Editors from the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, Libri: The International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies, and The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion will meet and interact with the audience of professionals who aspire to get published in a peer-reviewed journal. As editors in some of the leading journals in the field of LIS, we understand that the publishing process can be confusing and intimidating. We are here to help authors find their way through the plethora of journals, requirements and stages of peer review, and overwhelming terminology.
Some specific topics that we will address are as follows:
(1) The landscape of LIS journals: professional, scholarly, open-access, and commercially published journals; major LIS journal publishers; journal scopes and profiles; how to find a “good fit”;
(2) An overview of the three journals edited by panelists and how they organize their work;
(3) Different types of publications (peer-reviewed articles vs. peer-reviewed shorter professional pieces); the multiple meanings of “research”; different types of research articles (e.g., empirical studies; conceptual papers; viewpoint papers; case studies; reviews; and theoretical papers);
(4) How to determine that your idea is original;
(5) How to perform a useful (and to the point) literature review and support your argument with secondary sources;
(6) How to structure your paper for different types of articles;
(7) The major steps in the process of peer review;
(8) How to interpret reviewers’ criticism and to differentiate between constructive and unsubstantiated comments;
(9) How to constructively communicate with editors and respond to reviewers’ comments;
(10) How to keep your cool, not to get discouraged; keep your passion for writing alive, and enjoy the process of publishing;
(11) The significance and impact of being a published author in our complex, fast-changing, and contentious field; the power of having a voice and a say on professional matters.
We realize that all these questions have the potential to be dry and didactic. Therefore, we will structure our session as interactive engagement. We will deliver certain components through enticing pecha-kucha style presentations and demonstrate certain topics through interactive exercises.
Some examples of activities are as follows:
(1) Working in small groups, participants will be presented with anonymized excerpts of real-life reviewers’ comments (which will derive from our editorial experiences) and will be invited to discuss how these comments made them feel and what effect these comments had on them; to consider what actions should or should not be taken in terms of revision in response to these comments; and to draft either a brief response to the reviewer or a note to the editor.
(2) Working in small groups, participants will anonymously write down some topics on which they would like to publish. The tables will exchange notes with topics, and another table will provide peer feedback on the originality of these ideas. This will allow the audience to enjoy self-direction and to tap into collective wisdom and expertise.
(3) Working individually, participants will engage in a brief introspective exercise: “What Do I Feel When I Write?” They will share their introspective observations and insights with their colleagues at the table and briefly report back to the general audience to receive commentary from the panelists.
We will provide a handout with a few selected resources for participants who would like to deepen their understanding of the process.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.