About the Journal

Aims & Scope

The IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship aspires to find a balance between promoting cutting-edge research in the relevant fields and providing a forum for dialogue about the forms, roles and concerns of literature and librarianship in the 21st century. It also aims to place the latest work of well-established and respected experts alongside the breakthrough pieces of up-and-coming academics, fostering the sense of a conversation between generations of thought leaders.

All papers are reviewed according to standard peer-review processes, regardless of whether or not the authors have attended a related IAFOR conference.

Submission Fee

There is no submission fee for the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship.

Page and Colour Charges

There are no page or colour charges for the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship.

Editorial & Peer Review Process

Initial Screening before peer review

Before being sent to the editorial team, journal staff will first screen submissions to ensure manuscripts fall within the journal's scope and that they follow the Author Guidelines. All manuscripts are also checked with iThenticate anti-plagiarism software (1,300 Top Journals worldwide use iThenticate to screen and review submissions).

Contributors are expected to submit their work in the structure and style of urbane, academic-quality English. The contributors' style of expression must serve to articulate the complex ideas and concepts being brandished, conveying explicit, coherent, unambiguous meaning to scholarly readers. Moreover, manuscripts must have a formal tenor and quality, employing the third-person rather than first-person standpoint (when feasible) while placing emphasis on the research and not on unsubstantiated subjective impressions regarding the issue.

Contributors whose command of English is not at the level outlined above are responsible for having their manuscript corrected by a native-level, English-speaking academic prior to submitting their paper for publication. These standards are non-negotiable and strictly enforced by the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Literature & Librarianship.

Peer Review

Once passing the initial screening, manuscripts are sent to at least two anonymous referees, who are members of the Editorial or Review Board, for in-depth peer review.

Reviewers must fill out a review form and may also use Microsoft Word to add corrections and suggestions to the submitted manuscript. Reviewer comments must be objective and provided with the aim of helping authors improve their article. Reviewers are requested to return their review within 2 to 3 weeks. The editorial process may take more time when there are extenuating circumstances, such as conflicts with the evaluators’ teaching duties at the beginning or end of an academic semester.

Plagiarism Screening

Manuscripts are checked with anti-plagiarism software (iThenticate). However, while the Editor makes reasonable efforts to determine the academic integrity of papers published in the journal, ultimate responsibility for the originality of submitted manuscripts thus lies with the author. If it comes to light that plagiarism is suspected in a published article, the journal adheres to guidelines from the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).