Open Access Opportunities in Core Journals
Many core journals in the information sciences are fully open access. In general, these fully OA journals in the information sciences do not charge article processing charges (APCs) to authors. While there are other OA titles in the information sciences, the peer reviewed titles below appear in one or more of the core journal lists in the next section.
- College & Research Libraries
- First Monday
- Information Research
- Information Technology and Libraries
- Informing Science
- Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management
- Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship
- Journal of the Medical Library Association
- Reference & User Services Quarterly (as of Vol. 57, Fall 2017)
Core Journal Lists
A number of prestige studies or other methods for ranking journals in the information sciences exist. The following are the most recent two, with one (Nixon) leaning more towards practitioner research core journals and the other (Manzari) learning more towards core journals for iSchool faculty. However, there is significant overlap.
- Manzari, Laura. “Library and Information Science Journal Prestige as Assessed by Library and Information Science Faculty.” Library Quarterly 83.1 (2013): 42-60.
- Nixon, Judith M. “Core Journals in Library and Information Science: Developing a Methodology for Ranking LIS Journals.” College & Research Libraries 75.1 (2014): 66-90.
Guides to Journals
The following sources can help identify potential outlets for your work. Once you’ve selected likely titles, confirm the scope and submission guidelines by examining a recent issue or visiting the publisher’s web site.
- Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Technology and Library Science
This directory allows you to identify journals according to specific areas of IS within which you would like to publish. Results may include specialist journals as well as generalist IS journals that will publish on a wide range of topics. Details for individual journals show the type of review process they have, acceptance rates, and basic publication details, as well as linking to the journal website for more information for authors.
- Genamics JournalSeek
A database of journal information categorized by discipline, with links to publishers’ web sites. Look for Information Science under “Computer and Information Science.”
- The Informed Librarian Online
This table of contents service has a breakdown of journals by broad areas of interest that you can use to identify relevant journals for a particular research topic.
- Journal Citation Reports
This licensed ISI database gives a general sense of the comparative importance of journals. Select “Social Science Edition” and the subject category “Information Science and Library Science.” Note that JCR covers only 61 journals in IS.
- Ulrich International Periodicals Directory
The licensed electronic version of Ulrich International Periodicals Directory provides the most up-to-date information on print and electronic journals worldwide. Refereed titles are indicated with an icon. To retrieve a list of IS periodicals (over 3,400 titles), go to “Browse” and choose “Subject.” Type “library” in the search box. To limit to refereed titles, use the Advanced Search page.