Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

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Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

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Well it just gets better and better and easier too! The production of this second issue went very smoothly this time around. I continue to be so proud of this journal, the people involved and what it has led me into. What it has led me to is the world of open access. As I prepare for a session entitled "Librarianship and the Open Access Journal" at CLA/APLA/NLLA National Conference in Newfoundland, I have had the opportunity to think about the impact of open access for the library community, particularly associations. I am also a member of the Canadian Library Association Task Force on Open Access, so that also has me thinking about this topic a lot. I personally, have always thought open access was pretty much a no-brainer and there really isn't a lot to discuss, the benefits are so obvious. But I have heard some arguments that worry me and I would like to just quickly give the open access side of the argument here - based solely on my experience with this journal.

1. Peer review will not be as rigorous.

I believe this could not be further from the truth. I have been so impressed with the conscientious efforts of colleagues who have reviewed articles in this journal. They are tough! Both the reviewers and section editors have taken their responsibilities very seriously and I believe it is apparent when you read the quality articles published. Articles often go through a couple of rounds of review by several colleagues before they are published with very few, if any, articles making it through on the first go around. We will continue to strive for high quality in order to build an excellent reputation. We are in the process of recruiting representatives from the library schools in Canada to assist in two areas to improve our journal. One representative will head up a Writing Coach program to prepare new researchers for the peer review process. The second representative will be charged with promoting the journal to faculty members in the library community to both publish and review in the journal - a mix of researchers and practitioners bring the best of both worlds together, so that we can learn from each other. …

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