• JLSC Call for contributors: Brief Reviews of Books and Products

    JLSC Call for contributors: Brief Reviews of Books and Products

    Posted by Frances Chang Andreu on 2023-10-30

Would you be interested in helping your community learn about current, important books and products? We are seeking librarians and other scholarly communications professionals to write brief (500-1000 word) reviews of books or products that are relevant to the community. A list of the available items for review is posted online or you may suggest another resource. Guidelines to assist authors of brief reviews are available on the JLSC website.

If you have a work you’d like to review, please submit a short proposal (1-3 paragraphs) to the reviews editors at jlscreviews@jlsc-pub.org.Your proposal should include:

  • A short description of why you are well-positioned to undertake a review of this particular book/product, and how you will contextualize and evaluate the book/product for readers of JLSC.
  • A statement on any conflicts of interest or connections you have to the authors, editors, or creators of the book or product in your proposal. The reviews editors may decline a proposal if they feel that the connection between the proposed reviewer and the item suggested for review is too close. 

Have you written a book or developed a product (platform, tool, software, app, website, etc.) that you would like to see reviewed in JLSC? Please email the reviews editors and we will add it to the list we share with reviewers. Because these reviews are intended to be independent and critical rather than promotional, we do not accept reviews written by authors, publishers, or developers of the work under review.

For further information and guidelines for authors of the Brief Reviews, please see the policies for Brief Reviews of Books and Products. Contact co-editors Christie Hurrell and Angela Hackstadt at jlscreviews@jlsc-pub.org.

About Brief Reviews of Books and Products

This section provides a forum for description and critical evaluation of the quality, effectiveness, and value of recent books or products. We welcome reviews of new books on scholarly communication, open access, intellectual property, innovations in publishing, institutional repositories, and other topics within JLSC’s scope. We also accept reviews of products (platforms, tools, websites, software, etc.) that are either new or of growing significance within the scholarly communication community.


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