Call for Papers: Library Trends Journal, The Joy of Information, Aug 1

Call for Papers: Library Trends Journal, The Joy of Information

Deadline: Manuscripts due by August 1, 2020.

Are you looking to publish on a topic that might fall outside of the comfort zone of your academic journal? Would you like to engage with the information in a bright and uplifting manner? If so, consider answering this call for papers for the Library Trends Journal.

This special issue of Library Trends features writings that explore the relationship between information and joy. Embracing the definition of joy above, the guest editors hold that information, in its myriad forms (Bates, 2006), is implicated in this “quite intense emotion” whether as a harbinger, trigger, carrier, dimension, or document of joy. In the spirit of a positive information science (Kari & Hartel, 2007), the forthcoming collection brings together bright and uplifting views of information to contrast with critical or problem-oriented perspectives that color our literature in grayscale.

Submissions may focus upon joy, broadly construed, and its intersection with information history, theory, methodology, technology, education, or practice. By design, the special issue will showcase work that may fall outside the comfort zone of our core research journals. One objective is to establish a virtual meeting place for today’s most innovative, artful, and precocious information scholars and professionals and to have their outlying individual voices assembled into a chorus. Another objective of this anthology is to mark the regions and borders of a new research frontier. Rather than favoring interdisciplinary representations, the guest editors want contributions rooted unabashedly in the heart of library and information science–which can be traced to the ideas of Jesse Shera, Suzanne Briet, and Paul Otlet.

Important Dates

  • August 1, 2020 – Full paper submission deadline
  • September to December 2020 – Reviewing by Editorial Board
  • January 15, 2021 – Acceptances announced to authors
  • July 1, 2021 – Revised manuscripts submitted to co-editors
  • November 1, 2021 – Final manuscripts sent to Library Trends

Submission Instructions

A full paper (not abstract) submission is required by August 1, 2020. Papers submitted to the special issue must be original, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles of various lengths will be accepted, but generally no more than 7,000 words. For more information, see the Library Trends author instructions at


Bates, M.J. (2006). Fundamental forms of information. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 57(8), 1033-1045.

Kari, J., & Hartel, J. (2007). Information and higher things in life: Addressing the pleasurable and the profound in information science. Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 58(8), 1131-1147.

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