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. JCLIS is published by Litwin Books (https://litwinbooks.com/).
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.
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.
- 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 for articles and perspective essays. 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.
Name Change Policy
The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies (JCLIS) is committed to supporting and accomodating author requests to have their names changed or corrected in published manuscripts and in systems/platforms under the control of the journal. This includes correcting names as they appear on the published manuscript’s landing page, in the manuscript document, the author copyright mark, and other locations on the JCLIS website. In addition, manuscript metadata will be re-uploaded to external registration systems (e.g., for assigning DOIs to manuscripts). Regular audits will be conducted after a name change has been put in place to ensure that new instances or references to an author’s prior work published by the journal (e.g., published manuscripts referencing a previous or obsolete name) reflect their current name.
JCLIS recognizes the sensitivity of name changes and will treat each request with respect, discretion, and confidentiality. No legal documentation is required for name change requests. JCLIS will not notify readers, other authors or co-authors, or editorial board members of the name change, and commits to working with authors to ensure that the request is fulfilled as comprehensively and as expediently as possible.
Name change requests and questions can be directed to the managing editor, Andrew Lau (ajlau dot archives at gmail dot com) for assistance.
For publishers looking to have books reviewed, please contact the managing editor, Andrew Lau (ajlau dot archives at gmail dot com) to determine suitability and alignment with the journal's mission and scope. Do not ship unsolicited books.