Curation journals

An abundance of information relating to digital curation and preservation is contained within the journals below. Whether you are a skilled digital curator or are just beginning to learn about the field, you will find that invaluable help and advice are just a few clicks away.

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International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC)An electronic journal entirely devoted to papers, articles and news items on the curation of digital objects and related issues. Published twice a year, it features cutting-edge articles by key figures in the field, as well as reflecting the current mood within the digital curation community. Although the journal is a DCC publication, it provides an international and non-partisan vehicle for the discussion of preservation and curation issues. The journal also provides pointers to current events, programmes, projects, and relevant papers published elsewhere. 

Data Journals: A link to a list of data journals compiled by Sarah Callaghan in the PREPARDE project.

Ariadneweb magazine for information professionals in archives, libraries and museums in all sectors. Since its inception in January 1996 it has attempted to keep the busy practitioner abreast of current digital library initiatives, as well as technological developments further afield. It concentrated originally on reporting on progress and developments within the UK Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), covering matters such as information service developments and information networking issues worldwide. It now additionally reports on newer JISC-funded programmes and services, as well as developments in the field of Museums, Libraries and Archives in the UK and abroad. It is published by UKOLN every three months beginning in January. Ariadne generally seeks to inform readers with a variety of articles in each issue, some technical, some of a more strategic nature, in the anticipation that most readers will find something of relevance to their work or interests in every issue.

CODATA Data Science Journal: A peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal publishing papers on the management of data and databases in Science and Technology. The scope of the Journal includes descriptions of data systems, their publication on the internet, applications and legal issues. All of the Sciences are covered, including the Physical Sciences, Engineering, the Geosciences and the Biosciences, along with Agricultural and the Medical Sciences.

D-lib magazineAn electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. The magazine is published eleven times a year and is released monthly, except for the July and August issues, which are combined and released in July. The full contents of the magazine, including all back issues, are available free of charge on the D-Lib website, as well as multiple mirror sites around the world. The primary goal of the magazine is timely and efficient information exchange for the digital library community. To meet this goal, both the articles and the shorter pieces are solicited or selected from among unsolicited submissions.

First MondayOne of the first openly accessible, peer-reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet.

International Free and Open Source Software Law ReviewA collaborative legal publication aiming to increase knowledge and understanding among lawyers about Free and Open Source Software issues. Topics covered include copyright, licence implementation, licence interpretation, software patents, open standards, case law and statutory changes.

International Journal of Internet Research EthicsFirst peer-reviewed online journal dedicated specifically to cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural research on Internet Research Ethics. All disciplinary perspectives, from those in the arts and humanities, to the social, behavioural and biomedical sciences, are reflected in the journal.

International Journal on Digital LibrariesA quarterly journal aimed at advancing the theory and practice of acquisition, definition, organization, management and dissemination of digital information via global networking. It emphasizes issues in digital information production, management and use; high-speed networks and connectivity; interoperability and seamless integration of information, people, profiles, tasks and needs; security and privacy of individuals and business transactions; and effective business processes.

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and TechnologyThe journal serves as a forum for new research in information transfer and communication processes in general, and in the context of recorded knowledge in particular. Concerns include the generation, recording, distribution, storage, representation, retrieval and dissemination of information, as well as its social impact and management of information agencies. There is a strong emphasis on new information technologies and methodologies in text analysis, computer based retrieval systems, measures of effectiveness, and the search for patterns and regularities in measures of existing communication systems. The orientation is toward quantitative experimental work, but significant qualitative and historical research is also welcome. Perspectives, a journal within the journal, containing collections of papers on single topics normally operationally practical in nature, is often included. Special topic issues are also often seen.

Journal of Digital InformationThe Journal of Digital Information (JoDI) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal about the management, presentation and uses of information in digital environments. It is also covering research, technical, design and practical issues. The journal is aimed at researchers, developers and teachers, mainly but not only in technical disciplines, and also technical librarians and publishers.

Journal of Electronic PublishingThis journal is for the thoughtful forward-thinking publisher, librarian, scholar or author facing the challenges of electronic publishing. It ranges widely in its coverage, but the emphasis is on the broader issues that should shape policy, and on professional, scientific or academic publishing, both books and journals. The core of each issue is a set of short invited contributions from expert and experienced practitioners on a particular theme. It also seeks out and encourages longer pieces from publishers and scholars and others who are thinking interestingly about electronic publishing. 

Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB): This is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, social, and medical sciences, including public health. JESLIB explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to education, outreach, collaborations, policy, tools, and best practices. The journal includes peer-reviewed articles discussing topics such as research data management, librarians embedded on research teams, data services, data curation, and data sharing and re-use. 

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly CommunicationThe Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives. JLSC provides a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors’ rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC informs practices that strengthen librarianship. JLSC is a shared intellectual space for scholarly communication librarians, institutional repository managers, digital archivists, digital data managers and related professionals. The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats (e.g. video). In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, JLSC does not charge submission or any other form of author fees.

Journal of Web SemanticsThe journal approaches scientific publishing from a different angle by demanding more than just the production and printing of papers, but also the distribution of ontologies and running code. It tries to facilitate the development of the Semantic Web by publishing ontologies as well as open-source code — in addition to classical papers and research letters — enabling others to build upon this work.

SCRIPT-edSCRIPT-ed is an online, international, interdisciplinary and multilingual forum for articles, reports, commentaries, analysis, case and legislation critiques, and book reviews pertaining to law and technologies in the broadest sense.

World Digital LibrariesIt is a peer reviewed bi-annual journal on digital libraries that aims to advance the theory and practice of acquisition, organisation, management and dissemination of digital information on a sustainable basis. The journal seeks quality research papers that present original theoretical approaches as well as experimental case studies related to digital library development and maintenance.