AJF Website Standards–2015

Art Jewelry Forum is committed to publishing original, high-quality texts about contemporary art jewelry from established writers as well as new writers and thinkers to the field. Our goal is to provide our readership with challenging, up-to-date, and critical content loosely related to the concerns of art jewelry.

Our editorial mission is to report on the field at large. This includes contemporary practice, the long history that informs it, and the activities of this field’s large constituency: artists, dealers, collectors, writers, and curators.

We are interested in reporting on the field, but also for the field. Which means we will accept articles on art, craft and design theory, gender, fashion, literature, or new technology from contributors within and outside the field.

Uta Eisenreich

A few simple ethical principles guide AJF’s choices of content and writers; these principles are important to the distinction between critical reporting and promotion:

  1. Organizers, gallerists, and/or curators of an exhibition cannot review their own event or exhibition because of the inherent conflict of interest.
  2. For similar reasons, jewelers cannot review their own work.
  3. Reviews of exhibitions, symposia, or performances will always be based on an actual, on-site engagement with the event, unless direct reporting is not physically possible (because the subject of a review is a historical show, for example).

AJF works to maintain the integrity and independence that allow our readers to rely on our judgment.

Responsibility of Writers

  1. AJF accepts the content with the understanding that it is the writer’s own, original work.
  2. Quotations should always be credited to their original source.
  3. It is the writer’s responsibility to procure copyright for the images they submit with their content. AJF is happy to assist with questions related to image copyright.
  4. All text will be reviewed by a copy editor to proof the text. AJF will work with the writer to ensure any changes to the text are acceptable. However, AJF has the final say on what is published.

Image Copyrights

Images are always credited to their author, and no image is ever reproduced unless prior consent has been granted to AJF.

Responsibility of AJF

It is AJF’s responsibility when accepting content for the website to ask about possible conflicts of interest and networks of obligations that might affect the writer’s ability to perform the task. It is our task to identify these and, if conflicts can’t be avoided, declare them to our readers.

If the above standards are not met, or if a text is found wanting, either because it is not sufficiently informed or articulated, and/or because the author does not engage with editorial feedback, AJF reserves the right to withhold publication.

If factual errors are made known to us, we will correct the relevant text, or caption, as promptly as possible.

Should the publication of an article elicit a contradictory response—and if that response engages with the original article in a thoughtful, non-abusive, and non-vindictive manner—and its author agrees to follow our usual editorial procedure, we will publish it.


AJF is dedicated to treating the work of writers with respect, and we pride ourselves on compensating writers who publish on AJF. However, we have a limited budget. The basic breakdown of compensation is as follows:

  • $100 for shorter essays (approximately 500-1,000 words)
  • $200-$250 for longer reviews and articles (approximately 1,000-2,500 words), typically reserved for established writers
  • $300 for research projects (approximately 2,500-5,000 words), typically reserved for established writers and research projects that require additional labor

Please return to the Original Submission page to complete your submission.

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