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. The chosen pieces will often, but not exclusively, fit within the thematic parameters outlined in the IAFOR conferences preceding a given issue. Priority will thus be given to papers presented at these conferences. Furthermore, reflecting the geographical origins of IAFOR, the Editor will try to feature Asia-related papers as much as possible.

Authors of articles presented at IAFOR conferences will be contacted if their paper is selected for review. 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

The Editor begins the process of inviting authors to submit their papers for consideration at the beginning of April, and usually completes this by the end of May. (Unsolicited papers will also be considered, but not before April.) After the Editor has made a preliminary assessment of the papers to ensure that they have followed the submission guidelines and appear to be of sufficient academic merit, those provisionally accepted for publication are sent out for blind peer review in May or June, with reviewers who possess qualifications in the relevant discipline selected to be part of the Editorial Board for a particular issue. Reviewers’ comments will be passed on to authors soon after they are received. At this stage, some papers may still be rejected for publication if the editor determines that the feedback finds the paper unsuitable for the Journal or suggests the paper would require too much revision to be prepared within the publication timeframe.

Papers that are confirmed for publication will then be returned to their authors to be revised as indicated by peer-review and editorial feedback. This process should usually be completed by the end of July.

Between August and October, the Editor will work with the author to complete the revision process. During this period, as required, the Editor will edit and proofread papers to bring them up to international standards, and will request further revisions from authors.

In November the Editor will work with the IAFOR Publications Manager to compile the issue for online publication by the end of the month. Authors will be notified when the issue has been published.

Plagiarism Screening

Key sentences are checked online for exact or near-exact matches in the public domain to satisfy the Editor that the submitted manuscript has not been plagiarised. However, when authors submit their manuscripts for consideration in the Journal, they declare that their work is not plagiarised. 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.