Saturday, July 25, 2015

CFP: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review.

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new open-access journal: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review.  Published by the ABLD: The Academic Business Library Directors, Ticker is a forum for the exchange of the research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.

You do not need to be a member of ABLD or an ABLD institution to participate in this journal.  We are seeking out articles and reports for academic business libraries across the world. To submit an article, you will need to register for an account (available to all) on the site ( Once you have an account, you can submit items.  You do not need an account to read the articles.

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work

The first issue is expected summer 2015 with a currently planned pattern of two issues a year.  We will be applying for an ISSN and for inclusion in open access repositories once the first issue is available.

Journal Focus and Scope Statement
Original research, commentary, conference reports from the annual meeting of the Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD), member profiles, case studies, renovation profiles, stories of innovation, articles on library management, best practices, and evidence-based pieces. In addition, the journal features examples of translational research -- instances where academic business libraries have implemented faculty research findings on management best practices (i.e., collaboration, work-around techniques, staff motivation, space redesign, vendor negotiations, etc.)

Journal Section Policies

Research - Peer Reviewed Research Papers
1. Generally not more than 20 manuscript pages, single spaced.
2. APA Style
3. Complete bibliography
4. Abstract of not more than 300 words and at least three keywords (not more than 10)
5. Peer review requires the cover page with name and affiliation of the author(s) and the paper be submitted as separate documents.

Opinions & Thought Pieces
These are not blind peer reviewed; however, they are screened by a member of the editorial board.
1. 3-15 manuscript pages, single spaced
2. APA Style
3. Abstract of not more than 300 words and  three keywords

Conference Reports
The Conference Reports section seeks informal articles capturing the themes, key speakers, vendor exhibits, resources and other information about library conferences. In particular, the articles sought out for this section focus on the needs of business librarians. Reports for any business librarian meetings (such as with ABLD, EBSLG, APBSLG, CLADEA, etc.) are relevant, as are reports focused on business-related sessions are larger conferences such as SLA, ALA, ACRL, Charleston Conference, etc.  The conference reports should include links as needed and should be in English.

Other sections include
  • Case Studies and Renovation Profiles
  • Member Profiles

Amber Lannon, McGill University
Jason Sokoloff, University of Washington )

Editorial Board:
Angela Horne, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Leavitt, Michigan State University
Corey Seeman, University of Michigan
Deb Wallace, Harvard University