About the Journal
Scholarship on academic freedom—and on its relation to shared governance, tenure, and collective bargaining—is
typically scattered across a wide range of disciplines. People who want to keep up with the field thus face a difficult
task. Moreover, there is no one place to track the developing international discussion about academic freedom and
its collateral issues. Edited collections and special issues of journals have helped fill the need for many years, but
there has been no single journal devoted to the subject. Now there is. It is published by the organization most
responsible for defining academic freedom.
Publishing online gives us many advantages, the first being the ability to offer free access to everyone interested. A
link to each volume goes out by e-mail to hundreds of thousands of faculty members. Online publication also gives
us the freedom to publish quite substantial scholarly essays—something that would be much more costly in print.
The AAUP Journal of Academic Freedom has been developed in consultation and collaboration with Academe, the
AAUP's magazine. Neither the editor nor the board members are ex officio. All were appointed on the basis of their
publishing history and expertise. The range of topics we are covering is, of course, much narrower, and our article
length is typically longer than those published in Academe. In the area of academic freedom, this new journal for the
first time gives the AAUP a forum for substantial scholarly essays.
We welcome your responses and suggestions.
The journal's ISSN number is 21538492.