Get Published!

Congratulations on being a speaker at ARCHIVES 2015, the SAA Annual Meeting in Cleveland this August, where you’ll make a presentation to a room full of eager listeners in one of 70 sessions. We invite you to consider sharing your presentation with an even broader and more diverse audience by also submitting it for publication consideration in one of several outlets available through SAA. Check these out!

  • The American Archivist is leading publication in the archives field. Although an oral presentation is different from a written article, if you think of both as you prepare, transforming your presentation into a journal piece follows naturally, with the additional benefit of feedback from the session chair, fellow speakers, and questions from the audience. Journal articles reach 8,000 words for research articles and surveys, and 3,000 words for case studies and perspectives. Photographs and other illustrations may also be included. For example, Mark Custer’s “Mass Representation Defined: A Study of Unique Page Views at East Carolina University,” which started as an SAA Annual Meeting presentation. The journal also welcomes papers that blend the shorter presentations from a panel into a longer paper with citations and additional commentary. Click here to learn more about the journal’s editorial policy or contact the editor GREG HUNTER.
  • Archival Outlook. SAA’s bimonthly magazine features 700 to 1,400-word articles on best practice, how-to pieces, how archives are used by the public, and archivists on the job. Illustrations are encouraged. Check out these presentations from the 2014 Annual Meeting that were converted to articles: “Power to the People: Building the Colorado Chicano Movement Archives” by Beverly B. Allen (originally a professional poster) and “Launching an Essential Records Program: Living Essentially in 2013” by Melanie Sturgeon, Karen Grey, and Jerry Lucente-Kirkpatrick (originally a session). For more information, contact the magazine’s coordinator ANNE HARTMAN.
  • Book & Module Publishing. Since the 1970s, SAA has published more than 100 print and electronic publications. You can help build on that history by submitting a prospectus for a book-length manuscript. Or consider the new Trends in Archives Practice, an open-ended series of modules featuring brief, authoritative treatments (10,000 to 20,000 words in length) that fill significant gaps in the archival literature. Ideas welcome! Click here for more info or contact Publications Editor CHRIS PROM.
  • Dictionary of Archives Terminology (DAT). SAA’s forthcoming dictionary builds on the 2005 A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology. Does your presentation contain new terminology? Help grow the professional lexicon by suggesting new terms and sending citations of archives terms in use. Or Tweet terms and proposed definitions at #SAAwords. For more info, contact Dictionary Working Group Chair ROSEMARY PLEVA FLYNN.

JOIN US AT . . .

  • “Write Away” Breakfast Forum on Friday, August 21, from 7:30AM to 8:15AM.  An informal discussion with Publications Editor Chris Prom, The American Archivist Editor Greg Hunter and Reviews Editor Amy Cooper Cary, and SAA staff Teresa Brinati and Anne Hartman on how you can contribute to the professional literature.
  • “Office Hours” in the Exhibit Hall on Friday, August 21, from 12:30PM to 1:45PM. An opportunity to chat with The American Archivist Editor Greg Hunter, Publications Editor Chris Prom, and Dictionary Working Group Chair Rosemary Pleva Flynn.



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