Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers)

What is Leonardo?

Leonardo is many things -- first, it is the name of the Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST), which focuses on artists working with science- and technology-based media and which has been in publication for over 40 years. Leonardo is also a trademark of the not-for-profit organization the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, and so is used in conjunction with all of our projects, including Leonardo Music Journal, our web site Leonardo On-Line, the web journal Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the Leonardo Book Series, the French Leonardo web site OLATS and the Leonardo Network, an international group of collaborating individuals and organizations with common goals and interests. Join and enjoy the benefits of becoming part of this dynamic community.

How do I become a member of Leonardo/ISAST?

With your individual subscription to Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal or Leonardo Electronic Almanac you automatically become an associate member of ISAST. With your membership you will receive a variety of benefits, including access to password-protected areas of our web sites, discounts on all Leonardo Book Series titles, eligibility to participate in Leonardo working groups and a free listing of your biographical and professional information in the Leonardo Electronic Directory. Please consult our membership page for more details.

I ordered a subscription to Leonardo, when do I receive my first issue?

Leonardo is a bi-monthly publication, available 6 times per year (five issues of Leonardo and one issue of Leonardo Music Journal). Subscriptions to the journal are calender year subscriptions. This means that an order placed in 2005 will receive all the 2005 issues. (For instance: If you place an order in August 2005, you will receive the January/February 2005 issue through the current issue and the rest of the 2005 issues as they are made available). For more information please contact MIT directly MIT Press handles all our subscription requests.

Where can I find bookstores that carry Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal?

Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal are available at select bookstores throughout the United States, Canada and the European Union. Check our bookstores page for information on where you can go to purchase current issue copies.

Can I buy back issues of Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal and the LMJ CD series?

Yes. Individual issues of Leonardo and LMJ beginning with Vol. 32 (1991) can be purchased through MIT Press by contacting customer service at or (617) 253-2889, or by ordering online. For an additional annual access fee, members of Leonardo can also access electronic copies of Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal issues, beginning with Volume 1 (1968) online through JSTOR.

Can I buy individual articles from Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal?

Yes. Individual articles from current and recent issues (1999--to the present) of Leonardo and Leonardo Music Journal are available for purchase through the MIT Press website. Current Leonardo and LMJ subscribers can browse or purchase electronic articles on the MIT Press website as a benefit of subscription. Visit to access electronic articles from Leonardo and to access electronic articles from Leonardo Music Journal.

I understand my subscription to Leonardo and/or LMJ includes on-line access via the Web to electronic versions of the journal articles. How do I access the on-line versions?

After subscribing to Leonardo or LMJ, you need to register for on-line access on the MIT Press website if you want to view electronic versions of the journal. For more information about registering for on-line access, visit our subscribers info page. Individuals who have already registered an account for on-line access can go directly to the MIT Press user access page.

I have a subscription to Leonardo and I need to change my mailing address. How do I do that?

To change the mailing address on your subscription, please contact MIT Press at

What should I do if my subscription issue or CD arrive damaged?

All aspects of journal subscriptions (from orders to shipping) are handled by our publisher MIT Press. In the case that you receive a damaged item in the mail, you should contact MIT Press at and ask for a replacement. Please remember to include your subscriber number and address with your request.

I am interested in publishing in Leonardo, what do I do?

Leonardo welcomes writing by artists and scholars about their work in art, science and technology. You should first take a look at Leonardo's author information page for information on manuscript preparation and formatting. All manuscripts should be sent to our editorial office. We encourage you to send a proposal so that the editors may ascertain whether it falls within the journal's aims and scope. If it does, we will then proceed with the standard peer review process.

Can I send manuscripts and illustrations to you via email? Can you give me instructions for digital illustrations?

We do accept manuscripts over email, but we encourage you to send us a proposal before submitting an unsolicited manuscript. And we much prefer to receive digital images on disk (100MB Zip or CD-ROM preferred) rather than over email. However, please do contact the editorial staff to inquire about images before sending either way. Please refer to our Illustration Guidelines and our Art on Disk (Digital Images) Guidelines before finalizing images for review or publication.

How do I place an ad in Leonardo?

Leonardo offers both print and online space allowing advertisers to reach a targeted audience of educators, researchers and artists. For more information, see our Ad Placement page. Leonardo is published bimonthly--contact us for publication dates and advertising deadlines. The back cover of Leonardo is available for full-color advertisements for organizational and corporate sponsors. Ads can also be placed online in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Please note that we are unable to publish all calls for papers and other announcements that we receive--placing an ad is the best means to publicize your call or event with Leonardo. To place an ad, please contact the Leonardo Editorial Office.

What can you tell me about your awards program?

The Leonardo Awards Program recognizes the achievements of artists and arts organizations working in media involving science and technology. Our members and designated juries nominate and select all award recipients. ISAST offers the following awards through this program: The Frank J. Malina Leonardo Award for Lifetime Achievement; The Leonardo New Horizons Award for Innovation; and The Makepeace Tsao Leonardo Award; The Leonardo Award for Excellence, which recognizes excellence in articles published in Leonardo or Leonardo Music Journal; and the Leonardo Global Crossings Award, honoring the contribution of artists and scholars from culturally diverse communities worldwide within the emerging art-science-technology field.

What is the difference between Leonardo On-Line and Leonardo Electronic Almanac?

Leonardo On-Line (LOL) is the world wide web site of Leonardo and the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. LOL includes information about our organization, print journals, book series and all relevant projects concerning the Leonardo network. There is also an online gallery of work featured in the print journal and information about our Editorial Board members. Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) is a web journal which is produced by Leonardo under the direction of Lanfranco Aceti and Paul Brown. LEA includes: profiles of media arts facilities and projects; profiles of artists using new media; feature articles comprised of theoretical and technical perspectives; the LEA Gallery exhibiting new media art work by international artists; reviews of publications, events and exhibitions.

How can I get something reviewed in Leonardo Reviews?

The Leonardo Reviews project publishes reviews written by the Leonardo Reviews panel of relevant books, journals, electronic publications and events. Items for review should be sent to Michael Punt: All items are listed in the Materials Received section of the print journal and made available via email to the reviews panel. If your item is chosen for review, the review will appear on-line in the website. Selected reviews are also published in Leonardo print journal.

Does Leonardo have a privacy policy?

Yes, Our Privacy Policy governs the manner in which Leonardo/ISAST collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (each, a "User") of the website ("Site"). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by Leonardo/ISAST. We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our site, place an order, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address, mailing address. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, except that it may prevent them from engaging in certain Site related activities. Full privacy policy.

Updated 23 October 2014