Authenticity Studies.
International Journal of Archaeology and Art

Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archaeology and Art is an international and independent journal, based on a peer review system and dedicated to the study of the methods of attribution and authentication of authentic archaeological and historical-artistic artifacts.

Founded by Monica Salvadori (Editor in Chief), Federica Toniolo, Andrea Tomezzoli, Marta Nezzo, Monica Baggio and Luca Zamparo, Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archeology and Art is a journal of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua and is published by Padova University Press.

Authenticity Studies was born from the desire to create a multidisciplinary and highly qualified place for comparison and discussion between archaeologists, art historians, archaeometers, jurists and museum professionals to promote reflections on the practices of attribution and authentication, with the aim of preserving the authentic Cultural Heritage and spreading a Culture of Legality in the historical-artistic and archaeological fields.

In fact, in recent years, the international debate on the protection of cultural heritage has become increasingly intense, giving rise to numerous national, European and international research and cooperation projects. Furthermore, the problem of forgery and provenance also appears extremely practical: for example, in Italy, between 2015 and 2019, the police authorities seized almost fifty thousand counterfeit objects that reproduce more or less famous works of art.

Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archeology and Art

  • is an open access electronic journal (with ISSN).  
  • is based on an anonymous and international double peer review system.
  • does not foresee any financial contribution from the Authors or any expenses for the Readers.
  • accepts original and unpublished contributions in the form of essays, short news or reports focused on three main research lines:
    • Theory and method of art-historical and archaeological attribution; 
    • Investigations on the phenomenon of falsification: history, philosophy, methods and society; 
    • Provenance Studies. 

In this way, Authenticity Studies intends to analyze the methods of study and analysis, as well as the philology, for the attribution and authentication of archaeological and artistic manufacts, to propose new attributions or verify the authenticity of the same, as well as to study the revival of taste and tradition in modern and contemporary society.
Furthermore, Authenticity Studies intends to propose a complete analysis of the phenomenon of falsification, verifying the material results and the economic, social, legal, philosophical and ethical implications. Authenticity Studies analyzes the authentication techniques and methods (humanistic and technological-scientific), the connections with the art market and above all with the history of collecting, thus also investigating historical fakes and those inserted, over time, in the field museum, public and private.
Finally, Authenticity Studies wants to be the forum for discussion and reflection around studies on the provenance and on the reconstruction of original context of archaeological and art-historical heritage, and the place for discussion on protection practices and on the actions to be taken for the conservation and the safeguarding of authentic Cultural Heritage.
Authors submitting a contribution to Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archaeology and Artguarantee the originality of their works, the intellectual property of the contribution and the absence of conflicts of interest or economic interests arising from the publication of the attribution/authentication.

Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archeology and Art

  • does not accept attributions or authentication of items offered for sale.
  • does not accept attribution or authentication researches of objects of uncertain or incorrectly reconstructed provenance (and/or ownership).

Authenticity Studies. International Journal of Archaeology and Art publishes a yearly issue in October. Manuscripts must be sent to by July 15th of each year. All contributions must comply with the editorial rules of Authenticity Studies.


Editor in Chief
Monica Salvadori (University of Padova)

Advisory Board
Ilaria Andreoli (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Elena Calandra (MiBACT, ICA), Giuliana Calcani (Università degli Studi di Roma Tre), Alessandro Naso (University of Naples Federico II), Mauro Natale (Université de Genève), Marta Nezzo (University of Padova), Vinnie Norskov (Aarhus University), Roberto Riccardi (Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale), Peter Stewart (University of Oxford), Federica Toniolo (University of Padova).

Editorial Board
Gilberto Artioli (University of Padova), Monica Baggio (University of Padova), Marta Boscolo Marchi (Museo d’Arte Orientale, MiBACT), Spike Bucklow (University of Cambridge), Emanuele Marcello Ciampini (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice), Neil Brodie (University of Oxford), Tommaso Casini (IULM University), Noah Charney (University of Ljubljana), Martine Denoyelle (Institut national d’histoire de l’art), Frederic Elisg (Université de Genève), Thierry Lenain (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Francois Lissarrague (EHESS), Isabel Lopez Garcia (Universidad de Málaga), Christina Mitsopoulou (University of Thessaly), Marianne Moedlinger (University of Genova), Paolo Moro (University of Padova), Roberto Riccardi (Arma dei Carabinieri – Comando Tutela Patrimonio Culturale), David Scott (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works), Arianna Traviglia (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice), Andrea Tomezzoli (University of Padova), Gennaro Toscano (Bibliothèque nationale de France), Christos Tsirogiannis (Aarhus University), Massimo Vidale (University of Padova), Christopher Wood (New York University), Donna Yates (Maastricht University), Luca Zamparo (University of Padova). 

Managing Editor
Luca Zamparo, University of Padova

Assistant Editors
Elisa Bernard (IMT – School for Advanced Studies Lucca), Clelia Sbrolli (University of Padova), Giulia Simeoni (University of Padova), Eleonora Voltan (University of Padova – Universidad de Málaga). 


Editor in Chief
Monica Salvadori, University of Padova

Managing Editor
Luca Zamparo, University of Padova or

Manuscripts must be sent to: 

Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali
Università degli Studi di Padova
Piazza Capitaniato 7
35139 Padova (ITALY)

Padova University Press