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About the Journal

Academic Librarianship and Information Research (also known as Journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research) is a peer-reviewed open-access quarterly journal published by the Central Library and Documentation Center of the University of Tehran. The journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research, as 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. The target audience of the journal includes academic librarians, academic information scientists, specialists, managers, and educators. The journal aims at publishing research papers on the most recent issues and developments in the field. All papers are subject to a double-blind reviewing process. This journal is known as "Taḥqīqāt-i kitābdārī va iṭṭilā̒/risānī-i dānishgāhī" in the Persian language.

The submitted papers will be published after a special review as well as the approval of the editorial board. The journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR) was established by the Central Library and Documentation Center of the University of Tehran in  1950. The honorable professors and researchers are highly appreciated if they visit this site, register, submit and set up their papers based on the author guidelines. Therefore, visiting in person or calling the journal office is not recommended, so all connections with authors and reviewers are done through the website.

E-mail: jlib@ut.ac.ir


  Bibliographic Information


   Academic Librarianship and Information Research

Journal Abbreviated Title

  Acad. Libr. Info. Res.

Journal Title Acronym


Persian Title

  Taḥqīqāt-i kitābdārī va iṭṭilā̒/risānī-i dānishgāhī


  Print   : 2783-462X
  Online: 2783-4638



Subject Area and Category

  Subject Area and Category based on Scopus:  
          Social Sciences

                    -- Library and Information Sciences

Subject Coverage

  Library Science

  Information Science


Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal in Persian (including English abstracts and references) devoted to the field of Library and Information Science and serves as a forum for discussion and experimentation. It serves as a forum for new research in information dissemination and communication processes in general and in the context of the Library and Information Sciences in particular.


 Persian; including English abstracts and bibliographies.

Start Year

 1950 - Vol. 1, No. 1 -




  Alireza Noruzi, Ph.D.


  Fatemeh Saghafi, Ph.D.

Place of Publication

 Iran, Tehran


  University of Tehran





Peer Review Type

  Double Blind Peer Review

Primary Review Time

  10 days, approximately

Acceptance and Publication Time

  12 Weeks

Manuscript acceptance rate


Reference Style

  APA Style


  The ORCID identifier is required.

LC No.






Type of Material

  Serial (Periodical)

Type of Access

  Open Access (OA)

Type of License

Creative Commons — Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Open Access Statement

 The journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR)  is a fully open-access journal, which means that all articles are available on the Web to all users immediately upon publication. All content of the Journal is published with open access under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Benefits of open access for authors include:

           - Authors retain copyright to their work.

           - Free access for all users worldwide.

           - Increased visibility and readership.

           - No spatial constraints.

           - Rapid publication.

The Policy of Screening for Plagiarism

 All manuscripts must be free from plagiarism contents. Manuscripts submitted to the journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR) will be screened for plagiarism using similarity check and plagiarism detection tools. All authors are suggested to use plagiarism detection software to check the similarity before submitting their manuscript to the journal. Editors check the plagiarism detection of manuscripts in the journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR)  using the Grammarly detection software (www.grammarly.com), and iThenticate (www.ithenticate.com) for English abstracts and use Iranian plagiarism detection software such as IranDOC (https://tik.irandoc.ac.ir) and Samimonour (www.samimnoor.ir) for the Persian text. The journal will immediately reject papers leading to plagiarism or self-plagiarism. Whenever it is determined that the manuscript has not complied with the plagiarism rules, it will be REJECTED (before acceptance for publication), and if it was published, it will be RETRACTED for plagiarism issues.

Retraction Policy

 An article may be retracted when its findings are no longer considered trustworthy due to scientific misconduct or error, it plagiarizes previously published work, or it is found to violate ethical guidelines. An article may be retracted when the integrity of the published work is substantially undermined owing to errors in the conduct, analysis, and/or reporting of the research. Violation of publication or research ethics may also result in a study’s retraction. The original paper will be marked as RETRACTED but a PDF version remains available to readers, and the RETRACTION statement is bi-directionally linked to the original published paper. Retraction statements will typically include a statement of assent or dissent from the authors.

Complaint Process

 The authors have the right to complain and ask explanation if they perceive any misconduct in any applicable policies and ethical guidelines. The authors can raise their complaints by submitting a letter to: jlib@ut.ac.ir. We follow the COPE guidelines on responding to whistleblowers, which includes protecting anonymity. All the complaints regarding delinquencies in the work processes are investigated according to the prevailing publication ethics practices. An author or any other scholar may submit their complaints about any issues related to:

          - Plagiarism;

          - Copyright violation;

          - Deceiving in research results or wrong research results;

          - Violations of the research ethics and integrity;

          - Unrevealed conflicts of interest;

          - Bias in the review process;

          - Manuscript processing time is unusually late;

          - The peer-review comments are unsatisfactory; and  

            - Authorship issues.

Type of Publication (Processing Charges and Publication Charges)

 No publication charges are required from the author.

  Full-text access: Open Access

Revenue Sources

 Institutional support, Donations

Policy for Dealing with Complaints

Once a complaint is received, at first, an acknowledgment is sent to the complainant with the assurance that appropriate action will be taken on a complaint within three working days excluding the complaint receiving date. The investigation process is initiated by the journal handling team according to the directions of the Editor-In-Chief. After the investigation is over, a meeting is held with a complete report on the complaint. The decision has been made and the same is forwarded to the concerned scholar through his/her submitted email ID. We consider complaints as an opportunity to enhance our existing Manuscript Processing System. All the received complaints are dealt with in a polite and timely manner with certainty.

