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Hi Mike, Jesse and all,

Remember ARMA's Records Management Quarterly? That publication was highly respected in the 1990s? On a site that has articles up to 1998, the following statement is posted:

"Flagship publication of the Association for Information Management Professionals [remember also when ARMA called itself this?] was continued by the Information Management Journal."

Sadly, IMJ is not as respected in academic circles as the Records Management Quarterly once was. 

The lack of peer-reviewed journals in the US is a major concern of mine as well. I had a conversation just last week with a couple of people from ARMA's board about GARP and the push for professionalism - and used the opportunity to stress the necessity of having peer reviewed publications as well if we are truly serious about records management as a "profession".

Although many of us over the years have tried to impress on ARMA our disappointment over the IMJ's lack of academic integrity, I don't think we'll get much movement there. One reason used years ago to give up the idea of a peer-reviewed journal was the lack of both academic submissions and "peers" willing to volunteer to review the submissions.

Although I am most familiar with our Master's in Archives & Records Administration program at SJSU and with students in our MLIS program who also take records management courses, I also know there are other programs in both the US and Canada with faculty and students doing research in this area who would be eager to write for such journals. 

ARMA members who believe in the importance of having a peer-reviewed journal should contact ARMA to request at least an annual publication that would be peer-reviewed. If enough members thought this was important, we might be able to persuade ARMA that it is a necessary step to take to promote the profession.

Pat


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Patricia C. Franks, Ph.D., CRM
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San Jose State University
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-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of J. Michael Pemberton
Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2009 10:48 PM
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Subject: Re: [RM] Professional RM journals

Jesse has hit upon a long-term RIM journal problem. There are no peer-reviewed journals because the need for them would have to be established (through the academies having at least an undergraduate degree (like a bacheolors *degree* in records management, not a degree in marketing with a *major* in RIM). After looking at this for 32 years as prof. and now an emeritus prof., I can assure you the academic sustrate has to be in place to justify RM courses, courses, and juried jounals. Won't happen any other way.10 years as executive editor of the IMJ showed that we were not making progress twoard a higher academic level--complete with peer review.

I know the "degrees" in RIM in two-year programs or licensures look attractrive, but they are not 4-year programas with an upward pointer toward graduate work to the PhD level that produces the adequate numbers of researchers and teachers needed.

I feel the commonwealth countries are well ahead of us in forming degree programs; we could learn much from them!

Mike


-----Original Message-----
>From: Jesse Wilkins <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Nov 28, 2009 4:33 PM
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>Subject: [RM] Professional RM journals
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>Hi all,
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>I am about to finish my first semester for my masters program and am 
>struggling with locating peer-reviewed academic journals specific to 
>records management. Here is the list that I currently have and which I 
>have to believe is woefully lacking:
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>Records & Information Management Report (defunct 12/2007)
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>Records Management Society Bulletin (not really academic?)
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>Records Management Journal
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>Records Management Quarterly(then IMJ, now IM, no longer peer-reviewed 
>and hasn't been academic for decades if then)
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>I am mindful that many of the archives journals regularly feature RM 
>articles (Archivaria, American Archivist, etc.) but I'm looking for 
>those that focus the majority of their articles on RM-specific topics. 
>I don't care about subscription model, paper vs. plastic, location, 
>specificity to a particular society or institution, etc.; I do admit to 
>a bias to English-language sources but am willing to consider others where available.
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>Any assistance is MUCH appreciated! 
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>Respectfully submitted on behalf of myself and no other company, 
>organization, association, entity, or board of directors,
>
> 
>
>Jesse Wilkins, CRM, CDIA+, ecmm, emmm, ermm
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