ISTL publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians and information specialists. It serves as a vehicle to share details of successful programs, background information, and opinions on topics of
current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues relevant to science and technology libraries, and
to communicate in more depth than the STS-L mailing list.
- Authors should submit manuscripts directly to the Refereed Articles (RA) Editor. No unsigned submissions are accepted.
- Microsoft Word is the preferred format for electronic submissions. We do not accept hardcopy submissions.
- Submissions may be made at any time. Since the review process can be open-ended, ISTL cannot guarantee publication of an accepted article in a specific issue. It will be published in the next issue scheduled after the review and editing process is complete.
REVIEW OF SUBMISSIONS
- The RA Editor manages the review process, including acknowledgement of receipt and notification of the outcome.
- The RA Editor may reject without formal review manuscripts that are out of scope, poorly written, or otherwise unsuitable for peer review.
- For submissions suitable for peer review, the RA Editor selects at least two referees who are competent and willing to assess the manuscript.
- Author names and affiliations are deleted before the manuscript is sent to reviewers. However, other information in the text and bibliography that may enable the authors and/or their institutions to be implicitly identified is not redacted.
- Referee comments must be returned to the editor within a specified time, generally not longer than 30 days.
- All reviews are blind: the authors will not know the identity of the reviewers.
- ISTL policy requires that referees treat the contents of manuscripts under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication.
- The RA Editor decides on the suitability for publication. In some cases, the Editor in Chief and Editorial Board members may be consulted as well. The final decision rests with the RA Editor.
- Referee comments (anonymous) will be returned to the corresponding author along with the decision notification.
Referees may recommend 1) accepting the article as is (this is rare); 2) accepting it with minor changes and edits; 3) requiring major changes as a condition for further review; or 4) rejection. In cases where changes are required, authors will have the referees' comments to work from and may contact the RA Editor for clarification.
- When major changes are recommended, the RA editor reviews the revised manuscript and decides whether to accept it, seek additional referee comments, or reject it.
- There is no fixed deadline for authors to return revised manuscripts.
- The RA Editor will make appropriate copy edits prior to publication for style, grammar, and clarity. (Authors are responsible for formatting references in the correct style.) The final version of the accepted manuscript will be shared with the authors and made available for preview before publication.
Revised May 2016