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Library Trends

Editor-in-Chief :

Melissa A. Wong, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

71 (2022-23)
Library Trends, for each issue, covers a specific thematic topic, with manuscript submissions organized by guest editor(s) selected by the coeditors-in-chief based on the content of proposals submitted. Proposals should include the nature and scope of the proposed topic, the contributions of the articles to be included, and the names of potential authors. The journal does not accept single-article submissions.
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71 (2022-23)
Print: 0024-2594
Online: 1559-0682

Library Trends addresses critical trends in professional librarianship. Each issue is a special topic issue, exploring a key area of activity or interest. Guest editors are selected by Melissa A. Wong, editor-in-chief, with the advice of the Editorial Board, based on the content of submitted proposals.

Issue topics for Library Trends are developed in many ways. We value recommendations from professional librarians, archivists, and other information personnel, from members of the faculties of schools of library and information science, and from others whose concern is with issues of the management of cultural heritage. We seek volunteers from these areas to act as guest editors.

A guest editor proposes the theme and scope of a new issue, draws up a list of prospective authors and article topics, calls for submissions to the issue, arranges for review of the manuscripts, provides short annotations of each article’s scope, and prepares a statement of philosophy guiding issue development.

The style and tone of the journal is formal rather than journalistic or popular. Library Trends reviews current theory and practice and identifies and evaluates new directions for both practice and research. Papers must represent original work. Extensive updates of previously published papers are acceptable, but revisions or adaptations of published work are not acceptable. Both issue proposals and the papers they contain are subject to rigorous external review.

If you would like to submit a proposal, it should include the nature and scope of the proposed topic and suggestions of the names of individuals whom you hope would contribute the articles. For ease of review, please submit your CV and a proposal using the following format:

1.Guest editor name and contact information

2.Proposed issue theme/draft issue title

3.Description of the nature and scope of the issue’s topic (300-500 words)

4.List of potential articles (8-10 articles)

5.List of potential authors to solicit (8-10 authors)

6.List of potential reviewers for the manuscripts (4-5 reviewers)

7.Proposed timeline for proposals, authoring, editing, etc. (12-14 months typical)

Please send your ideas, inquiries, or issue proposal to or:

Cindy Ashwill, Library Trends Managing Editor 
School of Information Sciences 
501 E. Daniel Street 
Champaign, IL 61820-6211


The guest editor is primarily responsible for the intellectual content of the issue itself and the manuscripts that comprise it. This includes not only securing articles from authors, but also reviewing them, working with authors to make necessary revisions, and arranging for review. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the guest editor to ensure that authors follow the guidelines provided in the Guest Editor and Author Handbook for the Preparation of Articles.

The guest editor is responsible for adhering to the deadlines and page limits established by Library Trends editorial staff.  He or she will notify the Library Trends managing editor, Cindy Ashwill (, regarding progress in the development of the issue, issues that may occur with securing manuscripts, and problems with the content of manuscripts.

Throughout the entire production process, the managing editor will remain in close contact with the guest editor. If at any point in the process the guest editor and authors have questions, they should immediately contact the managing editor.

The Production Process

1.The guest editor(s) will provide an ordered table of contents to the managing editor as well as a list of all contributing authors, including for each an email address, daytime telephone number, and postal address for mailing copies (two) of the issue in which his or her article appears.

2.Having completed the review process and confirmed that the article manuscripts follow the “Author Instruction for the Preparation of Articles,” the guest editor(s) will provide the articles to the journal’s general editor for review and approval.

3.All articles will be reviewed and approved by the journal’s general editor. For articles that are approved, revisions may be requested on occasion.

4.The journal’s managing editor will review for completeness all material submitted— including abstracts, author biographies, tables, figures, etc.—to be included in the respective articles. Any questions at that time will be referred to the issue editor.

5.The managing editor will send publishing agreements to authors and may need assistance from the issue editor in obtaining the authors’ signatures. Government employees may need to sign a separate publishing agreement (articles provided under governmental auspices need to be accessible in the public domain, and copyright cannot be transferred). Translation permission forms also will be required if the issue includes articles that have been translated into the English language.

