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Fig. 8 Parts of the Madonna della rosa painting identified for individual analysis.  © Image reproduced under Wikimedia Commons public domain licence - Raphael artist QS:P170,Q5597 (, “Raffaello Santi - Madonna della Rosa (Prado)Featured article - Deep transfer learning for visual analysis and attribution of paintings by Raphael 

Visual analysis and authentication of artworks are challenging tasks central to art history and criticism.

This preliminary study presents a computational tool for scholars examining and authenticating a restricted class of paintings, with a specific focus on the paintings of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, more popularly known as Raphael.

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Featured review: Nine principles of green heritage science: life cycle assessment as a tool enabling green transformation

This literature review by Abdelrazek Elnaggar presents a comprehensive review of life Cycle Assessmernt (LCA), as an emerging tool in the field of cultural heritage research and demonstrate how this tool could be useful to support the development of green heritage science into an environmentally responsible field of scientific endeavour. 

Read the full review here. 

Featured collection - Preventive Conservation, Predictive Analysis and Environmental Monitoring

Heritage Science is pleased to present this article collection, supported by the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia in Spain. This set of articles aims to show the ongoing research and latest technological advances in the study of the behavior and aging of cultural heritage materials, environmental monitoring, and their contribution in the design of preventive conservation strategies developed in the framework of CollectionCare (, an EU-funded project involving 18 partners from 9 countries between 2019 and 2022. Selected contributions from the conference “CollectionCare: New Challenges in Preventive Conservation, Predictive Analysis and Environmental Monitoring” are presented, alongside contributions from research groups working in relevant areas. 

Read the Editorial by Angel Perles, Laura Fuster-López & Emanuela Bosco here.

Call for Papers

Heritage Science is calling for submissions to our Collection on predicting the light-induced color change of white paper with MFT. The aim of this collection is to present research outcomes related with the color change of white paper with MFT. This Collection welcomes submission of research articles invited by the guest editors.

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This article collection comprises the papers presented in the Cultural Heritage symposium that was part of the 2024 spring meeting of the European Materials Research Society E-MRS, held in Strasbourg, France from 27 to 31 May 2024. 

Read more about the collection here.

Call for Papers

Heritage Science is calling for papers is from the nth international meeting on scanning macro-X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) on cultural heritage art objects held in Washington DC. This meeting was expanded to include reflectance imaging spectroscopy (RIS). As in prior meetings, the papers span a wide range of topics, including instrument development such as a design to scan 3-D objects, data analysis workflows including machine learning models to process both XRF and RIS image cubes, and case studies involving one or both spectral imaging modalities.

Read more about the collection here.

Call for Papers

Heritage Science is calling for submissions to our Collection on Visualising and Defending Values in Architectural Heritage Changes. The aim of this collection is to present research outcomes related to the scientific debate on cultural, social, economic, and archaeological values associated with Architectural Heritage.

Read more about the collection here.

Call for Papers

Heritage Science is calling for submissions to our Collection on Cultural Heritage of Neolithic Walled Towns in the Middle Yangtze River Valley: From Archaeological Discoveries to Scientific Interpretation.

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Visualising and Defending Values in Architectural Heritage Changes
Edited by Raffaella De Marco, Izabella Parowicz, Francesca Picchio, Yara Saifi
Collection open for submission

Cultural Heritage of Neolithic Walled Towns in the Middle Yangtze River Valley: From Archaeological Discoveries to Scientific Interpretation
Edited by Tao Li, Siwei Shan, Xiyun Yu
Collection open for submission


Advanced Analytical Techniques for Heritage Textiles
Edited by Christina Margariti, Hana Lukesova, Francisco B. Gomes
Collection published: 2 November 2022

The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies: Papers from Florence Heri-Tech 2022
Edited by Rocco Furferi , Maria Perla Colombini, Kate Seymour, Anna Pelagotti, Francesco Gherardini
Collection published: 19 October 2022

IPERION HS: Integrating Platforms for the European Research Infrastructure on Heritage Science
Edited by Marei Hacke, Jana Striova, Matija Strlič
Collection published: 7 September 2022

Preventive Conservation, Predictive Analysis and Environmental Monitoring
Edited by Ángel F. Perles, Laura Fuster-López, Emanuela Bosco
Collection published: 3 August 2022 

Thoroughly Modern: Investigating Materials and Techniques
Edited by Ana Martins, Abed Haddad
Collection published: 25 May 2022


