The IFLA Journal editorial committee and editor are pleased to announce the availability of its summer webinar series on how to publish in academic journals.  Conducted in a series of four events focused on various world time zones, these webinars aimed to provide LIS scholars and practitioners with an insider view of the journal editing process with perspectives from the editor, reviewers, and authors.

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The kickoff to this series featured presentations from the Asia and Oceania Region and was moderated by the editorial committee’s Dr. Anne Goulding from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.  Joining Dr. Goulding was fellow editorial committee member Dr. Amanda Cossham of Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, who spoke about the review process.  Jayshree Mamtora, an IFLA Journal author, spoke from her perspective as a scholar and practitioner a James Cook University in Australia.  The second session, moderated by Dr. Perla Innocenti of the University of Strathclyde, featured editorial committee members Dr. Amany Elsayed from Helwan University in Egypt and Dr. Mahmood Khosrowjerdi of the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. The third session featured editorial committee members Dr. Lihong Zhou from Wuhan University and Dr. Diljit Sing an emeritus professor from the University of Malaya.  The session highlighted the experiences of author Dr. Long Xiao, Dean of Libraries at Shanxi University in China. The final session focused on the Americas and included committee members Dr. Egbert Sanchez-Vanderkast from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Dr. Debbie Rabina from the Pratt Institute in New York.  Joining the group was Dr. Cherry-Ann Smart an information consultant and author from Jamaica.

Overall, the webinars offer a unique view of the academic publishing process and provides practical advice to authors on how to approach the academic publishing process from selecting an appropriate venue for your submission, to communicating with the reviewers, and how to best approach the revision process. 

More than 400 members of the IFLA community were able to join the sessions live, and these are now freely available to others that wish to learn more about how to publish in academic journals within the LIS field.

Steve Witt
IFLA Journal Editor