A Note from the Editorial Team

2019-09-04

Regular readers of Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship will undoubtedly notice a change with this new issue.  We are completing the migration of the journal from a bespoke, grass-roots web site, where ISTL has lived since its inception in 1991, to an Open Journal System (OJS) platform hosted by the University of Alberta Libraries.  We welcome you to the new interface.

Readers may also have noticed a gap in our normal publication schedule – it has been nearly a year since our last issue came out.  This hiatus has been partly due to the challenges of selecting a new host site and implementing the new OJS platform, as well as to some recent health challenges faced by our founding editor, Andrea Duda, who we are happy to report is recovering.  We want to thank our authors who submitted articles for the present issue for their patience as we worked to migrate the content to OJS.  We hope to have another issue out shortly, after which we will resume our normal schedule of issues. 

The new interface is a work in progress.  We plan to migrate our archival issues, which still reside on the old site, and redirect the istl.org domain name very soon.  We’re continuing to work on improving the site and updating necessary information for authors.  Article DOIs are now being assigned by CrossRef.  If you encounter any bugs or problems, we encourage you to contact the Team. 

The process of submitting, reviewing, and editing manuscripts is changing as well, and while those changes are mostly in the back-office area, authors will have some different procedures to follow.  Please see the guidelines under the Submissions menu for more information.

Any journal is only as good as the content it receives from authors and the feedback from its peer reviewers.  ISTL has benefited from a loyal cadre of librarian authors and reviewers for 28 years, and we hope that everyone in the STEM library community will continue to read and cite our content and consider submitting an article or column for consideration.  While our interface has changed, the mission of our journal remains the same.  We realize that authors have choices, and our aim is to make ISTL the go-to journal for excellent content of interest to our profession.  And we mustn’t neglect to mention that ISTL has always been and remains platinum-OA:  all articles are Open, authors retain copyright, and there are no fees to publish.

Finally, we wish to acknowledge the diligent work of individual members of the Editorial Team:  our Refereed Articles Editor Michael Fosmire who led the charge, with able assistance from Ed Eckel, Ian McCullough, David Hubbard, Cris Sewerin, Nestor Osorio, and David Flaxbart; our longtime guiding muse and editor in chief Andrea Duda; members of the STS Publications Committee; and ACRL. We also thank our new partners at the University of Alberta Libraries, for all the help they offered in getting ISTL back up and running quickly after the agreement was struck.

Please enjoy our new issue and our new look, and keep coming back for more!