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Call for Submissions: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy Papers on COVID-19 Pandemic, Libraries, and Privacy Concerns (Deadline Fri., Dec. 31)

(via Dr. Shannon Oltmann, University of Kentucky)

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy announces a special call for papers focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, and privacy concerns.

With this special issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy, we seek contributions that explore issues of privacy in various types of libraries, stemming from new and modified services during the COVID-19 pandemic and, especially, the privacy implications for future library work.

Suggested topics include the following.

  • protecting patron privacy in the virtual setting
  • the library’s role in educating about digital privacy
  • contact-tracing and patron privacy
  • library employee privacy
  • how to evaluate library technology for privacy and security risks
  • exposed problems with existing services
  • patron privacy and online learning
  • equality of access during the pandemic
  • freedom of speech versus misinformation in the context of COVID-19

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy publishes two kinds of articles.

Features: Original research articles submitted for peer review. Submissions should be 4,000-8,000 words (references included), formatted in Chicago Style (author-date), and anonymized for double-blind peer review.

Commentaries: Shorter essays, think pieces, or general commentary on topical issues, controversies and emerging questions for the field. Commentaries are typically 500-1000 words (references included) and formatted in Chicago Style (author-date). Commentaries will be reviewed by the editorial staff.

Submission details:

  • Submissions due: Friday, December 31, 2021
  • Deadline for decisions: March 05, 2022
  • Publication of special issue: Spring 2022

To submit, follow Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy guidelines, using the “SUBMISSIONS” button at the top right of the home page. Please note “SPECIAL ISSUE SUBMISSION: COVID-19” in the “comments to the editor” section during submission. Questions should be addressed to the editor, Dr. Shannon M. Oltmann, at shannon.oltmann@uky.edu.

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