Aims & Scope

Heeding Benjamin Franklin’s prescient proposal for “promoting useful knowledge,” the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication seeks to share useful innovations, both in thought and in practice, with the aim of encouraging scholarly exchange and the subsequent benefits that are borne of scrutiny, experimentation and debate. As modes of scholarly communication, the technologies and economics of publishing, and the roles of libraries evolve, it is our hope that the work shared in this journal will inform practices that strengthen librarianship and that increase access to the “common Stock of Knowledge.”

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.

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

In addressing these topics, authors are encouraged to emphasize the practical applications of their knowledge and findings for fellow library practitioners. Discussions of theoretical models/frameworks, when accompanied by practice-oriented recommendations or examples, are also encouraged.

In addition to focusing on practical applications, JLSC also seeks articles that include substantive discussion of the impact of library services on academic institutions and scholarly communication at large, that describe best practices for outcomes research or programmatic evaluation, or that otherwise provide successful methods of demonstrating the value of library involvement in these activities.

Section Descriptions

The journal welcomes original papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats (e.g. video). Please see Instructions for Authors for more detailed information on submission requirements.

Editorial and Commentary

Includes editors’ reflections on a topic or introduction to the current issue. Commentary from readers is also welcome. A variety of perspectives is encouraged for submission, including experiential and opinion pieces from library educators, researchers, students, practitioners and collaborators (e.g. publishers, university administrators or disciplinary faculty).

Research Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Original findings resulting from quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research should be submitted for this section. Articles which do not employ an explicitly defined research methodology should be submitted as either a “Practice” or “Theory” contribution.

Practice Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Descriptions or evaluations of library-led programs or services should be submitted for this section. Articles should emphasize the promotion of best practices and useful approaches to challenges encountered by library practitioners. Submissions to this section should contribute to a practical understanding of the continued integration of scholarly communication topics into library and information services. Discussion of policy development (either institutional or governmental) is also welcome.

Theory Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

Submissions to this section should reflect the continuing development of library and information services through theoretical explorations of issues relevant to the aims and scope of this publication. Authors are encouraged to describe the relevance, significance and application of theoretical discussions to library practice.

P2 (Post-Peer) Review

This column provides a forum for expert commentary on recent literature in the library and scholarly communication fields. Submissions to this section should serve as critical digests of publications relevant to recent developments in the field. Authors may discuss a single article or present a themed discussion that touches on multiple publications. Discussion should focus on how the publication(s) could impact scholarly communication practices. Reviewed publications may include journal articles, conference papers, or white papers.

Brief Reviews of Books and Products

This section will provide a forum for description and critical evaluation of the quality, effectiveness and value of recent books or products. Product reviews should include a description of the features, potential uses and user groups of the product and evaluation of key attributes.