Key journals for academic librarians

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This is an initial exploration of the key journals for academic librarians or in the field of academic librarianship. The journals were selected as they pertain to the practice of academic librarianship in some demonstrable way. The criteria used to develop this list were a) journals that were well-known within LIS b) Canadian journals hosted by Canadian academic institutions or focussed on Canadian research; c) further, journals had similar scope/aims/focus to the field. For a list of academic library journals, see Scimago Journal Rankings Subject Category: Library and Information Sciences.

Journal name URL Aims & scope Other information
Australian Academic & Research Libraries http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uarl20/ ...Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association...premier research journal of the Australian Library and Information Association. Quarterly journal that publishes original, refereed research relevant to the researcher and practitioner communities. AARL is a forum for discussing significant issues of interest to librarianship and related information fields. The journal aims to showcase theoretical and practice-based research undertaken in, about, and relevant to, Australia and our broader region. Invites contributions from authors world-wide, working across the full range of information professions, as well as those in the higher education sector and research libraries. Peer-reviewed. Indexing. See pricing. Instructions for authors No Wikipedia entry.
Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 800px-Flag of Canada.svg.png http://www.utpjournals.com/Canadian-Journal-of-Information-and-Library-Science.html ...a respected source of the most up-to-date research published by Canadian Association for Information Science (L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information)...recognized internationally for its authoritative bilingual contributions to the field of information science. Established in 1976...dedicated to the publication of research findings, both in full-length and brief format; reviews of books; software and technology; letters to the editor. The editorial policy of the journal is to continue the advancement of information and library science in both English and French in Canada by serving as a forum for discussion of theory and research. Peer-reviewed. Quarterly in print format and available via Project MUSE.Instructions for authors See Wikipedia entry.
College & Research Libraries http://crl.acrl.org/ ...Articles of interest to college and research libraries. Official journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. A bimonthly, online-only publication; hosts periodic live online discussions and free, live, expert panel comprised of the study's authors and additional subject experts. Peer-reviewed. Open access. Instructions for authors See Wikipedia entry.
Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Libraries 800px-Flag of Canada.svg.png http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/ ..ceased publication in 2009 Peer-reviewed. Open access. Indexed in LISA. See Wikipedia entry.
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 800px-Flag of Canada.svg.png http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP ...an open access, peer reviewed journal that is published quarterly, hosted by the University of Alberta Learning Services, and supported by an international team of editorial advisors. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics. Peer-reviewed. Open access. Instructions for authors See Wikipedia entry.
In the Library with the Lead Pipe 800px-Flag of Canada.svg.png http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/ ...open access, open peer-reviewed journal founded and run by an international team of librarians working in various types of libraries. In addition to publishing articles and editorials by Editorial Board members, Lead Pipe publishes articles by authors representing diverse perspectives including educators, administrators, library support staff, technologists, and community members. Peer-reviewed. Open access. Formerly a peer-reviewed blog, won Salem Press Library Blog Award for Best General Blog. See Wikipedia entry.
Journal of Academic Librarianship http://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-journal-of-academic-librarianship/ "....publishes articles that focus on problems and issues germane to college and university libraries; presents research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance; analyzes policies, practices, issues and trends; speculate about future of academic librarianship; analytical bibliographic essays and philosophical treatises; book reviews, commentary, editorial, research articles; both empirical, theoretical..." Peer-reviewed. Indexed in LISA, Library Literature. See pricing. Subscribe as individual title or via Science Direct. Authors can elect open access by paying $1100 fee. Institutional print sub $505, Individual print $164. Copyright vested in publisher unless author pays. Instructions for authors See Wikipedia entry.
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science http://lis.sagepub.com/ "...the peer-reviewed international quarterly journal for librarians, information scientists, specialists, managers and educators interested in keeping up to date with the most recent issues and developments in the field...." Peer-reviewed. See Wikipedia entry.
Journal of Library and Information Science http://www.journals.elsevier.com/library-and-information-science-research/ "... cross-disciplinary and refereed journal, focuses on the research process in library and information science as well as research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance. All papers are subject to a double-blind reviewing process. ..." Peer-reviewed. No Wikipedia entry.
Journal of Library and Information Science http://aripd.org/jlis "... a peer-reviewed international journal [at] intersection of librarianship and publishing and the resulting role of libraries in both content dissemination and content creation... published by American Research Institute for Policy Development for librarians, information scientists, specialists, managers and educators. The journal aims at publishing the research papers with the most recent issues and developments in the field. All papers are subject to a double-blind reviewing process..." Peer-reviewed. No Wikipedia entry. Semi-annually (2 issues per year).
Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication http://jlsc-pub.org/ "...describes the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives; intersection of librarianship and publishing and the resulting role of libraries in both content dissemination and content creation. Related areas of interest include new methods for the dissemination of information and information exchange; 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..." Peer-reviewed. Open access. Indexed in Academic Search. Instructions for authors No Wikipedia entry.
Library Philosophy and Practice http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/ "... peer-reviewed electronic journal that publishes articles exploring the connection between library practice and the philosophy and theory behind it. These include explorations of current, past, and emerging theories of librarianship and library practice, as well as reports of successful, innovative, or experimental library procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of librarianship, set in the context of applied research..." Peer-reviewed. Open access. No Wikipedia entry.
New Review of Academic Librarianship http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/racl20/current#.VC2UoFeGfwk "...accepts original papers which significantly contribute to the knowledge base of academic librarianship. publishes reviews, research, critiques and exemplar case studies on substantive topics relevant to those providing library and information services to academic communities. Emphasis is placed on establishing the relevance and applicability of theory and/or research for the academic library practitioner. The intention is to disseminate developments and encourage discussion on the future role of academic libraries and their services." Peer-reviewed. Personal subscriptions $77USD; institutional $424USD. No Wikipedia entry.


Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research 800px-Flag of Canada.svg.png https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/ "...a library and information practitioner’s journal published twice a year. Papers may be submitted at any time for publication consideration. Potential articles are reviewed by members of an editorial committee. Articles are published in several categories. Feature articles on theory & research and on innovations in practice are in-depth, peer-reviewed papers that typically fall in the range of 3,000 to 7,000 words. Other types of articles accepted include viewpoints, conference presentations, profiles, news & announcements, professional development and reviews..." Peer-reviewed. Open access. Instructions for authors No Wikipedia entry.
portal: Libraries and the Academy (Project MUSE) http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/ "...important research about the role of academic libraries and librarianship, 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. In its inaugural year, portal earned recognition as the runner-up for best new journal, awarded by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ)..." Peer-reviewed. Subscription as individual title or as part of Project Muse. Some articles are open. Annual institutional print OR electronic-only $205USD: print and electronic price: $287USD. Indexed in Academic Search, ERIC, LISA, LISTA, Library Literature, SSCI, Web of Science. Author guidelines. See Wikipedia entry.
Progressive Librarian http://www.progressivelibrariansguild.org/PL_Jnl/jnl_contents.shtml "...a forum for critical perspectives in Library and Information Science (LIS), featuring articles, book reviews, bibliographies, reports, and documents that explore progressive perspectives on librarianship and information issues..." Peer-reviewed. Open access. Rates for institutional subscriptions are $35 annually or $40 annually for overseas airmail. See Wikipedia entry.


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