Trends in Archives Practice - Module Guidelines


Each module in Trends in Archives Practice will provide an introduction to a specific field of practice based on the following guiding principles: 

  • The target audience is individuals who want to learn about a closely defined area of archival technique or practice. Expected readers include students in archival education programs, as well as practicing archivists and allied professionals seeking to expand their working knowledge.
  • A module will be 10,000 to 20,000 words in length (determined in consultation with the editor).
  • A module will represent the best of current practice, with limited reference to debates about the more theoretical or contested aspects of archival work.
  • The advice provided will be appropriate for implementation in a wide range of repositories (in terms of size, repository focus, and available resources).
  • The work will point to other resources of value, both within the new series and in the broader literature.
  • Module content should be suitable for graduate education and self-study. Where possible, they will be suitable as readings for SAA’s continuing education courses.
  • Authors and editors will be provided an honorarium.
  • Individual modules will be available in electronic form (Adobe Digital Editions PDF and EPUB). 
  • For marketing purposes, the SAA Publications Board may choose to bundle three to four modules touching on related areas and publish the bundle along with an introduction in print and electronic formats (Adobe Digital Editions PDF and EPUB).

Agile development will be facilitated by the use of a collaborative yet rigorous editorial process. Each module will be co-edited by a subject expert and the series editor (the chair of the SAA Publications Board).  A single-blind review process with three readers 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.


The SAA Publications Board is pursuing an ambitious timetable for each module.  In general, we expect that a manuscript suitable for peer review will be submitted to SAA within six months from point of agreement, with publication four months later, for an overall time frame of ten months per module.


Do you have an idea for a module? If so, contact SAA Publications Editor Stacie Wlliams