Cleaning and Conservation
Edited by Bronwyn Ormsby, Angelica Bartoletti, Klaas van den Berg, Chis Stavroudis
Collection published: 3 November 2021

Space Technologies for Sustainable Heritage: 10th Anniversary of HIST
Collection published: 1 June 2021


The Network Initiative for Conservation Science (NICS): Building Bridges across New York City Museums
Edited by Federica Pozzi and Elena Basso
Collection published: 8 August 2020

Pigments, dyes, and colors in Latin american archaeometric investigations
Edited by Marcela Sepulveda, Edgar Casanova
Collection published: 20 May 2020


NANORESTART: Nanomaterials for the restoration of works of art
Edited by Piero Baglioni
Collection published: 31 October 2019

The Girl in the Spotlight: A technical re-examination of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring
Edited by Abbie Vandivere
Collection published: 29 August 2019

13th IRUG Conference
Edited by Paula Dredge
Collection published: 16 August 2019


5th International Congress on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
Edited by Dr Elena Badea
Collection published: 23 November 2018

Manuscripts in the Making
Edited by Dr Paola Ricciardi
Collection published: 9 March 2018


Historic Monuments of the World
Collection published: 10 October 2017

2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology
Edited by Prof. Heather Viles, Dr Yun Lieu and Dr Karina Rodriguez Echavarria
Collection published: 30 January 2017

4th International Congress on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
Edited by Dr Geert van der Snickt
Collection published: 24 January 2017


Heritage Science in Australia
Collection published: 22 December 2016

The SEAHA-CDT collection
Edited by: Dr Josep Grau-Bove
Collection published: 7 November 2016

Shedding light on the past: Optical Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage
Edited by: Prof. Demetrios Anglos
Collection published: 14 April 2016


Imaging and Analysis of Cultural Heritage Materials
Edited by: Dr Edward Vicenzi
Collection published: 1 December 2015

11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality in Heritage and Historic Environments
Edited by: Dr Jiri Smolik
Collection published: 22 September 2015

Archaeometry international workshop: XRF and Raman applied in archaeology
Edited by: Dr Marcela Sepulveda
Collection published: 11 June 2015

3rd International Congress on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
Edited by: Prof. Manfred Schreiner, Dr Rita Wiesinger
Collection published: 2 April 2015


VIII Italian National Congress of Archaeometry
Edited by: Prof Colombini Maria Perla, Dr Alessandra Bonazza
Collection published: 15 December 2014

Technart 2013: Analytical Spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 23-26 September 2013
Collection published: 30 May 2014


Scientific Methods in Archaeology
Edited by: Dr Kaare Lund Rasmussen
Collection published: 6 June 2013

International Conference on Modern Chemical Technology in the Protection of Cultural Heritage, China 2012
Edited by: Prof Ling He
Collection published: 15 April 2013

Suggestions for article collections

Heritage Science welcomes proposals for new special article collections on timely topics relating to its aims and scope. If you have a suggestion for a topical collection that you think should be featured in the journal, please click on the link to access a suggestion form. 

Ten years of Heritage Science 

The article describes the revolutionary new ways of communicating the written word when moving from the Medieval to Modern period in Europe, primarily the use of paper and moveable typeface printing and how these catalysed important cultural developments. A similar revolution has taken place in the last 50 years with the development of the internet.

The article looks at how scientific publishing has changed with electronic publishing, including the development of Open Access. The journal Heritage Science is placed into this context. Especially important for scientific journals in an era when anyone can post anything on a webpage, is maintaining standards through high quality refereeing which distinguishes formal scientific literature from informal websites.

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Aims and Scope

Heritage Science is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research covering scientific, mathematical and computational methods and analysis of objects, materials, artefacts and artworks of cultural and historical significance in the context of heritage and conservation studies.

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Editor-in-Chief Professor Richard BreretonRichard Brereton, Editor-in-Chief
Prof Richard Brereton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Statistical Society and Royal Society of Medicine. He graduated with a BA, MA and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has published some 400 articles, including 8 books, and has been cited around 4500 times. He has given over 150 invited lectures in 30 countries. 

He is currently director of Brereton Consultancy and Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol. His interests are primarily in data analysis, including pattern recognition as applied to primarily analytical data from various sources including objects of cultural significance.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 2.6
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 2.9
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.431
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.522

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 5
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 105

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