Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Library Student Journal (LSJ) seeks to publish the best papers from Library and Information Science (LIS) students worldwide, and to serve as a forum for discussion of LIS education, training, career paths, and future trends. Submissions may cover a wide range of topics, but should always relate to and advance the discussion of LIS topics. This is a rapidly evolving field. As such, LSJ especially encourages submissions relating to new technologies and future trends. Papers submitted to the peer-reviewed section of the journal should advance the existing literature with original ideas or original research.


Section Policies


Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed


Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed


Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed


Open Submissions Indexed Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Articles are reviewed by a minimum of three peer-reviewers, of which two are from the Editorial Board. Review is blind: authors do not know who is reviewing their paper; reviewers do not know who the authors are.


Publication Frequency

Library Student Journal publishes on a continuous basis as material becomes available. For citation purposes, all content published within a particular month will be considered to be part of that months "issue"

We will aim to publish approximately one paper per week, not including book reviews, or about 50 papers each year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Articles Section

Articles are peer-reviewed scholarly papers based on original research or literature surveys that advance the topic with original ideas. Articles explore the topic in greater depth than Essays and add original ideas to the existing literature.


Essay Section

Papers of an informational or personal nature. Essays are reviewed by the editors alone. An Essay is less formal in tone than an Article and may, among other things: share personal experience in the LIS field, give an overview of an LIS issue of interest, be a work of fiction, and/or be lighthearted or humorous.


Reviews Section

Reviews of books currently being used in an LIS course, recently published LIS books, or Websites of interest to LIS students.


Opinion Section

Opinion pieces of any length on a topic of current concern to the LIS field.

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