Articles

You have a finished draft of your article. Now you’re puzzling over which journal to submit it to. Fortunately, the research you did for your literature review can provide guidance as to which journals publish articles related to your topic. You can also identify likely journals through Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, then browse recent issues (or their online tables of contents) to pinpoint journals covering topics similar to yours.

Then ask five questions about each journal you’re considering.

It can be a daunting task to try to publish when you’re new to any profession and I think this is especially true for newly-minted librarians. Typically, LIS programs don’t emphasize research and writing as much as other fields. The simplest advice that I can pass along to you is to start small and think big.

Writing and editing are dynamic, creative processes. At some point both author and editor must release the finished product and submit to the production process (more copyediting, proofing, and queries). To offer the best manuscript possible, keep in mind the following points.

Surround yourself with current reference resources.

Peer Review

Jan 4, 2012

Scholarship and research in library and information studies most often appear in journals, monographs, annual reviews, and conference proceedings. Those journals, especially the ones operating at the national and international levels, tend to be subject to editorial peer review – prepublication review.

Students pursuing master’s degrees in library science often assume they need their new degrees in hand to write for publication, but much the opposite is true. Every way we involve ourselves in the profession while in school helps increase our opportunities, our career prospects, and our name recognition. Just as it is counterproductive to wait until you finish school to join professional organizations, become active on committees, or put in time working in a library, waiting to write will not help you achieve your goals.

An international perspective of the library and information science (LIS) profession is increasingly important nowadays given global access to information, as well as the trend among libraries and information institutions worldwide to share information resources and collaborate. Through their discourse, in person and via the written word, information professionals across generations are contributing to the ever-evolving international perspective.

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