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Scholarly Communication

 

There are now many publishing options for practitioners and researchers working in the area of scholarly communication. The list below is not comprehensive but does provide a starting point.

People interested in finding Calls for Papers might be interested in following Helen Fallon's blog Academic Writing Librarians. Another blog called A Library's Writer's Blog lists links to other Library and Information Science blogs whcih highlight Calls for Papers this blog also has a Twitter feed that posts Calls for Papers in Library and Information Science.

LISSA (LIS Scholarship Archive Preprints)

An open scholarly platform for library and information science.

Scope

A platform for librarians, archivists and other information professionals to showcase their work prior to publication and receive feedback from their peers.

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication

Published by Pacific University Libraries on a continual basis

Scope

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.

Author guidelines

Submissions should be between 3,000-6,000 words, though exceptions will be considered.

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted Yes

D-Lib magazine

Produced by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives six times a year in electronic only format

Scope

D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. D-Lib Magazine appeals to a broad technical and professional audience. The primary goal of the magazine is timely and efficient information exchange for the digital library community to help digital libraries be a broad interdisciplinary field, and not a set of specialties that know little of each other.

Author guidelines

We prefer articles that are 1,500-5,000 words in length but in certain circumstances we accept articles of up to 10,000 words in length. They should be in English or accompanied by an English translation. We suggest that Conference Reports be 1,000-3,000 words in length. "In Brief" items should be a maximum length of 500 words.

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted Yes-Editorial team

Insights-UKSG

Published by UKSG three times a year in electronic-only format, in March (copy deadline 1st January), July (copy deadline 1st May) and November (copy deadline 1st September).

Scope

Insights: the UKSG journal aims to support UKSG's mission to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication, specifically to:

  • provide a forum for the communication and exchange of ideas between the many stakeholders in the global knowledge community
  • disseminate news, information and publications, and raise awareness of services that support the scholarly information sector.

Our editorial policy is to inform and stimulate debate about topical issues and provide a forum for debate. Issues contain a mix of articles written by librarians, publishers, vendors, academics and other industry experts. We welcome submissions of research articles and case studies from the scholarly information sector, along with commissioning content such as conference reviews, editorial comment and features on people in the global knowledge community. 

Author guidelines

Submissions of research papers should be no longer than 4,000 words. Case studies, commentaries, reviews and opinion pieces should be no longer than 3,000 words. These limits include all referencing and citation. All submissions should include an abstract of up to 200 words in addition to the main word count.

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer Reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted Yes

LIBER Quarterly

Published in electronic-only format four times a year by LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries which is supported by Utrecht University Library Open Access Journals

Scope

LIBER Quarterly is a peer reviewed, open access journal which seeks to cover all aspects of modern research librarianship and scientific information delivery. It strives to form a bridge between the scholars of the Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and the practitioners in our university and research libraries by publishing not only theoretical contributions, but also examples of good practices. It will achieve this by publishing not only theoretical contributions, but also descriptions of examples of good practices.LIBER has always been conscious of the huge problems encountered by its library members who want to offer their users a high-quality selection of scientific journals, corresponding to their professional needs, but hampered by the limitations of their library budget. For this reason LIBER has from the beginning fostered Open Access solutions, and with this journal it takes up its responsibility by offering a rigorous European and Open Access journal in the domain of information sciences and librarianship.

Author guidelines

LIBER Quarterly publishes Articles, Review Papers, Case Studies and Book Reviews

Open Access? APC Green OA Peer reviewed?
Yes  None Publisher pdf permitted Yes

College and Research Libraries

Published by the Association of College & Research Libraries bimonthly, electronic only

Scope

College & Research Libraries includes articles in all fields of interest and concern to academic and research libraries. Well-written manuscripts on all aspects of academic and research librarianship will be considered. The focus of the journal is on reports of original research. Manuscripts may also include descriptive narratives of successful and unsuccessful ventures, thoughtful discussions of issues in librarianship, and other suitable subjects.

