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Archival Issues publishes articles that interests and educates a broad range of information professionals on the full range of archival activity. The journal also publishes reviews of current books on archival theory and practice.

Focus and Scope

Archival Issues, a semiannual journal published by the Midwest Archives Conference since 1975, is concerned with the issues and problems confronting contemporary archivists. The Editorial Board welcomes submissions related to current archival practice and theory, archival history, and aspects of related professions of interest to archivists (e.g., records management, digital curation, etc.). We encourage a diversity of topics and points of view, and will consider submissions of a wide range of materials, including research articles, case studies, opinion pieces, and publication reviews. Although Archival Issues publishes contributions from well-established professionals, the Editorial Board particularly encourages submissions from archivists who have not published previously.

Copyright Notice

Authors of articles published in Archival Issues retain copyright in their published work, which are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits MAC and readers to copy, adapt, and distribute the article provided the work is properly attributed. In submitting to Archival Issues, authors agree to the following Assignment of Rights:

Archival Issues
Assignment of Rights

WHEREAS, the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) publishes the semiannual journal Archival Issues;

WHEREAS, the undersigned author retains the copyright of their published work;

NOW THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the undersigned author hereby:

  1. Consents, grants and assigns to MAC the exclusive right for first printing, first publication, and first distribution and non-exclusive right to reproduce, reprint, all or any part of his/her article,
  2. Understands and acknowledges that, other than the right to reprint or otherwise use his or her Work(s) or materials free of royalties or other cost, the undersigned has received and will receive no royalty, fee or other compensation from MAC for its use of the Work(s). The author will receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which their article appears.
  3. Represents and warrants that the content of the Work is accurate to the best of his or her knowledge; that the Work is his or her own original creation and does not violate any copyright, proprietary or personal rights of others; that the Work does not contain any materials which are slanderous, libelous or otherwise illegal; and that the undersigned is authorized to grant the rights and make the representations and warranties herein.
  4. Indemnifies and holds harmless MAC, its officers, members, and agents from and against any and all claims, actions, losses, demands, costs, attorneysā€™ fees and all other expenses arising from the inaccuracy or breach of any of the representations and warranties contained herein.
  5. The undersigned retains the rights to:
    • Deposit an electronic version in the open access repository of his/her choice;
    • Post an electronic version on his/her personal and/or institutional web site;
    • Use published version in research or in educational publications provided that he/she cites the version published in Archival Issues.
  6. Understands and acknowledges that Archival Issues 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. If an article is accepted for publication in Archival Issues, MAC will publish the article under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits MAC and readers to copy, adapt, and distribute the article provided the original work is properly attributed.
By agreeing to this Assignment of Rights, the submitter of the article warrants:
  • All authors agree to the submission of this article to Archival Issues;
  • The article is original and does not infringe on any copyright or other third-party rights;
  • They have the full power to agree to this Assignment of Rights.
The undersigned has read, understands and agrees to the representations, warranties and indemnifications stated herein.

Peer Review

The Editorial Board reviews articles using a blind review process in which manuscripts are anonymized by the chairperson before they are shared with the other board members. Authors are usually informed of publication decisions within six weeks and will be provided with a summary of reviewer comments.


Archival Issues allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution ā€” You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions ā€” You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

Archival Issues does not require its authors to pay Article Processing Charges (APC) or any other fees for immediate open access.

Publication Cycle

Archival Issues is published twice per year. Article submissions are accepted year-round.

If you have an idea for a submission, please contact Editorial Board Chair Adriana Harmeyer by email at:

Submissions must conform to the MAC Style Guide (pdf).

Books and other publications for review should be sent to the Reviews Editor:

Nicholas A. Pavlik
Curator of Manuscripts/Coordinator of Strategic Digital Partnerships
Bowling Green State University


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