Standing Ground

I’ve been invited to serve as a reviewer for a Journal. I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to grow as a scholar/librarian, especially in light of my work with scholarly communications. That said, if the system sucks, change it. Perhaps I’m shooting myself in the foot by doing this, but you know what, you gotta start somewhere. My response to the journal’s invitation is copied below.

Your move. 



Thank you very much for the invitation. I am pleased to accept and review the manuscript mentioned in your email. I have registered as a Reviewer on the OJS system. Please let me know how to proceed, and when I can access the article. 


I would like to publicly state that I have significant concerns and withholdings about the Copyright Notice for the Association for Library and Information Science Education. Authors do not need to, and should not be required to “grant and assign to Publisher all rights, title and interest in and to the Work and all copyrights therein or relating thereto including the right to renew.” I take the word of the Journal, as written on the Vision and Goals webpage, that “this journal should take a leadership role in the [transformation of scholarly communication] through demonstrating proactive, state-of-the-art editorial practice,” and I request that the editors seriously reconsider their stance on Copyright to submitted articles. 


I will serve as a reviewer under the condition that these concerns be considered by the editorial board. Please feel free to contact me regarding this issue. 




Micah Vandegrift

PS. I’m pretty surprised to see such a restrictive copyright statement from a library science Association. Aren’t we the one’s who have been fightng and complaining about this for a while? Or wait, is this the defining difference between practioners (working librarians) and educators (faculty)? Hmm… 



One thought on “Standing Ground

  1. I think it’s a mis-perception that librarians are less vigilant w/r/t open access. At research institutions, we face the very same tenure pressures as other disciplines and may disregard OA for the same reasons, but compare favorably with other faculty. There was an article in C&RL not too long ago ( that actually concluded that academic librarians are *more likely* than LIS faculty to offer open access to their publications. Forgive me if I’m misinterpreting that article, I just realized I had completely mis-remembered it and had to re-read the results section.
    Props for standing up and leading by example.

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