Journal of eScience Librarianship Policies



The Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) editors have created these policies for authors, readers and peer-reviewers. The Editors have been guided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Guide to Best Practices for Editors of Library and Information Science Journals.

JeSLIB strives to maintain the integrity of the academic record, publish content on a timely basis, respond to author correspondence, and to uphold current journal policies.

This section focuses on providing guidance on research ethics, transparency and integrity; peer review and the role of the Editorial Team; authorship; and corrections, retractions and removals.

Article Type Policies

Open Submissions Peer Reviewed* Indexed
Full-Length Paper
eScience in Action
Letter to the Editor
Video Article
*The editors reserve the right not to publish submissions that are not peer reviewed.

Peer Review

JeSLIB uses a double-blind peer review process. The Editor(s) perform an initial review of all submitted manuscripts and may reject papers that are clearly outside the scope of the journal. 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 the 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.

See the Guidelines for Authors for more information about the peer review process and instructions for authors regarding their manuscripts.


JeSLIB provides copyediting of manuscripts free of charge. However, authors are expected to submit high quality manuscripts free of grammatical and typographical errors, and may be requested to complete additional editing if required.

Open Access

The Journal of eScience Librarianship provides immediate open access to its content. JeSLIB Editors believe making research freely available to the public best benefits research, scholars, education, and society. JeSLIB does not charge subscription, submission, copy editing, or author fees.

Authors of original work accepted for publication in Journal of eScience Librarianship grant first publication rights to JeSLIB but retain ownership of the copyright of their content and all other rights. Effective November 2017, all content in Journal of eScience Librarianship, unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium and for any purpose provided that it is properly attributed. Authors may request a different Creative Commons license during the submission process. Note that articles published prior to November 2017 were published with Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) as the default license.

For attribution, the author(s), article title, publication source (Journal of eScience Librarianship) and either DOI or URL of the article must be cited. For example:

Originally published in: Coates, Heather L. 2014. "Building Data Services from the Ground Up: Strategies and Resources." Journal of eScience Librarianship 3(1): e1063. https://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2014.1063

Authors are responsible for obtaining the rights to use 3rd party materials prior to submission.

Human Subjects Research

Research involving human participants must be approved by the authors’ Institutional Review Board, or equivalent committee. The author must address this process in the manuscript.

Data Sharing

JeSLIB authors are encouraged to make the underlying research data for their article available to the research community.

Authors should submit research data with the manuscript as supplemental files to be made available online through the journal. An alternative solution is to archive data in a secure repository providing a persistent identifier, long-term access, and sufficient metadata to ensure re-use by others. Possible repositories include institutional repositories, repositories for data curation, or subject-specific repositories. Recommended repository registries are: re3data.org and the Data Repositories list in the Open Access Directory.

For an example of an article in JeSLIB with a Data Availability statement, see https://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2018.1155.

NIH-Funded Research

Under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, NIH requires that its funded investigators submit to PubMed Central (PMC) all manuscripts accepted after April 7, 2008, resulting from research supported in whole or in part with direct costs from NIH.

The Journal of eScience Librarianship does not deposit manuscripts on behalf of authors. NIH-funded authors should deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in PubMed Central themselves via the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS). NIHMS Step-by-Step Tutorials are available to navigate the NIHMS system.


“A correction of a published text”

Despite best efforts, errors may occur. Corrections should be addressed in a timely and efficient way, and are the responsibility of authors and Editors. JeSLIB will post an erratum to the article on the article landing page as well as the article cover page with an explanation of the correction so that readers see the correction with the original work.

Retraction and Removal

“A public statement that withdraws, cancels, refutes, or reverses an original statement”

JeSLIB reserves the right to retract or remove any published works if the Editor(s) or Editorial Board find any instances of scientific misconduct, plagiarism, or unethical behavior.

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