In a profession facing many challenges and a constantly evolving environment, JOLIS publishes papers from practising librarians, information workers and academics which reflect all aspects of librarianship and information science focusing on the results of research, reports of significant developments in working practice and discussions of concerns central to the information profession.
The journal publishes original papers and review articles, viewpoints and book reviews.
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This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://lis.sagepub.com
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JOLIS) is the peer-reviewed international quarterly journal for librarians, information scientists, specialists, managers and educators interested in keeping up to date with the most recent issues and developments in the field.
JOLIS provides a forum for the publication of research and practical developments as well as for discussion papers and viewpoints on topical concerns in a profession facing many challenges.
Papers, which should be new contributions to literature, are invited from practising librarians, information workers and academics on all aspects of librarianship and information science focusing on the result of research, reports of significant developments in working practice and discussion of concerns central to the information profession.
JOLIS publishes original papers and review articles, viewpoints and book reviews.
|Pauline Rafferty||Aberystwyth University, UK|
|Tayp Ajibade||Professional Support Librarian, Knowledge Management Department, Baker and McKenzie LLP, London, UK|
|Abdus Sattar Chaudhry||College of Science, Kuwait University, Kuwait|
|Rebecca Davies||Director of Information Services, Aberystwyth University, UK|
|Annie Everall||Consultant and Trainer, Children's Books, Libraries and Reading|
|Rob Froud||County Librarian, Somerset County Council, UK (1996-2010)|
|Michael Jubb||Research Information Network, UK|
|Sarah McNicol||Manchester Metropolitan University, UK|
|Tom Roper||Clinical Librarian, Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service, UK|
|Sultan M. Al-Daihani||Kuwait University, Kuwait|
|Ragnar Andreas Audunson||Professor, Dr. Polit, Faculty of Journalism, Library and Information Science, Oslo University College|
|Alan Bundy||Director Auslib Library Consulting, Australia|
|Diston Chiweza||University of Malawi College of Medicine, Malawi|
|Keren Dali||Assistant Professor, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada|
|Jonathan Furner||Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles|
|Thierry Giappiconi||Director of the Public Library of Fresnes, France|
|Joacim Hansson||Linnaeus University, Sweden|
|Primož Južnic||University of Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Maria Kocojowa||Jagiellonian University, Poland|
|Patrick Lo||University of Tsukuba, Japan|
|Suzana P M Mueller||Professor, Department of Information Science and Documentation, University of Brasilia, Brazil|
|Zainab Awang Ngah||Professor, Department of Information Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur|
|María Pinto||University of Granada, Spain|
|Chutima Sacchanand||Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Thailand|
|Jagtar Singh||Punjabi University, India|
|Mary M. Somerville||University of the Pacific, USA|
|Colin Steele||Director, Scholarly Information Strategies, Division of Information, Australian National University, Australia|
|Colin Storey||University Librarian, The Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Anna Maria Tammaro||Università di Parma, Italy|
|Peter G. Underwood||Professor of Librarianship, Centre for Information Literacy, University of Cape Town|
|Liangzhi Yu||Nankai University, China|
|Professor Noa Aharony||Bar-Ilan University, Israel|
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Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jolis to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Librarianship and Information Science will be reviewed.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- Editorial Policies
1.1 Peer review policy
- Article types
- How to submit your manuscript
- Publishing Policies
4.1 Publication Ethics
4.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
4.3 Open access and author archiving
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
7.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
9.1 File types
9.2 Journal style
9.3 Reference style
9.4 Manuscript preparation
9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
9.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
10.3 SAGE production
10.4 OnlineFirst publication
- Further information
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science publishes original papers and review articles, viewpoints and book reviews on all aspects of librarianship and information science focusing on the result of research, reports of significant developments in working practice and discussion of concerns central to the information profession. By submission of a manuscript an author certifies that the work is original and is not being considered simultaneously by another publisher.
1. Editorial Policies
The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science publishes original research, review articles and book reviews on library and information science.
Contributions should normally be between 4000 and 10,000 words in length. They should include an abstract of about 100 words and up to six key words. The abstract should cover the overall purpose or research problem, stated early in the abstract, the methodology used, including the research design, sample, and data collection methods, a concise discussion of a few significant research findings and an overview of the main conclusions of the paper. The journal uses notes where necessary. Historical, documentary or archival sources should be cited in endnotes. Discursive endnotes are also allowed. Endnotes are signalled in the text by superscript numbers. References in both the text and in any endnotes should follow Harvard style.
A Review Articlecan be about a single book (which must be very significant to warrant this much attention), about several books, or ‘state-of-the-art’ articles.
Books for Review and manuscripts of reviews
Send to Reviews Editor:
Book Reviews Editor
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
61 Earlsdon Street
Coventry CV5 6EL
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science is hosted on SAGETRACK, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jolis to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact:
Professor of Library and Information Management
School of Information Management
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please also refer to the additional guidelines on submitting artwork below.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE's Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science does not currently accept supplemental files.
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp for further information.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
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We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Journal of Librarianship and Information Science with SAGE.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science benefits from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE's electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:
Professor of Library and Information Management
School of Information Management
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600