An Interdisciplinary Journal of Software History
Last revised: 13 September 2002
Iterations is a new journal published by the Charles
Babbage Institute (CBI) to provide an electronic forum for scholarship
and other discourse on the history of software. It is launched
as a component of CBI's NSF-sponsored software history project,
"Building a Future for Software History."
Dr. Martin Campbell-Kelly, Prof. of Computer
Science, University of Warwick
Dr. Mary Croarken, Sackler Fellow at the National Maritime
Dr. Peter Denning, Prof. of Computer Science, George Mason
Dr. Paul Edwards, Prof. of STS, University of Michigan
Dr. Bernard Galler, Prof. of Computer Science, Emeritus, University
Mr. Martin Goetz, President of Goetz Associates and Past President
Dr. Casimir Kulikowski, Prof. of Computer Science, Rutgers
Dr. Michael Mahoney, Prof. of History, Princeton University
Dr. Raúl Rojas, Prof. of Mathematics and Computer Science,
Freie Univ. Berlin
Editor: Jeffrey R. Yost
Associate Editor: Philip L. Frana
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should submit to Iterations?
Iterations is open to anyone interested in presenting
original work in the emerging discipline of software history.
Iterations provides an outlet for scholarly articles on software
history, a forum for first hand accounts of significant events
and developments in software, reviews, and feedback from readers
and authors. Analyses of software history that draw upon perspectives
and methodologies from other disciplines are encouraged.
Inquiries and submissions should be sent electronically (MS
Word attachment is the preferred form for submissions) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiries can also be made by contacting Jeffrey Yost or Philip
Frana at (612) 624-5050, sending email to email@example.com
or sending mail to: Iterations; Charles Babbage Institute; 211
Andersen Library; University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minnesota,
What is the Charles Babbage Institute?
Established in 1977, the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) is
a research center and archives at the University of Minnesota
dedicated to promoting study of the history of information technology.
CBI conducts and fosters research, preserves relevant documentation,
offers graduate fellowships, and sponsors symposia, conferences,
and publications. See the CBI home page
for additional information.
What is the Software History Project?
The Software History Project, "Building a Future for
Software History," is a Charles Babbage Institute (CBI)
project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The NSF awarded a grant to CBI in September 1999 to develop,
organize, and disseminate resources and knowledge on the history
of software. The project has four components: (1) organizing
a knowledge network of individuals in the software community,
(2) creating a Web-based historical dictionary of software,
(3) publishing an online journal of software history, and
(4) conducting an oral history initiative to interview pioneering
individuals in software from academe and industry.
What is the review process?
All article submissions will be sent to a minimum of two qualified
referees in a standard double blind review process. At least
one of the Iterations Editorial Board members will serve
as a referee on each submission, or the board will approve the
How should submissions be formatted?
Submissions are accepted electronically via email attachment
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or by
sending a PC-formatted disk to the Charles Babbage Institute
for the History of Information Technology, 211 Elmer L. Andersen
Library, 222-21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. The
text of submissions should be double-spaced in Microsoft Word
and articles should include endnotes rather than footnotes.
Authors will also need to include a short abstract (75 to
150 words), and list of four to eight relevant keywords for
In what format will articles in Iterations be published?
Iterations will publish all articles in both HTML and
Will Iterations publish software code?
Iterations is not a digital archive and will not serve
as a repository for the collection and dissemination of code.
If a small piece of code is critical to the analysis of a particular
article, the journal will consider including a linked endnote
containing code. The author will be responsible for obtaining
all necessary permissions.
When do new articles come out?
Iterations publishes on a continuous basis. Articles
will be published and given a publication date as soon as they
are granted final acceptance. Volumes will be associated with
What is the advantage of continuous publication?
As an electronic-only journal utilizing continuous publication,
Iterations bypasses many delays encountered by print publications,
and facilitates the rapid dissemination of historical research
Can I republish articles published in Iterations?
The author may republish in print form articles published in
Iterations. If a new version does not contain fundamental
changes, authors are required to credit and provide the URL
of Iterations. Authors are not authorized to republish
work published in Iterations in electronic form without
consent from the Editor of Iterations.
Are unsolicited comments or opinion/editorial pieces accepted
Yes, these pieces are published at the discretion of the editorial
Can I subscribe to Iterations?
The Charles Babbage Institute is publishing Iterations
free of charge. Those who wish to receive email announcements
when new articles are posted can request to be added to the
Iterations list. Please send an email request to email@example.com
with "Iterations Subscribe" as the subject.
How can I donate records on software history?
The Charles Babbage Institute collects, preserves, and makes
available to researchers relevant records on the history of
computing, software, and networking. Please contact the CBI
archivist Elisabeth Kaplan at (612) 625-9053 for further information.
Whom should I contact for answers to other questions?
For queries contact Dr. Jeffrey R. Yost, Editor or Dr. Philip
L. Frana, Associate Editor and Reviews Editor (email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
ph.: 612-624-5050), at the Charles Babbage Institute, 211 Elmer
L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, 222-21st Avenue
South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
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