Monday, May 15, 2017

CFP: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review (OA Peer-Reviewed Journal)

ISSN: 2369-9779

The Academic Business Library Directors (ABLD) sponsor the open access journal in librarianship: Ticker: The Academic Business Librarianship Review. Ticker is an international forum for the exchange of research, best practices, and innovative thinking in business librarianship and business library management.  The first issue was published in 2015 and we expect to publish two issues a year.  Ticker is being added to open access repositories, so your submissions will be readily discoverable.

You do not need to be a member of ABLD or an ABLD institution to participate in this journal.  We encourage articles and reports from any academic business libraries or librarians located anywhere in the world. To submit an article, you will need to register for a free account on the site ( Anyone with an account can submit items and you do not need an account to read Ticker content.

  • 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

Journal Focus and Scope Statement
Ticker publishes original research, commentary, conference reports,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 Sections (Other sections include Renovation Profiles & Member Profiles)

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 that 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 at larger conferences such as SLA, ALA, ACRL, Charleston Conference, etc. The conference reports should include links as needed and should be in English.

Case Studies
Case studies involve the description and analysis of real life situations with the goals of testing theories, developing ideas, diagnosing problems or providing possible solutions.  If you would like to share an experience in your library with the library community in this way, please consider submitting a manuscript for this section. Case studies that examine the renovation of facilities or the launch of new spaces are particularly encouraged. Manuscripts should meet the following guidelines:
  1. 3-15 manuscript pages, single spaced
  2. APA style
  3. Abstract of not more than 300 words and at least 3 keywords
  4. Cover page with the name and affiliation of author(s).

Editorial Board

Journal Editor: Diane Zabel, The Pennsylvania State University (
Managing Editor: Jason Sokoloff, University of Washington (

Sean Forbes, University of Toronto (ex-officio member – ABLD Board member)
Angela Horne, University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Leavitt, Michigan State University
Corey Seeman, University of Michigan
Deb Wallace, Harvard University