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Policies

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.

Manuscripts should conform to the Journal's style guide regarding formatting and citation.

Editorial Decisions & Review Process

Author manuscripts are received by the Editor-in-Chief who conducts a preliminary review of the work for adherence to general submission guidelines and relevance. 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.

Manuscripts accepted for 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). The SRJ editorial team function as reviewers for the Journal. Editors review the manuscript and return an evaluation with a recommendation of either:

  • Accept
  • Minor revisions
  • Major revisions
  • Reject

For decisions of either minor or major revisions, authors are encouraged to revise their work according to the recommendations of the reviewers in order to stay competitive for publication. A decision of "accept" is typically reserved for manuscripts which have already undergone one or more rounds of review and revision.

Manuscript submissions criteria for review.

  • Conceptualization: A core research question is posed, and is connected to or emerges from previous scholarship. A clear thesis is stated in the introduction, addressed throughout each section of the manuscript, and reiterated in the conclusion. The author contextualizes their work within the literature of the field, offering critical analysis and discussion. Methodology and theoretical foundations, if present, are clearly articulated and applied. For original research, data collection and analysis demonstrate integrity and sound research design; discussion offers critical analysis. Implications for practice or future research are addressed.
  • Execution: The manuscript is well-structured and organized, following the conventions of scholarly discourse under appropriate headings. The author's voice and synthesis are distinct from their sources. Presents a cohesive body of work with logical flow and appropriate conclusions.
  • Mechanics: Style and formatting are as per the Journal's style guide and APA Style. Language, grammar, and citations are correct and well-edited prior to submission.
  • Value: Persuasively articulates a current debate, theory or practice with critical analysis. Sources are appropriate to the manuscript regarding currency and topic. A minimum of 10 scholarly sources are cited.

Book review submissions criteria for review.

  • Conceptualization: Reviewer identifies the work's core question and answer posited by the author, summarizing key findings and conclusions. Reviewer offers an evaluative critique, and goes beyond summarizing. The work is contextualized within a body of research.
  • Execution: The reviewer’s voice is clear, and distinct from the author of the work being reviewed. Ideas and arguments are well structured, and presents a cohesive body of work with logical flow.
  • Mechanics: Style and formatting are as per the Journal's style guide and APA Style. Language and grammar are correct and well-edited prior to submission. Provides an APA citation for the work reviewed, and any other sources referenced.
  • Value: The book chosen for review is current (within three years), and topically linked to the journal’s scope.

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.