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ISTL publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions on topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries, and to communicate in more depth than the STS-L mailing list.
All articles to be considered for review are to be submitted directly to the Refereed Articles (RA) Editor, Buffy Choinski (firstname.lastname@example.org). All submissions must be made electronically. Preferred formats are Microsoft Word or ASCII text.
The RA Editor will to see to it that the author or senior author receives an acknowledgement of the receipt of his or her article submission.
The RA Editor is responsible for the review process. All decisions regarding publication of refereed articles rest with the RA Editor.
No letter or article received unsigned shall be published.
The job of the referees and the RA Editor is to decide on the suitability of refereed articles for publication. The Editor and Editorial Board Members may be consulted.
The RA Editor will contact authors regarding the outcome of the review process.
The RA Editor shall select at least two referees who are competent.
It shall be clearly stated by the RA Editor to each referee that the recipient is a formal referee and that his or her comments and opinions, with those of other formal referees, will form the basis upon which the RA Editor will decide whether or not to publish the paper, and with what changes.
The RA Editor shall state that the referee is expected to return comments and opinions within a specified time, not longer than thirty days or else the RA Editor will forward the article to another referee. The RA Editor shall supply referees with recommended review guidelines.
ISTL policy requires that referees treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication. The RA Editor shall ensure that reviewers are aware of this policy. All reviews will be blind.
The RA Editor examines the comments of the referees and exercises his or her own best judgement, in light of the referees' recommendations, on whether or not to publish. Referees comments are to be returned to the author in any case. The RA Editor assures that the anonymity of the referees is protected during this process.
Referees can recommend acceptance, acceptance with minor changes, acceptance with major (mandatory) changes, or rejection of the article. In all cases, authors will have the referees' comments to work from and may contact the RA Editor for clarification.
Your comments, along with those of one or more other referees will form the basis upon which the RA Editor will decide on whether to publish this article in ISTL. Comments MUST be provided where appropriate. Referees must communicate to the author what modifications are necessary before the paper can be accepted or what specific reasons resulted in the rejection of the article for ISTL. Please keep in mind that the contents of the article are completely CONFIDENTIAL. Referees names will not be revealed to the authors.
With regard to the article, answer the following questions with Yes, No, or NA (not applicable). Where pertinent, make specific comments immediately below the question.
For Research Papers:
For Case Study Papers:
( ) is acceptable in present form or with minor revisions as indicated.
( ) should be reconsidered after major revisions as indicated.
( ) is unacceptable for the reasons indicated
Updated: April 8, 2014