About This Journal

1.About the journal

Emerging Topics in Academic Libraries is a bi-annual, open access publication exploring issues, trends and best practice for academic and research libraries in Australia. We also welcome submissions from beyond Australia.

The journal is a forum for people working in the sector to share ideas, innovations and work solutions, and it also provides an outlet for discussion and analysis of emerging topics influencing libraries generally. This will be achieved through a combination of peer reviewed articles, case studies, data visualisations and a range of other media. The journal also encourages library students to share their research with the wider library community.


The journal’s aims are to report upon issues influencing library practice and provide a peer reviewed forum for researchers and practitioners to share their experiences.

Additionally, the journal includes the publication of reports dealing with innovations as well as case studies addressing solutions to work problems, reviews of research in academic libraries, studies of best practice and commentary on emerging topics.

The journal will include reviews of texts, e-books, databases and online resources essential to library practice.

3. The topics addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Library innovations, technology and trends
  • Scholarly communication and open access
  • Research impact metrics
  • Information literacy and e-learning
  • Library collection management
  • Library systems
  • Training and professional development
  • Library service
  • Space planning

4. Key journal audience

The journal is aimed at practitioners working in the academic and research library sector and students in the field of library and information science.

5. Types of submissions


  • Peer Reviewed articles
    • Research Articles – open submission and peer reviewed original research articles (3000 to 5000 words)
    • Case Studies – open submission and peer reviewed studies reporting on work practices, issues and trends influencing the wider academic library sector (3000 to 5000 words)
  • Non Peer Reviewed articles
    • Commentaries on Emerging Topics – including new technologies, ideas, and innovations (1000 to 2000 words)
    • Literature Reviews – issues, trends, and original research emerging from current literature in the information sciences (750 to 1500 words)
    • Reviews of Book and Products – review of print books as well as e-books, databases, social media tools, apps and other digital resources (up to 500 words)
    • Field Reports – reports of day to day processes in the sector including describing effective practice, detailing results of applying new processes, or reports on the use of new technology etc. (up to 750 words)

Graphical Content

  • Posters – open submission, short summaries of work-in-progress including visualisations of library-related data, infographics, work flow charts or other relevant results, trends, or work solutions that can be communicated through visualisation; formats are defined in author guidelines
  • Photography – open submission including demonstrations of effective use of library space; formats are defined in author guidelines

Library and information science students are encouraged to adapt their research projects as Research Articles or as Case Studies that can be communicated to the wider library sector.