6.The managing editor will assist authors with the process required to obtain written permission to reprint any copyrighted material (photos, illustrations, etc.), whether previously published or not, that falls outside the bounds of fair use. Production cannot proceed until all forms are signed and on file.

7.Manuscripts will be submitted by the managing editor to the journal’s publisher, The Johns Hopkins University Press, for production of the issue: copy editing, typesetting, proofreading, and preparing files for printing. 

8.Copy editing consists of reviewing the manuscripts for style, format, organization, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and reference consistency; this process takes 6-8 weeks. It does not include substantial content editing, which is the responsibility of the guest editor prior to submission. During the copy-editing stage, authors will be given an opportunity to review their manuscripts and asked to answer any questions (articles authored by more than one person will be sent to the lead author). If the author(s) cannot review the article, the guest editor will need to answer any outstanding editorial queries. 

9.When copyedits have been reviewed and approved, the issue will be typeset. A complete set of page proofs are then sent to a proofreader, who will closely read the issue; this process takes 2-3 weeks. The managing editor will then review the proofs and resolve with the authors any queries raised by the proofreader (which also takes 2-3 weeks). The guest editor’s role at this stage is to review any article he or she has authored, as well as to assist the managing editor in resolving queries in the event that authors are not available to review their articles. 

10.Finally, the issue will be sent to the printer; approximately 4 weeks later, advance copies will be available. Complimentary print copies for the guest editor (5 copies) and all authors (2 copies each) will be mailed directly from the printer. PDF files of individual articles will be available upon request by contacting the managing editor, Cindy Ashwill, Assistant Dean for Communications, School of Information Sciences, at (217) 244-4643 or

Check back for future calls.

Please review the Library Trends Guest Editor and Author Handbook to learn more about the production process, review helpful guidelines, and find answers to frequently asked questions.

The Hopkins Press Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found at the ethics-and-malpractice page.

Peer Review Policy

Each issue of Library Trends is a special-topic issue and is overseen by one or more guest editors. Articles are invited or the result of a call for proposals. The guest editors manage a peer review process for each issue and draw upon a reviewer pool developed for their expertise around that issue's topic. The process may be single-blind, double-blind, or open at the discretion of the guest editors. 


Melissa A. Wong, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA

Managing Editor

Cindy Ashwill, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA

Editorial Board

Hermina G.B. Anghelescu, Wayne State University, USA 
Tiago Emmanuel Nunes Braga, Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology, Brazil 
Camille Callison, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada 
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA  
Noah Lenstra, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA 
Rachel Magee, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA  
Amal W. Mostafa, Cairo University, Egypt 
Linda Smith, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA 
Travis Wagner, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA 
Yuxiang (Chris) Zhao, Nanjing University, China


