As announced on the journal website in August, 2017, the Virginia Libraries editorial board, desiring to make the Virginia Libraries journal content as accessible as possible, and to increase the efficiency of our workflow for our authors and readers, has made a change to the journal publication model.

As librarians we are intimately aware of significant changes in the publishing industry, including scholarly and professional association journal publishing. Currency is increasingly important for publishing research results, and articles are increasingly discovered, accessed, and referenced directly, for their specific content and based on their own identifiers (DOIs – digital object identifiers). In response, some journals are moving to a model where they publish individual articles as they are ready for distribution, rather than within a grouping in an issue.

New Publishing Model Details

Beginning with Volume 62, 2017, we began publishing each accepted article individually, as it was ready for publication. Going forward, articles will be published in HTML initially; with an article PDF added following full volume completion. A full volume PDF that includes all content for the volume compiled will be uploaded as well. Volumes 62, 2017/18 and 63, 2018 will have irregular publication periods as we start this new model, with volume 62 concluding this June 2018, and volume 63 being a short publication time period of July - December 2018. Beginning with Volume 64, 2019, our publication year for each volume will begin in January and end in December. This supports standard calendar year volumes and allows the journal to coordinate the final deadline for inclusion in the annual volume compilation to be late September or early October near each annual Virginia Libraries Association (VLA) conference. Submission and Author Guidelines policies are available online via the journal website and will continue to be updated as the new model matures.

Highlighting Each Author’s Work

This new publication method will provide more opportunities to send notifications to highlight the work of each author or co-author group as individual articles are published. VLA members have seen these notifications for individual articles go out via the VLA email list, and on Twitter. The annual volume compilation will maintain a concluding editorial introduction that highlights the work of all authors over the year. As the new publication method matures, it will shorten the time between the submission date and publication date of a given article as we manage the review, revision, and publication workflow for each submission separately.

We look forward to exploring this new model with you and as always: we welcome feedback from our VLA colleagues and the broader Virginia Libraries community.

Feedback on the New Model

The Virginia Libraries journal Editorial Board would like to hear your thoughts, suggestions, and questions about the new publishing model. Please let us know at

The 2016-2017 Virginia Libraries Editorial Board:

Virginia Pannabecker, Editor in Chief
Renee DiPilato, Editor
Paige Flanagan, Editor
Sue LaParo, Editor
Robin Sofge, Editor
Luke Vilelle, Editor

Received: August 11, 2017
Accepted: June 14, 2018
Published: June 22, 2018

Copyright: ©Authors: Virginia Pannabecker, Renee DiPilato, Paige Flanagan, Sue LaParo, Robin Sofge, and Luke Vilelle. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source