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About Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate. As modes of scholarly communication, the technologies and economics of publishing and the roles of libraries evolve, it is our hope that the work shared in the journal will inform practices that strengthen librarianship and that increase access to the "common Stock of Knowledge."

JLSC is particularly interested in the intersection of librarianship and publishing and the resulting role of libraries in both content dissemination and content creation. Related areas of interest include new methods for the dissemination of information and information exchange; the theory and practice of the organization, use and curation of information; and issues related to the review, credentialing, reputation and impact of scholarly work.

Focus and Scope for Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Heeding Benjamin Franklin’s prescient proposal for “promoting useful knowledge,” the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate. As modes of scholarly communication, the technologies and economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries evolve, it is our hope that the work shared in this journal will inform practices that strengthen librarianship and that increase access to the “common Stock of Knowledge.”

JLSC is particularly interested in the intersection of librarianship and publishing, and the resulting roles for libraries in both content dissemination and content creation. Related areas of interest include: new methods for the creation, dissemination and exchange of information; the theory and practice of the organization, use and curation of information; and issues related to the review, credentialing, reputation and impact of scholarly work.

General topics of interest include:

  • Scholarly communication
  • Open Access
  • Library as publisher and library/press partnerships; including, but not limited to:
    • Emerging modes and genres of publication
    • Organizational and business models
  • Policy issues; including, but not limited to:
    • Publishing/deposit mandates
    • Impact of governmental or institutional policy
    • Policy development for library services
  • Digital collection management
  • Institutional and discipline-specific repositories
  • Digital curation
  • Technological developments and infrastructure
  • Intellectual property
  • Resources, skills, and training
  • Interdisciplinary or international perspectives on these issues

In addressing these topics, authors are encouraged to emphasize the practical applications of their knowledge and findings for fellow library practitioners. Discussions of theoretical models/frameworks, when accompanied by practice-oriented recommendations or examples, are also encouraged.

In addition to focusing on practical applications, JLSC also seeks articles that include substantive discussion of the impact of library services on academic institutions and scholarly communication at large, that describe best practices for outcomes research or programmatic evaluation, or that otherwise provide successful methods of demonstrating the value of library involvement in these activities.

Geographic scope: The scholarly communications system is global and the solutions to challenges are likely to be globally relevant. JLSC welcomes a global readership and a global authorship.

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
  3. All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper and meet the requirements for authorship outlined in the journal’s policies.
  4. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  5. The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font.
  6. Illustrations, figures, tables and audio/video files are included in the manuscript itself, and are available as separate files (for provision upon acceptance). Authors may submit figures/tables/illustrations as supplemental files with their initial submission if they wish. See guidelines for formatting these files.
  7. All requirements specific to a certain type of submission (e.g. Research Articles) have been satisfied.
  8. All DOIs for the references have been provided, when available.
  9. Tables and figures are all cited in the text.
  10. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  11. Consent has been obtained from the authors from all individuals or institutions named in the acknowledgments section (no documentation is required).
  12. A cover letter has been prepared that addresses the appropriateness of the submission for publication in this publication and that lists all co-authors (as applicable). The cover letter should entered at the bottom of this page.
  13. [For all sections except Brief Reviews of Books and Products] The submission has been properly prepared for anonymous review, with no individually identifiable information/references to the authors included in the manuscript. [With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file. In Word 2010, anonymization functions can be found under File > Info > Prepare for Sharing. In older versions of Word, they may be found under File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.] Acknowledgments (including financial support) should not be included in the manuscript; they may be listed separately during the submission process.

Copyright Notice

As a condition of publication in JLSC, all authors agree to the following terms of licensing/copyright ownership:

First publication rights to original work accepted for publication is granted to Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication but copyright for all work published in the journal is retained by the author(s).

