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 quarterly online, 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.
Frank D. LoMonte & David Cuillier
Daxton "Chip" Stewart & Amy Kristin Sanders
Secrecy Inc.: How Governments Use Trade Secrets, Purported Competitive Harm and Third-Party Interventions to Privatize Public Records
Katie Blevins & Kearston L. Wesner
Access to Government Officials in the Age of Social Media
Agency Perspectives on Online Public Records Request Portals
Tracing Home Address Exemptions in State FOI Laws
Submitting authors start here. The journal is headed by access aces Frank LoMonte, University of Florida; David Cuillier, University of Arizona; and Rachael Jones, University of Florida. I'm privileged to add the rough edge to an otherwise exceptionally well rounded editorial board.
Bring it on, secrecy!