Special Issue "Mixed Reality in Culture and Heritage"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Stella Sylaiou
Guest Editor
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: digital humanities
Dr. George Pavlidis
Guest Editor
Researcher at ATHENA Research & Innovation Centre
Interests: Computer Science;Multimedia;Cultural Technology;Digital Humanities;Heritage Science
Dr. Christos Fidas
Guest Editor
Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras, Agrinio 30100, Greece
Interests: Human Computer Interaction; Cultural Heritage; Cognitive User Modeling; Adaptation; Personlization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Mixed reality (MR) bridges the real and the virtual worlds by encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality. It provides hybrid environments, where the real world and virtual objects in the case of augmented reality (or, vice-versa, real objects in a virtual setting in augmented virtuality) coexist, interact, and can be manipulated by users, as if they were all real objects in actual environments. MR unlocks unprecedented capabilities for organisations to provide their target audiences with exhilarating, meaningful, and inclusive cultural experiences fostered by emerging technologies.  

The employment of MR by cultural organisations offers a wide range of opportunities for learning, communication, and entertainment. These new tools and techniques can enable new means of exploration, interaction, and interpretation of culture and heritage. They can play a key role in the presentation of the past and of polysemic cultural practices, which can create new sensations and meanings by integrating storytelling and gamification and other engaging experiences to visitors. The affordances of immersive technologies urge cultural organizations to rethink, reimagine, and perhaps reshape the very concept of museums and heritage sites. This is consistent with a paradigm shift in which interaction, active engagement, and customizable experiences take centre stage. Organisations turn their attention from conveying information to catering for the visitors’ needs by designing applications that take into consideration users’ individuality and diverse backgrounds.

This Special Issue intends to provide a multidisciplinary forum for emerging scientific and technological topics related to the applications of mixed reality to culture and heritage. As such, this Special Issue welcomes high-quality research in digital heritage, digital culture, digital museology, and other related fields. Contributions promoting innovative studies and practices are welcome, as well as those exploring cutting-edge approaches applied to Mixed Reality in Culture and Heritage.

Contributions are invited on topics including but not restricted to the following:

  • Mixed reality and museums;
  • Mixed reality in archaeology and cultural heritage;
  • Mixed reality in contemporary art;
  • Mixed reality and space;
  • Mixed reality and multimodality;
  • Mixed reality and artificial intelligence;
  • Mixed reality and storytelling;
  • Mixed reality and gamification;
  • Mixed reality and serious games;
  • Mixed reality and cultural tourism.

Dr. Stella Sylaiou
Dr. George Pavlidis
Dr. Christos Fidas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Heritage is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Mixed reality and museums
  • Mixed reality in archaeology and cultural heritage
  • Mixed reality in contemporary art
  • Mixed reality and space
  • Mixed reality and multimodality
  • Mixed reality and artificial intelligence
  • Mixed reality and storytelling
  • Mixed reality and gamification
  • Mixed reality and serious games
  • Mixed reality and cultural tourism.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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