Works published in Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). By granting a CC-BY license in their work, authors retain copyright ownership of the work, but they give explicit permission for others to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the work, as long as the original source and author(s) are properly cited (i.e. a complete bibliographic citation and link to the JLSCwebsite). No permission is required from the author(s) or the publishers for such use. According to the terms of the CC-BY license, any reuse or redistribution must indicate the original CC-BY license terms of the work.

Exceptions to the application of the CC-BY license may be granted at the editors’ discretion if reasonable extenuating circumstances exist. Such exceptions must be granted in writing by the editors of the Journal; in the absence of a written exception, the CC-BY license will be applied to all published works.

Authors may enter into separate, additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the published version of the work, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.


Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

JLSC provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, JLSC does not charge submission or any other form of author fees.

Peer Review

JLSC uses a double anonymous review process for peer-reviewed submissions, meaning the authors' and reviewers' identities are not revealed to each other during review. 

For articles where it would be difficult to fully anonymize the author, we allow authors to opt into a semi-anonymous review, where the author's affiliation is not anonymized in the manuscript. In no case is the author's name shared with the reviewers. Published articles will indicate which type of review the article underwent (semi- or fully anonymous). 

The editor(s) will perform an initial review of all submitted manuscripts and may reject papers that are clearly outside of the scope of the journal. Manuscripts within the scope will be sent to at least two reviewers. Reviewers will not receive or be able to view any documentation or metadata that includes individually identifiable author information. Authors will be provided with similarly anonymized reviewer comments to aid in the revision of their manuscripts.

The review and revision process takes, on average, twelve weeks, with an initial decision within 5 weeks. Authors may not submit the manuscript to other publications while a review is in progress.

All articles will undergo peer review following section guidelines, regardless of contact prior to submission. See Recruiting and Submission Policy for further details.

As a no-fee, open access publication, JLSC’s ability to provide extensive copyediting of manuscripts is limited. Authors are expected to submit manuscripts free of major typographical and grammatical errors, and may be requested to perform additional editing on their manuscripts if it is deemed necessary.

The editors may strongly encourage employing a colleague or professional reader to review the manuscript if a submission exhibits potential but requires extensive stylistic revision.

Correction. Despite the best of efforts, errors occur and their timely and effective remedy are considered the mark of responsible authors and editors. JLSC will publish a correction if the scholarly record is seriously affected (e.g., if accuracy/intended meaning, scientific reproducibility, author reputation, or journal reputation is judged to be compromised). Corrections that do not affect the contribution in a material way or significantly alter the reader's understanding of the contribution, such as misspellings or grammatical errors, will not be published. When a correction is published, it will link to and from the work. The correction will be added to the original work so that readers will receive the original work and the correction. All corrections will be as concise as possible.

Retraction. JLSC reserves the right to retract items, with a retraction defined as a public disavowal, not an erasure or removal. Retractions will occur if the editors and editorial board finds that the main conclusion of the work is undermined or if subsequent information about the work comes to light of which the authors or the editors were not aware at the time of publication. Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, inaccurate claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data will also result in retraction of the work.

Removal. Some circumstances may necessitate removal of a work from JLSC. This will occur when the article is judged by the editors and editorial board to be defamatory, if it infringes on legal rights, or if there is a reasonable expectation that it will be subject to a court order. The bibliographic information about the work will be retained online, but the work will no longer be available through JLSC. A note will be added to indicate that the item was removed for legal reasons.

The corresponding author must submit the manuscript and related files (e.g. supporting data files, media, etc.). From the point of submission through to publication, all communication related to that manuscript will be directed to and received from the corresponding author. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors are aware of and approve the submission of the manuscript, its content, authorship, and order of authorship. Confirmation of this action is required at submission of all manuscripts.

Masking Manuscripts Prior to Submission

The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring the submitted manuscript has been appropriately prepared for blind review. No individually identifiable information/references to the author(s) should be included in the manuscript (or title page). Acknowledgments should not be included in the manuscript; they may be entered separately during the submission process.