Author guidelines

Although longer works may be considered, 3,000- to 6,000-word manuscripts are most suitable.

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer Reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted Yes

Data Science Journal

Published by Ubiquity Press for CODATA

Scope

The CODATA Data Science Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal, publishing papers on the management, dissemination, use and reuse of research data and databases across all research domains, including science, technology, the humanities and the arts. The scope of the journal includes descriptions of data systems, their implementations and their publication, applications, infrastructures, software, legal, reproducibility and transparency issues, the availability and usability of complex datasets, and with a particular focus on the principles, policies and practices for open data.

Author guidelines

Research Papers  should be no more than 8,000 words in length. Practice Papers, Data articles, Reviews and should be no longer than 3,000 words in length, including referencing and citation.

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer Reviewed?
Yes £200 data articles, £350 all other article types Final pdf Yes

Library and Information Research

Published by the Library and Information Research Group (CILIP) three times a year in Spring, Summer and Winter. The copy dates for refereed papers are 31st December, 30th April and 31st August respectively

Scope

LIR's focus is on "research into practice". LIR has the following objectives:
- To publish research in such a way that it is accessible to, and usable by, the LIS community;
- To encourage reporting of research (including informal or in-house research) by practitioners;
- To encourage reflective and evidence-based practice;
- To publish papers resulting from LIRG annual awards and prizes;
- To promote the use and understanding of quality research methods;
- To raise awareness of new tools, books and funding opportunities for research;
- To provide an overview of research activity and developments in the UK and Ireland;
- To comment, and provide a forum for comment, on the state of LIS research.

Author guidelines

Refereed papers and Articles are usually between 2,000 and 7,000 words. 

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer Reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted Yes - Research Articles

Journal of Electronic Publishing

Published three times a year by Michigan Publishing in the University of Michigan Library

Scope

The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is an open access journal that publishes research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users. Our contributors and readers are publishers, scholars, librarains, journalists, student, technologists, attorneys, and others with an interest in the methods and means of contemporary publishing.

Author guidelines

The majority of JEP issues are focused around a theme and tied to a specific Call for Papers, however unsolicited articles can be submitted.

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer reviewed?
Yes None publisher's pdf permitted Yes

Scholarly and Research Communication

Published by Simon Fraser University

Scope

Scholarly and Research Communication is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, Open Access online journal that publishes original contributions to the understanding of production, dissemination, and usage of knowledge. It emphasizes the dynamics of representation and changing organizational elements, including technologically mediated workflows, ownership, and legal structures.

Author guidelines

Articles should be a maximum of 6,000 words, Field Notes a maximum of 5,000 words and Book Reviews a maximum of 1,500 words.

Open Access? APC Green OA? Peer Reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted Yes

International Journal of Digital Curation

Published by University of Edinburgh for the Digital Curation Centre

Scope

The IJDC publishes peer-reviewed papers, articles and editorials on digital curation, research data management and related issues. Peer-reviewed papers cover original research supported by significant evidence.

Papers address policy, strategic, operational, experimental, infrastructural, or tool-based aspects of digital data and other objects of value to research, cultural heritage or society. General articles are descriptive of some relevant event, activity, research project in progress, or approach. They may present a proposal for an architecture, an implementation, a service, or a project, for example. General articles may also be opinion pieces, reviews, or surveys of existing work in some particular area.

The journal is published in electronic form on a rolling basis, with content collected into two issues a year.

Author guidelines

Open Access APC Green OA Peer Reviewed?
Yes None AAM after embargo Yes

Journal of E-science Librarianship

Published by University of Massachusetts Medical School

Scope

The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, social, and medical sciences, including public health. JESLIB explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to education, outreach, collaborations, policy, tools, and best practices. Submissions covering both theoretical and practical applications are welcomed.

