Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

IJIDI presents wide­-ranging and multidisciplinary perspectives on the intersection of equity, social justice, and information. The journal seeks to expand the discourse on how access to, interaction with, and the use of information by a range of populations can impact individuals, communities, and society.

IJIDI promotes images and concepts of diversity that go beyond demographic characteristics. We continue discussions about the diversity of participation and representation in the context of race, ethnicity, language, gender, social class, and body ability, and we are also guided by recently emerged ideas, including values-based diversity and diversity by design, and by a combination of approaches to diversity emanating from the academy and fields of practice in information science. We are committed to micro- and macro-level discussions and value the policy focus as much as we value attention to individuals, groups, and humanistic concerns. We position diversity as a matter that touches every member of the public and not only minority groups. The social justice approach to diversity is complemented by the vision of diversity as an engine of prosperity and social progress, without which harmonious co-existence and economic growth are not possible. A unique aspiration of our journal is to provide an international coverage of diversity issues and a wider forum for voices from outside of North America and the English-speaking world. The word “information” in the title opens a door to connecting IJIDI to allied professional fields and cognate disciplines, including contributions from museums, archives, performing arts, and other cultural institutions, computer science, health, disability studies, and social work, among others.

IJIDI considers invited and unsolicited manuscripts written in English. The journal publishes a variety of article formats: original empirical research; conceptual and theoretical papers; professional experience-sharing articles; viewpoint submission; conference reports; and shorter miscellaneous pieces. We also welcome contributions from emergent scholars, graduate students, and young professionals. As an open-access online journal, IJIDI has the capacity to accommodate innovative formats involving supplementary files, full-text creative writing, visual production, and multimedia.

Some sample topics that the journal will consider include:

  • Increasing diversity in professional education, professional practice, and research
  • Retention of the diverse workforce
  • Diversity dialogs and reconciliation
  • Information organizations such as libraries, archives, museums, and schools as change agents
  • The impact of information professionals and organizations on social justice
  • Diversity as intellectual freedom
  • Values-based diversity
  • Information organizations as institutions of human rights
  • Disability and accessibility research
  • Cultural competence
  • Creating, expanding, and exploring theories on social inclusion, equity, justice, and diversity
  • Methods for increasing diversity within and across disciplines.
  • Diversity as an economic imperative
  • Collaboration between information organizations and other agencies (education, culture, IT, business, etc.) in an effort to promote diversity

This is not an exhaustive list. If you have an idea or proposal and consider IJIDI as your venue, please contact journal editor Keren Dali.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process


  1. If you have ideas for an IJIDI article and questions about the suitability of your work for IJIDI, please make sure to write to editor Keren Dali.
  2. The editor will do the initial screening. The editor retains the right not to forward the manuscript for review. If the manuscript is deemed unsuitable for peer-review, it will be returned to the author with a justification for rejection.
  3. Each article will be reviewed by two experts selected from: members of the editorial board; and/or the permanent reviewers pool; and/or external experts chosen on an ad-hoc basis. The editor will also add her comments to every review summary sent to the author. The editor retains the right not to forward reviews to authors “as is”; to filter out portions of reviews that sound offensive, unscrupulous, unsubstantiated, and unhelpful; and to return reviews to reviewers (if feasible) for editing and further substantiation.
  4. A third reviewer will be called in if two first reviews are polarized or insufficiently comprehensive; or if one of the aspects (e.g., methodology; literature review) is left with no serious critical reflection.
  5. Authors will be given a deadline by which to implement revisions. If the revised manuscript is not returned by the indicated deadline, it will be considered a new submission and put through a new round of peer-review.
  6. Along with a revised manuscript, authors will be required to submit a letter detailing how they’ve addressed reviewers’ comments or why they have chosen not to implement suggested revisions.
  7. All manuscripts in the categories of Revisions Required and Resubmit for Review will be sent out for the second round of peer-review. After the second round, the editor retains the right to send manuscripts back to authors for further revision or to reject manuscript at this stage.
  8. Once the revision is deemed satisfactory, the manuscript will be accepted for publication. No further content-related changes will be allowed after this stage. Authors, however, will be able to make minor grammar-, punctuation-, references-, layout- and formatting-related corrections and updates at the stage of proofing galleys.
  9. The editor will do the overall final editing of the manuscript and pass it on to the copy editor who will edit the piece for grammar and style and verify in-text and bibliography references, composing Author Queries in the process.
  10. The manuscript, along with the Author Queries, will be passed on to the managing editors who will produce the final .pdf of the manuscript (galley proofs) and send the proofs (accompanied by the Author Queries) to the author. They will maintain timely communication with authors and keep track of proofreading deadlines given to authors. They will mount the final .pdf of the article to the web and inform the author and the editorial team.

Reviewing Principles

The journal fosters the culture of prompt and respectful double-blind peer reviewing. The authors can expect to receive initial reviewers’ feedback and the initial editorial decision on their manuscript within four days from the original submission or sooner, depending on the subject matter, complexity, and quality of the manuscript. Contingent on the amount of required revisions, the authors will receive a definitive decision on their submissions within two to three months, with the entire production process taking under six months. Some benchmarks are below:

Timeline

A new manuscript submittedScreening by editor
A new manuscript sent out for review3-7 days from the date of submission
The first round of review4 weeks
Time given to authors for revisionsRevisions Required – 2 weeks;
Resubmit for Review – 4 weeks.
The second round of review2 weeks
Editing by co-editor2-3 weeks
Editing by copy-editor2-4 weeks depending on length and workload
Processing by managing editors2-4 weeks depending on length and workload

Time given to authors for returning proofs/Authors’ Queries

4 business days

Frequency and Submission Deadlines

IJIDI is a quarterly publication. From time to time, it will also feature special issues for which the deadlines will be announced individually. For regular issues, submission deadlines are as follows:

January 2018 – June 1, 2017January 2019 – June 1, 2018
April 2018 – October 1, 2017April 2019 – October 1, 2018
July 2018 – January 1, 2018July 2019 – January 1, 2019
October 2018 – April 1, 2018October 2019 – April 1, 2019

 

Open Access Policy

This Journal operates under an Open Access Policy under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that the Contribution is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made. For an understanding of what is meant by the terms of the Creative Commons License, please refer to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/.


 


ISSN 2574-3430

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