May 19, 2022

Call For Papers: The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Planning Special Issue on Library Publishing

Here’s a new call for papers from The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication that might be of interest to infoDOCKET readers.

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on library publishing.

The issue will be co-edited by Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Melanie Schlosser.

Call for Papers

The publication of the research report “Library Publishing: Strategies for Success” in 2012 highlighted the growing level of engagement in, and enthusiasm for, library publishing. In 2013, the Library Publishing Coalition developed the following definition:

“Library publishing is defined here as the set of activities led by college and university libraries to support the creation, dissemination, and curation of scholarly, creative, and/or educational works.

Generally, library publishing requires a production process, presents original work not previously made available, and applies a level of certification to the content published, whether through peer review or extension of the institutional brand.

Based on core library values and building on the traditional skills of librarians, it is distinguished from other publishing fields by a preference for Open Access dissemination and a willingness to embrace informal and experimental forms of scholarly communication and to challenge the status quo.”

This special issue of JLSC seeks to explore the wide variety of activities that make up the library publishing ecosystem. The co-editors invite articles, case studies, and commentary on all aspects of library publishing in large and small institutions, such as:

  • Establishing and sustaining a program
  • Program operations, including staffing, budgets, and assessment
  • Collaborative relationships in library publishing (faculty and students, university presses, scholarly societies, etc.)
  • Technical infrastructure, including software development and metadata
  • Education and professional development
  • Outreach and advocacy

We welcome contributions in both traditional and alternative formats (e.g. video) from librarians, editors, authors, developers, and others involved in library publishing.

The deadline for submissions is June 15. Author guidelines for submission are available online.

The special issue will be published in November 2014 and will also include the proceedings and posters from the upcoming Library Publishing Forum.

See Also: Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success: Final Research Report (March 2012)

See Also: LPC Releases First Edition of the Library Publishing Directory (October 25, 2013)

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