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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Archives and Records

For a Special Issue on
Student and New Professional Research

Abstract deadline
30 November 2021

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Ashleigh Hawkins, University of Liverpool, UK
[email protected]

Erin Lee, National Theatre and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK
[email protected]

James Lowry, Queens College, City University of New York, US
[email protected]

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Student and New Professional Research

Archival practice and the academic discipline of archival studies are developing rapidly and radically in response to and anticipation of social and political forces, theoretical interventions and socio-technological developments. In this exciting time for the field, student and new professional voices continue to contribute greatly. The research conducted by students in the UK and Ireland has long made valuable contributions to the literature, helping to effect positive change in how we understand records and their management, uses and impacts. Students and new professionals bring important new ideas into archival theory and practice, and Archives and Records seeks to encourage this reshaping of the field.

Examples from recent years include:

  • Kathleen Brennan’s research into the authenticity of tweets in the context of Trump’s administration,
  • Alicia Chilcott’s work on protocols for describing racist records,
  • Kirsty Fife’s working on the ethics of zine archiving, and, with Hannah Henthorn, Fife’s study of marginalised workers in the archival workforce,
  • Hannah Ishmael’s introduction of Arthur Schomburg into the intellectual history of archival theory,
  • Eliza McKee’s history of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland,
  • Edd Mustill’s use of Marxist labour theory to illuminate the enclosure of open government data, and
  • Vanessa Louise Platt’s study of digital archiving in Nigeria for community healing and development.

Interest in, and the value of the research of students and new professionals was recently demonstrated by the ARA Section for New Professionals’ well-attended series of Dissertation Showcases, which provided a vital platform to share the findings of recent research with the wider profession. This special issue intends to further disseminate such research and celebrate the voices of current or recent students and new professionals.

We invite anyone in the UK and Ireland who has undertaken a masters or PhD in archive studies, or those who have entered the profession via any route within the past five years, to submit an article based on research on any subject related to the field which they have undertaken as part of their scholarship or practice. Articles should be no more than 8,000 words (including footnotes and references) and written in accordance with the style guide and reference guide (Chicago endnotes and bibliography) provided by Archives and Records. We anticipate that many prospective contributors to this special issue will be first time authors. The guest editors will be available to provide advice to writers who are invited to submit full articles. For an informal discussion about publishing in the special issue, contact [email protected]

Prospective authors may also find the advice and guidance recently published in the Section for New Professionals e-magazine helpful:

Submission Instructions

In the first instance, please send a 500 word (maximum) proposal to [email protected], by 30 November 2021. We particularly welcome submissions from people of colour, and those from marginalised communities. Proposals should contain a brief outline of the proposed article and explain whether you are a current archival studies masters or doctoral student or a new professional (within five years of qualifying as an information professional). We will respond to all proposals by 17 December 2021.

Criteria for selecting from proposals

When inviting prospective authors to submit full articles, the editors will be seeking:

  • A balance between articles from new professionals and students
  • Representation from across the United Kingdom and Ireland
  • A broad range of topics and methods within archival studies and record-keeping research
  • Evidence of having undertaken a literature review and engagement with an appropriate theoretical and/or methodological framework

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