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Special issue call for papers from Records Management Journal

Open data challenges - special issue

The Records Management Journal editor is inviting submissions for a special issue focused on the opportunities and challenges of managing big data and open data, guest edited by Anne Thurston, International Director, IRMT (Information & Records Management Trust)

We welcome contributions about, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • The application of records management and archival theory to data management
  • Professional roles and skills: records manager, information manager, archivist, data scientist, data/information analyst
  • Systems design and infrastructure
  • Technologies and tools for access, analysis, use and re-use
  • Open source formats and approaches
  • Planning, management, resourcing
  • Context/ metadata capture
  • Data integrity / traceability to reliable sources/accountability
  • Retention and preservation
  • User and organisational needs
  • Relationship of records, data and statistics
  • Legislative liability, rights, ownership and ethics
  • Data use and re-use for innovation, enterprise, economic growth and cultural development

What we are looking for

We are interested in different disciplinary perspectives from researchers, academics and practitioners. Submissions can be viewpoints, critical reviews, research, case studies or conceptual/philosophical papers.


  • Extended abstracts (more info below): 9th September 2013
  • Abstracts accepted and authors notified: 20th September 2013
  • Full paper submitted: 19 January 2014
  • Review, revision and final acceptance: May 2014
  • Publication expected: August 2014 


Guidance about format and the structured asbtract

Full papers (for accepted abstracts) should be 3000-8000 words (excluding references)  Papers will be reviewed following the journal’s standard double-blind peer review process.

When completing the structured abstract:please consider the following for 'design/methodology/approach' heading:

  • What is the approach to the topic if it is a theoretical or conceptual paper? Briefly outline existing knowledge and the value added by the paper compared to that.
  • What is the main research question and/or aim if it a research paper? What is the research strategy and the main method(s) used?
  • If the paper is a case study outline its scope and nature and the method of deriving conclusions.

The Journal Editor is also happy to receive informal enquiries.