CFP: RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage

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30th Anniversary Issue of RBM

As some of you may know, Spring 2016 is the 30th anniversary of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage (formerly Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship). To commemorate this important milestone, we are working to produce a very special issue of the journal:


The idea for this issue came out of the editorial board’s desire to support a more open-access model for the online version of the journal, while still staying true to our roots in the physical material. Therefore, we’d like to make this a special theme issue, and we’re actively soliciting submissions on the broadly-defined topic of “the digital vs. the physical”. We’ll be sending out this call for submissions to all of the allied fields that RBM represents, and we hope to see submissions from rare books, manuscripts, archives, museums…and YOU!

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015.

Please send manuscripts directly to me at

Don’t be afraid to “think outside the box”. It can be a research article, an essay, a haiku, a cartoon, artwork—you name it! Just make it new, and make it thought-provoking.

To supplement the print version, and to continue playing with the “digital vs. print” theme, we will consider selecting additional submitted content for the web page of the journal.

Jennifer K. Sheehan, Ph.D.
Editor, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, & Cultural Heritage

Welcome to the Publishing in the Archives Profession Blog

Scholarly publishing is an important aspect of the archival profession. It is how we discuss ideas, share practices, and further our professional development. There are multiple platforms to share our knowledge, only two of which are books and journals. It’s easy to write about archives in blogs, social media, and newsletters, but it’s harder to publish a journal article, book chapter, or entire book.

As a journal editor and a future book author, I have frequent discussions with people about publishing. I recognize and empathize with the fear, intimidation, and the unknown of how publishing works. The more involved I become in various aspects, the more I realized that there are few resources available to archivists to embark on this rewarding experience.

This blog will focus primarily on book and journal publishing. While I have been involved in publishing for only a few years, I have learned a tremendous amount about it. One of the best ways I’ve learned is from feedback on my submitted writings, talking with colleagues, being a member of the SAA Publications Board, and reading the peer-review reports from Provenance submissions. As the adage goes, the more I learn, the less I know.

My goal for this blog is to create a forum to ask and answer questions, exchange ideas, and to engage the profession in the topic of scholarly publishing. Some ideas for topics are: how to get started; what to write about; how to write an abstract, book review, literature review; writing before you finish school; writing structure; how to deal with peer-review feedback; and citations. This list is not comprehensive and all ideas are welcome. Additionally, I encourage contributors. Multiple voices and perspectives from authors, editors, publishers, reviewers, and others are imperative in developing writing techniques and styles.

I hope current and future authors will find this helpful.