Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies Seeks New Peer Reviewers

  • 1.  Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies Seeks New Peer Reviewers

    Posted 12 days ago

    Peer reviewers are a vital component of the scholarly publication process. The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies seeks individuals committed to giving authors constructive criticism and actionable feedback on scholarship in the archives and special collections field.


    The journal welcomes peer reviewers with all levels of expertise and experience in archives and special collections work including the following areas:



          Accessibility and disability

          Access services and reference

          Anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices

          Archival standards, best practices, and metadata (e.g. DACS)

          Arrangement and description

          Born-digital materials, digitization efforts, and digital archiving writ-large

          Collection stewardship

          Community archives

          Conservation and preservation

          Curatorial and acquisitions work (e.g. collection development, appraisal)

          Digital archiving

          Environmental impact

          Ethical practices


          Feminist strategies

          Graduate studies in archives and library science

          Instruction and pedagogy

          Management of archival labor

          Media and visual materials in collections

          Outreach, development and community engagement

          Public history

          Rare book and manuscript cataloging

          Records management

          Reparative work and remediation projects

          Repository-specific issues (e.g. corporate, institutional, historical society)

          Social justice

          Space and stacks management

          Subject specialists

          Trans-disciplinary and intersectional foci


    JCAS receives a steady stream of submissions throughout the year and publishes on a rolling basis. Associate Editors assign peer reviewers to submissions based on the content of the piece and the reviewers' expertise. The typical turnaround time for a peer review is three (3) weeks, with occasional submissions that need additional rounds of review after revisions have been completed. Reviewers should be able to give timely, generous responses that aim to strengthen submissions not tear them down. The journal is committed to building a strong community of archival scholars--peer review is an integral pillar of that structure.


    For more information about the peer review process, you may visit our website:

    If you are interested, please submit your CV and a brief statement (maximum 150 words) describing your area(s) of professional interest to


    Peer reviewers are always needed and hence, applications are always open. Apply today.



    Sally Blanchard-O'Brien

    Marketing & Outreach Associate

    Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

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