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Information & Culture: A Journal of History is an academic journal printed three times a year by the University of Texas Press. It publishes high-quality, peer reviewed articles on topics related to the history of information. In keeping with the spirit of information studies, the work is human centered and explores the interactions of people, organizations, and societies with information and technologies. Social and cultural context of information and information technology, viewed from a historical perspective, is at the heart of the journal's interests.

Typical papers might focus, for example, on the history of information institutions, agencies, domains, or businesses; the history of information work and workers; the history of information in everyday life; the history of information and communication practices; the history of information artifacts (ranging from books to computers, information infrastructures and networks); the history of the organization and classification of information; the history of concepts and theories in the information domain; and intellectual and theoretical approaches for writing information history.

To learn more about our submission standards or submit an article for publication in Information & Culture, visit our submissions page.


Ciaran B. Trace headshotCiaran B. Trace is an Associate Professor at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Higher Diploma in Archival Studies from University College Dublin and a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has taught previously at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Trace’s work explores what constitutes a literate society, and the role that recorded information plays in creating and sustaining literate environments (both personal and professional). Her work has been published in Information and Culture, Archival Science, Archivaria, Archives and Manuscripts, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Journal of Documentation. Her work has also appeared in the proceedings of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST).

Managing Editor

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Richard H. Thompson holds a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Southern California. Before joining the masters program in information science at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information, Dr. Thompson studied the interactions between visceral and somatomotor neural circuits that mediate the expression of goal-directed behaviors like feeding and drinking. His current interests center around the use of structured environments to facilitate the organization and management of large datasets with diverse content.

Editorial Fellow 

Islam Akef Ebeid is a second-year Doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Information. He is exploring topics in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, Information Visualization, Health Informatics, and Eye Tracking. Akef is currently investigating how online health information consumers judge the quality of health information when searching online. Besides, he is also working on employing advanced statistical methods in analyzing eye tracking data and gaze behavior to be better used as a tool in Information Seeking and Behavior research. Before joining The School of Information, Akef worked on projects in interdisciplinary areas like Information Visualization, Bioinformatics, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, User Interface Design and E-government at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, The State Government of Arkansas and Intel Corporation. He earned a Master's Degree in Computer & Information Science at Arkansas Tech University.

Senior Book Reviews Editor

Amelia Acker is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. She studies the emergence and standardization of new information objects and data traces communication networks. Currently, she is researching data cultures, information infrastructures and digital preservation contexts that support long-term cultural memory. Amelia’s current research program addresses emerging digital traces and mobile computing cultures that are shaped by new data collection practices amongst different kinds of users, designers, technologists, and institutions. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and has been published in journals such as the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Archival Science, and the Annals of the History of Computing.