Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

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.

LIR's strap line is Research Into Practice in Information and Library Services (RIPILS). Any contributions falling within this remit and meeting one or more of the objectives specified above are welcome.


Section Policies


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Invited Contributions

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Refereed Research Articles

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Conference Reports

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Book Reviews

  • Fiona Watkins
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Complete issue

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Case Studies

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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? LIR's strapline is "Research Into Practice in Information and Library Services".
- 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 three times a year.


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.


Attribution Policy

Please cite and reference all sources appropriately according to APA style. 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.