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Ariadne is a Web magazine for information professionals in Higher Education based in the UK and worldwide. Ariadne is provided by the University of Bath Library to inform policy-makers and practitioners in Higher Education libraries and associated sectors of developments in the online environment. Since its launch in January 1996 by UKOLN, 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.

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.

The ISSN for Ariadne is 1361-3200.

Contacting Ariadne

The Ariadne editorial team can be contacted via our contact form.

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 editorial team about your work and organisation and what you might propose for an article if it seems to be within Ariadne's scope.

If an article is agreed, then a date for submission will be established and the editorial team will send you information on how to submit your article (and any images, always welcome) together with an explanation of the editorial process.

Review copies

We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries regarding Ariadne reviews from publishers in respect of works on many aspects of digital resource 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:

Ariadne Editorial Team
The Library
University of Bath
Claverton Down

Permission to reuse Ariadne

A regular number of requests are received each year to re-publish articles or even translate and publish. The editorial team 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 via our contact form.

Authors and self-archiving

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 their 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 content published or planned for Ariadne Magazine.


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.

Operational Limits

@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.

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