The Journal of Civic Information is an open-access, interdisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research related to the field of accessibility of public information. We welcome submissions from both scholars and practitioners from all disciplines that involve managing information for public use.
The Journal is a publication of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. The Brechner Center is an incubator for initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information necessary for informed, participatory citizenship. The Center is a source of research, expertise and advocacy about the law of gathering and disseminating news across all platforms and technologies.
The Journal publishes four times annually, and author submissions will be accepted on a rolling year-round basis.
Proposals may encompass any research methodological approach (legal, survey, experimental, content analysis, etc.), and should provide insights of practical value for those who work day-to-day in access to government information. Topics may include issues regarding access to public records and meetings, court transparency, access to public employees and elected officials, open data and technology, and other related matters. The Journal gives priority to articles with relevance to the state-and-local levels of government.
Peer Review Process
All scholarly submissions to the Journal of Civic Information undergo an initial screening by the journal editor as to fitness for publication. Submissions that pass this initial screening are then subject to double-blind peer review by two or three reviewers. The editor of the Journal of Civic Information then takes into consideration recommendations by the reviewers in deciding whether to publish the article.
Our goal is to provide reviewer feedback within one month of submission. However, contingencies may arrive that necessitate the extension of this period.