Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

LIBER Quarterly seeks to cover all aspects of modern research librarianship and information delivery. It will form a bridge between the scholars of the Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and the practitioners in our university and research libraries. It will achieve this by publishing not only theoretical contributions, but also descriptions of examples of good practices.

Publications are accepted in the following sections:

  1. Articles should conform to the generally accepted standards for all scientific papers: they should be underpinned by good research or by a systematic approach and may lead to general conclusions in a broad cultural and institutional landscape. Especially welcome are all innovative contributions related to the activities of LIBER, with an emphasis on collaborative aspects and library cooperation within Europe.
  2. Review papers should present the current status of a given topic. They synthesize the results from the primary literature to produce a coherent argument about a topic or a systematic description of a field. This requires critical judgments and organization of the material. Although a review paper is not about a particular project or piece of research, it should give an original perspective or new understanding of the topic. The reader of the review should gain an overview of the current debates, the main people working in the field and recent major advances. The review should conclude  with a discussion of outstanding issues and  likely future directions for research and development.  (Acknowledgement: In defining these criteria we have drawn on the criteria used by the following sources: Reviews of Modern Physics; Communication in the biological sciences; University of Texas.)
  3. Book reviews should be of the scholarly type: they should be written by experts in the field being reviewed, and go beyond summarizing the book by evaluating the issues and methods discussed in the book.  (Acknowledgement: We used the distinction between types of book reviews given by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; see http://www.lib.vt.edu/find/byformat/bookreviews.html.)

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

LIBER Quarterly applies a double-blind peer review process, in which each contribution is judged by two independent referees. The criteria of acceptance include the following aspects:
- Relevance of the paper for the scope of the journal and for its readership.
- Originality, offering of new insights.
- Soundness of arguments, based on research or on systematic approach.
- Clear conclusions or results.
- Structure and language.
Normal timing for this process should be 4 to 6 weeks. In case of conflicting recommendations, a third referee may be asked to give an additional advice.
The decision of the editors may be to accept the paper as is or with minor revisions, to ask for a resubmission after additional work, or to reject for publication.

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published 4 times per year, in March, June, September and December.

 

Open Access Policy

LIBER has always been conscious of the huge problems encountered by its library members who want to offer their users a high-quality selection of scientific journals, which correspond to their professional needs and at the same time fall within their library budget. For this reason LIBER has from the beginning fostered Open Access solutions, and with this journal it takes up its responsibility by offering a rigorous European and Open Access journal in the domain of information sciences and librarianship

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 


ISSN: 2213-056X