The complete policies for Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, which authors agree to as a condition of publication, are constituted by the policies listed below, as well as those described on the Information for Authors and Copyright pages of this site. Authors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all site content.
- Copyright and Licenses
- Correction, Retraction, and Removal of Articles
- Corresponding Author Responsibilities
- Data Sharing Policy [Draft]
- Human Subjects Research
- Peer Review Process
- Submission Fees
- Terms and Conditions of Use
Copyright and Licenses
Authors published in Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication retain copyright of their work. For a more detailed description of the JLSC policy on authors rights and copyright, please see the Copyright page.
Upon submission of an article, authors are asked to indicate their agreement to grant to the public an open-access license. The license permits any user to download, print out, archive, create derivative works and distribute the article, so long as appropriate credit is given to the authors and initial place of publication. The license ensures that your article will be as widely available as possible and that your article can be included in any relevant archive.
Please read about the Creative Commons Attribution License before submitting your paper.
It will be the responsibility of the authors to secure all necessary copyright permissions for the use of 3rd-party materials in their manuscript. Authors will be required to provide written evidence of this permission upon acceptance of their manuscript.
As a no-fee, open access publication, JLSC’s ability to provide extensive copyediting of manuscripts is limited. Authors are expected to submit manuscripts free of major typographical and grammatical errors, and may be requested to perform additional editing on their manuscripts if it is deemed necessary.
The editors may strongly encourage employing a colleague or professional reader to review the manuscript if a submission exhibits potential but requires extensive stylistic revision.
Correction, Retraction, and Removal of Articles
Correction. Despite the best of efforts, errors occur and their timely and effective remedy are considered the mark of responsible authors and editors. JLSC will publish a correction if the scholarly record is seriously affected (e.g., if accuracy/intended meaning, scientific reproducibility, author reputation, or journal reputation is judged to be compromised). Corrections that do not affect the contribution in a material way or significantly alter the reader's understanding of the contribution, such as misspellings or grammatical errors, will not be published. When a correction is published, it will link to and from the work. The correction will be added to the original work so that readers will receive the original work and the correction. All corrections will be as concise as possible.
Retraction. JLSC reserves the right to retract items, with a retraction defined as a public disavowal, not an erasure or removal. Retractions will occur if the editors and editorial board finds that the main conclusion of the work is undermined or if subsequent information about the work comes to light of which the authors or the editors were not aware at the time of publication. Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, inaccurate claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data will also result in retraction of the work.
Removal. Some circumstances may necessitate removal of a work from JLSC. This will occur when the article is judged by the editors and editorial board to be defamatory, if it infringes on legal rights, or if there is a reasonable expectation that it will be subject to a court order. The bibliographic information about the work will be retained online, but the work will no longer be available through JLSC. A note will be added to indicate that the item was removed for legal reasons.
Corresponding Author Responsibilities
The corresponding author must submit the manuscript and related files (e.g. supporting data files, media, etc.). From the point of submission through to publication, all communication related to that manuscript will be directed to and received from the corresponding author. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors are aware of and approve the submission of the manuscript, its content, authorship, and order of authorship. Confirmation of this action is required at submission of all manuscripts.
Masking Manuscripts Prior to Submission
The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring the submitted manuscript has been appropriately prepared for blind review. No individually identifiable information/references to the author(s) should be included in the manuscript (or title page). Acknowledgments should not be included in the manuscript; they may be entered separately during the submission process.
In addition to removing all individually identifiable information from within the document, the corresponding author should check the Microsoft Word document properties and remove any identifiable information. For information on removing this information, please consult Microsoft help documentation or contact the editors.
All supplemental files (figures, images, data sets, etc.) should also have any individually identifiable information removed prior to submission.
If a cover letter will be submitted with the manuscript, it may contain identifiable information, and will be submitted/uploaded separate from the manuscript file to preserve the blind review process.
Data Sharing Policy [Draft]
Authors of research papers submitted for publication in JLSC are encouraged to make the data underlying their articles available online whenever possible. For the purposes of this policy, the term “data” is understood broadly and refers to both quantitative and qualitative research outputs, spanning observations and analysis of social settings (producing numbers, texts, images, multimedia or other content) to numbers attained through instrumental and other raw data gathering efforts, quantitative analysis, text mining, or citation analysis, as well as protocols, methods, and code used to generate any specific finding reported in the paper. The JLSC editorial board prefers that the data be submitted as supplemental files accompanying the article, or be archived in a secure repository that provides a persistent identifier, assures long-term access, and provides sufficient documentation and metadata to support re-use by other investigators. Acceptable solutions include institutional repositories; repositories specifically focused on data curation, or domain specific repositories. If there is no relevant public repository available, and the data cannot easily be included in a supplement, authors should describe how the data are being curated and made available or, in the case where they cannot be made available (e.g. IRB restrictions), why that is so. In any case, a citation to the dataset should be made in the article itself in accordance with the data citation principles of the FORCE11 "Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles", including an ORCID for the researcher(s) associated with the data. (Note that while JLSC itself cannot currently accept ORCIDs as part of our article submission process, our platform provider has plans to implement this feature in the future). Finally, we recommend that whenever possible authors explicitly define the terms of re-use by assigning a license to their data, choosing, for instance, among Creative Commons or Open Data Commons licenses.
This JLSC data policy does not require data publication and citation at this time due to still-emergent standards for data peer review; the lack of sufficiently robust and distributed infrastructure to support the variety of disciplinary research occurring in our field; uncertainty whether JLSC should provide a third mode of data publication in the form of “data papers” or “data descriptors”; and insufficient preparation and notification to JLSC contributors to ensure datasets are properly curated with the aim of publication. Authors unable to share their data must provide written explanation of this circumstance in their cover letter at the time of submission.
Human Subjects Research
All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee(s) and that board must be named by the authors in the manuscript.
Only articles that have not been published previously, that have not been simultaneously submitted elsewhere, and that are not under review for another publication should be submitted to this journal. The journal editors will assume that submission of an article to this journal implies that all the foregoing conditions are applicable.
Grey literature (e.g. conference papers, presentations, white papers, blog posts, and other unpublished work) may be submitted for review and publication in JLSC if all copyrights still reside with the submitting author(s). Preference will be given to works for which publication in JLSC will expand access or add value to the work. As a professional courtesy, authors should indicate if they are submitting such work, and if and where the work currently appears or has appeared. This information should be shared in the author’s cover letter at the time of initial submission.
Previously published work may be proposed as the focus of a P2 review.
Note: As with pre/post-prints, it is recommended that a citation to the final JLSC-published version be added to the site where the original grey literature is posted (e.g. an institutional or disciplinary repository).
Peer Review Process
JLSC uses a double-blind peer review process. The editor will perform an initial review of all submitted manuscripts and may reject papers that are clearly outside of the scope of the journal. Manuscripts within the scope will be sent to at least two reviewers. Reviewers will not receive or be able to view any documentation or metadata that includes individually identifiable author information. Authors will be provided with similarly blinded reviewer comments to aid in the revision of their manuscripts.
The review and revision process takes, on average, ten to twelve weeks, with an initial decision within 5 weeks. Authors may not submit the manuscript to other publications while a review is in progress.
JLSC includes reviews of new publications pertinent to librarianship and scholarly communication. Publishers are invited to send review copies and announcements to Isaac Gilman.
Prospective reviewers may contact the editors to share their qualifications and special areas of interest
In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, JLSC does not charge submission or any other form of author fees.
General Terms and Conditions of Use
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The failure of Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.