Notes to Contributors

Scope of the Journal

Journal of Library Services and Technologies is an open access journal. It publishes scholarly articles in the following and related areas:
•    Copyright and licensing
•    Institutional repositories
•    Automation
•    Integrated library systems
•    Metadata
•    Digital preservation
•    Digital archives
•    Social media and libraries
•    Reference and information services    
•    Lending and Interlibrary loan service
•    Reprography
•    Consortia
•    Networking and networks in libraries
•    Electronic resources
•    Acquisition
•    User education and information literacy
•    User studies
•    Technology-related skills
•    Intranets, extranets, websites
•    Mobile applications and services
•    Organisation of knowledge
•    Systems security, etc.

Manuscript submission

Manuscript submitted should be original and not under consideration for publication nor have been published in other journal. It should be submitted in Word format via the online submission system of the journal and should be prepared in accordance with guidelines for authors.

The journal welcomes papers covering original research, reviews, guidelines, editorial, opinion and commentary, case reports. Submitted manuscript shall have a maximum length of 6,000 words, which includes title, author(s) and affiliations, abstract, and references list.

Manuscript must be written in English. Contributors who are not native speakers of English should ensure that their papers are edited by English Language specialists to clean up poor expressions before submission of their manuscripts.

Peer review

All manuscripts submitted to this journal undergo blind peer review to ensure quality.At least two review reports per manuscript will be collected before decision on publication will be taken by the Editor.

Plagiarism policy: The journal does not support the use of the author or other’s intellectual property without acknowledging it. Any published paper discovered to have plagiarism issues will be retracted from the journal site.

Contributors are permitted to self-archive post prints of their articles.

The content of the journal is freely accessible for anyone to read and re-use without the need to pay a subscription fee.

Structure of the manuscript

The submitted manuscript should have the following components:

The title should be specific, clear and mirrors the content of the manuscript and should not exceed 21 words
Author(s) and Affiliations: Name(s) (surname last) of the author(s), position, institutional affiliation, e-mail should be included.
Abstract: There should be an informative abstract. It should state the purpose of the work,methods (design, population and study setting, sample, data collection instruments, methods and analysis) results, discussion, implications, key conclusion and recommendations.

Key words: Include 6-8 keywords arranged alphabetically

Introduction: The introduction should spell out the scope, context and what to expect for the paper. It should begin with general information on the topic and progress to specific. The author should define and explain relevant concepts that are germane to the understanding of the paper. Related theoretical and empirical literature should be cited. Gap in existing research which the study will fill should be identified. Research question or problem and should be formulated and hypothesis tested should be stated, especially for research paper. The last sentence of the introduction should highlight the layout of the remaining part of the paper.

Methods: The methods and procedures adopted in the research should be clearly described and explained. Detailed information on the research design, population, sample and sampling techniques, data collection instruments and methods, methods of data analysis and presentation should be provided.

Results and discussion: The finding derived from the methods and procedures are reported in this section using tables and figures. The results should be presented logically according to the research questions and hypotheses. Tables and figures must be numbered independently. Arabic numerals should be  used for labelling of Tables (e.g. Table 1: Factors militating against adoption of social media) and should appear on top of the table, while Roman numerals should be used for Figures (e.g.Figure I: Factors  militating against adoption of social media) and should appear under the figure.   Authors should make reference to tables and figures that have been included in this section of the paper.The results should be interpreted, explained and evaluated accordingly. Relevant literature should be cited to corroborate or otherwise of the findings. The results and discussion should be done together.

Conclusion: The author should summarise key findings of the research in the light of earlier stated purpose. The conclusion should state the important contribution the research/paper has made to knowledge and make recommendations which should be derived from key findings for practice, policy and further research.

This is a credits section where the authors should express gratitude to persons and organisations that assisted with the research or preparation of the paper.

References: Sources cited should be complete and in line with the 6th edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) style. They should contain full bibliographic details and journal titles should not be abbreviated. For multiple citations for the same author in the same year, use a, b, c immediately following year of publication. Reference in the body of the text should be made by citing the author’s surname and year of publication (e.g. Johnson, 2004). At the end of the manuscript should be a reference list arranged in alphabetical order according to the surname of the authors. Book and journal titles should be italicized. (Quick guide on APA style can be can be found at

Endnotes and footnotes are not allowed.

Disclaimer: Facts and views in the articles published Journal of Library Services and Technologies (JLST) are solely those of the respective authors. The Journal shall not be liable for any copyright violation, incidents of plagiarism, or any loss, injury or damage caused to any person or property as a result of the contents of any article published in JLST. Manuscript submitted must not have been published before nor being considered for publication elsewhere.

Publication Charges: International authors: USD 100; Nigerian authors:  Paper review - N5, 000. 00; Publication fee for accepted paper – N20,000.00

Editorial correspondence to:

Prof. Esharenana E. Adomi – Editor-in-Chief
Federal University of Petroleum Resources Library
Effurun, NIGERIA
Tel.: +234 803 2369 560