Code of Conduct and Submission Policies

Code of Conduct

The Journal of Critical Digital Librarianship is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive, diverse, and equitable community of practice. Harassment of any type will not be tolerated, including:

  • Comments that reinforce oppressive power dynamics related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, or economic status
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Failure to use a person’s chosen name and pronouns (see https://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender)
  • Threats of violence
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking or following, in person or online
  • Sustained disruption of discussion
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse

In addition to avoiding harassment, we encourage the following behavior:

  • Respecting the effort that others put into their work
  • Accepting critique graciously and offering it constructively
  • Giving credit where it is due
  • Assuming the best intentions from other parties

All editors, reviewers, and authors are bound by this code of conduct in all business related to the journal.

This Code of Conduct benefited from the examples shared by Digital Library Federation and In the Library With the Lead Pipe.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original work to be considered for publication in the Journal of Critical Digital Librarianship provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted. We welcome submissions from digital library practitioners, scholars, students and others interested in the field.

What Can You Submit?

The JCDL welcomes articles, literature reviews, and reviews of digital collections. Articles should demonstrate original contributions to the field of digital librarianship. Literature reviews should supply an overview of current work in the field, or in relevant subfields. Digital collection reviews should focus on one, or a small number of, digital libraries and/or digital collections and offer a review grounded in the field's current literature. Except when advertised otherwise, we seek material that has not been previously published, and that are not forthcoming in another publication.

As a new journal, we're also open to alternative means of examining the field of digital librarianship; authors interested in pitching alternate publication formats are encouraged to contact the editors.

Guidelines for Submissions

  • Articles: 5,000 - 7,000 words
  • Interviews: 3,000 - 5,000 words
  • Literature Reviews: 3,000 - 5,000
  • Digital Collection Reviews: 2,500 - 5,000

Publication Model and Timelines

We publish work on an ongoing basis and assign them to either the Winter or Summer issue. For example, if you submit work in January, it will be published as soon as it's gone through the review process. If it is published between January and June, it will be counted as part of the Summer issue; if it is published between July and December it will be part of the Winter issue

It is our goal to:

  • Ensure work is published and shared in a timely fashion; and
  • Acknowledge that we're all tired and need deep grace in all our projects

This publishing model is based on the appreciation and respect we have for our authors and reviewers.

Citation Style

The JCDL uses Chicago Manual of Style, Notes and Bibliography.


We ask that authors release their work under a CC-BY license.