Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JLIS.it is an academic journal of international scope, peer-reviewed and open access, aiming to valorise international research in Library and Information Science.

Contributions in LIS, Library and Information Science, are welcome.

JLIS.it secures:

  • open access to contribution (authors retain copyright)
  • peer-review by Italian and internationl experts
  • wide dissemination of published contributions both in the national and international area, with the help of specific tools

For more details about JLIS.it focus and scope, please read our first journal manifesto (2010) and the updated version (2015).


Section Policies


JLIS.it publishes innovative research contributions relevant in the Library, Archives and Information Sscience field. Papers proposed to this section must be 20.000 to 40.000  characters (including whitespaces) long, annotations included.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reports & Reviews

JLIS.it welcomes occasional conference reports and reviews.

Articles should be no longer than 5.000 types referring briefly a list of topics discussed at the conference rather than in the reviewed document, presenting their main positive or negative aspects.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Reviewer selection for each article submitted is up to the editors and takes into account reviewers' experience, competence, suggestions by authors or different editors, and previous experience in reviewing papers for JLIS.it.

Every proposal submitted for publication is read at least by an editor, for an initial review. If the paper agrees with editorial policies and with a minimum quality level, is sent to two reviewers for evaluation. JLIS.it uses a double-blind peer review.

The review process aims to provide authors with a competent opinion on their paper. A review should give authors suggestions, if needed, on how to improve their papers.

The peer-review process is managed with the OJS platform.


ReviewerCredits LogoJlis.it is participating in the ReviewerCredit programme, for the peer review activity certification and acknowledgment.
For each completed peer review, the reviewer can claim credits on ReviewerCredit website and receive a certificate, if needed, with the list of the reviews performed for JLIS.it or other accredited journals.

Publication timeline

JLIS.it respects the publication timeline shown below in managing editorial workflow:

  • First editorial review, by an editor at least, with consequent rejection or peer review assignment (within 3 weeks after submission);
  • First round of peer review (within 6 weeks after the assignment to the reviewers);
  • Communication to the author (within 9 weeks after the submission);
  • Author's modifications of the paper (within 6 weeks after editor's request);
  • Last editorial decision (within 2 weeks after modifications received).


Publication Frequency

JLIS.it publishes one volume in three four-monthly issues, in January, May and September.


Open Access Policy

JLIS.it is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 3.0.

With the licence CC-BY, authors retain the copyright, allowing anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy their contribution. The work must be properly attributed to its author.

It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author or journal board.

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving (by RoMEO/SHERPA)


This summary is for the publisher's default policies and changes or exceptions can often be negotiated by authors.
All information is correct to the best of our knowledge but should not be relied upon for legal advice.
Publisher:University of Florence, Department of Studies on the Middle Age and the Renaissance
Author's Pre‑print:green tick author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
Author's Post‑print:green tick author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
Publisher's Version/PDF:green tick author can archive publisher's version/PDF
General Conditions:
  • Publisher's version/PDF may be used
  • Creative Commons License
Mandated OA:(Awaiting information)
Copyright:Example Copyright Policy
RoMEO:This is a RoMEO green publisher



Logo LOCKSSThis journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Publication ethics and publication malpractice

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential model for JLIS.it.

It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.


JLIS.it is member of COPE and our ethic statements are based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Publication decisions
The editor of the JLIS.it is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
Fair play
An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Duties of Authors
Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
If applicable, authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


Information for Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting, or if already registered can simply log in and begin the 5 step process.

The journal adopts a Privacy and Consent policy.


Information for Librarians

We encourage research librarians to list this journal among their library's electronic journal holdings. As well, it may be worth noting that this journal's open source publishing system is suitable for libraries to host for their faculty members to use with journals they are involved in editing (see Open Journal Systems).


Indexing & Abstracting

JLIS.it is indexed and repertoried in several sources.

Bibliograhic databases

Research databases (by publisher/aggregator)

  • EBSCO Information services
    • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, developed by librarians, this database provides cover-to-cover full-text from select publications, along with indexing and abstracts of periodicals, state journals, conference proceedings, books and more
    • Library Literature & Information Science Index, developed by librarians, this database provides cover-to-cover indexing of key library and information science journals and periodicals.
    • LISTA - Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. This free research database provides indexing and abstracting for key library and information science journals, books, research reports and more. It is EBSCO's intention to provide access to this resource on a continual basis.
    • Biography Reference Bank. This biographical database offers the in-depth profiles from Current Biography and World Authors, the periodical coverage of Biography Index and the specialist content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. It provides full-text articles, images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals
    • OmniFile Full Text Mega, a multidisciplinary full-text database that includes a wealth of essential material for learning, detailed research and casual reading.
    • OmniFile Full Text Select. This full-text database contains a wealth of essential material for learning and research across the disciplines, including topical coverage of ethnic studies, women's studies and history.
  • Elsevier
    • Scirus [ceased publications]
  • Gale/Cengage
  • Italian Library Association
  • Proquest

Open access full text databases

  • BASE, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ, the Directory of open access journals, also awarded by DOAJ Seal
  • DOAB, Directory of open access books
  • Openaire, the one-stop-shop platform for OA reasearch in Europe

Library catalogues and discovery tools

Other indexes, tools and databases

  • ANVUR, the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems, ranked JLIS.it as a "Classe A" journal.
  • Current Cites. A team of librarians monitors information technology literature, selecting only the best items to annotate for this free publication. The resulting issue of 8-12 annotated citations of current literature is emailed to a mailing list and is available as an RSS feed.
  • Dialnet
  • English Wikipedia
  • The Informed Librarian Online
  • Open J-Gate [ceased publications]
  • Ulrich's
  • JournalTOCs, by the JISC. This is the largest, free collection of scholarly Journals Table of Contents


Legal Deposit

JLIS.it is experimenting a National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service.


Online First Articles

JLIS.it publishes Online First articles, that come online before they appear in a regular issue of the journal. Online First articles are copy edited, typeset and approved by the author before being published.

The only difference between Online First and issue publication will be the citation details and the addition of the Online First publication date to the second version.

Each Online First article has a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This should be included in all citations.

Plese, use this citation format:

Before the article has appeared in an issue
Danskin, A. Linked and open data: RDA and bibliographic control. JLIS.it, Online First (Giugno/June 2012): Art. #5463. DOI: 10.4403/jlis.it-5463.

After the article has appeared in an issue
Danskin, A. "Linked and open data: RDA and bibliographic control". JLIS.it [Online], 3.2 (2012): Art. #5463, pp. 1-49. DOI: 10.4403/jlis.it-5463. Web


Articles and submissions processing charges (APC)

JLIS.it does not ask for articles processing (APC) or submissions charges.