Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services (ISSN:0024-2667)

Libri: INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

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Aim and Scope
Best Libri Student Paper
Length of papers
Copyright
Title and authorship
Abstract
Content
Language
References
Web page citations
Examples of correct form of references:
Tables
Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Confidentiality
Submission of papers
Review and publication
Offprints
Addresses
Guidelines for Referees

Aim and Scope

Libri is well known for its peer-reviewed articles on the library and information programmes of different countries, particularly in the developing world. But the aim of Libri is to publish original articles on ALL aspects of libraries and information services, wherever they occur. Good scholarly papers on any topic and in keeping Libri's traditional high standard of academic writing are welcome at any time.

Libri has the following specific objectives:

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Best Libri Student Paper

Since 1950, Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library journals, Libri issues an annual call for "Best Student Paper." This competition supports Libri's goal by publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals.

Current students and those who have recently completed courses at all levels are invited to submit single-authored articles that meet Libri's usual criteria. The only exception to the eligibility criteria is that senior information scholars returning to study for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

There is no stated theme. Papers should be 5,000-7,000 words. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today's librarians and information professionals. Case studies, reviews of best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.

The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board, and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of:

The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of 500 euro and a complementary subscription to Libri for one year. If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as 'honourable mention' and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for one year. The normal provision to the author of 10 offprints and one complete issue applies to all winners.

All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:

Deadline: May 31 each year.

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Length of papers

Libri publishes original full-length scholarly articles, which should normally be around 5,000-7,000 words in length (excluding the list of references). Exceptionally, longer articles (up to 10,000 words), and briefer ones on research or projects in progress or reporting significant conferences whose proceedings will not be published in English, may be considered suitable.

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Copyright

Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before in English, is not being considered for publication elsewhere in English, and has been read and approved of by all its authors.

Authors are solely responsible for the statements in their contributions. If other people's words or ideas are used without their permission and/or proper acknowledgement, this constitutes a breach of copyright law and plagiarism, and the paper could be rejected. Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright clearance for the publication of any copyrighted material (including tables, diagrams, charts and other illustrations) that is included in their paper. Authors submitting papers for publication warrant that the work does not infringe any existing copyright, and indemnify the publisher against any such infringement.

The submission of the manuscript means that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to K.G. Saur Verlag for printed and electronic versions of Libri if the manuscript is accepted for publication. The work shall not then be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the publisher. The articles published in Libri are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes or in electronic databases and the like or reproduced photographically without the prior written consent of the publisher.

One year after publication, authors may place electronic versions of their papers on an open Web site.

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Title and authorship

The title page of the manuscript should contain an informative title, usually not more than about 12 words.

The author(s)' names, position(s), and the name of their institution(s) of origin, and the full postal and email addresses of the corresponding author should also be given.

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Abstract

Papers must include a brief, informative abstract (c.200-300 words) providing a summary of the aims, methodology, contents, and conclusions of the paper. It may be the only part of the paper that some people see, and must summarise the complete content.

Note that Libri does not assess potential papers for publication on the basis of the abstract alone. The full paper must be submitted for review.

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Content

Papers should demonstrate:

Papers would normally include:

Introduction presenting and justifying the research problem/issue, indicating any prior work the author has conducted, and introducing the aim and the approach taken to investigating the problem/issue.

Methodology, if appropriate, presenting details of the research design, methods and techniques used to collect and analyse data, and any problems encountered. All primary research should be sufficiently clearly described to be capable of being repeated. The selection of research method should be justified by reference to the literature on research methodologies.

Main text organised in a way appropriate to the topic, using section headings and paragraphed for ease of reading and cross-reference. It should include a critical review of relevant literature (i.e. a considered, though not necessarily balanced, and justified examination of what others have written or said regarding the subject that provides the conceptual framework for the research reported in the paper); the results of investigations; and a critical analysis and discussion of findings. Authors should provide sufficient background information about the activity or country to enable the context to be easily understood by readers not familiar with it.

Conclusion(s) presenting an assessment of the findings in relation to the original objectives, and establishing the validity of the work in relation to other published literature in its field.

Acronyms and abbreviations should be spelled out in full the first time that they are used.

Section headings should be short, clearly defined, and not numbered.

Notes should be used only if necessary. They should be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets, and presented as Endnotes rather than Footnotes.

