Lacking a formal organization to promote the work of editors of library and information science journals, in January of 2008 a small group of editors of LIS journals met to discuss common concerns and identify practices that can strengthen the collective ability of the journals to serve the discipline and the professionals who create and apply that literature.
The group seeks to provide a collegial and supportive space for editors to engage in frank discussions of their concerns. For this reason registration for the discussion list and attendance at any face-to-face meetings is generally restricted to editors. Although the group has focused on journal editing, editors of other kinds of LIS publications are also welcome to participate.
The LIS editors group advances its work by a discussion list, this website, and periodic face-to-face meetings. A first activity for the group was drafting of a statement of ethics and a guide to best practices for LIS journal editors.
The group has been editor-organized and editor-led from its first meeting, but has received support from the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries. The associations have provided staff support, technical resources, and meeting assistance.
To receive notices about meetings and participate in discussion with other LIS editors, please email Amy Eshgh (amyb AT arl.org) and introduce yourself, mentioning the journal you edit.
“One rule of the road not directly stated elsewhere in this book: 'The editor is always right.' The corollary is that no writer will take all of his or her editor’s advice; for all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection. Put it another way, to write is human, to edit is divine.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft