University Libraries and TTU Press Launch Interdisciplinary Online Journal

The open-access journal, titled “Archivation Exploration,” will focus on rotating themes as well as the happenings of each year’s Sowell Collection Conference.

Texas Tech University Libraries and Texas Tech Press recently launched the inaugural issue of the online journal “Archivation Exploration,” an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access journal to be published twice a year.

The first issue of the journal, which was released in April, features presentations from the 2015 Sowell Collection Conference. According to Diane Warner, editor of “Archivation Exploration”, this conference regularly features Texas Tech students and alumni and is a great showcase for student work and research. Each April issue will feature papers, panels and creative writing presented at the previous year’s conference.

Warner said that the upcoming issue in October will feature a sports theme. The following thematic issue in October 2017 will focus on weather.

“For the upcoming issue we’re looking for scholarly articles on sports and sports history, as well as poems, stories and memoir pieces with sports as a central element,” Warner said. “Both themes are intentionally broad. Submissions using archival or special collections resource material will be given preference.”

“Archivation Exploration” encourages both scholarly and creative article submissions, which may include audio and/or visual media elements to take advantage of the journal’s digital platform. The submission deadline is Sept. 9 for the sports issue and July 26, 2017, for the weather issue. Submissions may be entered through the journal’s website.


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Texas Tech University Press (TTUP) publishes a variety of titles each year ranging from nonfiction titles in natural history and the natural sciences to works in costume and textile history and all aspects of the Great Plains and the American west especially biography, history, memoir and travel. The press also publishes fiction, young adult and childrens titles, a mystery series and an annual poetry selection.