Editorial: Transitions

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Editorial: Transitions


Johnson, Peggy, Library Resources & Technical Services


Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) peer-reviewed journal, is supported by an editorial board. The charge to the LRTS board is "to advise the editor on matters relating to editorial policies and journal content, and to assist in the selection of contributors and the evaluation of manuscripts." (1) The success of a scholarly journal depends on its board as much as it does on authors submitting high-quality papers. LRTS board members are responsible for reviewing papers submitted to LRTS. Peer review has a lengthy history dating back to 1665, when the Royal Society implemented the first peer-reviewing or refereeing system to evaluate papers submitted to the British Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

LRTS uses a double-blind peer review--the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors whose manuscripts they are evaluating and authors do not know who the reviewers are. This is to ensure unbiased review.

As editor, I assign papers to board members for review on the basis of their areas of expertise. They evaluate the submission in several areas: relevance to the aims and scope of LRTS, documentation of sources and background information, research methods (if a report of research), and presentation. Reviewers consider the strength and logical structure of the paper and the significance of the topic to the reader. I encourage reviewers to conduct substantive editing and recommend high-level revisions to the content and organization. We aim for a timely response to author; reviewers have three weeks to complete their work, and I try to complete my responsibilities within three weeks of receiving reviews.

Several board members who have been superb paper reviewers and LRTS advisors left the editorial board following the 2012 ALA Annual Conference. They are Allyson Carlyle (Continuing Resources Section representative), Leslie Czechowski (Collection Management Section representative), and members-at-large Lewis Brian Day, October R. Ivins, Edgar A. Jones, Randy Roeder, Carlen Ruschoff, and Sarah Simpson (all of whom served two two-years terms), and Rebecca L. Mugridge, who completed her one-year term as an intern. All have actively solicited submissions during their tenure. Their diligence and energy will be missed.

Continuing board members are Steven B. Carrico, Steven A. Knowlton, Birdie MacLennan, Anne M. Sleeman, Elaine L. Westbrooks, Elise Thall Calvi (Preservation and Reformatting Section representative), Lori Terrill (Cataloging and Metadata Management Section representative), and Lynn N. Wiley (Acquisitions Section representative). Also continuing on the board are Norm Medeiros (LRTS Book Review Editor) and Alice Platt (ALCTS Newsletter Online Editor). …

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