Copyright owner / Copyright holder

Authors retain unrestricted copyrights and publishing rights. The author has complete control over the work (e.g. retains the right to reuse, distribute, republish, etc.).

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


The consent of all authors, as well as related authorities/institutions, has been received prior to the submission of the manuscript. The order of the authors (as to be reflected in the published article) has been established. The adding or deleting of authors once the manuscript has been accepted for publication would have to be accompanied by a signed statement of consent from all authors. All authors have contributed significantly to the research. Authors are obligated to participate in the peer review process, providing retractions/corrections/amendments when necessary. All conflicts of interest/financial support have been declared. Any changes or corrections to a published work require the consent of all authors.


 The journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR) follows the policies and guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by its Code of Conduct in dealing with potential cases of misconduct.

Digital Archiving Policy

 The journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR)  works with some organizations such as the Islamic World Science Citation Database (ISC), The Iran National Library and Archives, and the own server of the University of Tehran for maintaining our own digital archive. This makes possible the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by converting and upgrading digital file formats to comply with new technology standards.

I4OC Standards for Open Citations

 Yes. The journal complies with I4OC standards for open citations.

Data Citation

 Data should be cited in the same way as article, book, and web citations, and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list. Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject-focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes. When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. The journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR) follows the format proposed by the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles: Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)".

Data Sharing Policy

 The journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR)  uses the Basic Data Sharing Policy. The journal is committed to a more open research landscape, facilitating faster and more effective research discovery by enabling reproducibility and verification of data, methodology, and reporting standards. The journal of ALIR encourages authors to cite and share their research data including, but not limited to: raw data, processed data, software, algorithms, protocols, methods, and materials. Authors are encouraged to share or make open the data supporting the results or analyses presented in their article where this does not violate the protection of human subjects or other valid privacy or security concerns.

 The journal of ALIR encourages authors to share the data and other artifacts supporting the results in the article by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a Data Accessibility Statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper. The journal of ALIR requires authors of Original Investigation, and Special Paper articles to (1) place the de-identified data associated with the manuscript in a repository, and (2) include a Data Availability Statement in the manuscript describing where and how the data can be accessed. The journal of ALIR defines data as the digital materials underlying the results described in the manuscript, including but not limited to spreadsheets, text files, interview recordings or transcripts, images, videos, output from statistical software, and computer code or scripts. Authors are expected to deposit at least the minimum amount of data needed to reproduce the results described in the manuscript. Data can be placed in any repository that makes data publicly available, providing a unique persistent identifier, including institutional repositories, general repositories (e.g., Figshare, Open Science Framework, Zenodo, Dryad, Harvard Dataverse, OpenICPSR), or discipline-specific repositories. The Data Availability Statement should be placed in the manuscript at the end of the main text before the references. This statement must include (1) an indication of the location of the data; (2) a unique identifier, such as a digital object identifier (DOI), accession number, or persistent uniform resource locator (URL); and (3) any instructions for accessing the data, if applicable. At the point of submission, you will be asked if there is a data set associated with the paper. If you reply yes, you will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-registered DOI, hyperlink, or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). If you have selected to provide a pre-registered DOI, please be prepared to share the reviewer URL associated with your data deposit, upon request by reviewers. Where one or multiple data sets are associated with a manuscript, these are not formally peer-reviewed as a part of the journal submission process. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure the soundness of the data. Any errors in the data rest solely with the producers of the data set(s).

 Please note: As you are submitting your manuscript to the journal of ALIR  where submissions are double-blind peer-reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors (i.e., Author Name, Address, Conflict of Interest, and fund-related information). As a data availability statement could reveal your identity, we recommend removing this from the anonymized version of the manuscript. Exceptions to this policy will be made in rare cases in which de-identified data cannot be shared due to their proprietary nature or participant privacy concerns. Exceptions to policy and restrictions on data availability are granted for reasons associated with the protection of human privacy, issues such as biosafety, and/or to respect terms of use for data obtained under license from third parties. Confidential data, e.g., human subjects or patient data, should always be anonymized, or permission to share should be obtained in advance. If in doubt, authors should seek counsel from their institution’s ethics committee. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper. Below are some examples:

  Data Availability Statement:

  1. Data associated with this article are available in the Open Science Framework at .
  2. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at http://doi.org/[doi], reference number [reference number].
  3. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at [URL], reference number [reference number].
  4. The data that support the findings of this study are available in [repository name] at [URL/DOI], reference number [reference number]. These data were derived from the following resources available in the public domain: [list resources and URLs]

Informed Consent

 All participants in human subjects' articles have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, etc., should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the participants (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent in this situation requires that an identifiable participant be shown the manuscript, providing consent before publication. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. Participants' consent should be written and archived either with the journal of Academic Librarianship and Information Research (ALIR), the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws.

Privacy Statement

The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal website will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purposes or to any other parties.


Salient Features of the Journal:

- All Authors will get a soft copy of the certificate, letter of acceptance, reviewer evaluation grading

- All the accepted papers will be open access with full PDF download.

- Author will get their acceptance/rejection notification within 2-3 months of submitting the paper.

- Fully archived journal

- High Impact Factor journal

- High visibility & indexing

- Open-access journal

- Peer-reviewed journal

- Rapid/fast-track publication

- Reputed editorial board

- Response will be given within 24 hours.

- Strict plagiarism policy.