Journal Highlights: Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction

Richard Rohlin

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Continuing our series of journal highlights over the course of the summer, here's the Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction, summarized by Signum's own Kat Turner:


The Eaton Journal of Archival Research in Science Fiction is an online, peer-reviewed journal by the University of California at Riverside and the UCR Library’s Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It is run by graduate student editors. Additionally, review is provided by a board of science fiction scholars, archivists, and research librarians. The Eaton Journal is “a space for science fiction scholars to share their findings and their experiences within the several archives dedicated to science fiction found throughout the world”. They pride themselves on being “the only journal dedicated to providing a place for archival librarians to discuss the challenges of managing significant science fiction collections”. They are also a place where librarians can spotlight best practices for research with science fiction archival materials.

All submissions are first reviewed by the graduate student editors, before being passed to the board. If a submission makes it through these reviews, it is given to a specific editor to work with the author on any changes that may need to be made. There are three basic types of submission, scholarly articles, “Methods and Transformations,” and spotlight articles. Each article is between 5,000-12,000 words and published in English. The scholarly articles should be in-depth research that focuses on the use of archival materials (possibly a M.A. Thesis). The “Methods and Transformations” pieces are focused on different types of science fiction archives, or archival processes, that push the boundaries of traditional archives. Finally, the Spotlight articles look at new archives, resources, or scholarship.

Submissions to the Eaton Journal

Submissions to the Eaton Journal should be emailed to [email protected]. They should be in MS Word format, 5,000-12,000 words, and double spaced, with 1” margins and font no bigger than 12 pt. Submissions should be in MLA format, with all pictures being properly captioned and in-text, rather than together at the end of the submission. They should also have a Notes and Works Cited page. All identifying information should be removed from the submission, as well as the document’s properties. Identifying information (name, address, email address) and a brief abstract should be included on a separate document. This ensures that reviewers can’t be biased by any personal information.

You should submit to Eaton Journal if…

  • You have written about science fiction archives or heavily utilized archival material in your article

  • You have not published your piece in English elsewhere (though you can publish it afterward, provided you note it was first published in the Eaton Journal)

  • Your article is between 5,000 and 12,000 words

  • Your article is not currently submitted elsewhere

  • You are comfortable having your paper peer-reviewed and making possible changes prior to publication