Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Announcing _Archival Practice_, a new OA journal in OJS

For a number of months now, I've been working with colleagues from around the country to develop a new peer-reviewed, open-access journal for the archival profession. For those who haven't heard, we have now officially launched Archival Practice, which will focus on discussions of real-world applications of archival theories and practices in the modern archival repository. See the inaugural call for papers below (with link to the journal site), and please feel free to distribute the information to any other folks you think might be interested.


Call for Papers: Archival Practice 

Archival Practice, a peer-reviewed, open-access biannual journal, is now accepting research articles, case studies, position pieces, and other entries for its inaugural issue (to be published in January 2014). Submissions should focus on discussion of real-world application of archival theories and practices in the modern archival repository, and may discuss archival acquisitions, processing, reference, outreach, instruction, preservation, or management in any archival setting (special collections library, government archives, university archives, corporate archives, etc.).

Archival Practice will feature peer-reviewed research articles, case studies, and position pieces related to all aspects of modern archival work. The non-reviewed "From the Field" section allows archivists to share newly-developed policies, procedures, web resources, documentation, or other tools which contribute to the development of archival practice. The journal will promote conversations among readers through commenting features. Publication will be on a rolling basis with submissions made available immediately after passing through the peer review and editing process, allowing for timely distribution of information.

Types of submissions accepted include:
  • Research articles (peer-reviewed) 3,000-7,000 words, including bibliography Research articles present and describe original research (broadly defined) on topics of current importance that impact modern archival practice. Manuscripts provide clear and complete methodology and may include all necessary figures, tables, and illustrations. 
  • Case studies (peer-reviewed) 2,000-5,000 words Case studies describe mature projects and programs that highlight innovative archival practices, partnerships, programs, spaces, etc., in any archival setting. Case studies should clearly describe the project or program and address the impact of the work. 
  • Position pieces (peer-reviewed) 2,000-5,000 words, including bibliography Position pieces are essays intended to inform readers of, or to stimulate discussion about, significant issues in current archival practice. Position pieces may be primary or secondary research and will provide complete references. 
  • From the Field (*not* peer-reviewed) 300-1,000 words From the Field submissions allow archivists to share newly-developed policies, procedures, web resources, documentation, programming, or other tools which contribute to archival practice. The text of the submission will serve to provide context for the linked or attached resources that were developed, but this section is primarily intended to publicize resources, not provide case studies of processes or practices. Photographs, links to related files or media, or other visual supplements are highly encouraged. 

As an open-access journal, Archival Practice will be online, free of charge, and free of copyright and licensing restrictions. Authors will retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The journal will be hosted by the University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro using its installation of Open Journal Systems (OJS). This installation will allow the journal to be produced and distributed free of cost to any author or reader.

Additional information about the journal and additional information for authors may be found at: http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ojs/index.php/ap. Additionally, you may subscribe to the journal at this site and receive email updates with each publication.

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