Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The BCLA Browser is an online, open access quarterly publication that communicates and discusses BCLA activities and news, library-related issues, and topics of interest to BCLA members.

The Browser welcomes submissions that communicate and discuss:
•    BCLA activities and news
•    BCLA member (personal, institutional, and commercial*) activities and news
•    BCLA Sections, Committees, and Interest Groups activities and news
•    Library related issues and topics of a timely nature,* including, but not limited to:
    •    Best practice
    •    Trends
    •    Education
    •    Policies/legislation

Submissions from BCLA members and non-members are welcome; however, preference will be given to submissions from members and submissions that cover topics of interest to BCLA members.

For more information, please see Peer review process, Author guidelines, and Opinion writing guidelines.

The views and/or statements contained in BCLA Browser articles are not necessarily those of the BCLA. BCLA Browser. Acceptance of an advertisement or sponsorship does not imply endorsement by the BCLA.

* Submissions from commercial interests will be considered, so long as the submission does not resemble outright marketing (for example, the inclusion of price lists). As noted above, the submission should communicate news or activities that would be of broad interest to BCLA members.

 

Section Policies

Executive Reports

  • Presisent's Message
  • Executive Director's Message
  • Editor's Remarks

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Sections, Committees and Interest Groups

Reports and summaries of the activities from BCLA Sections, Committees and Interest Groups.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

News & Features

News and feature articles regarding BCLA activities and news, library-related issues, and topics of interest to BCLA members.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Conference Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Vendor Views

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Opinion

Opinion pieces reflect personal and/or professional opinion. They add to an existing debate or begin a new discussion. Opinion pieces are thoughtful, respectful, measured, and present evidence-based argument. They do not use inflammatory language, cliché, or make unsupported and/or wide-sweeping allegation. Opinion pieces are provocative and require the writer to take a position. Strong opinion pieces state the argument at the beginning, present factual and non-emotive evidence, and address potential counter-arguments. The writing is in active – not passive – voice. Most importantly, opinion pieces should inform and engage BCLA membership and encourage dialogue.

 

All opinion pieces in the Browser will be noted as such and will contain the byline and short bio of the author.  The Browser platform allows for any reader to contact the author of any piece by email and this practice will be the same for opinion pieces. All current Browser editorial policy applies to opinion pieces. These policies include: http://bclabrowser.ca/index.php/browser/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

•    BCLA Browser items are not peer-reviewed.
•    The Editor reserves the right to not accept a submission. Reasons for non-acceptance will be communicated to the author.
•    The Editor and members of the Editorial Board will edit any submission for spelling, grammar, clarity, accuracy, appropriateness, and length. Substantive editing will be communicated to the author.

 

Publication Frequency

Published quarterly in 2014 on:

  • February 1
  • May 1 (Conference issue)
  • August 1
  • November 1

 

Published quarterly 2009-2013 on:

  • February 1
  • April 1
  • July 1
  • November 1

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.