The University Museums and Collections Journal is a peer-reviewed, on-line journal published by the International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC), a Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

The University Museums and Collections Journal aims to publish two issues per year. One of these issues may represent an abstracts volume from one of UMAC’s international meetings. The journal is completely on-line and no hard-copy publication is available. However, the Journal is an Open Access journal and is available free of charge.

ISSN 2071-7229

Editorial Policy

The University Museums and Collections Journal publishes original research on all aspects of museology and museum practice in higher education globally. All articles published explore theoretical concepts of museology in a higher education setting and/or pertinent aspects of organisation theory. Leading scholarship on the materiality of higher education will also feature in the Journal. Individual case studies are acceptable as contributions to the Journal provided they are appropriately theoretically framed.


Andrew Simpson, Australia


NEW ISSUE: UMACJ 14 (2), 2022

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UMACJ 14 (1), 2022

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UMACJ 13 (2), 2021

Pedagogy Hub, edited by Alistair Kwan and Andrew Simpson

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UMACJ 13 (1), 2021

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UMACJ 12 (1), 2020

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UMACJ 12 (2), 2020

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Special Issue:

  • Repatriation and Restitution: The Role of University Museums and Collections (Editors: Steph Scholten, Jilda Andrews, Nicole Crawford, Andrew Simpson) –> CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Editorial Board


Review process, selection criteria, style standards and submission guidelines.

Old Issues

Twelve volumes of UMACJ were published since 2008.

Chinese Edition

In  2018, UMAC signed an agreement with Shanghai University Museum to provide translations of UMACJ into Chinese. This  allows the journal to be available to a new and large sector of museum practitioners and university administrators as a free open source publication.

Referencing & Indexing

UMACJ is currently seeking recognition with a range of journal indexing services. These will be noted here as they are established.


All queries and contributions, including illustrations, should be emailed to UMACJ Editor.