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The Library Publishing Coalition Research Committee is pleased to announce that we are now taking nominations for the 2018 Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing. Please see the announcement below for further details.


Nominations should be submitted through the nomination form by January 16, 2018.


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LPC Research Committee:


Ted Polley, IUPUI (Chair)

Karen Bjork, Portland State University

Chris Diaz, Northwestern University

Damecia Donahue, Wayne State University

Annie Johnson, Temple University

Johanna Meetz, Pacific University

John Warren, Gorge Mason University



Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing


As participation in library publishing grows, the development of a strong evidence base to inform best practices and demonstrate impact is essential. To encourage research and theoretical work about library publishing services (for a definition of "library publishing", see the LPC website), the Library Publishing Coalition is pleased to support the Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing, which recognizes the best publication from the preceding calendar year. The LPC Research Committee will evaluate submissions and select a recipient for the award. Winners will be officially announced in the spring and be recognized at the annual Library Publishing Forum.


The award recipients will receive a cash award of $250, a complimentary registration to the Library Publishing Forum, and a $500 travel stipend to attend the Forum. The awardee will also have an opportunity to present their work to the community.


Nominations may be made either by the author(s) or by any employee of a LPC member institution. Nominated author(s) do not need to be affiliated with a LPC member institution. The deadline for nominations is January 16, 2018.




1.            Originality: Submissions must present original research or theoretical work. For the purposes of the award, "research" includes both generalizable research and non-generalizable program/project evaluation. "Theory" includes both the presentation of a novel theory and the application of existing theory (e.g. a program/process/practice description that is presented within a theoretical framework).

2.            Date: Submissions must have been published during the previous calendar year.

3.            Format: Submissions must be textual publications, such as an article, monograph, conference paper/proceeding, white paper/report, thesis/dissertation, etc. 

4.            Open Access: Submissions must be freely available (either via open access publishing or archiving in an open access repository) at the time of nomination.

5.            Peer Review: Submissions must have undergone appropriate peer review (e.g. for articles, a journal peer review process; for dissertations, review/acceptance by a committee). Nominations must briefly describe the review process used for the submission.

6.            Relevance: Submissions must address a topic or question directly related to library publishing services.

7.            Author Teams: Submissions with multiple authors are eligible; however, only one cash prize and one Forum registration/travel stipend will be awarded.


Nomination Process


Nominations should be submitted through the nomination form by January 16, 2018.


Evaluation Guidelines


Nominated publications will be evaluated, and an award recipient selected, by the LPC Research Committee based on the following criteria:


·               For theoretical works, the relevance and/or meaningful application to library publishing services of the conceptual framework(s) introduced;

·               For research (or evaluation) works, the appropriateness of the methodology and its execution;

·               The organization of the paper and clarity of the writing;

·               The significance of the findings/conclusion, for example (but not limited to):

·               The immediate utility of the work for library publishing programs

·               The strength of findings that demonstrate value or impact of library publishing services 

·               The likelihood that the work will change or influence practice


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Annie Johnson
Library Publishing and Scholarly Communications Specialist
Temple University Libraries/Temple University Press
Samuel L. Paley Library
1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Scholarly Communication @ Temple

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