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Technology and records management: disrupt or be disrupted?

Special issue call for papers from Records Management Journal


RMJ Consulting Editor: Professor Julie McLeod. Email: [email protected]


With Guest Editor: Professor Richard Marciano, Digital Curation Innovation Center, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, USA.


The Records Management Journal invites submissions for a themed issue focused on the opportunities and challenges of so-called disruptive technologies for archives and records management and records professionals. Technologies include but are not limited to:


·         artificial intelligence, machine learning, quantum computing

·         IoT

·         blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies

·         cloud services

·         edge computing including cloud-to-edge technology

·         gamification

·         immersive experiences (virtual, augmented and mixed reality)

·         advanced technology based tools e.g. search, discovery, disclosure and digital forensics

·         graph databases

·         autonomous things (robots, vehicles etc).


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


·         Challenges and impact (realized or potential) of disruptive technologies on records processes and/or records creators/users

·         Opportunities for reorienting records management and archival principles and/or innovating processes through disruptive technology

·         Computational archival science

·         Digital ethics

·         Issues of trust and transparency

·         Analytics and algorithms

·         Professional responsibilities, roles and skills including digital literacy, education and continuing professional development.


We are interested in different disciplinary perspectives from researchers, academics and practitioners. All types of submissions are welcome i.e. viewpoints, critical reviews, research, case studies or conceptual/philosophical papers. They should be 3000-8000 words in length. Shorter papers are usually opinion pieces or practitioner case studies.


Submission Deadlines

·         Extended abstracts (more info below): 1 May 2019

·         Abstracts accepted and authors notified no later than:  14 May 2019

·         Full paper submitted: 1 September 2019

·         Review, revision and final acceptance: 31 January 2020


The Records Management Journal applies article level publication so within approximately a month of acceptance the article will be available online.


Submission Process

Extended abstracts should be a 500 word version of the Records Management Journal’s structured abstract, using the headings described in the author guidelines


Under the design/methodology/approach heading, please include the following as appropriate to the type of paper:


·         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.

·         If the paper is an opinion piece or conceptual paper outline its focus and key highlight points.


Please indicate in your abstract submission the intended length of your paper.


Please send your extended abstract to: [email protected]


Full papers for accepted abstracts (3000-8000 words excluding references) should be prepared using the RMJ guidelines which can be read here


Papers will be reviewed following the Journal’s standard double-blind peer review process. This means that acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee acceptance of the full paper.


Julie McLeod ([email protected]) is also happy to receive informal enquiries.