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Focus and Scope

KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, meant to encourage the formation of a multi-disciplinary community of scholars studying human knowledge processes through the ages, concerned to understand their role in the full sweep of human civilizations, and to project them into the future from both humanistic and technological perspectives.

Human civilizations throughout the ages have found it appropriate to devote significant resources to knowledge creation, capture, dissemination, and preservation using the intellectual frameworks and technical resources of their times. In our era we face unprecedented rapidity in advances in digital technologies that provide new modes of support for knowledge processes with no foreseeable limit to their increasing capabilities or the variety of modes of research dissemination. To date emerging digital technologies have been used to provide more effective support for the activities of scholarly communities that seem little changed over the millennia except for their growth in magnitude that largely reflects human population growth.

For those interested in human knowledge processes, as researchers, technology developers, or having institutional responsibilities for the support of scholarly communities, many questions have been arising about the evolution of knowledge processes and their support. If change is largely technology-driven, the repurposing of available technologies to address scholarly needs, then what are those needs? How do they relate to more general needs that are driving technological advance? Is the nature of scholarship itself evolving under the impact of technology? How should resources be deployed to enable individuals and institutions to take advantage of the new technologies whilst avoiding the many transitory phenomena that arise during a period of rapid change and can be wasteful of resources? How do we best enable innovative exchange across disciplines to envision new knowledge processes? How do we ensure the long-term preservation of knowledge in the digital context?

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

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. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Cengage Learning and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

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