Submission Deadline: 16 May 2016

IFLA Journal

Libraries and archives around the world are applying the principles of library and archival sciences to address challenges and provide new services related to research data management. Librarians are helping researchers address needs throughout the research data lifecycle, for example, by conducting assessment and outreach, consulting on data management plans and metadata, incorporating data into information literacy instruction and collection management, and providing data publication and preservation services.

IFLA Journal invites papers for a special issue focused on research data services and libraries across all continents. The issue will be published in October 2016 as Volume 42:3. In particular, the main goal of the special issue is to gather the latest theory, research, and state-of-the-art practices from libraries that are informing and innovating effective data services. 

Each issue of IFLA Journal is made available Open Access upon publication on IFLA’s website.  Authors are also encouraged to make the accepted version of their manuscripts available in their personal or institutional repositories.

Guest Editors:

Wolfram Horstmann
Göttingen State and University Library

Michael Witt
Head, Distributed Data Curation Center
Purdue University Libraries

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Data literacy, reference, and outreach
  • Data repository services and collection management
  • Preservation of digital data
  • Data management plans
  • Metadata and data documentation
  • Data citation and identifiers
  • Data policy, licensing, and privacy
  • Libraries, Long Tail, and Big Data
  • Training and staffing library data services

Submission Deadline:

Articles for the special issue should be submitted to IFLA Journal for peer review before 16 May 2016.

How to Submit a Manuscript

IFLA Journal is hosted on ScholarOne™ Manuscripts, a web based online submission and peer review system SAGE Track. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines, and then simply visit the IFLA Journal Manuscript submission webpage to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is possible that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Steve Witt, Editor of IFLA Journal:

For instructions on formatting your manuscript please consult the submission guidelines.

About IFLA Journal

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally. All articles are subject to peer review. Articles are published in English. Abstracts will be translated by IFLA (the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) into the other working languages of IFLA—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian or Spanish—for publication.

IFLA Journal is the official journal of IFLA, and has an international readership consisting of academic institutions, professional organizations, and IFLA members who all receive a free subscription to the journal.