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The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is designed to showcase datasets of historical significance and scholarly rigor. Projects within the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation have been peer-reviewed, found to be historically significant, and are excellent examples of scholarly methods within the field of digital humanities. In the aggregate, the published datasets are wide-ranging in their temporal and geographical scope. Some publications, however, may be narrow in focus. Whatever the scope, all datasets published shall be scholarly in nature and include fields that describe a person and an event recorded in a document, metadata, licensing and copyright information, as well as a textual description intended for multiple audiences.

The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is especially interested in datasets that make connections to major historical events and actors, that highlight in-depth microhistories, case studies, unique incidences, as well as data that is precise and detailed.

Peer Reviewed Submissions

Peer review for the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is an academically rigorous process of scholarly digital publication overseen by members of the editorial board, working in conjunction with invited experts. Within higher education, accepted peer-reviewed publications are suitable for annual and merit reviews as well as promotion and tenure. Peer-reviewed submissions may include data articles, project articles, or other relevant materials. Contributors asking for peer review are often seeking academic or professional credit for their submission. To contribute a peer reviewed item please indicate on the submission form that you would like peer review and that you accept the terms of this type of submission. Once you have done so, your submission will undergo the process indicated within the submission section below.

Community Submissions

Community submission for the the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation is intended for digital publication and public circulation without the full process of academic peer review. Community submissions can include data articles, project articles, or other relevant materials. Community submissions will receive editorial review, which means that submissions will be reviewed by the Journal's editor or editorial team and accepted or rejected based on the quality of the piece and its relevance to the Journal.

Editorial Process

The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation realizes that scholars do not often receive scholarly and professional credit for the expertise, time, and interpretive judgment in making data accessible, discoverable, searchable, and reusable, thus the peer review process by the editorial board allows for scholarly recognition for databases and online project contributions.  Scholarly contributions will undergo a rigorous peer review process to ensure the quality of the data and its worth of consideration for scholarly credit. Submissions will be reviewed using a similar process as journal review. Accepted projects will be published in the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and on Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Save Trade (Enslaved.org).

Submission Process

The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation welcomes submissions from professionals affiliated with accredited institutions of higher education and cultural heritage; archivists, librarians, and data curators in the public and private sectors; religious and secular organizations; and independent researchers working on the history of African slavery and historical slave trades. To be considered for publication, please fill out the contribution form and submit your data for peer review. Please bear in mind that the data and the information on the contribution form will be considered during the peer review process, therefore, be precise and thorough. When completing the methodology section, please consider how the data was gathered, organized, analyzed, and interpreted. 

Licensing and reuse information is mandatory. CSV and Microsoft Excel files are preferred but other file formats may be accepted. For more details on the submission process or to view a sample submission please see the following files.

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Author Agreement

Upon acceptance the Journal will provide contributor(s) with the Author Agreement to sign. Please note that the Author Agreement includes the terms of publication for the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation. Signing this Author Agreement acknowledges that contributor(s) agree to the following terms unless terms were otherwise negotiated between the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and the contributor(s):

  1. The contributor(s) affirm(s) that the work being published is their original work, and that they have secured any necessary permission to publish or include any data or other materials that come from sources outside the project.

  2. The contributor(s) grant(s) the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation permission to publish and use their name, institutional affiliation, email address, and the biographical details they have sent us in connection with the publication of the project.

  3. The contributor(s) grant(s) the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and the overarching project Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade (Enslaved.org) a perpetual, non-exclusive right to publish the work as part of the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation and on Enslaved.org in any form that we choose: i.e. in its current form or in derived forms resulting from transformations, summaries, abstracts, excerpts, and the like.

  4. The contributor(s) retain(s) copyright, subject to the agreed upon publication and licensing terms over the work and is free to publish it in any other venue or format they choose, including pre-publication release and inclusion in an institutional or disciplinary repository.

  5. All materials published by the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation will always be available free-of-charge via the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation website and Enslaved.org.

  6. All materials published on the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation site are offered under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

  7. The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation will deposit the submitted research data, supporting documentation (i.e., the data dictionary or codebook), and some descriptive metadata to the Journal’s Dataverse data repository (dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/jsdp) at the end of the review process. Dataverse is part of the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation’s strategy to provide long-term access to the research data submitted by the contributor(s).

  8. Where available, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for the references should be provided by the contributor(s).

  9. Title image, if provided by the contributor(s), will have a resolution of 72 ppi with the following dimensions: 2000 pixels width and 1000 pixels in height. The files should be in one of the following formats: jpg or png. The contributor(s) must provide a caption for the image that describes its contents and source, otherwise it will not be used on the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation website.

  10. Card image, if provided by the contributor(s), will have a resolution of 72 ppi with the following dimensions: 500 pixels width and 350 pixels height. The files should be in one of the following formats: jpg or png. The contributor(s) must provide a caption for the image that describes its contents and source, otherwise it will not be used on the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation website.

  11. The contributor(s) acknowledges that their data article adheres to the stylistic, formatting, and bibliographic guidelines outlined by the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation.

Signing the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation’s Author Agreement also acknowledges the use of the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license which allows users to freely copy, redistribute, and build upon the work under the following conditions:

For information about this Creative Commons license, please see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

How to Cite Submissions

Use the following formate for citing submissions to the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation.

Last Name, First Name. "Provisional Article Title." Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation. Submitted: [Month YYYY].

Berry, Stephen. "CSI: Dixie." Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation. Submitted: April 2020.

Style Guide

The Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation asks that all contributors use the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago), 17th Edition (author-date system) when preparing their data article. A quick overview of Chicago style can be found here.

The editorial team at the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation will work with contributors to correctly format and style their submissions but we ask that contributors do their best to adhere to the guidelines outlined in our style guide at the time of submission.

Contributors should pay special attention to the following submission guidelines regarding style and format:

  1. All datasets should be submitted in a comma-separated values file (csv) or Microsoft Excel (xlsx only). Other file formats may be accepted with journal approval.

  2. All column headings in the dataset spreadsheets should use English with United States standard spellings. Data extracted from sources that are not in English may remain in their original languages.

  3. All sources used to gather and interpret datasets must be referenced in the "Methodology" and "Source(s) Citation(s)" section of the Submission Form. Use the author-date system for all citations and, where available, provide URLs and DOIs according to Chicago style. To reference a manuscript collection or archive please see the downloadable guidelines in the Submission Process section of this page. For more information on author-date system please see the Chicago Manual of Style's Author-Date: Sample Citations.

  4. The contributor(s) retain(s) copyright, subject to the agreed upon publication and licensing terms over the work and is free to publish it in any other venue or format they choose, including pre-publication release and inclusion in an institutional or disciplinary repository.

  5. Follow Chicago style for all punctuation, citation styles, and spelling matters.

  6. Dataset spreadsheet formatting: comma-separated values (csv) files are preferred over Microsoft Excel (xlsx) files, and please do not include merged cells, auto-updating cells, or tables. Comments on particular cells are not allowed and will be removed by editorial staff. Instead, contributors are encouraged to add additional fields or columns for notes and comments.