An equitable and democratic society relies on an engaged citizenry. Libraries provide a foundation of critical and evaluative skills that encourage an individual to recognize their own information gaps and to seek out reliable information sources for evaluation and synthesis, recognizing the complexities of information formats and delivery methods. Scholarly communication is a broad domain that covers how information and knowledge is created and shared, what levels of access to that information are available, and how economic factors influence information communication.
Engaged, critically thinking individuals require an understanding of how knowledge is produced and shared, who has the power to make that information available, and how they - as information consumers and producers - are involved in those processes. However, barriers to the open communication of information, and the possibly limited scope of voices engaged with those processes, have the potential to impact the pillars of democracy: equity, a free press, fair elections, engaged citizens, and the equal application of laws.
This special issue of JLSC will explore the ways in which an open system of scholarly communication is essential for a democratic society, and the current systems and practices in place that may undermine this goal. Contributors are encouraged to take a holistic approach, considering the roles that race, gender, wealth, power, and/or economic systems impact how we create, share, and access knowledge and information – actions that are necessary to an informed citizenry.
We invite submissions to the following JLSC sections: research articles, practice articles, theory articles, literature review articles, and commentaries. Submissions should address the role that information and knowledge creation, sharing, and access plays in a democratic society, and what limitations or challenges may impede that role; including but not limited to:
The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017. Manuscripts should follow the appropriate section guidelines, and should be submitted through JLSC's online interface. Please indicate in a cover letter that the submission is intended for this special issue.
Contact: Email the guest editor with questions.
About the guest editor: Yasmeen Shorish is an Associate Professor and the Data Services Coordinator at James Madison University. She received her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on changes in scholarly communication, data information literacy, and issues related to representation and social justice in librarianship.
Posted on 31 Jul 2017
Interested in digging into the published literature, or exploring new tools? The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication is excited to announce a new Literature Review Articles section and a revamped Brief Reviews of Books and Products section, and to call for contributors to both.
If you would like to review a book or product, or have one to suggest for review, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a growing area of practice within librarianship, scholarly communication has amassed a body of literature that is already substantial, and growing at an accelerating rate. To help scholarly communications librarians and others inform their practice with the available research, and to assist new and experienced authors in building upon the existing literature, JLSC will begin publishing peer-reviewed literature review articles in a new section of the journal.
Literature review articles contain an analysis and commentary of the publications on a specific area of research. In larger subject areas, the review may point to significant works in that topic; new and emergent areas might have a small enough body of knowledge to be covered in its entirety. The purpose of a literature review article is to describe the general state or condition of the topic under consideration and to analyze and critique the latest trends and developments in that topic.
If you are interested in writing a literature review article, please see the section guidelines for instructions, and contact the Editors-in-Chief, Mark Newton and Melanie Schlosser (email@example.com), with questions.
The editors thank the members of the Editorial Board task force whose work contributed to the development of this new section of the journal: Adrian Ho, Chair (University of Kentucky), Danny Kingsley (Cambridge University), Dong Joon Lee (Texas A&M University), and Leah Vanderjagt (University of Alberta).
Scholarly communication is a broad, dynamic field, and keeping up with new resources can be challenging. To help draw attention to books and products of interest to the community, JLSC has launched a new reviews program under the guidance of Reviews Editors Carmen Mitchell (California State University San Marcos) and Michaela Willi Hooper (Oregon State University). The newly revamped Brief Reviews of Books and Products section will publish reviews of new books on scholarly communication, open access, intellectual property, innovations in publishing, institutional repositories, and other topics within JLSC’s scope. We also accept reviews of products that are either new or of growing significance within the scholarly communication community (see 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication for examples of such products).
Would you be interested in helping your community learn about current, important books and products? We are seeking librarians and other scholarly communications professionals to write brief (500-1000 word) reviews of books or products that are relevant to the community. You can write a review of a resource you choose, or email the reviews editors and we will share a list of books/products for which a review has been requested.
Have you written a book or developed a product (platform, tool, software, app, website, etc.) that you would like to see reviewed in JLSC? Please email the reviews editors and we will add it to the list we share with reviewers. Because these reviews are intended to be independent and critical rather than promotional, we do not accept reviews written by authors, publishers, or developers of the work under review.
For further information and guidelines for authors of the Brief Reviews, please see the Guidelines for Brief Reviews of Books and Products. Contact Carmen and Michaela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on 26 Jun 2017
As of May 2017, JLSC has adopted a new policy governing author anonymity for peer-reviewed manuscripts, effective for new submissions. Under this policy, authors will be allowed to choose between two levels of anonymization during the review period. A fully anonymous review will require the author to remove any information identifying themselves or their institution. A semi-anonymous review, on the other hand, will require author, but not institution or affiliation, anonymity. The article, when published, will include a statement about what kind of review it has undergone. See the journal's Editorial Policies page for more details.
Due to the nature of the work we publish, it is sometimes impossible (or at least impractical) for authors to fully anonymize their submissions by removing their affiliation. We have adopted this policy in order to increase transparency around our review processes, and to formalize what has been the informal process of the journal to date. Both fully anonymous and semi-anonymous review will uphold the journal's current standards for editorial rigor. The new policy in essence provides an additional piece of information to readers, who will have a fuller understanding of the peer review process that shaped the article in question.
Posted on 22 May 2017