Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

World Libraries is a project of the faculty, staff and students of Dominican University School of Information Studies; an advisory board of library and information professionals from around the world; and an ever-changing cast of contributors and readers. It was established in 1990 under the title Third World Libraries.

Past contributors and editors include Marta Terry Gonzalez, Loriene Roy, Ken Haycock, Sara Paretsky, Roderick Cave, D. J. Foskett, Norman Horrocks, Carlos Victor Penna, Josefa Emilia Sabor, Peter Havard-Williams, Herbert S. White, Jeanne Drewes, Lars-Anders Baer, Peggy Sullivan, Robert P. Doyle, Michael E. D. Koenig and John W. Berry.

Themed issues have focused on indigenous library services, Latin American librarianship, the Center for Research Libraries and information services in Cuba, Nigeria and Poland. 

Section Policies

Pioneers

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Literature Review

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Articles

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Summaries

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Reports

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Abstracts

  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Publication Frequency

World Libraries is published twice a year.

Open Access Policy

Authors submitting a paper to World Libraries automatically agree to confer a limited license to World Libraries if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. This license allows World Libraries to publish a manuscript in a given issue.

Authors have a choice of:

  1. Dedicating the article to the public domain. This allows anyone to make any use of the article at any time, including commercial use. A good way to do this is to use the Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication Web form; see
    http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/.
  2. Retaining some rights while allowing some use. For example, authors may decide to disallow commercial use without permission. Authors may also decide whether to allow users to make modifications (e.g. translations, adaptations) without permission. A good way to make these choices is to use a Creative Commons license.

      • Choose and select a license. Choose generic if you are in the U.S. and text for World Libraries articles.

      • What to do next you can then email the license html code to yourself. Do this, and then forward that email to World Libraries editor. Put your name in the subject line of the email with your name and article title in the email.

  3. Retaining full rights, including translation and reproduction rights. Authors may use the statement:
    Author 2016 All Rights Reserved. [Note: change year as is appropriate.]

Authors may choose to use their own wording to reserve copyright. If you choose to retain full copyright, please add your copyright statement to the end of the article.

Authors submitting a paper to World Libraries do so in the understanding that Internet publishing is both an opportunity and challenge. In this environment, authors and publishers do not always have the means to protect against unauthorized copying or editing of copyright protected works.

Authors will be notified in a separate e-mail regarding the need to decide how they wish to handle copyright.

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

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