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Boletín del Museo del Prado

Submission and Style Guidelines

Manuscripts must be sent electronically to

For more information, please call (+34) 913 302 800 ext. 2834


Submissions must include, each in a separate file:

  • Main text (12-point Times New Roman type), with the title in the original language and in English (never the name of the author/s). All pages must be consecutively numbered and footnotes must appear at the bottom of each page.
  • Author information, including the date of submission, author/s name/s, contact information (address, email, telephone number), a short CV (80–100 words) and institutional affiliation. Both the CV and the email will appear next to the article in the Boletín. In order to guarantee the double-blind peer review process, the name of the author/s or the means to identify him/her/them must not appear anywhere else in the text or in the notes.
  • Abstract (100–120 word abstract for articles; 60–80 word abstract for short articles or notes) in Spanish or English and key words (3–6).
  • Illustration information, including a list of images and their captions.
  • Images (separately as .jpg or .tiff files) in low resolution, properly numbered and identified according to the list of captions (see above).
  • If the article is based on the presentation and transcription of an unpublished document, the author/s must provide the location of the original document and a photocopy (if possible) to facilitate the editing process.
  • A Declaration of Authorship.


Texts may be sent to the Editorial Board at any time throughout the year. Articles must be original and must not have been published previously, not even partially or in another language. Papers that require substantial editorial work, such as articles in draft form, will be returned to their authors.

Types of Texts

Manuscripts may be written in Spanish, English, Italian, French or German.

  • Articles: up to 8,000 words (notes and bibliography included in the word count) with 8 illustrations approximately.
  • Shorter notices: 1,000–3,000 words (notes and bibliography included in the word count) with 2–5 illustrations approximately.

In the case of texts with larger word counts, the Editorial Board will ask authors to adjust the number of words to the established limit.

The Editorial Board may modify the number of images illustrating a text at its discretion.


The Museo del Prado will obtain quality photographs to illustrate the articles it accepts for publication, as well as the necessary permission to reproduce them in the bulletin. The author/s must provide low resolution images of proposed illustrations (maximum number specified above), consecutively numbered using Roman numerals and properly identified according to the list of captions included in the submission. The position in the text of each table and figure should be clearly indicated in the manuscript (i.e.: fig. 1). Captions must be written in accordance with the instructions in the Boletín Style Sheet.

Review Process

  • The Editorial Board will acknowledge receipt of a manuscript within 30 days of its arrival.
  • The Editorial Board will not accept manuscripts that require excessive editorial input such as drafts, abstracts and unfinished articles, or texts with incomplete diagrams or appendices.
  • First review (Editor in Chief & Editorial Assistant): Articles that do not meet the criteria outlined above – in terms of content and style – will be returned to their authors.
  • Blind peer-review: After being considered by the Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board, the papers submitted for publication will be entered into a double-blind peer review system (maintaining the anonymity of both the authors and the reviewers) and will be read by at least two peers. The Editorial Board will then decide whether it accepts a manuscript and, if so, in which issue it will appear. Authors will be informed of this decision approximately within 6 months.

Proofreading and Corrections

  • Authors will be expected to deal with editors’ comments and queries (in a Word document) promptly.
  • Authors will receive a galley proof or electronic copy of the text layout to detect and correct errors. Corrections must be returned within the established timetable. At this point substantial changes in content, style and layout will not be allowed.