About JoNL
Journal Title: Journal of New Librarianship
Journal Website:  newlibs.org
Journal ISSN: 2471-3880
Publisher: University of Colorado Boulder, University Libraries
Contact Email: Claire Du Laney, Communications Editor: cdulaney@unomaha.edu
Country of Operation: United States of America
Date of first issue: 2016

Aims and Scope: There is a need to offer high-quality literature in the library and information science (LIS) field in an open, independently-produced journal. The JoNL represents the belief  that the library serves a critical role in advocating and modeling free, open, and sustainable access to information for the academe and its future. The JoNL provides an outlet that mixes both traditional and disruptive forms of scholarly and professional communication that forge innovative paths in the way that the LIS profession shares and leads. Our goal is to provide a publishing venue for emerging and interdisciplinary scholarship that does not fit within the narrow subject specialization of existing journals.

Diversity Statement: JoNL is an open access journal committed to equity, diversity, and plurality of opinions. In addition to making scholarship freely accessible to all readers, the journal seeks to publish works created by authors from all backgrounds. A central aim of the journal is to challenge long-held assumptions within the profession, and authors are encouraged to submit works that examine and confront structures and practices within the profession that create inequality within librarianship.

Transparency and Open Access

Editorial Process
All content published in the JoNL is reviewed and edited by the editorial board to ensure quality and scholarly rigor. Academic research articles undergo external, double-blind peer review. The editing processes for these materials are outlined below.

Scholarly Articles (peer reviewed): 

  1. Prospective authors are required to create an account and to submit their materials through the online portal.
  2. The submitted article is reviewed by the editor to ensure it meets basic criteria for consideration, including proper filetype format and inclusion of an abstract. See full details in “Submitting Content” section.
  3. The submitted article will be assigned two external reviewers, selected based upon their relevant expertise, to assess and critique the article. All identifying information will be removed to ensure double-blind review. If the reviewers return conflicting recommendations, a 3rd reviewer may be asked to review the work.
  4. When external review is complete, the author is given the reviewers’ feedback. The journal’s editor-in-chief will also inform the author of the final decision (accept, accept with revision, revise and submit, decline) at this time.
  5. Articles that are accepted for publication are sent to the editorial board for copy editing. 
  6. Authors are provided a pre-print copy of their article for final revision/approval before typesetting and final publication.
  7. Finally, the article is assigned a DOI, pagination, and volume/issue numbers. Articles are published on a rolling schedule, with one volume per calendar year featuring two regulator issues.

Non-peer reviewed content (ex. book reviews, opinion pieces, essays, column articles):

  1. Prospective authors are required to create an account and to submit their materials through the online portal.
  2. The submitted content is reviewed by the editor to ensure it meets the basic criteria for review, including proper filetype format and inclusion of an abstract. See full details in “Submitting Content” section.
  3. The submitted material is assigned to at least two members of the editorial board, who will review the content to assure it is within the scope and mission of the journal. If accepted, editors will provide feedback and copyediting. 
  4. Authors are provided a pre-print copy of their piece for final revision/approval before typesetting and final publication.
  5. Finally, the piece is assigned a DOI, pagination, and volume/issue numbers. Content is published on a rolling schedule, with one volume per calendar year featuring two regulator issues.