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Language

The language of publication is English. Papers submitted by authors whose first language is not English may be subject, as an integral part of the editorial process, to any minor grammatical and linguistic corrections that are necessary to meet the traditional high standards of academic writing of the journal.

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References

References are essential when direct quotations (and tables, charts, diagrams and other illustrations) from the work of other writers are given in the text; or when the ideas, arguments, etc. of other writers are summarised or rewritten in the author's own words.

All quotations of original words that the author has found in the sources that they have consulted must be put in "quotation marks", and followed by an appropriate reference. If quotations are short (less than 2 lines), incorporate them "in the text of the paper and use quotation marks". If quotations are long (3 lines or more), the accepted practice is to "treat them as a separate paragraph without quotation marks, indent both margins, and use a smaller typeface", followed by an appropriate reference. For examples, see the copies of Libri that are available on Open Access at: http://www.librijournal.org/.

References in the text to sources that authors have used should be given in parentheses following the referenced text, and should indicate the author (or significant title words) and date of publication following the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system, e.g. (Martin 1993). When an idea is supported by more than one publication, the references should be in a chronological sequence to indicate the origins and development of the concept, e.g. (Wheeler 1946; Gardner 1987).

Libri participates in the CrossRef service, which enables readers of its electronic version to use its reference linking facility to access the electronic texts of cited publications. A reference list containing the full citations for the publications to which the author has referred within the paper should be placed at the end of the paper, and arranged alphabetically by author's surname or, in the case of items that have no author, by title. The author should ensure that bibliographical details are complete and correct. Citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, for which a 30 day free trial is available online at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html. Titles of journals should be given in full. The titles of books and journals should be given in Italic text.

For examples of the correct form of references for different kinds of publications (books, journals, web sites, etc.), consult the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide. Libri expects authors to use those examples under the AUTHOR-DATE tab.

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Web page citations

Authors increasingly cite web pages, which can disappear 'overnight.' Authors are encouraged to use WebCiteR, a free archiving system for webreferences (cited web pages and web sites), and provide the URL for the archived copy. Details may be found at http://www.webcitation.org/index.

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Examples of correct form of references:

1. Standard journal article
Martin, J. L. 1993. "Travels with Gopher." Computer 5(26): 84-87.
If the language is not English, add the translated title in brackets []. If the article is available online, add the access date, URL and/or doi: Accessed February 28, 2010. http://www.journal.com/issue/article. doi:10.111/123456.

2. Book
Wheeler, J. L. 1946. Progress and problems in education for librarianship. New York: Carnegie Corporation.

3. Chapter in book
Gardner, R. K. 1987. "Library and information science education: The present state and future prospects." In Education of library and information professionals: Present and future prospects, ed. R. K. Gardner, 14-28. Littleton, CO.: Libraries Unlimited.

4. Website
Pearson, J., R. Jones, A. Cawsey, S. McGregor, A. Barrett, H. Gilmour, J. Atkinson, and J. Mcewen. 1999. "The Accessibility of Information Systems for Patients: Use of Touch-screen Information Systems by 345 Patients with Cancer. In Scotland American Medical Informatics Association. Annual Symposium 1999: Session 66 - Consumer Health Informatics II." Accessed May 17, 2001. http://www.amia.org/pubs/symposia/D005289.htm.

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Tables

Tables should be provided as electronic files accompanying the article. They should be numbered consecutively, and given a brief title. Authors should indicate their preferred placement within the text.

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Illustrations

All figures (charts, diagrams) and other illustrations should clarify the text, should be numbered consecutively, and given a brief title. They should be planned to fit the printed page or within the two-column layout of Libri. Details must be large enough to retain their clarity after reduction in size.

Figures and illustrations may be published in colour. Authors are encouraged to use colour to clarify illustrations, especially bar charts.

When Web pages must be reproduced, a standard screenshot may not produce enough clarity for the illustration to be used, so the complete, original URL is required, along with a sample large enough to identify the source cited.

Paper illustrations.
If it is not possible to submit a machine-readable copy of an illustration into the editorial system, two copies of each illustration should be submitted, as positive prints, identifying them with a label on the back with the number of the figure, name of the author, and indicating the top of the figure with an arrow at the top margin. Halftones should exhibit high contrast.

