Many print issues of the JME arranged in a pile. The covers of the separate issues are colorful.

The Journal of Museum Education is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original work of interest and relevance to museum practitioners. Each issue consists of a guest edited section focused on a specific theme as well as individual articles about new research, current trends, tools, frameworks, and case studies, perspectives, and book, exhibit, and program reviews. In particular, the JME strives to strike a balance between the theory and practice of museum work. Therefore, we value guest editors who are or have been museum practitioners. JME is a publication of the Museum Education Roundtable.

Submission Process 

All submitted issue proposals are subject to initial appraisal by the editor-in-chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, review by the Museum Education Roundtable Editorial Team. Potential guest editors may propose a themed issue by submitting a proposal to [email protected] 

The Editorial Team has developed the following list of potential themes for upcoming JME issues in 2022 (in no particular order) and is calling for guest editors to submit a proposal for one of these themes.

  • Monuments/Changing Contexts/Public Memory
  • Outdoor Education, Nature Therapy, Environmental Appreciation/Stewardship
  • Labor of Museum Education (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual)
  • Burnout/Recovery/Rejuvenation of Museum Educators
  • Social Emotional Learning and Museum Education
  • The Role of Community-Based Knowledge in Museum Education

Before submitting a proposal, please examine the list of past issues to ensure that the topic has not been recently addressed. 

Proposals to guest edit should include the following elements: 

  • Title
  • A short essay that addresses the following questions:
    • What problem currently exists in the museum community that this theme will address?
    • Why is this theme of current interest to the field?
    • How does the proposed theme relate to existing literature on the topic?
    • What solutions will this theme offer? What is new or novel about this approach?
    • How will this theme meet educators’ needs in a variety of different museum settings?
  • Short biographical statement that explains the guest editor’s interest and expertise in the proposed theme. 
  • Guest editors have two options for the guest editing process. Please indicate which option you are interested in leading and explain why:
    • Provide a list of potential article topics and authors, along with descriptions of how each article supports the theme
    • Manage an open call for articles including writing the open call, reviewing and selecting article proposals, communicating with and supporting authors, etc.

Guest edited sections typically contain four to seven articles of 2,000–4,000 words each, along with an introduction by the guest editor.  JME Article Submissions Guide 2020 (121 downloads)

Review Process 

Themed issue proposals are assessed for relevance to JME and its readership before going onto review. Members of the Museum Education Roundtable Editorial Team will read and discuss your proposal and will either recommend accepting the proposal as is, accepting with revisions, or not accepting. You will receive feedback and if your proposal is accepted, the editor-in-chief will guide you through the process.

In weighing the merits of theme issue proposals the Editorial Team considers the:

  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Strength of the overarching argument linking the proposed articles together
  • Guest editor’s and authors’ experience and expertise with the subject matter
  • Diversity of the institutions and voices represented in the proposed articles (if this option is selected)

Please submit guest editor proposals for themed issues to [email protected]

Thank you:

Cynthia Robinson


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MER Equity Statement

MER is committed to the core values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We believe that as an organization, we have a professional responsibility to address the intersecting histories of oppression and resistance that shape hierarchies of privilege and power related to race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, ability and national origin and their role in museum education. We are committed to serving as advocates for these values to the wider field and through the Journal of Museum Education.