Aims & Scope

The VRA Bulletin is a journal of professional practice documenting the research, ideas, projects, activities, and history of the Visual Resources Association as well as the broader work of information professionals in image management. The mission of the VRA Bulletin is to:

  1. Promote scholarship applicable to the field of visual resources,
  2. Provide the option of juried research to VRA members and like-minded information professionals,
  3. Disseminate information, ideas, and experiences in image management.

Articles authored by members of the Association and like-minded information professionals from outside VRA cover a wide range of topics including: digital imaging and digital projects; cataloging and classification systems; historical collections and archives; data standards; education and professional development; intellectual property rights and copyright; library automation; collection development; digital curation and preservation; visual literacy and instruction; and professional standards and ethics.

Other items considered for publication may be related to: literature reviews; other media and Web site reviews; image vendor news; visual resources facilities profiles; and reports on VRA business and affiliated professional organizations, symposia, conferences, and meetings. If you have conducted research or have participated in a project related to any of the topics above and would like to share your findings, we encourage you to consider submitting an article. All authors retain the copyright to their submissions; however, we prefer that authors submit original content that has not been previously published.

The Visual Resources Association Bulletin is now a fully open access journal, which means that all materials distributed online are completely free to access by all readers upon publication. The costs of publication are borne by the Visual Resources Association and its members or by the authors or their funders through a publication fee to support the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.