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Guidelines for Journal of eScience Librarianship Authors

Article Types

Full-Length Papers should include a title page, a structured abstract of no more than 250 words (see below), and text of no more than 5,000 words. Full-Length Papers undergo a double-blind peer review process.

EScience in Action articles should include a title page, a narrative abstract of no more than 250 words, and text of no more than 2,000 words. This category of article is intended for the presentation of short, focused, and innovative projects, where substantial preliminary and novel results are of importance to the journal readership but not substantial enough in content to warrant a longer presentation. Submissions for eScience in Action undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Letters to the Editor should not exceed 900 words and should include no more than 1 table or figure and no more than 10 references. Letters to the Editor are reviewed internally by the Editor(s).

Reviews, including products, tools, and books should not exceed 900 words and should include no more than 1 table or figure and no more than 10 references. This category of article is intended to inform readers about new tools and resources that are relevant to librarians engaged in eScience activities. Reviews are reviewed internally by the Editor(s).

Video Articles present or describe projects of interest to the journal readership. Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes duration. Videos must be accompanied by a transcript and include a narrative abstract of no more than 250 words. The corresponding transcripts and narrative abstracts will be copy edited for clarity and readability.

Commentaries present viewpoints or interpretations on library and information science topics and cover important or timely topics of interest to the journal readership. Commentaries should not exceed 2000 words and must include a narrative abstract of no more than 250 words.

Peer Review Process

All submissions are subject to review and publication at the discretion of the Editor(s). Manuscripts within scope will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. On completion of this process, usually within 6-8 weeks, the Editor(s) will notify authors of their decision and provide review guidance or additional editing if deemed necessary. Authors are encouraged to write in a style that is clear and concise, and use visuals and references as necessary to document statements.

JeSLIB uses a double-blind peer review process, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. To facilitate this process, authors should make every effort to ensure that the manuscript contains no clues to the authors' identity. The manuscript itself should not include authors' names, institutional affiliations, contact information, funding statements, or acknowledgements. This information should be included in the cover letter and/or entered into the submission system during the submission process.

Within the manuscript, follow these additional guidelines:

  • Replace any information in the abstract and text that would identify the authors, including institution names and URLs, by substituting words such as: [institution name blinded for review].
  • Limit citations to your previous work to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper. If it is necessary to cite your own work, cite papers published by the authors in the text and in the reference list as follows: ‘[Anonymous, 2015 – blinded for review]’. Use the third person to refer to work the authors have previously undertaken, e.g. replace any phrases like “as we have shown before” with “… has been shown before [Anonymous, 2015 – blinded for review].”
  • Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related information.
  • Name your files with care and ensure that Microsoft Word document properties are also anonymized.
  • If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will need to put back any references to yourself, your institution, funding statements, acknowledgments, citations, etc.

Manuscript Preparation

  • The manuscript must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file or a Rich Text Format (RTF) file.
  • Double space the entire manuscript, including abstract, body, references, tables, and legends
  • Use left justification only, so that the right margin is ragged
  • Number pages consecutively, beginning with the abstract
  • Use a standard font (such as Times New Roman or Helvetica)
  • Use font size 12 points (for tables as well as text)
  • All articles must be accompanied by an abstract. Full-Length Papers and eScience in Action articles should include an abstract following the Medical Library Association guidelines for creating a structured abstract. If this list of headings is inappropriate, variations are permitted. The abstract should not include institutional affiliations or other clues to the authors’ identity.
  • Each component of the article should be included in one single file and begin on a separate page, as follows: abstract, body text, references, appendices, figures, and tables (remember to include legends with figures and tables)
  • Prepare a separate cover letter to introduce your manuscript to the Editor(s) and include article title and author identification information – see more guidelines below

Cover Letter

Prepare a cover letter as a separate file. The cover letter should include the following:

  • Title of manuscript
  • Author(s) with each author's highest academic degree or professional certification
  • Laboratory or institution of origin, with city, state, and country, for each author
  • Name, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence
  • Clearly state the purpose of the paper and its expected contribution
  • Funding statements and/or other acknowledgments
  • Any previous presentation of the data or findings in a preliminary report or abstract

Terminology

In preparing manuscripts spell “e” words based on the following examples:

  • eScience is transforming librarianship.
  • There are multiple opportunities for continuing education in eScience.
  • If the word is treated differently in a proper name, follow the namer’s conventions.
  • “e-Science Center”
  • “eScience Institute”

Tables, Charts, Figures and Illustrations

Tables and charts:

  • Prepare tables with the Microsoft Word table editor
  • Within the text, insert placeholders for tables and charts, e.g., [INSERT TABLE 1]
  • Include tables and charts at the end of the same file as the rest of the manuscript, not in separate files
  • Number tables/charts in the order in which they are cited in the text
  • Provide a descriptive title for each table/chart

Figures and illustrations:

  • Do not include titles and legends in illustration files
  • Within the text, insert placeholders for figures, e.g., [INSERT FIGURE 1]
  • Number figures in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, and provide a brief but descriptive caption (legend) for each figure
  • Includes figures and illustrations at the end of the same file as the rest of the manuscript
  • All artwork (figures, photographs, and illustrations) should additionally be submitted as digital files
  • The required format is TIFF, EPS, or JPEG with the following resolutions: 1,200 dpi for line figures (e.g., graphs), 600 dpi for grayscale figures (e.g., photographs), and 300 dpi for color figures

References

References must follow the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, author-date system. Include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if the journal article has one. A DOI is a permanent ID that, when appended to http://dx.doi.org/ in the address bar of an Internet browser, will lead to the source. Please include the entire URL, e.g. http://dx.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2015.1063. If no DOI is available, list a URL.

