Submission to the Journal

SLIS Student Research Journal accepts manuscripts and reviews from any current graduate student provided they are enrolled at the time of submission (authors will be asked during submission to declare their institutional affiliation). Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis and may be published according to the editorial schedule or at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

For details on the types of manuscripts SRJ will consider, please review the Journal’s Aims & Scope.

Authors may submit a manuscript electronically into our review system providing the following details for each submission:

  • Keywords: 5-8 keywords that best describe your submission.
  • Abstract: 150-250 words, content and style as per APA. (No abstract is required for book reviews).
  • Cover Letter (Optional): A separate cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief briefly stating the purpose of your submission and its expected contribution.

Editorial Decision Process

Author manuscripts are received by the Editor-in-Chief who conducts a preliminary review of the work for adherence to general submission guidelines (see Style Guide). As warranted, the submission may be discussed anonymously with a member of the Editorial Advisory Board with appropriate expertise for evaluating the manuscript.

Once approved, the manuscript is sent to the Managing Editor who coordinates the peer review process. The Editor-in-Chief will advise authors of all manuscripts decisions.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts accepted for peer review will be submitted to at least two peer reviewers in a double-blind review system. This means that the reviewers and authors do not know one another's identity.

Reviewers will return an evaluation form to the Editor-in-Chief / Managing Editor with a recommendation of either:

  • Accept
  • Minor revisions
  • Major revisions
  • Reject

Authors receiving a decision of minor or major revisions are encouraged to revise their work according to the recommendations of the reviewers. A decision of "accept" is generally reserved for manuscripts which have already undergone review and revisions.

Manuscript submissions are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Conceptualization
    1. A core research question is posed, and is connected to or emerges from previous scholarship
    2. A thesis is stated in the introduction, addressed throughout each section of the manuscript, and reiterated in the conclusion
    3. The manuscript is well-structured and organized with labeled sections and sub-arguments introduced at the beginning of sections. Presents a cohesive body of work. Conclusion addresses directions for future research.
    4. A research methodology is identified and applied, and analysis is well-supported and relates to the core research question
    5. The submission includes an informative abstract which contains the core research question, announcement of sub-topics, key findings (connected to chosen methodology), and thesis statement
  • Execution
    1. The author’s voice is clear and consistent and sentence structure flows well
    2. The author’s language reflects advanced and scholarly competency
    3. The manuscript contains correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling
  • References
    1. APA citation style, 6th edition, is applied consistently and correctly throughout the manuscript
    2. There are at least ten (10) current, pertinent, scholarly references
  • Value
    1. The manuscript is relevant, original, and significantly contributes to library and information science scholarship

Book review submissions are reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Conceptualization
    1. Reviewer identifies the core question asked by the work and summarizes the answer posited by the author
    2. Contextualizes book within current LIS research by referring to other scholarly works in the same research area
    3. Evaluates the work under review, and goes beyond summarizing
  • Execution
    1. The reviewer’s voice is clear, and distinct from the author of the work being reviewed
    2. The author’s language reflects scholarly competency
    3. The reviewer has used correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Sentence structure flows well
  • References
    1. Provides an APA citation for the work reviewed, and any other sources referenced.
  • Value
    1. The book chosen for review is current (within three years), and topically linked to the journal’s scope

For further guidance in preparing a manuscript for submission, please review the Journal Style Guide.

Publication and Copyright

Submitter must be the copyright owner of the work being submitted or authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "Publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication.

By submitting material to the SLIS Student Research Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process. If you have concerns about the submission terms, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Rights for Authors and SJSU ScholarWorks

As further described in the submission agreement ("Submission Agreement"), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to SJSU ScholarWorks all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of SJSU ScholarWorks, requires credit to SJSU ScholarWorks as copyright holder (e.g., SJSU ScholarWorks © 2017).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from SJSU ScholarWorks provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the SJSU ScholarWorks website and/or software agree not to misuse the SJSU ScholarWorks service or software in any way.

The failure of SJSU ScholarWorks to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between SJSU ScholarWorks and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.