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Call for guest editors: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

  • 1.  Call for guest editors: Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy

    Posted Feb 18, 2021 12:17 PM

     Soliciting guest editors for 2021 and 2022


    The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP) seeks individuals interested in serving as a guest editor of an upcoming issue. Guest editors oversee the selection of manuscripts and development of an issue focused on a particular topic. We interpret intellectual freedom and privacy broadly; examples of possible topics include:

    • Ethical issues in information organizations, archives, etc.
    • Privacy implications of big data analytics and research
    • International interpretations of intellectual freedom
    • How information policy and intellectual freedom intersect
    • Social media and freedom of expression
    • Innovative approaches to advocating for intellectual freedom and privacy


    If you have a topic idea, please feel free to discuss it with the editor, Shannon Oltmann. Peer-reviewed articles include literature reviews, theoretical or critical analyses, or empirical research articles and are typically 4000-8000 words long.


    As guest editor, your responsibilities include:

    • Crafting a call for papers on a focused topic
    • Distributing the call and generating interest
    • Assisting in recruiting peer reviewers
    • Assisting in editorial decisions


    This is a great role for someone who wants to learn more about academic journals, publishing, and peer reviewing. It is a good opportunity for service to the profession. Length of time commitment will vary (based on time needed to recruit and review sufficient papers). We encourage international participation from both junior and senior scholars. Interested parties should contact the editor at shannon.oltmann@uky.edu and/or submit a topic proposal of 500-1000 words by April 30, 2021.



    Shannon Oltmann
    Associate Professor
    School of Information Science, University of Kentucky