Call for Papers, due 6/30/2020

Call for Papers

Focus Issue: Collections and COVID-19

Articles are sought for a focus issue of the journal Collections which will consider collections and COVID-19. How have museums, archives, and libraries been impacted by COVID-19? What impact has COVID-19 had on collections, particularly?

In particular this call seeks contributions which address any of the following:

  • institutional efforts at rapid response collecting;
  • the intrinsic value of building collections during this historic time;
  • the role and messaging of collections during the pandemic;
  • the shift to online collection display as a way of providing opportunities for online engagement while institutions are not permitting visitors;
  • the role of “essential staff” and their duties as related to collections;
  • the financial impact of COVID-19 on collections; and
  • other topics within the scope of “Collections and COVID-19”

For this issue, we are seeking articles, essays, and case studies of 2,000-3,000 words (8-12 pages double-spaced, plus notes and references). Authors should express their interest by submitting a 150-word abstract, anticipated article length, number of images, and any relevant information (such as context, short bio, pertinent URLs) to the guest editor and the journal editor  by Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  

Notification of acceptance will be made by July 15, 2020, with the deadline for submission of final papers set for August 30, 2020 through the SAGE online submission portal. Publication is anticipated for volume 17 with an issue date of 2021. For additional information or to receive samples of the journal, please contact the journal editor, Juilee Decker,

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