Archival Practice: discussing real-world applications of archival theories and practices in the modern archival repository

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

A peer-reviewed, open-access journal published biannually, Archival Practice provides a scholarly forum for discussion of real-world application of archival theories and practices in the modern archival repository. This may include archival acquisitions, processing, reference, outreach, preservation, or management in any archival setting.

The journal 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.



Section Policies

Research Articles

3,000-7,000 words, including bibliography. Research article present and describe original research (broadly defined) on topics of current importance that impact modern archival practice. Manuscripts provide clear and complete methodology and include all necessary figures, tables, and illustrations.

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Case Studies

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.

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Position Pieces

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.

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From the Field

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 primarily this section is intended to publicize resources, not provide a case study of processes or practices. Photographs, links to related files or media, or other visual supplements are highly encouraged.

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Peer Review Process

Submissions to all sections except "From the Field" are reviewed by at least two peer reviewers. Each reviewer will complete an office review form and make a recommendation about publication. Recommendation choices are:

  • Accept Submission: The article should be accepted for publication. Minimal revisions are required by the author.
  • Minor Revisions Required: The article should be accepted for publication, but the author must first address several issues regarding content and/or structure. Articles accepted with revisions required must be resubmitted within one month of the initial review.
  • Major Revisions Required; Resubmit for Review: The article needs substantial revision of its content and/or structure, and the article cannot be accepted for publication in its present state. Because the article shows promise, however, the author is encouraged to revise and resubmit. Revised articles will undergo an additional peer review prior to a final publication decision.
  • Decline Submission: The article should not be accepted for publication. Its purpose, content and/or research are not appropriate for this journal.

Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. A decision on publication as well as copies of the official reviews will be forward to the author as quickly as possible, typically within a month of submission.


Publication Frequency

Individual items will be published as soon as they have completed the peer review and editing process. These items will be collated into two issues per year (one volume per year). Additional special issues may be created as needed.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...