Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association

Archives and Records is a highly respected research publication for thoseworking in the archives and records sector.


Issued three times a year to ARA Members, it contains topical research and articles relevant to archivists, archive conservators and records managers, as well as to all involved in the study and interpretation of archives.

Archives and Records aims to represent current professional practices and research. If you are working within the archive sector, planning to develop and grow your career, or just have an interest, Archives and Records makes enjoyable and informative reading. As well as being issued to ARA Members Archives and Records has over 3000 Institutional and Individual subscribers around the world.


If you are an ARA Member - Take a Look

Current and past issues of the Journal are held online and you can search for topics related to your area of interest.

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Looking to Contribute?

New Call for Papers - Interdisciplinarity and Archives - deadline for abstracts 15 November 2019

Looking outwards, in order to learn from other disciplines, is obviously invaluable and, in doing so, the profession has benefited. Yet at a time when the archival profession is operating within extreme technological, societal and financial pressures it can be argued that we should also look to what we do to add value to the professional practice of others. We must evidence our own success in enhancing practice external to our traditional professional borders and engage other voices, other champions, who can communicate on our behalf to illustrate how what we do enriches their work. This special edition of Archives and Records: Interdisciplinarity and Archives seeks those advocates and examples. Read the full Call for Papers and instructions on how to contribute here


New Call for Participation: Confronting the Canon - deadline for expressions of interest 31 August 2019

The year 2022 sees the centenary of the publication of Sir Hilary Jenkinson’s Manual of Archive Administration. This text has had undeniable influence in shaping a canonical view of recordkeeping, and is widely regarded as a part of that canon: the set of sacred books, rules and principles that govern the subject and undertaking of archives and records management.

In recent years however, practical responses to a rapidly changing environment and increased academic scrutiny have led to a questioning and expansion of the established canon. Confronted with post-modernist deconstruction of power, post-truth politics and the new (and seemingly endless) possibilities offered by technology, the canon has been challenged as partial, privileged, narrow and unaccommodating of more pluralist views.

This project seeks to confront the canon, by creating the Spring 2022 Special Issue of Archives and Records ( in a way designed to surface dialogue, debate and multiplicity in perspective.Read the full Call for Participation and instructions on how to contribute here.


Further Opportunities to Contribute

There are many ways to get involved with Archives and Records, either as an author, an editor or a peer reviewer. Engaging with new ideas and reflecting on existing practice is a vital part of being a professional, and getting involved with Archives and Records will enhance your own continuing professional development and allow you to share your insights and potentially influence the direction of the profession and beyond. Please see the following for further information on how to get involved and then get in touch (details below). We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Editorial correspondence should be addressed to one of the following:

Dr Sarah Higgins
Information Management, Libraries and Archives
Aberystwyth University
Ceredigion SY23 3FL
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Victoria Hoyle
Department of Information Studies
UCL Foster Court
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
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Dr Sarah-Joy Maddeaux
Essex Record Office
Wharf Road
Chelmsford, Essex
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Books for review should be addressed to the Book Reviews Editor, Susan Healy, 42 Harold Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4HZ.

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