Focus and Scope

The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies aims to showcase innovative research that queries and critiques current and prevailing paradigms in library and information studies, in theory and practice through critical approaches and perspectives that originate from across the humanities and social sciences. JCLIS is committed to supplying a platform for the publication of rigorous inter-/multi-/trans-disciplinary research that might be otherwise marginalized from dominant discourses.

Mission

The mission of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is to serve as a peer-reviewed platform for critical discourse in and around library and information studies from across the disciplines. This includes but is not limited to research on the political economy of information, information institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums, reflections on professional contexts and practices, questioning current paradigms and academic trends, questioning the terms of information science, exploring methodological issues in the context of the field, and otherwise enriching and broadening the scope of library and information studies by applying diverse critical and trans-disciplinary perspectives.

Each issue features a guest editor (or guest editors) who will work with the managing editor to shape the issue’s theme. Issue editors are encouraged to widely solicit potential contributions and to work with authors in scoping their respective works appropriately.

Vision

Recognizing library and information studies as a diverse, cross-disciplinary field reflective of the scholarly community’s diverse range of interests, theories, and methods, JCLIS aims to showcase innovative research that queries and critiques current paradigms in theory and practice through perspectives that originate from across the humanities and social sciences.

Values

  • Inter-/trans-/multidisciplinarity
  • Trans-disciplinary critique
  • Ethical and political concerns
  • Critical dialogue and reflection

Peer Review Process

The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies is an open access online journal with issues published quarterly. Each issue is themed around a topic or set of topics, under the leadership of an issue editor and the JCLIS managing editor.

JCLIS employs a double blind peer review process. Each manuscript is reviewed by two reviewers, with decisions rendered within approximately 4 weeks after the initial submission. Reviewers may recommend that the submitted manuscript be:

  • Accepted for publication
  • Accepted with minor revisions required for publication
  • Accepted with major revisions required and pending further editorial review for publication
  • Decline Submission

Open Access Policy

JCLIS is open access in publication, politics, and philosophy. JCLIS provides immediate open access to its published content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.