Focus and Scope

Papers address policy, strategic, operational, experimental, infrastructural, or tool-based aspects of digital data and other objects of value to research, cultural heritage or society. Peer-reviewed papers cover original research supported by significant evidence.  General articles are descriptive of some relevant event, activity, research project in progress, or approach. They may present a proposal for an architecture, an implementation, a service, or a project, for example. General articles may also be opinion pieces, reviews, or surveys of existing work in some particular area.

The journal is published in electronic form on a rolling basis, with content collected into two issues a year. IJDC is published by the University of Edinburgh for the Digital Curation Centre.

Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Papers (Peer-reviewed)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The IJDC operates a double-blind peer-review process, which means that reviewers are not made aware of the identities of authors and vice versa.

Reviewers are asked to judge submissions based on their potential impact and contribution to the field, and their clarity of content and structure.

The time taken to review a submission varies according to a number of factors, but the journal aims to complete peer reviews within six months.



Publication Frequency

IJDC is published two times a year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


IJDC Editorial Board


The Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Ashley, Digital Curation Centre, is assisted by an Editorial Board consisting of the following members:

  • Alex Ball, University of Bath
  • Anthony Beitz, Monash eResearch Centre
  • Susan Borda, University of California, Merced
  • Christine Borgman, Department of Information Studies, University of California
  • David Britton, University of Glasgow (GridPP)
  • Peter Buneman, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Adrian Burton, Australian Partnership for Sustainable Resources
  • Andrew Charlesworth, Centre of IT and Law, University Of Bristol
  • Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University
  • Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard, Danish State Library
  • Euan Cochrane, Consultant
  • Simon Coles, University of Southampton
  • Louise Corti, UK Data Archive
  • Simon Cox, University of Southampton
  • Patricia Cruse, University of California
  • Michael Day, British Library
  • David De Roure, University of Southampton
  • Matthew Dovey, Jisc
  • Adam Farquhar, British Library
  • Caroline Gardiner, University of Bristol
  • Stephane Goldstein, Research Information Network
  • Stephen Grace, University of East London
  • Mark Hahnel, Figshare
  • Lorna Hughes, Centre for e-Research, Kings College London
  • Jane Hunter, The School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
  • Paul Jeffreys, University of Oxford
  • William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition
  • Carl Lagoze, Information Science, Cornell University
  • Brian Lavoie, OCLC
  • Julia Lane, National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago
  • Bryan Lawrence, British Atmospheric Data Centre
  • Michael Lesk, Department of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University
  • Herve L'Hours, UK Data Archive
  • Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • Liz Lyon, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bob Mann, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
  • Julie McLeod, University of Northumbria
  • Bill Michener, University of New Mexico
  • Reagan Moore, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Heike Neuroth, University of Göttingen
  • Maureen Pennock, British Library
  • Sam Pepler, British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC)
  • Hans Pfeiffenberger, Alfred Wegener Institute
  • Andy Powell, Eduserv Foundation
  • Rob Procter,University of Warwick
  • Andreas Rauber, Vienna University of Technology
  • Robin Rice, University of Edinburgh
  • Jeroen Rombouts, TU Delft Library
  • David Rosenthal, Stanford University
  • Seamus Ross, University of Toronto
  • Sally Rumsey, Oxford University
  • Chris Rusbridge, Consultant
  • Anna Shadbolt, University of Melbourne
  • Richard Sinnott, National e-Science Centre, University of Glasgow
  • MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis
  • Jonathan Tedds, University of Leicester
  • Manfred Thaller, University of Cologne
  • Andrew Treloar, Monash University
  • Bill Underwood, Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Tyler O. Walters, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Angus Whyte, Digital Curation Centre
  • Max Wilkinson, University College London
  • Andrew Wilson, Senior Data Policy Advisor, Australian National Data Service (ANDS)
  • Matthew Woollard, UK Data Archive, University of Essex
  • Richard Wright, Research & Development, BBC Future Media & Technology



IJDC Editorial Guidelines

The IJDC publishes two main types of submission: peer-reviewed papers and general articles.

A peer-reviewed paper should be original and innovative, probably analytical in approach. It should include or reference significant evidence (whether experimental, observational or textual) to support its conclusions. Subject matter could be policy, strategic, operational, experimental, infrastructural, or tool-based, for example, but the key elements are originality and evidence. Layout and structure should be appropriate for the disciplinary area.

A general article is descriptive of some relevant event, activity, research project in progress, or approach. It may present a proposal for an architecture, an implementation, a service, or a project, for example. General articles may also be opinion pieces, reviews, or surveys of existing work in some particular area. Most importantly, general articles must, in the opinion of the editorial team, convey information of value to the readership. A degree of light review may be required to ensure relevance and completeness, or to eliminate bias. 

IJDC Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The IJDC is committed to scholarly excellence and dedicated to the advancement of digital curation across a wide range of sectors. In order to maintain high quality standards, the journal is guided by the following principles.

The editors are responsible for deciding which papers and articles should be published, with ultimate responsibility resting with the Editor-in-Chief. The decisions of the editors are guided by the Editorial Board; in particular, no submission may be published as an IJDC peer-reviewed paper without first receiving an acceptance recommendation from at least one member of the Editorial Board. The editors evaluate a submission on the basis of its intellectual content alone; this includes its compliance with legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. An editor must not evaluate a paper of which he or she is also an author.

Reviewers should not consider documents in which they have a conflict of interest with any author or organization involved. They must not use information received through peer review for personal advantage, or further disclose the submission without authorization from an editor.

Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and that where other materials (including data) are used the sources are appropriately cited. Papers submitted for peer review should not have been published in their current or a very similar form before, other than as a pre-print in a repository or as a conference paper with limited circulation beyond the conference attendees. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Should authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their submission, they should inform the editors promptly.

Any data collected by the authors and underlying their submission must be placed in a custodial environment that gives an appropriate degree of assurance about its longevity. The data should be given a permanent and resolvable identifier, which should appear in the submission, and made openly accessible wherever possible.

Papers and articles submitted to the IJDC remain confidential until published. Papers and articles not accepted for publication are never used for other purposes without the express written consent of the author. A submission not accepted for publication as a peer-reviewed paper may at the editors' discretion be published as a general article if it nevertheless conveys information of value to the readership.



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