Future of ALIA journal publishing

Consultation

A paper was circulated to the Members and other stakeholders who have had a particularly close connection with ALIA journals in the past, including editors, editorial board members, contributors, academics and others, asking for their feedback on the future of ALIA journal publishing.

You can download the paper here and there is a summary of the feedback we received below.

We are now opening up the discussion to the broader ALIA membership. 

If you would like to add your thoughts about the future of our scholarly publishing, please send your comments to: Heather Wellard, heather.wellard@alia.org.au (02 6215 8225) by close of business Wednesday 16 March. 


Feedback from the initial consultation with immediate stakeholders can be summarised as:

Amalgamation

There was a high level of support for merging the two journals - many believed that supporting two journals was unsustainable and that amalgamation, in some shape or form, was inevitable. 'Eminently sensible, '... delighted the move is finally happening' and 'I have no issue with the merger' gives a flavour of the positive comments received.  One person commented that the merger would put the editors in a stronger position when working with the authors to improve the quality of submissions.

Open access

The feedback was supportive of open access, providing unrestricted access and reuse of material. However there was acceptance of the current arrangements with Taylor & Francis/Routledge while urging the Board to consider free access for the next iteration. There was an acknowledgment that green open access was currently offered, however that was dependent on the authors depositing their final manuscripts in a wide range of repositories, which one commented was far short of best practice.

Format

There was general agreement that printing hard copy journals is outdated and there should be a move to online only in their next iteration. One commented that there is 'no conceivable argument in favour of continued printing and distribution of a limited circulation journal.' Many respondents acknowledged that the publishing world is changing at an astounding rate and going online is the only option.

Title

The title proposed in the paper was Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association which was  felt to best reflect the goal of the Association (driven by ALIA’s Research Advisory Committee) to encourage more joint researcher-practitioner projects.

Other titles which were proposed included: Alternatives Australian Libraries, Australian Library and Information Studies, Australian Library Review, Theories and Applications of Knowledge, Information Theories and Applications.