Archive Journal focuses on the use and theory of archives and special collections in higher education.

The academic community has invested deeply in the preservation, use, and digitization of materials in special collections, and Archive Journal provides the space to reflect on this investment. The objects and texts in special collections and archives are the focus of this journal, just as they are the focus of the many projects from and in archives that have been executed and continue with great success. Digitization efforts large and small have freed archives from the bounds of brick and mortar by bringing a wealth of texts and objects into virtual circulation. Teachers and librarians have increasingly emphasized work with original materials for students at all levels as a way to enrich student experience and position students as researchers. The use of materials in special collections as the objects of scholarly study continues to be a key methodology of humanities disciplines even as new technologies, from data mining to visualizations, open up possibilities for what scholars learn from these objects. Recent archival projects have involved multiple institutions (universities and colleges, independent libraries and archives, and non-profit organizations) and multiple constituencies (including librarians, archivists, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, university press directors, and information technologists). In this moment when archival projects, both virtual and real, have become the norm rather than the exception, Archive Journal offers a way to forge connections among the projects and the communities producing them.

Journal Content

The journal consists of three sections:

  • “Roundtable” features an asynchronous “discussion” among contributors from various backgrounds who respond to the same set of questions about a single archive or archival topic.
  • “Essays” invites analytical and creative pieces that reflect on meaning-making in and through archives. The format is open to both traditional research or theoretical essays, as well as multi-modal, alternate, or experimental formats. Contributions that analyze, use, theorize, create, find ways through, or reconstitute particular archives, objects or exhibits are invited. Only original work that has not been published elsewhere will be accepted for publication.
  • “Notes” shares timely, short essays about best practices, archival finds, reports from the field, and thoughts on current work in the field.

Editorial & Advisory Boards

Editorial Team
Founding Editor

Lauren Coats, Associate Professor of English – LSU

Associate Editor

Gabrielle Dean, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts – Johns Hopkins University

Contributing Editor

Laurie N. Taylor, Digital Humanities Librarian, Digital Library Center – University of Florida

Editorial Board

Michelle Caswell, Assistant Professor of Information Studies – University of California, Los Angeles
Kelly Miller, Associate Dean for Learning and Research Services – University of Miami
Trevor Muñoz, Interim Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology (MITH) and Assistant Dean for Digital Humanities Research – University of Maryland
Sarah Werner, Independent Scholar – Washington, DC
Jacqueline Wernimont, Co-Director of the HS Collab and Assistant Professor of English – Arizona State University

Advisory Board

Dan Cohen, Executive Director – Digital Public Library of America
Sharon Farb, Associate University Librarian – University of California, Los Angeles
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communications – MLA and Professor of Media Studies – Pomona College
Amanda French, Director of Digital Research Services – Virginia Tech University
Chuck Henry, President – Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Tara McPherson, Associate Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts – University of Southern California
Elliott Shore, Executive Director – Association of Research Libraries

Past Editorial & Advisory Board Members

Daniel Chamberlain, Director, Center for Digital Learning and Research –  Occidental College
Amy Chen, Special Collections Librarian – University of Iowa
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media – Brown University
Lisa Darms, Senior Archivist, Fales Library & Special Collections – New York University
Kate Eichhorn, Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies – The New School
Julia Flanders, Head of the Digital Scholarship Group and Professor of Practice of English – Northeastern University
Patricia Hswe, Digital Collections Curator – Penn State University
Korey Jackson, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services – Oregon State University
Cecily Marcus, Curator in Archives and Special Collections – University of Minnesota
Kenneth M. Price, University Professor and Hillegass Chair of American Literature; Co-Director, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Richard Szary, Director, Louis Round Wilson Library; Associate University Librarian for Special Collections – UNC-Chapel Hill
Ed Whitley, Associate Professor of English – Lehigh University
John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor of Education –  Stanford University
Peter Wosh, Clinical Associate Professor of History; Director, Archives and Public History Program – NYU


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Peer Review

All materials in Archive Journal are peer-reviewed. Peer review is central to scholarly communication by providing feedback for improvement, ensuring the quality of published materials, and validating the scholarly merit and proper credentialing of published materials. Archive Journal’s peer review policy is designed to achieve these goals, while also using emerging forms of peer review. Because Archive Journal focuses on the use and theory of archives and special collections in higher education, offering a way to forge connections among diverse projects and the communities producing them, the review process is structured to support building connections while retaining the scholarly rigor inherent in peer review. Our review process consists of editorial and open review in the following stages:

  • Every submission is read by the Editorial Team to determine suitability for publication. The Editorial Team declines materials that are not appropriate at this stage.
  • For “Roundtable” and “Notes” materials that pass this initial stage, the Editorial Team gives detailed feedback and the opportunity to resubmit for materials that need substantial revision; and gives feedback and facilitates the process towards publication for submissions that need minor or no revisions. Because Archive Journal is an interdisciplinary space to forge connections among diverse projects and practitioners, this stage may include a series of back and forth feedback from the Editorial Team in order to ensure scholarly rigor and communicability across scholarly fields.
  • For “Essays” materials that pass this initial stage, double-blind external review is conducted by subject experts.  Reviewers are asked to provide constructive feedback for the authors, and to keep in mind the journal’s mission to bring together a range of disciplinary, institutional, and professional perspectives.  (If deemed necessary by the Editorial Team, submissions to “Notes” and “Roundtable” within specialized subject areas that the Editorial Team cannot assess will be sent to external reviewers with the appropriate expertise.)
  • Revised submissions are reviewed after revision for final approval by the Editorial Team before publication. Archive Journal reserves the right to reject revised materials that are deemed not suitable for publication.
  • Following peer review and before publication, all accepted materials are copyedited for style and consistency.
  • All submissions will be subject to open review via reader comments. Author(s) are welcome to revise the posted content in response to comments, with acknowledgment of the change.

Copyright & Licenses

Authors published in Archive Journal retain copyright of their work.  All materials in Archive Journal are published under a Creative Commons license; authors may select the one under which their work appears.  In order to facilitate access and preservation, Archive Journal retains a perpetual, non-exclusive right to publish accepted work and to include it in other aggregations and indexes. Authors are free to deposit a pre-publication version in an institutional repository, individual webpage, or similar site, as well as to reprint, reuse, or republish their work in any venue after one year.

The Archive Journal site is made available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. The license grants permission for non-commercial, attributed re-use of content that is produced by Archive Journal.

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Permanent access and preservation for citation and reproducible research are core components of scholarly communication. Archive Journal provides permanent open, online access for all journal issues. ISSN 2166-1189


Archive Journal is supported in part by funds from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  Additional funds have been provided by Louisiana State University (LSU).  Archive Journal was founded with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.






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