1. Focus and Scope
2. Peer review process
3. Reviewer Guidelines
4. Section Policies
5. Journal History


1. Focus and Scope
ICO - Iconographisk Post is a Nordic review for iconographic research that aims to generate, discuss and disseminate new knowledge primarily regarding the visual cultural heritage of the Nordic region. Iconographical research is conducted by all disciplines concerned with interpretation and analysis of historical visual material, i.e. mainly in the humanities, theology and some of the social sciences. It is ICO’s ambition to function as an interdisciplinary and inter Nordic forum for iconographical research in a broad sense. Besides scholarly articles and reviews, it contains short presentations of new literature and a forum for discussion of iconographical questions.


2. Peer review process
Articles submitted to the journal will undergo a peer-reviewing process. First, the editor undertakes a general assessment of the article’s eligibility and compliance with the author guidelines. If passed, it is sent to two external peer-reviewer for scholarly evaluation (double-blind review process). The writer will be informed about the outcome of the review and given opportunity to carry out modifications according to the reviewers’ specified recommendations. The final decision on publication is based on the reviewers’ report. The guidelines for peer-reviewers are as follows:


3. Reviewer Guidelines
Peer review is conducted anonymously, i.e. the author will not learn the identity of the peer reviewer. Only the editor(s) will read the peer review and its outcome recommendations will then be communicated to the author.
The reviewer is to evaluate if the article is written according to good academic standards in terms of structural coherence, clarity and lucidity etc. The article should also be accessible for a wider audience; it is therefore important for the language to be clear and lucid and for unfamiliar (technical) terms to be explained.

Peer reviews should be concise and to the point. The journal would like reviewers to consider the following aspects in particular:
1) Is the title sufficiently informative and does it correspond to the content of the article?
2) Are the problems considered in the article and its goals defined clearly?
3) Are the concepts, methods and theories (in relevant cases) clearly defined in relation to the research problems?
4) Are conclusions presented logically and do they answer the questions posed in the article?
5) Does the article present new and significant information on the subject dealt with?
6) Does the article indicate sufficient command of the main sources/research literature regarding the subject and research problems? – If not, what sources/works of research literature should still be consulted by the contributor?
7) Is the text well written, fluent in style and grammatically correct?
8) Are the illustrations adequate and do they support the content of the article? Are they too few, or too many?
9) Do the captions give correct and sufficient information?

Peer reviewers are asked to state clearly whether the submitted text is:
a) acceptable as such for publication,
b) acceptable with changes, or
c) unacceptable for publication.

If alternative b, the reviewers must list any changes needed in terms of the above criteria to permit publication of the article, and if a second review is necessary. The editor(s) will always be grateful for constructive points of view and critique.
If alternative c, the reviewer is asked to give his or her reasons for not accepting the article for publication. Please note if, after all, the article has certain merits.


4. Section Policies
1. Articles
Articles and other texts (see the headings below) may be submitted in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, English or German. All articles are to be provided with an abstract (summary) in English, and those written in a Scandinavian language or German are to be supplemented with captions in English. For further information, see Submissions > Author Guidelines.

 2. Reviews
The journal welcomes reviews on newly published books and articles on iconography and related fields. The file requirements are the same as for articles (see Author Guidelines). The review may be accompanied by an image of the book cover or an appropriate illustration, but it is the author’s responsibility to procure all copyright permissions. It is also possible to submit information on new publications (or internet sites), providing full bibliographical data, and a short description of the content.
Scholars who wish to submit reviews may either contact the editor directly, or register with the journal and log in as an author.

 3. I’m looking for......
This is the heading under which short articles are published in which scholars may present iconographical problems and pose questions on specific topics to the research community. For the file requirements, see Submissions > Author Guidelines.

 4. I’ve found......
This heading is used for short articles in which scholars may present new findings in the iconographical field. For the file requirements, see Submissions > Author Guidelines.

 5. Commentaries
We publish comments on recent articles in ICO under the heading “Kommentarer”.


5. Journal History
Iconographisk Post – Nordic review of iconography is published by the Department of Art History, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, starting in 2014 with four issues per year. It is an independent, internet based continuation of Iconographisk Post, published in printed form 1970-2001.

During the first nine years of the journal’s existence (1970-1978), its editorial team was placed at the Department of Church History, University of Copenhagen, and its name was ICO – Den iconographiske Post. Et nordisk blad om billeder. When the editorial task was taken over by the Swedish National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet, Stockholm) in 1979, the name was changed to Iconographisk Post. Nordisk tidskrift för bildtolkning. Nordic Review of Iconography (ISSN 0106-1348). Between 1997 and 2001 the journal was again published at the University of Copenhagen, by the Centre for Christianity and the Arts.