Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
- The text is single spaced, 6pt after paragraph, justified; uses a 12-point Times New Roman font
- The information regarding the author(s) is NOT included in the manuscript
- The manuscript includes an abstract (does not apply to book reviews)
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
Max. 6000 words
Original research - studies which report on any type of research undertaken by the author(s), including hypothesis, background study, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications.
Case studies - analyses, individually or as groups, of librarians, users, libraries or other information institutions, events, decisions, projects, policies, studied holistically by one or more method.
- Introduction: present background of the study described - what the problem is - and end with a clear statement about the hypothesis to be tested; explain why the study was needed and specify your research objectives or the question(s) you aimed to answer.
- Methodology: describe in detail how the study was carried out and mention all factors that could have affected the results
- Results: present the new results of your study. All tables and figures must be mentioned in the main body of the article, and numbered in the order in which they appear in the text.
- Discussion and conclusions: answer your research questions (stated at the end of the Introduction) and compare your main results with published data, as objectively as possible; interpret the findings and discuss their possible implications; mention the strengths and weaknesses (limitations) of the study; emphasize how do its results compare with other research and, if there are findings that run contrary to your point of view, explain why; at the end of this section emphasize your major conclusions and the practical significance of your study.
Max. 5000 words
Overviews of existing literature in the field, identifying specific problems or issues and analysing information from available published work (literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses)
- Introduction: sufficiently informative and short, must be written in a way that reflect novelty and previous similar attempts to comprehensively cover the topic. Present historical perspectives of the topic covered in the main text. The last sentence must contain the purpose/aim of the review.
- Methodology: mention the search methodology used (information on the databases accessed, terms, inclusion and exclusion criteria, and time limits). Collect and critically analyze all relevant sources, ensuring also their diversity and avoiding a selection bias.
- Main body: present the main ideas of the review, aggregated in the aim/purpose.
- Conclusions: present the major conclusions derived from the analysis of the literature; bring together new findings and clearly outlines major points for future research and/or practice; mention inherent limitations of the review and their impact on the validity of the main messages; briefly express an opinion on how these limitations could be overcome.
New library projects and services
Max. 2500 words
Concise, freestyle descriptions of innovative library projects, services and good practices which could be applied in similar institutions
- Perspective (max. 2000 words) - scholarly reviews of a single fundamental concept or a few related concepts or prevalent ideas; usually, essays that present a personal point of view critiquing widespread notions pertaining to the library and information science field.
- Opinion articles (max. 2000 words) - present your viewpoint on the interpretation, analysis, or methods used in a particular study, your opinion on the strength and weakness of a theory or hypothesis, based on evidence.
- Commentaries (max. 1500 words) - draw attention to or present a criticism of a previously published article, book, or report, explaining why it interested you and how it might be illuminating for readers.
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