Article Submission Agreement

Warranties & Ownership Overview

Please review the following submission agreement ("Submission Agreement") and indicate your agreement below.

Thank you for submitting an article to Journal of eScience Librarianship (the "Journal").

To submit an article (the "Article"):

  1. You must be the author, or the authorized agent of the author(s) and copyright holder (if different from the author(s));
  2. the author(s) must have approved the work for publication;
  3. the author(s) must have agreed to submit the article to the Journal;
  4. the author(s) must accept full responsibility for the content of the Article;
  5. the Article must be the Author(s) original work and must not contain any libelous or unlawful statements or infringe on the rights or privacy of others or contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury
  6. the Article must not have been previously published, is not pending review elsewhere, and will not be submitted for review elsewhere pending the completion of the editorial decision process at the Journal.

By submitting the Article, you represent and warrant that the above are true.

Each article submitted will undergo the Journal's editorial decision process. The Journal is not under any obligation to publish the Article. We will send you notices at the email address associated with your account.

All content in Journal of eScience Librarianship, unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution—Non-Commercial—Share Alike License, (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/). Under this license, authors' work may be downloaded, redistributed, and new creations built upon it for non-commercial purposes, provided that the authors are credited and the derived work is licensed under identical terms. Authors may request a different Creative Commons license during the submission process. Author(s) are responsible for obtaining the rights to use 3rd party materials prior to submission.

By clicking Accept you agree and consent to the Submission Agreement.

Submission Process

To submit articles electronically, the submitting/corresponding author must create and login to an eScholarship@UMMS account. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word or RTF format, using the Submit Article link located in the navigation pane to the left. Authors should follow the entry instructions for each field.

Author Information: All submissions require name, affiliation, and email address for each author.

Article Title: Titles should use headline capitalization. General rules include: capitalizing the first word in the title, the last word in the title and the important words in the title.

Short Title: Include an abbreviated title of not more than 65 characters (including spaces), to be used as a running header for the article.

Article Type: Select an article classification; the Editorial Board reserves the right to edit this suggestion as necessary. Refer to the full descriptions of each article type above.

Disciplines: If desired, select academic subject disciplines that best describe your submission.

Abstract: All articles must be accompanied by an abstract. Full-Length Papers and eScience in Action articles should include an abstract following the Medical Library Association guidelines for creating a structured abstract. If this list of headings is inappropriate, variations are permitted. The abstract should not include institutional affiliations or other clues to the authors’ identity.

Keywords: Include a list of suggested keywords. Separate keywords with a comma. Keywords make your content more easily discoverable by Google Scholar and other search engines.

Acknowledgments: Enter funding statements and/or other acknowledgments.

Corresponding Author(s): Enter current contact information for the corresponding author(s), including: name, affiliation, complete mailing address, email address.

Creative Commons License: Select a Creative Commons License.

Full Text of Submission: Upload your manuscript as a Microsoft Word file or a Rich Text Format (RTF) file.

Cover Letter: Refer to the Cover Letter guidelines above for information about what should be included in your cover letter.

After clicking on the Submit button, the system will display a submission confirmation page so that you can review your submission. There are links at the bottom of this page where you can revise your submission, upload additional files (see next section below for more information about this process), or log out. You will also receive a system-generated email message to confirm receipt of your submission.

Additional Files: While figures and illustrations should be included at the end of the same file as the manuscript (refer to the Tables, Charts, Figures and Illustrations guidelines above), they should additionally be submitted as digital files. You may also make research data files available. To submit additional files, select the option on the submission confirmation page to “Upload additional files to be displayed on the web page alongside this article (e.g. data sets, video clips, or sound files).” Upload each file individually and enter a description of the file, such as its table number, figure number, and/or suggested caption. When all additional files have been uploaded and described, click the Save File(s) button.

Revisions: To revise your submission at a later time, log into your eScholarship@UMMS account, click on the title of your submission, and select the option in the menu in the upper left to Revise Submission. To upload new or updated supplemental files, select the option to Manage Additional Files.

Acceptance

Once accepted, all manuscripts undergo reformatting by the Managing Editor to fit the design layout agreed upon by the Editorial Board of Journal of eScience Librarianship.

Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to submit the manuscript and all related files (appendices, data, tables/charts/figures/illustrations, media, etc.) and be prepared to receive and comply with all communications from the Editorial Board. It is also the corresponding author’s responsibility to ensure all listed authors are aware of the submission process and approve the final article for publication.

Additional Information