Ariadne is a Web magazine for information professionals in Higher Education based in the UK and worldwide. Ariadne is provided by the Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN to inform policy-makers and practitioners in the Higher Education and Research sectors of developments in the online environment. Since its inception in January 1996, it has attempted to keep the busy practitioner abreast of current digital library initiatives as well as technological developments further afield. It concentrated originally on reporting in depth to the information community at large on progress and developments within the UK Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), covering matters such as information service developments and information networking issues worldwide. It now additionally reports on JISC-funded programmes and services as well as other developments within the UK and abroad.
Ariadne generally seeks to provide readers with a variety of articles in each issue, some technical, some of a more strategic nature, in the anticipation that most readers will find something of relevance to their work or interests in every issue.
Ariadne is published by UKOLN, and its ISSN is 1361-3200.
Proposals for articles
We are very pleased to receive proposals for articles at any time. You can submit an abstract or outline of your article with a working title from the outset. Alternatively, write to the editor about your work and organisation and what you might propose for an article if it seemed to be within Ariadne's scope.
If an article is agreed, then a date for submission will be established and the editor will send you information on how to submit your article (and any images, always welcome) together with an explanation of the editorial process.
We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries regarding Ariadne reviews from publishers in respect of works on many aspects of digital information management, digital libraries, e-learning, software development, digital rights management, LIS management etc. Contact in this respect can again be made via our contact form or by post to:
University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
A regular number of requests is received each year to re-publish articles or even translate and publish. The editor is generally sympathetic towards requests from practitioners and other interested parties. The conditions applied when permission is granted normally require nothing more than ensuring authors and Ariadne are credited, and that no alterations to material are implemented without prior consultation and agreement.
Naturally we are pleased to see Ariadne articles serving new audiences. Consequently we do our utmost to turn such requests around quickly. However we cannot guarantee either automatic permission or a rapid outcome. Generally the more information you can supply us the easier it is to accede to requests.
All such requests should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariadne frequently receives requests from authors for permission to place a copy of their article on their institutional or another repository. Authors are welcome to do this but we request that the copy is not made publicly visible until the article has been published on the Ariadne Web site.
The Ariadne Twitter Channel @ariadne_ukoln
The purpose of the Twitter account @ariadne_ukoln is to publicise further principally the new issues of the Magazine via another channel. It will not be employed to disseminate general UKOLN news or other content but will concentrate on Ariadne material and issues relevant to Ariadne.
The channel will concentrate on disseminating edited snippets about newly published articles with occasional further posts on trailing upcoming articles, seeking reviewers, developments to the Ariadne service, etc. We will seek to ensure that the tweets are short enough to facilitate re-tweeting.
@ariadne_ukoln will be used principally for announcing new content and will not initially at least be used for two-way communications, consequently Direct Messages will not routinely receive answers though there may be tweets in response to, for example, notices of broken links, etc.
Keeping in Touch
It is possible to follow developments in planned material for forthcoming issues in the front page section called Forthcoming content. You can also sign up to various feeds available on the front page to the right which will provide you with news of content published, content planned and with invitations to write, review and report for Ariadne.