Focus and Scope

Papers address policy, strategic, operational, experimental, infrastructural, or tool-based aspects of the management and curation of digital data and other objects of value to research, cultural heritage or society. Research 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

Conference Papers 

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research Papers 

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

General Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The IJDC operates a double-blind peer-review process. This means that reviewers are not normally 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. Further guidance on review criteria is detailed under 'Editorial Guidelines' below.

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 normally published once or twice per 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.

This journal’s open access policy is in line with UK research funders’ policies.

Authors are not charged any APCs (Article Processing Charges) or other publication fees.

Copyright Notice

Work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

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 Michigan
  • Christine Borgman, Department of Information Studies, University of California
  • David Britton, University of Glasgow 
  • 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
  • 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
  • Matthew Woollard, UK Data Archive, University of Essex
  • Richard Wright, Research & Development, BBC Future Media & Technology


Editorial Guidelines

The IJDC accepts for consideration two types of submission for peer review: Research Papers, and General articles. All submissions must use the provided template. The submission should be written using clear language, accurately reflect the title and abstract, present a coherently structured argument with sufficient context for the reader, and offer concrete examples where appropriate.  All submissions must provide evidence for the main assertions including citations and references, where relevant. They must also do at least one of the following: -

- provide results or data of use to the reader

- contribute something new to an existing debate

- provide a solution to a problem, new or existing

- impart experience or findings which assist others

Research papers must also: -

- test a hypothesis, provide a new model, substantial insight or understanding

- present original material in respect of research, initiatives, applications or development

- state where data collected by the authors and underlying their submission is available to the reviewers. 

 Published research articles are expected to include a link to a repository page describing any data underlying the evidence presented.  This page should be given a DOI or other persistent and resolvable identifier, which should appear in the submission. Data should be made openly accessible wherever possible, unless access is restricted due to copyright, license or confidentiality agreements, ethical guidelines or data protection regulations.

IJDC also publishes Conference Papers, from the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) if they have been accepted on the basis of a peer-reviewed extended abstract, and presented at the conference.  Accepted Conference Papers may optionally be re-submitted for review as Research Papers or General articles.


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 Research Paper may at the editors' discretion be peer reviewed as a General Article if it is conveys information of value to the readership.

Take Down Policy

We make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.

Should you discover content in this journal that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact Edinburgh University Library who will review the complaint.

On receipt of your complaint, the Scholarly Communications Team will:

  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  3. For all but spurious complaints, cease access to the item that is subject to complaint
  4. Refer the complaint to the University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant.

When the Service Manager has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the article will be removed from public access, leaving behind the article abstract.

If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

Please contact:

Scholarly Communications Team, Edinburgh University Library
Floor F East, Argyle House
3 Lady Lawson Street


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Privacy and Consent Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviours, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this journal platform (Open Journal Systems – OJS) may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project (PKP) in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here.

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Users who register with this journal, including authors and peer reviewers where applicable, consent to having the personal information being stored in the University’s journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams.


Authors who make a submission to this journal consent to the personal information they supply as part of the submission being stored in the University’s journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors who make a submission have the responsibility to ensure that all contributors have read this Privacy and Consent policy and consent to having their personal information that is supplied as part of the submission process being stored in the University’s journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors published in this journal are also responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported in the journal.

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Rights of the Individual

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

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