RACAR is published twice a year: a general issue in the spring and a guest-edited thematic issue in fall. Articles are reviewed and approved by the journal’s editorial committee and external evaluators, and they must meet the standards of a respected academic journal with an international reputation.

​Authors may submit articles to be published in a general issue or by responding to a call for papers linked to one of the guest-edited thematic issues.

Please submit your manuscript to the managing editor at information.racar@gmail.com.

  • Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,500 words, including notes.
  • Articles should contain a maximum of 12 illustrations.
  • Please submit an abstracts in French (150 words or less each) with your article, as well as thumbnails and a list of illustrations; all illustrations and captions should be included in a separate document rather than integrated into the manuscript..
  • To ensure that the peer-review process is anonymous, the author’s name must be removed from the document’s Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced, using Times New Roman.
  • All pages of the manuscript should be paginated consecutively, with page numbers in the lower right-hand corner.
  • The editors of RACAR retain the right to make such editorial revisions as may be necessary to render the finished work suitable for publication.
  • References should be formatted as footnotes rather than endnotes. Any acknowledgements should come at the end of the document.

Please consult our style guide prior to submitting your article.

Peer-Review Policy

The members of RACAR’s editorial committee and guest editors review each article before sending it to an external reviewer for a double-blind evaluation process. Authors are then given detailed comments and one of the following verdicts: 1) accepted without changes; 2) accepted with minor changes; 3) revise and resubmit; 4) refused. In the case of major discrepancies among the verdicts, the journal may request an additional external evaluation. RACAR provides authors with the referees’ anonymous comments, so that they can revise their text. RACAR’s decision regarding the publication of a text is final.

Policy on the Use of Articles Published in the Journal

RACAR publishes complete texts in English or French. The in-print version of the journal is available in university libraries across North America and Europe. We recently adopted an open-access policy, and more recent articles may now be downloaded from our website. The journal thus allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or reference the full text of its articles, or to use them for any legal purpose.

Copyright Policy

The author, and not RACAR, is solely responsible for the entire contents of their contribution.
Manuscripts accepted for publication will not be published until the author has provided the managing editor with documentation showing that copyright laws for reproductive material and/or for extensive quotations have been satisfied.

The intellectual property and the copyright for the original content of all articles belong to the authors. In return, authors grant RACAR free and exclusive licence for the initial publication, as well as the right to produce and distribute the text for an unlimited amount of time and without territorial restriction. The author is responsible for obtaining copyright permissions and high-resolution JPG files for any images accompanying their article. Authors are permitted to self-archive in a public repository using a PDF provided by RACAR.


  • Reviews should not only describe the book or exhibition’s contents, but should contain an important critical and evaluative element. It is useful to situate the book or exhibition in relation to previous or current scholarship on the subject, and to relate it, if appropriate, to contemporary scholarly trends or to the author’s or curator’s previous work.
  • Reviews should be around 1,500 words long.
  • Review essays (reviewing multiple titles or exhibitions on a similar theme) can be up to 4,000 words long.
  • Please use footnotes sparingly, if at all.
  • Reviews should be submitted in MS Word files.
  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Do not justify the right-hand margin.
  • The editors reserve the right to shorten or refuse review submissions.
  • Reviews will be returned to the authors for editing after changes suggested by the editorial team.
  • Please use Canadian spelling.
  • Please consult RACAR author guidelines for additional information on style (e.g., italicization, etc.).
  • Please list the information at the beginning of the review in the following format:
  • For a book: John Potvin, Bachelors of a Different Sort: Queer Aesthetics, Material Culture and the Modern Interior in Britain. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014. 328 pp., 65 b/w illus. Paper $32.95. ISBN: 9781784991098.
  • For an exhibition: War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, November 10, 2012 – February 2, 2013, curated by Andrea Kunard.
  • Your name and institutional affiliation should appear at the end of the review.
  • Reviews should be emailed to the reviews editors: Devon Smither for reviews written in English (devon.smither@uleth.ca); the position of French reviews editor is currently vacant, for reviews in French, please contact information.racar@gmail.com.
  • Deadlines: February 15th for consideration for the Spring issue, and July 15th for the Fall issue.
  • Please always contact the reviews editors before writing your review in order to communicate your interest.
  • Authors should disclose to the editors any potential conflict of interest.


RACAR publishes reviews of books and exhibitions in English and French on an ongoing basis. Although we focus primarily on Canadian authors, publishers, and exhibitions, we also include international projects. Our reviews are published both in print and online, and they are available at JSTOR, Érudit, and EBSCO.

English Reviews Editor

Devon Smith, University of Lethbridge

French Reviews Editor

Dr. Zoë Tousignant, McCord Stewart Museum

Each fall, RACAR publishes a special, guest-edited issue entirely dedicated to a specific theme. Recent issue topics have included:

  • The Preservation of Black Diasporic Visual Histories (2022)
  • “Revised Commemoration” in Public Art (2021)
  • New Perspectives on the Domestic Interior (2020)
  • The Past, Present, and Practice of the Tableau Vivant (2019)

The proposal must include a presentation of the chosen theme and a reasoned justification for an issue dedicated to it, as well as a list of proposed contributors, if known—some submissions will also come via the call for papers, as per our mandate to serve all UAAC members and to make RACAR known internationally. The proposal should also include abstracts of the essays by known contributors (if there are any), as well as the CVs of those submitting the proposal.

Since RACAR is a bilingual journal, we encourage proposals submitted by bilingual teams of two or three people, with at least one of the members of the team having some editorial experience.

Please send your proposal to the managing editor at information.racar@gmail.com.

The decision regarding special issues is taken by the RACAR editorial team, with the input of its editorial board.

The deadline to submit proposals for a thematic issue to be published in Fall 2025 is April 1, 2023.

Forthcoming special issues:

  • 2023: The Sources of Research-Creation: Historical and Multicultural Perspectives | Aux sources de la recherche-création : perspectives historique et multiculturelle
  • 2024: Cripping Visual Cultures | ​Les cultures visuelles crip ​


  • This will resemble a mini-themed issue nestled within a non-thematic issue. It will focus on current concerns, debates, polemics, matters of pressing interest to the UAAC community. It will contain three or four short papers of about 2,500 words each, all speaking to the same issue from different perspectives (theoretical, historical, geographical, and so on). The section can also include an introduction, a statement, or an analysis (maximum 2,000 words)
  • In this section, we encourage opinions and a polemical tone. The pieces included will not go through the peer-review process, but intellectual rigour is nevertheless expected.
  • Please note the production schedule is very tight to allow us to respond quickly to emerging issues and debates. The deadline for proposals is December 1st for publication in the following spring issue. Please note that proposals are accepted throughout the year.
  • Please submit your proposal to the managing editor at information.racar@gmail.com.


  • A curated portfolio section, included in the spring issue, focusing on current practices in art, design, or curatorship. It contains six to eight images (or six to eight pages containing multiple images) examining a specific theme. It can be accompanied by an introduction, a statement, an analysis, or an interview (maximum 2,000 words).
  • Please note the production schedule is very tight to allow us to respond quickly to emerging issues and debates. The deadline for proposals is December 1st for publication in the following spring issue. Please note that proposals are accepted throughout the year.
  • Proposals will be submitted to peer review.
  • Please submit your proposal to the managing editor at information.racar@gmail.com.