Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

Academic journal article Library Resources & Technical Services

Editorial

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I am part of an informal group of library and information science (LIS) editors who met for the first time in January 9.008 to discuss common concerns and identify ethical guidelines and best practices. Our goal is to strengthen the ability of LIS journals to serve the discipline and the professionals who create and rely on that literature. Other disciplines have similar groups, and we felt that the time had come for LIS editors to articulate the guidelines and standards that we perceive as important and that we have promoted in the literature as desirable in all disciplines. In addition, we are trying to create a vital resource for authors, editorial board members, paper referees, and new LIS editors.

To achieve these purposes, we have created a website, Library and Information Science Editors (www.lis-editors.org), and have begun to populate it. One useful section, "Resources," offers bibliographies of sources and links to tools for editors, authors, and reviewers. I strongly encourage authors who are considering writing and submitting a paper to Library Resources and Technical Services to consult the resources for authors.

Our primary focus during the last eighteen months has been on developing a draft, "A Statement of Ethics and Guide to Best Practices for Editors of Library and Information Science Journals," which begins with the following:

   Ethics are principles of conduct or standards of behavior governing
   an individual or a profession. The integrity of our journals rests
   on the professionalism of its authors, referees, and editors. … 
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