Since changes in style and format in 2005, The Coat of Arms has appeared twice a year and is distributed not only to members of The Heraldry Society but to institutional libraries, with a view to (i) extending understanding of heraldry and related topics, and (ii) bringing together the various strands of work that touch on these topics and might otherwise remain isolated. This page explains more about the remit and coverage of the journal, and the various forms in which contributions can be made.
Right, the arms of the Sforza family, depicted in Alciato’s Liber Emblematum (1531). See CoA 3rd ser. 6 (2010), p. 74.
The editors of The Coat of Arms, assisted by the editorial committee, are particularly interested in publishing papers that treat the interface between heraldry and the following areas, in any relevant period or part of the world:
- Social and intellectual history;
- Material culture;
- Traditional and new systems of identification and display;
- Visual identity – personal, family and corporate;
- Gentry studies;
- Concepts and theories of nobility;
- Art history;
- Architecture and design;
- Communication studies.
The journal publishes full-length articles, short notes, project reports, comment pieces and reviews. Notes may be brief publications of newly discovered or reinterpreted artefacts, responses to earlier articles or notes, or points of information. Comment pieces may deal with topics such as the role and treatment of heraldry or related topics in literature, film and television, the internet and other new media. Reviews may be of books, conferences, exhibitions, journals, websites, television programmes or films.
The primary readership of the journal can be assumed to be historically informed and to have at least a fair working knowledge of heraldry; but knowledge of any other specific discipline cannot be assumed. Therefore submissions need not labour at establishing the heraldic groundwork, but may benefit from including explanatory background on other subjects. The editors will be happy to advise in any particular case.
Submissions may be made electronically, with text and footnotes in separate files. Specific guidance for contributors, together with a style sheet for the journal, is available here. The address for submissions and all correspondence is firstname.lastname@example.org. Suitable submissions will be anonymized and sent to a referee selected by the editorial committee.