Provenance recognizes the evolving needs within the profession and is working to address those changes when possible. For example, we published a special issue on advocacy in September 2013 (http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/).
Provenance would like to create a special issue dedicated to audiovisual archives and archivists. Despite two journals dedicated to archival audiovisual topics (http://www.iasa-web.org/iasa-journal andhttp://www.arsc-audio.org/journal.html), Provenance will take a different approach. What we propose is to create an issue where there may be written content, but the bulk of it would be original audio and visual “articles.” Submissions should be specifically about processes, procedures, projects, collecting, digitizing, providing access, or other aspects about managing audiovisual collections.
Following the model of innovative projects such as “More Podcast, Less Process,” we are seeking alternative means of disseminating research and ideas. Audio and video are powerful tools for demonstrating practices, projects, policies, or other content. We invite you to be creative in how you utilize these formats.
Proposals should be up to 750 words and include an abstract of the project, why an audiovisual/written format is ideal to present the topic, and the type/format of the proposed submission. As this is a new format for Provenance, proposals will be reviewed by the Editors for creativity, clarity of thesis/topic, and appropriateness to audiovisual formats. Editors will provide guidance and additional specifications to accepted authors to ensure a high-quality end product.
Suggested submissions include but are not limited to:
- virtual tour or review of tool or procedure
- video tutorial
- written article combined with audio or video or procedures
Submissions should not be:
- recordings of conference presentations
- entire oral histories or digitally reformatted materials
This will be published as an online-only issue, openly available to everyone, in fall of 2016. We recognize that because this process is new, we want to provide enough time for submission, review, and edits to produce an issue. The suggested timeline is as follows:
September 2015 – send out call for proposalsNovember 15, 2015 – proposals dueDecember 2015 – editors select proposals and notify all submittersMay 15, 2016 – deadline for final submissionsMay-June 2016 – editorial review of submissionsJuly 2016 – minor revisions of submissions (if needed)August 2016 – final review by authors/editorsSeptember 2016 – published online (http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/)
- Audio files should be in .mp3 format; video files in .mp4 format.
- Contributors can also provide embed codes from YouTube, Kaltura, or others if his/her institution utilizes other platforms.
- All submissions should include a transcript of the audio or video to increase discoverability.
- No minimum nor maximum word length for traditional article submissions.
- Consult with Editors for other options.
Written submissions should adhere to established guidelines: http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/provenance/policies.html. Audiovisual submissions will not be peer-reviewed in the traditional sense. Because there are no standard guidelines for reviewing audiovisual content, the focus will be on quality of viewing and content. This process will be flexible and is subject to change.
Provenance looks forward to working with you!
Cheryl Oestreicher, Editor, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivistsprovenance@soga.org
Heather Oswald, Associate Editor, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivistshoswald@kennesaw.edu
Jennifer Welch, Reviews Editor, Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivistsjwelch30@uthsc.edu