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Alexandria

The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues
Published in Association with The British Library

Editor
Monica Blake Blake Information, UK
Assistant Editor
Lyn Robinson City University London, UK


eISSN: 20504551 | ISSN: 09557490 | Current volume: 26 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

We are delighted to announce that effective the 4th September 2015, this title (previously published by Manchester University Press) will now be published by SAGE. For more information on the transfer of 10 titles from MUP to SAGE please click here.

Alexandria
focuses on national and international library and information (LIS) issues. It is concerned with LIS related concepts, policy and practice within all national collection institutions. It accepts descriptive articles on particular national or major research libraries, or on the situation within a country or a region with regard to such matters as national information planning, bibliographic networks, cooperative information provision, open access, open data, standards, digitization and new library architecture. Discussion papers are also welcome on topics such as collection development, national retention and preservation policies, the promotion of national library services, and the response of national and major research libraries to the digital environment. Reviews of books or reports within the journal’s scope are also included.

Alexandria offers SAGE Choice, a Gold Open Access option. For more information about publishing your article through SAGE Choice, click here.

Additional Information:

Please note that no issues were published in 2015. Volume and pagination sequencing skipped over the break in publication; Volume 26 will be published in 2016 and Volume 27 in 2017.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Alexandria focuses on national and international library and information (LIS) issues. It is concerned with LIS related concepts, policy and practice within all national collection institutions. It accepts descriptive articles on particular national or major research libraries, or on the situation within a country or a region with regard to such matters as national information planning, bibliographic networks, cooperative information provision, open access, open data, standards, digitization and new library architecture. Discussion papers are also welcome on topics such as collection development, national retention and preservation policies, the promotion of national library services, and the response of national and major research libraries to the digital environment. Reviews of books or reports within the journal’s scope are also included.

Editorial Advisors
Caroline Brazier The British Library, United Kingdom
Ngian Lek Choh National Library Board, Singapore
Douwe Drijfhout National Library of South Africa, South Africa
Ronald Milne Ministry for Culture & Heritage, New Zealand
Carole Moore University of Toronto Libraries, Canada
Kornelija Petr Balog University of Osijek, Croatia
Paul Sturges Loughborough University, UK
Winston Tabb Dean, University Libraries & Museums, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Irina Trushina Russian Library Association, Russia
Janet Wilkinson University of Manchester, UK
Editorial Board
Louise Cooke Loughborough University, UK
Marcie-Jane Hopkins The British Library, UK
Sharon Johnson The British Library, UK
Anthony Olden University of West London, UK
  • Biography Index: Past and Present
  • De Gruyter Saur
  • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
  • EBSCO: TOC Premier
  • EBSCOhost
  • EBSCOhost: Current Abstracts
  • IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
  • Library & Information Science Abstracts (LISA)
  • OCLC: Article First
  • ProQuest
    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Journal layout
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 OnlineFirst publication
    7. Further information

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Alexandria will be considered.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

     

    1. Article Types

    Articles should generally be between 4,000 and 7,500 words long. Short communications should be no more than 3,000 words long.

    Articles should normally be in English. Where an article is translated from another language, the original text should also be submitted in case of uncertainty as to the meaning.

    Each article should have at the beginning an abstract of up to 250 words, summarizing (not merely indicating) the contents, followed by five keywords.

    Authors are invited to optionally send in their picture and a biography of 150 to 200 words with their submission. If the submission is accepted, the picture and biography will be included at the end of the published article.

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    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    A proposal for an article is all that is necessary in the first instance, outlining the proposed structure and argument of the contribution, and including an estimate of its length. Completed articles may be submitted for consideration, but the Editor or Assistant Editor may require changes before agreeing to publish. All proposals and articles are reviewed by the Editors.  Some articles and proposals may be reviewed by the editorial advisors or by other relevant experts if appropriate.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review

    2.4 Funding

    Alexandria requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Alexandria encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends they review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Alexandria and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Alexandria offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    You are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Journal layout

    Alexandria conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.

    4.4 Reference style

    Alexandria adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Submissions and queries about the suitability of a topic should be emailed to the Editor, Monica Blake: info@blakeinformation.com, or the Assistant Editor, Lyn Robinson: lyn@soi.city.ac.uk

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First Publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be emailed to the Editor, Monica Blake: info@blakeinformation.com, or the Assistant Editor, Lyn Robinson: lyn@soi.city.ac.uk

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