Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Seeking Submissions for Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Seeking Submissions for Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (ISSN 2162-3309) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives.

The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication provides a focused forum for library practitioners to share ideas, strategies, research and pragmatic explorations of library-led initiatives related to such areas as institutional repository and digital collection management, library publishing/hosting services and authors' rights advocacy efforts. As technology, scholarly communication, the economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries all continue to evolve, the work shared in JLSC informs practices that strengthen librarianship. The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication provides a shared intellectual space for scholarly communication librarians, institutional repository managers, digital archivists, digital data managers and related professionals.

The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats
(e.g. video).

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

The inaugural issue of JLSC will focus on the theme of "Defining Scholarly Communication."

Librarians and related professionals in the area of scholarly communication are engaged in a diverse array of initiatives and
it is often challenging to present a cogent description of what defines "scholarly communication" as a field of study and
practice.  As such, the editors are seeking papers that expertly discuss and represent these core dimensions of scholarly
communication: author rights advocacy, repository management,  traditional and non-traditional publishing models, citation  metrics, copyright management, digital collection development,  and the impact of any of the above on the system of scholarly  exchange and reward (e.g. tenure and promotion).  Submissions  that describe or critique the ways in which libraries are  engaging with these activities - and the ways in which these  individual topics contribute to the broader field of scholarly  communication - are encouraged.

Contributions may be submitted to any of the following categories:

-Research Articles
-Practice Articles
-Theory Articles
-P2 (Post-Peer) Review
-Reviews of Books and Products

(For full descriptions of these categories, see

Grey literature (e.g. conference papers, presentations, white papers, etc.) may be revised and submitted for review and
publication in JLSC if all copyrights still reside with the submitting author(s). Submissions that are substantially similar
to material already available to the public (through a peer-reviewed or non-peer-reviewed venue) will not be accepted,
but may be proposed as the focus of a P2 review.

Submissions received by November 14, 2011 will receive priority consideration for the inaugural issue.

For more information about JLSC, please visit