Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association

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Print ISSN: 2475-0158 Online ISSN: 2475-0166

The Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association is the flagship journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). It is a quarterly publication for information science researchers, information professionals, related disciplines and industries. The Journal aims to stimulate discussion and inform practice by showcasing original peer reviewed research articles and other scholarly papers about, or relevant to, the Australian and Southern Asia Pacific regions. Authors from the full range of information professions and areas of scholarship are invited to contribute their work to the Journal.
Peer review statement: All Research and Research-in-Practice articles in JALIA have undergone double-blind peer review. Information-in-practice papers will undergo editorial screening.

How to get a copy of JALIA 

  • Visit a library which subscribes to JALIA to read the journal.
  • Subscription to JALIA is offered through Routledge/Taylor and Francis - read more information.
  • If you are an ALIA personal Member, there is a generous discount offered on the annual subscription of JALIA.

Important note: Subscriptions purchased through Taylor and Francis at the personal rate are strictly for personal, non-commercial use only. The reselling of personal subscriptions is prohibited and once the personal subscription is purchased it cannot be provided to a physcial or digital library to substitute for a full library subscription. 

Green open access

  • ALIA journals are green open access through Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
  • For current content, authors may post their Author Accepted Manuscript on their institutional repository with zero embargo

Members of the JALIA Editorial Board:

Chair, Philip Kent - The University of Melbourne 
Sheila Corrall - University of Pittsburgh 
Jenny Fink -  -  - City of Ballarat 
Heather Gordon - James Cook University 
Anne Goulding - Victoria University of Wellington 
John Kennedy - Adjunct Charles Sturt University 
Susan McEwan - State Library of Western Australia 
Patrick O’Connor - Queensland Health 
Sue Reynolds - RMIT University 
Catherine Ryan - Westbourne Grammar School
Janette Wright - Biblio Insights

Editorial team:

Gaby Haddow -  - Curtin University 
Mary Anne Kennan - Charles Sturt University 
Associate Editors 
Bhuva Narayan - University of Technology Sydney 
Fiona Russell - Deakin University 
Book Reviews Editor 
Alison Fields - Open Polytechnic of New Zealand 

JALIA publishes reviews of books and other resources of interest to current practitioners in academic and research libraries, and to educators in librarianship.

If you are interested in reviewing titles for JALIA, or would like to suggest a title for review, please email the Book Reviews Editor, Alison Fields. If you have not previously contributed to JALIA, please include a brief (maximum one page) c.v. indicating relevant interests and expertise.

Publishing in JALIA 

Instructions for authors | Manuscripts should be submitted through the Taylor & Francis Editorial Manager site. 

Research student summaries  

Library and information science PhD, Masters by Research and Masters Project students are invited to submit a short summary of their research for publication in the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association. The summaries should be no more than 500 words and provide an overview of the project and work to-date. They are intended for practitioner and researcher readers and will include the research aim, methods and anticipated outcomes. If used, references should be minimal and conform to the APA6th format.

Additional information about the formatting for JALIA is available at:  It should be noted that this category does not preclude students submitting papers in other categories if appropriate.

Authors should register and then upload their summary, using the 'Other' paper category, noting the category “Research student project summaries” in their document, at:


Publications history 

Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (2017 - current)

Formerly known as The Australian Library Journal (1951 - 2016) and Australian Academic and Research Libraries (1970 - 2016)