LIS Journals

A list of professional and scholarly journals discussing innovations and trends in library & information science (LIS).

See also:
The University of Toronto Libraries LibGuide for Library and Information Science Literature, Publishing, and Communication.

American Libraries | Open Access
Publisher: American Libraries Association (ALA)

American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, is published 6 times yearly, with occasional digital supplements, by the American Library Association.

Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science | Restricted Access
Publisher: University of Toronto Press

A respected source of the most up-to-date research on library and information science, The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science is recognized internationally for its authoritative bilingual contributions to the field of information science. Established in 1976, the journal is produced by CAIS/ACSI and is dedicated to the publication of research findings, both in full-length and in brief format; reviews of books; software and technology; and letters to the editor.

College & Research Libraries | Open Access
Publisher: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

College & Research Libraries (C&RL) is the official scholarly research journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. C&RL is a bimonthly, online-only publication and hosts periodic live online fora highlighting a new C&RL study with a free, live, expert panel comprised of the study’s authors and additional subject experts.

College & Research Library News | Open Access
Publisher: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

Established in 1966, College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) provides articles on the latest trends and practices affecting academic and research libraries and serves as the official news magazine and publication of record of ACRL. 

Evidence Based Library and Information Practice | Open Access
Publisher: University of Alberta Libraries (OJS)

EBLIP is an open access, peer reviewed journal that is published quarterly, hosted by the University of Alberta Learning Services, and supported by an international team of editorial advisors. The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for librarians and other information professionals to discover research that may contribute to decision making in professional practice. EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics.

IFLA Journal | Open Access
Publisher: SAGE

IFLA Journal is an international journal publishing peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information through libraries. The Journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession internationally.

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science | Restricted Access
Publisher: SAGE

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JOLIS) is the peer-reviewed international quarterly journal for librarians, information scientists, specialists, managers and educators interested in keeping up to date with the most recent issues and developments in the field.

Journal of Library Outreach and Engagement | Open Access
Publisher: Illinois Open Publishing Network

The Journal of Library Outreach & Engagement (JLOE) is the premier peer-reviewed, open access interdisciplinary journal to advance library outreach and engagement. JLOE provides a platform to disseminate original research that examines public and community engagement initiatives and stimulates a forum to discuss the methodological and epistemological issues that inform, or emerge from, such projects and programs.

Journal of New Librarianship | Open Access
Publisher: Scholastica

JNL was founded to address the need to offer quality literature in our field in an open, independently produced journal. Beyond that, we believe that the library is meant to set an example for academia. Free and open access to information and innovation is crucial to the future of our institutions and profession. By providing an outlet that mixes both traditional and disruptive forms of scholarly and professional communication, we can change the way our profession shares and leads.

Library & Information Science Research | Restricted Access
Publisher: Elsevier

Library & Information Science Research, a cross-disciplinary and refereed journal, focuses on the research process in library and information science as well as research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance.

Library Journal | Restricted Access
Publisher: Media Source  Inc.

Library Journal is a publication for the library community, across all sectors.

Library Trends | Restricted Access
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University

Library Trends is an essential tool for professional librarians and educators alike. Every issue explores critical trends in professional librarianship, and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. Each issue brings readers in-depth, thoughtful articles, all exploring a specific topic of professional interest. Every year, Library Trends covers a wide variety of themes, from special libraries to emerging technologies.

Open Shelf | Open Access
Publisher: Ontario Library Association

Open Shelf is the digital magazine of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). It is envisioned as a dynamic, multimedia publication with diverse content and broad popular appeal. Open Shelf is about the people, places, services, and resources that impact libraries and related organizations.

Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research | Open Access
Publisher: University of Guelph (OJS)

Partnership is a library and information practitioner’s journal published twice a year. Papers may be submitted at any time for publication consideration. Potential articles are reviewed by members of an editorial committee. Articles are published in several categories. Feature articles on theory & research and on innovations in practice are in-depth, peer-reviewed papers that typically fall in the range of 3,000 to 7,000 words. Other types of articles accepted include viewpoints, conference presentations, profiles, news & announcements, professional development and reviews.

Public Libraries | Restricted Access
Publisher: Public Library Association

Public Libraries, published six times a year, is the official journal of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the only ALA journal devoted exclusively to public libraries.

Performance Measurement and Metrics | Open Access after 9-month embargo
Publisher: Emerald

Performance Measurement and Metrics (PMM) is a leading quarterly, double-blind refereed, international journal, charting new qualitative and quantitative developments and techniques for measurement and metrics in Library and Information Science (LIS).

Public Library Quarterly | Restricted Access
Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Public Library Quarterly is addressed to leaders — directors, managers, staff, trustees, and friends — who believe that change is imperative if public libraries are to fulfill their service missions in the twenty-first century.

The Library Quarterly | Restricted Access
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

As a leading interdisciplinary journal of library research, The Library Quarterly embraces a wide array of original research perspectives, approaches, and quantitative, qualitative, evaluative, analytic, and mixed methodology to assess the role of libraries in communities and in society. Through unique and innovative content that positions libraries at the nexus of information, community, and policy, The Library Quarterly publishes cutting-edge articles, essays, editorials, and reviews that inform, enable, equalize, and lead.

Across these areas, all content in the journal ties to contemporary issues impacting libraries and librarianship. Through such research, the overarching goal of The Library Quarterly is to engage researchers, educators, professionals, and students interested in the roles of the libraries in the lives of individuals, communities, and nations.