 (1953). For more information, please visit www.jstor.orgwww.webofscience.comwww.elsevier.com and erihplus.nsd.no.


This journal is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO to ensure that the license terms and self-archiving policy of the journal is clear. 

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilises Portico to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.