Best Practices

A Guide to Best Practices for Editors of Library and Information Science Journals

July 2009
Revised September 2010

Editorial Committee

Joseph Branin, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Editor: College and Research Libraries

Connie Foster, Western Kentucky University
Editor: Serials Review

Peggy Johnson, University of Minnesota
Editor: LRTS: Library Resources and Technical Services

Gary Pitkin, University of Northern Colorado
Editor: Technical Services Quarterly

Bonnie Tijerina, University of California, Los Angeles
Editor: Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

Editorial Assistant
Karla Strieb, Association of Research Libraries

About the LIS Editors Group

The group seeks to provide a collegial and supportive space for editors to engage in frank discussions about 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, a Web site (http://www.lis-editors.org), and periodic face-to-face meetings. In addition, the group drafted a statement of ethics and 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 and technical resources.

To receive notices about meetings and participate in discussion with other LIS editors, please email Julia Blixrud (liseditor@arl.org) and introduce yourself, mentioning the journal you edit.

Statement of Best Practices for Editors of LIS Journals

Background and Introduction

Section 1: Electronic Formats

Section 2: Authors' Rights Practices

Section 3: Preservation

Section 4: Standards and Standards Organizations of Interest to Editors

Acknowledgments

This document reflects the work of many individuals and the particular support of two organizations, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries. An early draft of the document was improved by comments and discussion occurring at the meeting the LIS Editors Group, held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2009. The editorial committee would especially like to thank participants in that meeting: Faye Chadwell, Julia Gelfand, Peter Hernon, Sarah Pritchard, Sandra Roe, Scott Seaman, and Diane Zabel. A final draft of the document was adjusted to reflect discussions held at the meeting of the LIS Editors Group held at the ALA Annual Conference in July 2009 and attended by: Faye Chadwell, Julia Gelfand, Peter Hernon, Sarah Pritchard, Sandra Roe, Scott Seaman, and Diane Zabel.