Picture Imperfect

Art-history scholars face narrowing publishing venues and rising permissions costs. But a report signals that help is on the way.

If scholarly publishing had an endangered-species list, the art monograph would be at the top. At least that's the perception of many art historians as they struggle to publish their work.

"Between dwindling sales and the soaring costs of acquiring illustrations and the permission to publish them, this segment of the publishing industry has become so