KULA (journal)

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KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies  
DisciplineInterdisciplinary studies
Edited byJonathan Bengtson
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Ubiquity Press
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KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal published by Ubiquity Press.[1] The journal was established in 2016 and is based at the University of Victoria Libraries in Victoria, BC, where Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, serves as the editor-in-chief.[2] The journal’s objective is to publish multidisciplinary scholarship about human knowledge processes throughout history, particularly in the context of advancements in digital technologies, which provide new modes of support for the production, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge.[3] The journal considers, for example, issues such as how available technologies are repurposed to address scholarly needs; how the nature of scholarship evolves under the impact of technology; how resources should be deployed to enable individuals and institutions to benefit from new technologies; and how to ensure the long-term preservation of knowledge in a digital context.

KULA is an online-only journal that accepts submissions and publishes research articles, methods articles, teaching reflections, project reports, commentaries, and reviews on a rolling basis.

Special Issues[edit]

KULA also publishes special issues on particular topics. “Endangered Knowledges,” guest edited by Samantha MacFarlane, Rachel Mattson, and Bethany Nowviskie, was published in 2018.[4] [5] A double issue with articles based on papers presented at the 2017 and 2018 Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) conferences was published in 2019. The first part, “Methodologies of Understanding and Enacting Open Scholarship,” was guest edited by J. Matthew Huculak, and the second part, “Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship,” was guest edited by Alyssa Arbuckle, Luis Meneses, and Raymond G. Siemens.[6]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

KULA is indexed by CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA/RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Cengage Learning and Google Scholar, and it is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH. The journal also uses LOCKSS and CLOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for preservation.


  1. [1] "Journals," Ubiquity Press.
  2. [2] "KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies," Canadian Association of Learned Journals.
  3. [3] "KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies", Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  4. [4] "Publication en ligne - KULA special issue on 'endangered knowledge,'" Association des archivistes du Québec, 3 December 2018.
  5. [5] "Weekly news roundup, January 7, 2019," Global Notes: SAA's International Archival Affairs Section Blog, Society of American Archivists: International Archival Affairs Section.
  6. Tierney Gleason, Kathia Ibacache, Martin Spenger, Lynnsey Weissenberger, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, and Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Linsey Ford, Ian Goodale, and Pamella Lach, [6] "RECOMMENDED: Beyond Open: Implementing Social Scholarship (INKE)," dh+lib Review, 2 May 2019, ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group.

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