Who Can Submit?

iSchool Student Research Journal accepts manuscripts from any current graduate student provided he/she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is 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).

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Types of Articles SRJ Will Consider

iSchool Student Research Journal accepts manuscripts of original research, critical reviews, critical essays, and evidence summaries covering topics in all fields of library and information science theory, policy, application, or practice that advances intellectual inquiry in the field.

Each manuscript submitted should investigate an original idea or set of ideas or circumstance, and may be empirical, critical, or theoretical in nature.

Critical reviews and critical essays should analyze and contribute an interpretation, or analytical perspective, or new theme or concept to a theory or body of work. Critical review essays may include essays about a collection of published scholarship.

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Submission Process

All authors are required to submit their work electronically into our review system. Authors create an account from the Submit Article section on the left navigation menu and select to upload their submission. Authors submitting their work will be required to provide their contact information on a form, and asked to provide the following details for each submission:

Keywords: Please include 5-8 keywords that best describe your submission.

Abstract: Please include an abstract that describes the nature of the work. Abstracts should be clear, and self-explanatory, and not exceed 250 words.

Cover Letter: Please briefly state the purpose of your submission and its expected contribution to iSchool Student Research Journal

Deadline for Submissions: Manuscripts can be submitted at anytime. Please consult the Call for Submissions section for specific issue production deadlines.

Revisions To Paper Submitted: Any revision to an existing submission should be made to the original file already submitted by an author, and not made as a separate, additional submission. Authors login into their account, select the original submission, and follow the prompts to submit a revision.

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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. 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.

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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 to either:

  • Accept as is
  • Accept with minor revisions
  • Major revisions recommended
  • Reject

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
    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

For further guidance in preparing a manuscript for submission, please review the following article from the inaugural issue:

If you have questions regarding the submission process please contact the editors.

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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 © 2016).

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.

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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.

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