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Call for Participation: Survey on Perceptions of Library and Information Science (LIS) Journal Editor Behaviors (Deadline Tues., April 19)

(via Christopher Hollister, University of Buffalo)

You are invited to share your perceptions of library and information science (LIS) journal editor behaviors. The investigators are soliciting input from authors who have published papers in scholarly LIS journals. Collected data will be used to inform an exploratory analysis of how authors perceive specific positive and negative behaviors of the editors who serve as the gatekeepers and shapers of the library field’s professional literature. We invite you to complete the online survey available at the web address below. Initial testing suggests that participants will complete the survey in 4-10 minutes depending mainly on the nature of their qualitative input. Thank you in advance for your generous contributions to this study, which will close on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

The link to the survey is here.

Researchers and affiliations

  • Christopher Hollister: University at Buffalo, State University of New York, cvh2@buffalo.edu
  • Allison Hosier: University at Albany, State University of New York, ahosier@albany.edu
  • Jacqulyn Williams: Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in Qatar, jawilliams3@vcu.edu

For those who wish, additional information about this investigation is included below. Thank you and warm wishes to all!

Informed Consent Form

The survey administrators are soliciting input from authors who have published papers in scholarly LIS journals. This consent document explains the purpose of the study, the procedures used, and the risks and benefits of survey participation. Questions and concerns may be addressed to the researcher listed below.

Purpose

This study is exploratory; its purpose is to understand how authors perceive specific positive and negative behaviors of the editors who serve as the gatekeepers and shapers of the library field’s professional literature. Given the lack of prior research in this area, the investigators come with no prior assumptions or hypotheses. However, they do come with an understanding of the importance of having a robust and inclusive professional literature, which requires analysis, reflection, and when necessary, change.

Procedure

Participation in this study consists of answering survey questions. Initial testing indicates that participants will complete the questionnaire within 4-10 minutes on average, depending mainly on the nature of their qualitative input.

Instrument

The questionnaire will be administered using the Qualtrics web-based survey tool.

Voluntary Participation

Participation in this study is voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at any time or refuse to participate without penalty. To withdraw, close the survey window.

Anonymity and Confidentiality

Responses will be stripped of any identifiable information.

Risks

There are no anticipated risks of participation in this study.

Benefits

There are no anticipated direct benefits of participation in this study. However, the investigators hope the results will provide useful data to inform the discourse on the burgeoning practice of scholarly communication librarianship.

Questions about the Study

Questions regarding this study may be directed to Christopher Hollister, Head of Scholarly Communication, University at Buffalo: (716) 645-1323, cvh2@buffalo.edu. If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this research and wish to speak with someone other than the researcher, you may contact the UB IRB at (716) 888-4888 or e-mail ub-irb@buffalo.edu regarding approved study 00006110.

By completing the survey, you are agreeing to participate in this research.

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