Author guidelines

Open Access APC Green OA Peer Reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted Yes

F1000 - The Future of Scholarly Publishing

Published by F1000 Research Ltd, which is a member of Science Navigation Group

Scope

The digital age has seen the scholarly publishing landscape evolve. With the move from paper to pixels, the ways in which researchers share scientific results is transforming to coincide with today's techological advances. This channel includes article on relevant topic around the developments in scholarly publishing such as peer review, the use of impact metrics in research asssessment, reproducibility, scientific culture and the mechanisms by which scientific knowledge is disseminated and assessed.

Author guidelines

Short articles are up to 1000 words, medium articles are 1000-2500 words, long articles are over 2500 words

 

Open Access? APC Green OA Peer reviewed?
Yes

Up to 1000 words USD150
1000-2500 words USD500
Over 2500 words USD1000

publisher pdf permitted yes

portal: Libraries and the Academy

Published by Johns Hopkins University Press

Scope

Focusing on important research about the role of academic libraries and librarianship, portal also features commentary on issues in technology and publishing. Written for all those interested in the role of libraries within the academy, portal includes peer-reviewed articles addressing subjects such as library administration, information technology, and information policy.

Author guidelines

Open Access APC Green OA Peer Reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted  Yes
 

Ariadne, web magazine for information professionals

The target audience for Ariadne is librarians, museum curators, archivists and associated technical staff and managers.

Author guidelines

Being an online journal page length and word count are not set in stone, but we find that articles between 2,000 and 4,000 words are usually about the right balance between deatil and readability.

Open Access APC Green OA Peer Reviewed?
Yes None Final pdf permitted  Yes

Publications

Publications is an international, open access journal on scholarly publishing published quarterly online by MDPI. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 31 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 7 days (median values for papers published in this journal in 2016).

Scope

Publications provides an advanced forum for studies related to all aspects of academic, scholarly, and professional publishing. Our aim is to encourage scholars and publishing professionals to publish their research and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. There is no restriction on the length of the papers.

Author guidelines

Open Access APC Green OA Peer Reviewed?
Yes Publication is a new journal and publication fees are fully waived for papers submitted in 2017. However, a fee of 250 CHF may apply for those articles that need major editing and formatting and/or English editing. Final pdf permitted  Yes
 

Learned Publishing

Published by Wiley for the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers

Scope

Learned Publishing publishes peer reviewed research, reviews, industry updates and opinions on all aspects of schoalrly communication and publishing. Written and published for everyone involved with scholarly and professional communications, our readership includes publishers, vendors, librarians, academics and researchers from around the world. 

Author guidelines

Original research articles are to be between 3,000 and 6,000 words long. Industry updates and case studies should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.Opinion peices should be 1,000 - 4,000 words.

Open Access APC Green OA? Peer reviewed?
Hybrid

£1400 for ALPSP members,
£1900 for non members

AAM after 12 or 24 month embargo depending on funder Yes
 

The Journal of Academic Librarianship

Published by Elsevier

Scope

The Journal of Academic Librarianship, an international and refereed journal, publishes articles that focus on problems and issues germane to college and university libraries. JAL provides a forum for authors to present research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance; analyze policies, practices, issues, and trends; speculate about the future of academic librarianship; present analytical bibliographic essays and philosophical treatises.

Author guidelines

Open Access APC Green OA Peer Reviewed?
Hybrid journal USD1100 AAM after embargo Yes

The Journal of Scholarly Publishing

Published by University of Toronto Press

Scope

Journal of Scholarly Publishing targets the unique issues facing the scholarly publishing industry today. It is the indispensable resource for academics and publishers that addresses the new challenges resulting from changes in technology, funding and innovations in publishing.  In serving the wide-ranging interests of the international academic publishing community, JSP provides a balanced look at the issues and concerns, from solutions to everyday publishing problems to commentary on the philosophical questions at large.

Author guidelines

Open Access APC Green OA Peer Reviewed?
Hybrid journal  USD3000 AAM after embargo Yes

 

Other possible options

First Monday

Scope

First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet.