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Provenance - Information for Contributors


Provenance's primary focus concerns the theory and practice of the archival profession. The Provenance editorial board actively seeks articles, case studies, and review essays which increase understanding of archival issues, highlight new topics, or broaden the scope of knowledge for the profession. Articles written for publication in Provenance should be original works.


Editorial Policy

Submissions received by July 31 will be reviewed for that year’s issue, though submissions are accepted anytime. Manuscripts are sent out for a blind peer review to at least two readers who evaluate submissions in terms of appropriateness, scholarly worth, and clarity of writing and recommend acceptance, acceptance with noted revisions, or rejection. Author notification of a final decision normally takes about two months. Upon acceptance, the author(s) will be contacted stating the anticipated publication date of the article.

Published authors receive one complimentary copy of Provenance plus a PDF version of their article. SGA recognizes a superior contribution for each issue of Provenance via the David B. Gracy, II Award.


Formatting Requirements

·        Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents without author's name.

·        Use footnotes rather than endnotes.

·        Provenance uses The Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition as its style standard. Use of terms which have special meaning for archivists, manuscript curators, and records managers should conform to the definitions in Richard Pearce-Moses, compiler, A Glossary of Archives and Records Terminology.

·        Illustrations, photographs, drawings, or graphics are welcome (300 dpi resolution preferred).


Submission Information

Manuscripts can be submitted online:

Contact Information

For questions about manuscripts:
Cheryl Oestreicher, Editor

For questions about book reviews:
Jennifer Welch, Reviews Editor

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