Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage (CSCU) is an academic journal that studies cultural heritage through a system comprised of artifacts, environment, and biota. It documents research in the historical and artistic knowledge of cultural heritage (such as author, art movement, period of realization, techniques, society and cultural characteristics, socio-economic context, commissioning, financing, interested public. The journal is focused on the history, diagnosis, restoration, maintenance, conservation, valorization, and prevention aspects of cultures, as well as: book, codex, and manuscript production in its historical context; appropriate methodologies and analytical techniques used for the characterization of historical artifacts and evaluation of a conservation state; environmental monitoring; micro and macroclimatic monitoring in confined areas such as museums, libraries, archives, churches, and galleries; artistic diagnostics; the art market and auction houses; experiences in cultural heritage conservation; and such other topics as education, legislation, economics, social aspects, management, marketing, interdisciplinarity, and internationalization of cultural heritage.
The Scientific Board for the journal is comprised of scholars, professors, and professionals from Italy, Poland, China, Austria, Azerbaijan, Russia, Sweden, Armenia, and Serbia. Their areas of specialization range from architecture to chemistry, physics, archaeology, economics, history, classics, restaurant management, biology, engineering, art history, anthropology, philology, law, music history, sociology, cultural studies, and linguistics.
The most recent issue of the journal reflects the far-ranging scope of CSCU, with an editorial on "The Origins of Art," and such articles as: “Mona Lisa: A Comparative Evaluation of the Different Versions and Their Copies,” “ Investigation on the Role of Agitation in the Desalination Process of Ceramics,” “Integrating Building Information Modeling and Augmented Reality to Improve Investigation of Historical Buildings,” “Conservation of Our Planetary Home. The “Sabbath” as an appropriate paradigm for total sustainability,” “The Fashion and Sartorial Documentation Section of the Davia Bargellini Museum of Bologna. History, conservation and exhibition,” “Bioremoval of Sulphate Layer from a 15th Century Polychrome Marble Artifact,” “Dantesque “Magnanimity”: A reading of Inferno I-IV,” “Woodworm Disinfestation of Wooden Artifacts by Vacuum Techniques,” “The Scenography of Serpotta Stuccoes Revisited - Material and Form,” “The Science and Technology Park of Sicily (Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico della Sicilia). Cultural heritage profile and projects,” and “Art, Science and History in a Globalized World: the Case of Italy-China.” All articles are available in both English and Italian PDFs, and authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in the journal.
This open access, international journal provides a wide perspective view of cultures while it realizes true, integrated interdisciplinarity across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Well worth a look by researchers in cultural studies.