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Journal of Library and Information Studies (JLIS) is a semi-annual peer-reviewed journal committing to maintaining and supporting ethical research practices. Submissions are sent for double-blind review to at least two scholars with relevant expertise. Peer reviewers are asked to advise the editors whether the article should be published and provide constructive suggestions. The editors respond to the author with their decision and changes needed for the article to be accepted for publication.

Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the APA style may be returned to the author for amendment. Contributors of accepted articles will receive two free copies of the issue.

While every effort is made by the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. The editorial board and editors take no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements.

All participants, (including authors, editors, reviewers, and publication staff) in the publishing process of the JLIS should adhere to ethical publishing.


The editors are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editors can choose to disregard any material that breaks any legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.

Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit.

The editor(s) and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, and other editorial advisers.

Unpublished materials in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has access to the manuscript without the written consent of the author.


Peer review assists the editor(s) and the editorial board in making editorial decisions, while the comments which arise from peer review may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any reviewer who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review should notify the editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.

Manuscripts received for review must be treated confidentially. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor(s).

Reviews should be conducted objectively. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

A reviewer should call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Reviewers should decline to review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors.


All submitted articles should be original works and not concurrently under consideration by any other publication. An author should not borrow substantially from his or her own previously published works nor submit manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication.

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in their own work. If authors have drawn on the work of others or directly quoted the words of others, such works and direct quotes must be appropriately acknowledged and cited in notes or listed in the references at the end of the article, according to the APA style.

An article should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to locate published sources. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Conflict of interest exists when an author’s private interests might be seen as influencing the objectivity of research. It is the responsibility of the author to confirm if any of the co-authors hold any conflict of interest and to notify the editor prior to acceptance. All sources of funding/sponsors and any relevant financial/non-financial interests and relationships that might be considered likely to affect the interpretation of the findings should be declared, either through the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript or at the point of submission.

If an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Corresponding Author

The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with the journal for publication. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper. All co-authors should have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Acknowledgment of Funding Sources

Sources of funding for the research reported in the article should be acknowledged at the end of the article. All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.

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