About the Journal

Focus, scope, and objectives

Library and Information Research (LIR) is published by CILIP's Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). LIRG supports and raises the profile of library and information science research and its use by CILIP members and the wider community.  We provide relevant activities and publications for practitioners and researchers encouraging 'research into practice' and engagement with all stakeholders. Before 2003, LIR was published under the title Library and Information Research News.

We welcome submissions of research articles, reports and book reviews from both practitioners and academic researchers; and of course, we are always interested to hear your feedback on the journal. LIR has the following objectives: 

- To provide an overview of LIS research activity and developments worldwide;
- To publish research in such a way that it is accessible to, and usable by, the LIS community;
- To publish LIS research (including informal or in-house research) by practitioners;
- To publish practical case studies that illustrate best practice;
- To encourage reflective and evidence-based practice;
- To publish papers resulting from LIRG annual awards and prizes;
- To promote the use and understanding of quality research methods;
- To raise awareness of new tools, books and funding opportunities for research;
- To comment, and provide a forum for comment, on the state of LIS research.

Peer review process

The Editor-in-Chief will review all types of submissions of all types for style, content, scope, and other factors before acceptance. She retains the right to reject or ask the author(s) for revisions when necessary.

The only type of submission to LIR that undergoes peer refereeing is Refereed Research Articles. They are usually between 2,000 and 7,000 words. Authors are asked to submit an abstract (100-150 words), a biography of the author(s) (25-75 words per author), and - where appropriate - a section describing The Occasion (prize entry, thesis description, related project, etc.). Ensure all authors are included in the author list. Add Acknowledgements where these are appropriate for other contributions to the research.

LIR's focus is on "research into practice". Authors are therefore asked to keep contributions as clear and practical as possible, and to explain how the research results should affect practice. Authors are also asked to report any research methodologies thoroughly.

The purpose of the refereeing process for Refereed Research Articles is to advise the Editor-in-Chief on the standards of accuracy and scholarship of articles submitted for publication. The maintenance of these standards will enhance the reputation of the journal and thereby encourage more and better submissions.

Referees will usually be selected from the Editorial Board or LIRG Committee. In some cases it may be necessary to approach individuals not formally connected with the Journal. Two referees will be consulted for each article, although in some cases the Editor may seek a third referee.

Referees may of course seek the further advice of colleagues (in confidence) as necessary and incorporate their comments in the report. However the Referee is expected to be responsible for the comments made. If a Referee feels unqualified to review an item s/he should return it to the Editor.

As the journal wishes to encourage submissions by practitioners and others who may not be used to the requirements of academic writing, referees are also encouraged to treat the review process in a positive manner, except in those cases where the material submitted is clearly unsuitable for publication and unlikely ever to be of a sufficient standard.

Where possible, referees should offer guidance to authors of rejected articles on how an article might be improved for possible re-submission, or on alternative routes to publication. The Editor-in-Chief will however make it clear to authors that items re-submitted after revision may still be subject to the review process.

All refereeing will be double blind.

Referees should take the following factors into account when deciding on the suitability of an article for publication:
- Is the subject matter of the article of interest or relevance to readers of the journal? 
- Have the research context and problem been set out clearly and accurately?
- Have the research methods been described fully and accurately?
- Has the author evaluated the appropriateness and effectiveness of their methods? E.g., what was good, what could have been done better/differently.
- Have the results been presented clearly and accurately?
- Does the article state clearly what the practical implications of the research are either for practitioners or other researchers?

Publication frequency

LIR is published twice a year: June and November. Articles will be made available online on a rolling basis as soon as they are ready for publication. 

Open access policy

Library and Information Research is an open access journal; all articles are accessible free of charge. There are no submission or article processing charges for articles submitted to LIR.

Authors are encouraged to deposit copies of their published articles in institutional or subject repositories. Repository records should cite the LIR journal website as the source of the original publication.

Copyright notice

Acceptance of the following terms is a precondition of publication in Library and Information Research.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The default CC option for the journal is CC-BY-NC. If this default option is chosen, the author(s) hold all commercial rights.

Authors can opt for a CC-BY-ND license if they notify the Editor-in-Chief of this choice when submitting their work.

Authors are able to distribute the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Attribution policy

Please cite and reference all sources appropriately according to American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition. See the APA Style website for more information.

Submissions containing sources that are not correctly attributed according to APA style are subject to rejection by the Editor-in-Chief.

Authors may submit papers again after the attribution concerns have been corrected.

Privacy statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.