Philosophy of South Carolina Libraries

For more information, please see South Carolina Libraries Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in South Carolina Libraries provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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What Can Be Submitted?

South Carolina Libraries accepts the following types of document types for submission to the journal.

Column: letters to the editors (including book review editor or peer review editor) and letters from the SCLA Executive Board.

Library Spotlight: articles spotlighting a South Carolina library’s activities, projects, or services.

Featured Article: designated by the editors to spotlight one article within a given issue.

Peer Reviewed Article: research articles that go through the peer review process.

News: articles highlighting news from South Carolina Libraries, libraries, library workers, and library students.

Book Review: reviews of books related to South Carolina and Librarianship

Conference Proceedings: articles where research was presented at a SCLA sponsored event (mini conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.)

SCLA Annual Conference Proceedings: articles where the research was presented at the SCLA Annual Conference.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to South Carolina Libraries, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at South Carolina Libraries. If you have concerns about the submission terms for South Carolina Libraries, please contact the editors. Visit the manuscript submission guide for step-by-step instructions.

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Formatting Requirements

South Carolina Libraries requests that all submissions be written in the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Editors will make necessary formatting changes before publication. Abstracts should be limited to approximately 75 words.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Scholar Commons

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Scholar Commons all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Scholar Commons, requires credit to Scholar Commons as copyright holder (e.g., Scholar Commons © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Scholar Commons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Scholar Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Scholar Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of Scholar Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Scholar Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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