Electronic illustrations.
Illustrations should normally be submitted as electronic files accompanying the article, with one illustration per file. Original, editable files are preferred. Files should be named with the appropriate file extension to identify their type, e.g. .doc, .tif, .xls, .jpg. Authors may also wish to integrate them or to place a note "Insert Figure 1 here" within the text-file to indicate preferred placement. Text tables may be left in the document.

For illustrations made from tabular data, e.g. Excel diagrams, the original spreadsheet from which the diagram or table was made should accompany the article.

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Acknowledgements

It is good practice to acknowledge the agency that funded any research that is being reported. A brief list of people who provided significant help to the author during the research and writing of the paper may be also included.

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Confidentiality

It is recognized that, in certain circumstances, anonymity may need to be granted to survey respondents, for example for commercial reasons, to ensure personal security, or in papers dealing with other sensitive issues. In these circumstances, it may not be appropriate to name individual respondents to surveys or organisations discussed in the text, and the respondents or organisations may be referred to numerically or alphabetically, e.g. 'respondent A', 'respondent B', etc. The published paper should include a brief note explaining the reasons for their anonymity.

However, in the interests of maintaining data integrity, authors will be expected to provide a complete list confirming the identity of these respondents or organizations. This list will be made available, in confidence, only to the editors. The editors will expect to receive this list before accepting the paper. For papers that are the outcome of supervised student work, the editors would, alternatively, be prepared to accept confirmation from the professor who assessed the original work that he/she has seen such a list.

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Submission of papers

Libri uses an electronic editorial management system, which enables authors to monitor the progress of their papers through the editorial and publication process.

All manuscripts should be submitted in machine-readable form. The software used (Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format, or Open Office Writer are preferred), the program version number should be clearly stated.

Authors are expected to check their work carefully, particularly with regard to factual and typographical accuracy, completeness, and consistency, and make any necessary corrections before submitting it.

Authors are expected to review the text against these instructions and make any necessary amendments before submitting the text at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/libri

When submitting a paper, please choose the correct category at the drop down menu "Manuscript Type": Article for articles; Library Student Award for Award submissions, or one of the special categories for papers from a conference where Libri is the publisher.

In case of any difficulty in loading the paper into the editorial management system, the manuscript may be sent as an email attachment to Libri@statsbiblioteket.dk.

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Review and publication

Papers considered potentially suitable for publication are normally considered by 2 Referees, who are members of the Editorial Advisory Board or other subject experts. The decision of the Editors with regard to publication is final.

In the light of comments made by the Referees, the Editors may require some revision to the paper before it is accepted for publication.

Once the paper has been accepted for publication, the Editors will determine in which issue it will appear. This will not necessarily be the next available issue.

When the selected issue is being prepared for publication, the corresponding author will be sent an edited copy of the text indicating any final errors and omissions requiring correction that have been identified by the Editors, and seeking any minor corrections that the author(s) may have identified.

Depending on the production system and schedule, the corresponding author may also be sent a proof copy of the final text. Substantial changes to the paper will not be accepted at this stage.

The paper will be published with a brief editorial history, indicating when it was first submitted, when any revised version was submitted, and when it was accepted for publication.

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Offprints

Upon publication, authors will receive electronic offprints (in PDF format) of their contribution; authors may request one copy of the complete paper issue. Requests for paper issues should be sent to the address below or to Libri@statsbiblioteket.dk.

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Addresses

Paper submissions of accompanying illustrations and business communications should be sent to:

Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services,
K.G. Saur Verlag
An Imprint of Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG
Rosenheimer-Str. 143
D-81671 München
Federal Republic of Germany

Phone +49(0)89-76902-0
Fax +49(0)89-76902-150
Email: libri@statsbiblioteket.dk

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Guidelines for Referees

It may be useful for authors to be aware that Referees are asked to comment on:

Abstract

Does the abstract summarize the paper adequately? Is it well written, clearly organized, and sufficiently informative in describing the following features of the paper: Purpose of the paper; Research design/methodology/approach; Findings; Research limitations; Practical implications; Originality/value?

Statement of Research Problem, aims and objectives

Literature Search and Review

Research Methodology and techniques for data analysis collection

Data analysis and discussion

Critical analysis and conclusions

Creativity and originality

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Updated 2 December 2013