Abstracting & Indexing Databases

  • Clarivate Analytics
    • Current Contents
    • Web of Science
  • De Gruyter Saur
    • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
    • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
    • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • EBSCOhost
    • Academic Search Alumni Edition, 1/1/1993-
    • Academic Search Complete, 1/1/1993-
    • Academic Search Elite, 1/1/1993-
    • Academic Search Premier, 1/1/1993-
    • Academic Search: Main Edition, 1/1/1993-
    • Biography Index: Past and Present (H.W. Wilson), vol.38, 1989-vol.56, no.4, 2008
    • Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Apr.1984-
    • Business Source Corporate, 1/1/1993-, dropped
    • Business Source Corporate Plus, 1/1/1993-
    • Corporate ResourceNet, 1/1/1993-
    • Current Abstracts, 1/1/2000-
    • Education Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), 4/15/1984-
    • Education Index (Online), 1984/04-
    • Education Research Complete, 1/1/1993-
    • Education Research Index, Jan.1993-
    • Education Source, 4/15/1984-
    • Information Science & Technology Abstracts, 1/1/1993-
    • Library & Information Science Source, 1/1/1937-
    • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text (H.W. Wilson), 04/15/1984-
    • Library Literature & Information Science Index (H.W. Wilson), 4/15/1984-
    • Library Literature & Information Science Retrospective: 1905-1983 (H.W. Wilson), 1/1/1937-12/16/1983
    • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), 1/1/1966-
    • MainFile, 1/1/1993-
    • MasterFILE Complete, 1/1/1993-
    • MasterFILE Elite, 1/1/1993-
    • MasterFILE Premier, 1/1/1993-
    • MasterFILE: Main Edition, 1/1/1993-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), 4/15/1984-
    • Professional Development Collection, 1/1/1993-
    • Professional Development Collection: Main Edition, 1/1/1993-
    • Public Affairs Index, 6/1/1993-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
    • TOC Premier (Table of Contents), 1/1/1995-
  • Elsevier BV
    • Scopus, 1980-
  • Gale
    • Business & Company ProFile ASAP, 1/2000-
    • Business ASAP, 1/2000-
    • Business ASAP International, 1/2000-
    • Business Insights: Essentials, 06/1978-
    • Business Insights: Global, 06/1978-
    • Gale Academic OneFile, 06/1978-
    • Gale Academic OneFile Select, 06/1978-
    • Gale General OneFile, 06/1978-
    • Gale in Context: College
    • Gale in Context: Elementary
    • Gale OneFile: Business, 06/1978-
    • Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete, 06/1978-
    • Gale OneFile: High School Edition, 01/1985-
    • Gale OneFile: Information Science, 06/1978-
    • Gale OneFile: Leadership and Management, 06/1978 -
    • Gale OneFile: Popular Magazines, 06/1978-
    • General Business File ASAP, 1/2000-
    • General Reference Center, 06/1978-
    • General Reference Center Gold, 06/1978-
    • General Reference Centre International, 1/1980-
    • InfoTrac Custom, 1/1980-
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • Student Resources in Context, 06/1978-
  • Gale In Context: Canada, 06/1978-
  • Gale in Context: High School
  • Magazine Index Plus, Jan.1998-
  • National Library of Medicine
    • PubMed
  • OCLC
    • ArticleFirst, vol.38, no.3, 1990-vol.60, no.1, 2011
    • Education Index (Online), 1984/04-
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    • Periodical Abstracts, v.36, n.3, 1988-v.59, n.1/2, 2010
  • Personal Alert (E-mail)
  • ProQuest
    • Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database, 1/1/1988-, dropped
    • Education Collection, 1/1/1988-
    • Education Database, 1/1/1988-
    • Library & Information Science Collection, 01/01/1988-
    • Library Science Database, 01/01/1988-
    • LISA: Library & Information Science Abstracts (Online), Core Coverage - Actively Indexed
    • MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
    • PAIS Archive, vol.6, 1957-vol.25, no.2, 1976
    • Periodicals Index Online
    • Professional ProQuest Central, 01/01/1988-
    • ProQuest 5000, 01/01/1988-
    • ProQuest 5000 International, 01/01/1988-
    • ProQuest Central, 01/01/1988-
    • ProQuest Professional Education, 01/01/1988-
    • ProQuest SciTech Collection, 1/1/1988-
    • Research Library, 01/01/1988-
    • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)
    • SciTech Premium Collection, 1/1/1988-, dropped
    • Social Science Premium Collection, 01/01/1988-
    • Technology Collection, 1/1/1988-, dropped
    • Referativnyi Zhurnal, coverage dropped

Abstracting & Indexing Sources

  • Chicano Index   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Children's Literature Abstracts   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Family Index   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Legal Information Management Index   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Personnel Literature   (Ceased)  (Print)
  • Middle East: Abstracts and Index   (Researched / Unresolved)  (Print)

Source: Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory.

0.8 (2022)
1.1(Five-Year Impact Factor)
0.00063 (Eigenfactor™ Score)

Rank in Category (by Journal Impact Factor):
69 of 84 journals in “Information Science & Library Science”

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Published quarterly.

Readers include: College and research libraries, public libraries, library systems and networks, special libraries, and international college and research libraries

Print circulation: 285

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