Call for Submissions

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 28th issue, a special issue on diversity in library technology.  Discussions on the Code4Lib listserv and keynotes by Valerie Aurora and Sumana Harihareswara at Code4Lib 2014 show that diversity is a topic of ongoing importance to the Code4Lib community.  A recent editorial in the Code4Lib Journal by Ron Peterson originally sparked discussion of the idea for a special issue among the journal’s editorial committee; the demographic breakdown of both the author community and the committee itself laid bare the fact that diversity is a major challenge even in communities that are highly supportive.  With this in mind, the C4LJ editorial committee hopes that this special issue will further the conversation around this important topic, while also encouraging a greater diversity amongst the Journal’s contributors for this and future issues.

C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal.  Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

– Building diverse technology teams

– Implementing a code of conduct and/or assessing its efficacy

– Designing for accessibility

– Partnerships to foster inclusivity in the field

– Library tech programming for underserved populations

– Inclusive project management and communication

– Surfacing diverse items in digital libraries

– Digital projects involving outreach to diverse communities

C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication. While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure.  Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals. Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code.  For more information, visit C4LJ’s Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 26 issues published on our website: http://journal.code4lib.org.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences.  To be included in the 28th issue, which is scheduled for publication in April 2015, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at http://journal.code4lib.org/submit-proposal or to journal@code4lib.org by January 12, 2015. When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message and the acceptance of the Journal’s US CC-By 3.0 license in the body of the message.  The editorial committee will review all proposals and notify those accepted by January 19, 2015.  Please note that submissions are subject to rejection or postponement at any point in the publication process as determined by the Code4Lib Journal’s editorial committee.

Send in a submission.  Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

Special Issue Announcement and Call for Guest Editorial Committee Member Nominations

The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

Discussions on the Code4Lib listserv and keynotes by Valerie Aurora and Sumana Harihareswara at Code4Lib 2014 show that diversity is a topic of ongoing importance to the Code4Lib community. A recent editorial in the Code4Lib Journal by Ron Peterson originally sparked discussion of the idea for a special issue among the journal’s editorial committee; the demographic breakdown of both the author community and the committee itself laid bare the fact that diversity is a major challenge even in communities that are highly supportive. With this in mind, the Code4Lib Journal will present a special issue on diversity within library technology as its 28th publication, to be published in April 2015.

The Editorial Committee recognizes the value that different backgrounds and experiences bring to our editorial process. We also recognize a lack of diverse voices represented among us, so we are seeking applications and nominations for guest editors to help shape and curate this special issue. Guest editors will collaborate with members of the Editorial Committee on soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and editing articles as well as co-authoring an editorial with the Coordinating Editor. We are seeking individuals with a demonstrated commitment to forwarding diversity and inclusivity in library technology; editorial/writing experience is preferable, but not necessary.

Work as a guest editor will involve around ten hours of work per month, running from December/January through April 2015. As part of the guest editorial committee, you will define the process and criteria for selecting articles as well as contribute to the issue’s editorial introduction. You will also be able to work closely with selected authors in order to provide suggestions and help develop the issue’s articles. The journal’s regular editorial committee will provide assistance in this process as second readers and sounding boards, but you will be the main driving force behind the success of the issue.

We will begin accepting applications immediately, and will close the call once we have built a strong guest editorial committee. To apply for a spot or nominate someone else, please email your/the nominee’s CV and a brief letter of interest to journal@code4lib.org. Your letter should address these two basic questions:

1) What is your/the nominee’s background in diversity in library tech?

2) What is your/the nominee’s potential contribution to the special issue?

If you have any questions, contact us by email at journal@code4lib.org or email Heidi Elaine Dowding, coordinating editor for the special issue, directly (dowdingh@gmail.com).

Submission of Articles

When a draft has been completed, articles should be submitted electronically to journal@code4lib.org in a format likely to be widely readable. The article should be accompanied by some brief author metadata. We have no more precise specs at this time, but may develop some at a later date and reserve the right to ask for submission in a different format if we have trouble with yours. Authors are welcome to submit a proposal to the Editorial Committee for approval prior to completing a full draft.

Please note that articles published in C4LJ must be licensed by their authors under a US CC-BY license. We recommend but do not require that any included code also be given an open source license suitable for code. Authors are free to publish articles anywhere else in addition to C4LJ.

For more information, see our Article Guidelines and the Journal’s Process and Structure.