In addition to removing all individually identifiable information from within the document, the corresponding author should check the Microsoft Word document properties and remove any identifiable information. For information on removing this information, please consult Microsoft help documentation or contact the editors.

All supplemental files (figures, images, data sets, etc.) should also have any individually identifiable information removed prior to submission.

If a cover letter will be submitted with the manuscript, it may contain identifiable information, and will be submitted/uploaded separate from the manuscript file to preserve the blind review process.

Authors of research papers submitted for publication in JLSC are encouraged to make the data underlying their articles available online whenever possible. For the purposes of this policy, the term "data" is understood broadly and refers to both quantitative and qualitative research outputs, spanning observations and analysis of social settings (producing numbers, texts, images, multimedia or other content) to numbers attained through instrumental and other raw data gathering efforts, quantitative analysis, text mining, or citation analysis, as well as protocols, methods, and code used to generate any specific finding reported in the paper. The JLSC editorial board prefers that the data be submitted as supplemental files accompanying the article, or be archived in a secure repository that provides a persistent identifier, assures long-term access, and provides sufficient documentation and metadata to support re-use by other investigators. Acceptable solutions include institutional repositories; repositories specifically focused on data curation, or domain specific repositories. If there is no relevant public repository available, and the data cannot easily be included in a supplement, authors should describe how the data are being curated and made available or, in the case where they cannot be made available (e.g. IRB restrictions), why that is so. In any case, a citation to the dataset should be made in the article itself in accordance with the data citation principles of the FORCE11 "Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles", including an ORCID for the researcher(s) associated with the data. Finally, we recommend that whenever possible authors explicitly define the terms of re-use by assigning a license to their data, choosing, for instance, among Creative Commons or Open Data Commons licenses.

This JLSC data policy does not require data publication and citation at this time due to still-emergent standards for data peer review; the lack of sufficiently robust and distributed infrastructure to support the variety of disciplinary research occurring in our field; uncertainty whether JLSC should provide a third mode of data publication in the form of “data papers” or “data descriptors”; and insufficient preparation and notification to JLSC contributors to ensure datasets are properly curated with the aim of publication. Authors unable to share their data must provide written explanation of this circumstance in their cover letter at the time of submission.

Author who wish to deposit data should refer to the Author Guidelines instructions regarding data.

All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee(s) and that board must be named by the authors in the manuscript.

Only articles that have not been published previously, that have not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere, and that are not under review for another publication should be submitted to this journal. The journal editors will assume that submission of an article to this journal implies that all the foregoing conditions are applicable.

Grey literature (e.g. conference papers, presentations, white papers, blog posts, and other unpublished work) may be submitted for review and publication in JLSC if all copyrights still reside with the submitting author(s). Preference will be given to works for which publication in JLSC will expand access or add value to the work. As a professional courtesy, authors should indicate if they are submitting such work, and if and where the work currently appears or has appeared. This information should be shared in the author’s cover letter at the time of initial submission.

JLSC does not accept articles containing material plagiarized from other publications or authors. 

For the purposes of this policy, plagiarism is defined as copying of or reliance on work — including text, images and data — by others or yourself without proper attribution. Please be aware that you can plagiarize yourself; you must provide proper attribution in all cases where your previously published material or previously used data or images are included in your manuscript. (See JLSC’s Originality Policy above.)

Plagiarism detected prior to publication will cause rejection of your manuscript. Plagiarism detected after publication will cause the published article to be amended to state that it contains plagiarized material; in extreme cases of plagiarism, the publication will be removed at the Editors’ discretion, and the reason for removal stated on the journal's website.

JLSC does not consider the following situations to be plagiarism when proper attribution is made:

Publication Cycle

The journal is published online continuously in annual general issues. Articles includes in special issues are published at one time, and the issue is then closed to additional articles.


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Editorial and Commentary

Front Matter


Library Publishing Forum 2014