Editorial Policies

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.

 

 

Section Policies

Editors' Note

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Literature Review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Featured Commentary

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Perspectives

Perspective pieces are shorter-length essays, peer reviewed by one reviewer.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

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
  • Rejected

 

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.

 

Description of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies

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.

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


Each issue is themed around a particular topic or set of topics, and features a guest editor (or guest editors) who will work with the managing editor to shape the issue’s theme and develop an associated call for papers. Issue editors will assist in the shepherding of manuscripts through the review and preparation processes, are encouraged to widely solicit potential contributions, and work with authors in scoping their respective works appropriately.

JCLIS is open access in publication, politics, and philosophy. In a world where paywalls are the norm for access to scholarly research, the Journal recognizes that removal of barriers to accessing information is key to the production and sharing of knowledge. 

 

Editorial Board

Amelia Acker
Melissa Adler
Howard Besser
Michelle Caswell
Jonathan Cope
Ron E. Day
Emily Drabinski
Jonathan Furner
Patrick Keilty
Joyce Latham
Lai Ma
Jens-Erik Mai
Marlene Manoff
Melissa Morrone
Lilly Nguyen
Safiya Noble
Ricardo Punzalan
Sarah T. Roberts
Toni Samek
Alycia Sellie
Rebecka Sheffield
Neal Thomas