Statement of Editorial Policy

ARCHIVES is the journal of the British Records Association whose aims and objectives it seeks to promote. It focuses on the needs of archive users (both active and prospective) by providing information about the whereabouts, interpretation and historical significance of records in all media. It publishes essays, commentaries, case studies and reports on all aspects of the care, preservation, accessibility and use of archives. It especially welcomes submissions that:

  • provide guidance about the use and meaning of archival resources and the linkages between them;
  • provide case studies in the use of archival resources;
  • provoke discussion of archival issues within the user community;
  • promote scholarly analysis of the history of archives and the impact on users of record-keeping practices, past, present and future;
  • report projects and discoveries;
  • communicate archival trends, theories and practices to a wider audience.

ARCHIVES includes short edited documents as well as reviews of recent publications, web sites and archival exhibits (physical or virtual).

ARCHIVES is a peer refereed journal. There is no upper limit on the length of submissions but it is anticipated that very few will be longer than c.8,000 words including notes. It is published twice yearly.

Submissions must be the original work of the author(s) that have not been published previously, as a whole or in part, either in print or electronically, or is soon to be so published.

Articles sent to ARCHIVES for consideration for publication should not be submitted simultaneously to any other journal or journals for refereeing.

Ruth Paley
Editor of Archives