Archival Futures – Submission Guidelines

Bethany Anderson and Amy Cooper Cary 

Archival Futures explores a wide range of society and technology-focused topics (see list below). We encourage authors from communities traditionally underrepresented in publishing as well as new and seasoned writers to submit proposals.

Proposals should be via a Word document sent to the Series Editors and include the following:

  • the theme, purpose, and scope
  • the main argument or premise
  • the estimated length
  • the proposed format and an annotated outline or table of contents
  • the intended audience and the potential market (especially potential for an audience outside of the archives profession or affiliated professions)
  • the prospective value to the archives profession
  • the relationship of the proposed publication to the literature in the field
  • potential graphics and illustrations
  • co-authors or contributors
  • the author’s anticipated available time for writing the first draft and for editorial revisions (i.e., how long will this take you?)
  • Series Editors receive and review proposal (please note that a request for proposal does not imply acceptance)
  • Series Editors present proposal to SAA Publications Editor
  • Publications Editor and Series Editors send for peer review prioritizing diverse voices from multiple communities 
  • Publications Editor gives final approval of proposal
  • One of the Series Editors is assigned to work on the project with Author
  • ALA issues contract to Author
  • Author begins writing book
  • Final manuscript is assessed by the Series Editors, Publications Editor, and original proposal reviewers

Timely development will be facilitated by the use of a collaborative yet rigorous editorial process. Each publication will be edited by a Series Editor with input from other reviewers. A single-blind review process will be used. Authors should expect a robust editorial presence, involving considerable back-and-forth from acceptance to completion, and high-quality copyediting and design work, to ensure the creation of an outstanding product. (See outline of workflow.)


For more information about Archival Futures, or to present or discuss a proposal (see potential topics below), please contact Series Editors Bethany Anderson ( and Amy Cooper Cary (


Society Focused:

  • Anthropology
  • Anthropocentrism
  • Arts
  • Citizenship
  • Civic Engagement
  • Colonialism
  • Community
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Cultural Competency
  • Democracy
  • Diversity / Inclusion
  • Diversifying Collections
  • Economics
  • Equality
  • Ethics
  • Ethnicity / Ethnocentrism
  • Feminism
  • Freedom of Information
  • Gaps in the archival record
  • Gender Identity
  • Historiography
  • Humanism
  • Emigrants / Immigrants
  • Intersectionality
  • Journalism
  • Labor
  • Law Enforcement
  • Memory
  • Nationalism
  • Nostalgia
  • Permanence
  • Popular culture
  • Reconciliation
  • Refugees
  • Religion / Spirituality
  • Right to be Forgotten / Erasure
  • Science
  • Secret Archives
  • Social Justice
  • Stewardship
  • Storytelling
Technology Focused:
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bio-archives
  • Civic Data
  • Computation
  • Big Data
  • Data Rescue
  • Email
  • Free Speech
  • Machine Learning
  • Privacy
  • Social Media
  • Webarchives