KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is published by the University of Victoria Libraries. We acknowledge and respect the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and WSÁNEĆ Peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.
About the Journal
Focus and Scope
KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal meant to encourage the formation of a multidisciplinary community of scholars studying human knowledge processes through the ages and concerned to understand the role of those processes in the full sweep of human civilizations and 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 a growth in magnitude that largely reflects human population growth.
For those interested in human knowledge processes - as researchers, technology developers, or professionals with 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?
Open Access Policy
KULA provides immediate open access to all content. There is no embargo on publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.
Authors grant KULA the right of first publication of their work but retain copyright, with their work licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Under that license, others may use, reproduce, and share the article according to the CC BY 4.0 license agreement.
Authors can enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to a repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in KULA.
KULA does not charge author publication fees (APCs).
Indexing and Archiving
KULA is indexed and disseminated by Érudit, which provides maximum visibility and discoverability in Google Scholar and Wikipedia and has agreements with discovery tools such as ExLibris and OCLC and indexers including Clarivate Analytics. Through Coalition Publica, the journal uses Portico, Scholars Portal, and PKP|PN (LOCKSS) to ensure long-term preservation of content.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.