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Notes for Contributors

1. The JoEMLS is a fully peer-reviewed and Open Access quarterly sponsored and published by the Tamkang University Press, Taipei, Taiwan.

2. It is a condition of publication that all or part of manuscript submitted to the JoEMLS has not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere.

3. The Editors welcome submissions of manuscripts mainly on topics related to library science, information science and technology, the book trade and publishing. The other library related fields such as instructional technology and information communication are also accepted. 

4. Contributions are accepted on the strict understanding that the author is responsible for the accuracy of all contents of the published materials. Publication does not necessarily imply that these are the opinions of the Editorial Board or Editors, nor does the Board or Editors accept any liability for the accuracy of such comment, report and other technical and factual information.

5. The authors of any submissions to this JoEMLS hereby agree that if any submission being accepted by the Journal, then the JoEMLS, Tamkang University Library, and Department of Information & Library Science (DILS) shall be authorized to duplicate, publicly transmit by the Internet, and publish by any other means for the purpose of non-profit use such as study and education etc.

6. The authors of any submissions to the JoEMLS hereby agree that if any submission being accepted by the Journal, then the JoEMLS shall be authorized to grant a non-exclusive license to National Central Library for collecting such a submission into the Remote Electronic Access/Delivery System (READncl System), or grant other database providers sublicense to collect such a submission into their databases, and to duplicate, publicly transmit by the Internet, downloaded, and printed by authorized users of those providers. In addition, the format of submissions may be changed in order to meet the requirements of each database.

7. Manuscript requirements:
(1) Submissions should go through the online system, however articles submitted as email attachments in one of the following preferred formats, Word or Rich Text Format, are acceptable.
(2) Three types of contributions are considered for publication: Full & regular research articles in IMRAD format should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words in length, Brief communications of approximately 3,000 words, and Observation report which tends to be a review article of more than 4,000 words.
(3) Letters to the Editor should not exceed 1,500 words in length and may be: comments or criticisms of articles recently published in the JoEMLS; and preliminary announcements of original work of importance warranting immediate publications.
(4) Both Chinese (if available) and English titles should be provided.
(5) All manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of 300 words approximately. Chinese abstract can be optional. Up to six keywords should be provided, and should not exceed 12 tables and figures.
(6) A brief autobiographical note should be supplied including full name, post & title, affiliation, e-mail address, and full international contact details.
(7) Referencing style (notes or references): Authors should follow one of the forms, the Chicago style(Turabian Manual) or the APA format.

8. For Book Review column, the JoEMLS is looking for book recommendations as well as individuals willing to review them, you may contact the editor.

9. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission to quote or reproduce material that has appeared in another publication. This includes both copyright and ownership rights, e.g. photographs, illustrations, and data.

10. First Author should be the equivalent of the Principal Author. The Principal Author must clearly specify who are the Corresponding Author and co-authors in proper sequence. Submission of manuscripts previously published in conference proceedings or revision based on thesis should be clearly indicated in the front page of manuscripts.

11. Revision should be returned to the editor within the deadline for further peer review process. Revision behind the period could be rejected or treated as a new manuscript by the Journal.

12. Each author will receive 1 free copy of the JoEMLS. Fifteen offprints given from JoEMLS are to be arranged by corresponding author. Additional offprints can be purchased from the Department of Information and Library Science, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan. However, authors can find online full-text of PDF format via Open Access mechanism on the websites of JoEMLS and DOAJ.

13. Submissions of manuscripts in either Chinese or English and editorial correspondence please use the Online Submission & Peer Review Service (ScholarOne- JoEMLS) at, ,or mail to the editor: Professor Jeong-yeou Chiu, Department of Information and Library Science, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan. Email:

14. The articles are distributed under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC license.CC BY-NC license

15. For articles in English, JoEMLS do not charge authors an article processing charge (APC).

About English Summary

A brief English Summary is a supplement to Chinese article. Authors who contribute to the JoEMLS in Chinese language would need to supply English Summaries themselves. Such English Summary will carry a disclaimer: “This English Summary is provided by the author(s) or translated by the JoEMLS editors, and the author(s) have certified or verified that the translation faithfully represents the Chinese version of their own in the journal. It is for convenience of the English users and can be used for reference and citation.”

About Romanized & Translated Notes/References for Original Text PDF

The main purpose of Romanized and Translated Notes (or References) at the end of English Summary is to assist Western database indexers in identifying and indexing Chinese citations. This Romanization system for transliterating Chinese cannot be a substitute for those original notes or references listed with the Chinese manuscript. The effect of Chinese Romanization for citation remains to be seen.
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Copyright © 2013 Dept. of Information and Library Science, TKU  ISSN:1013-090X  DOI:10.6120/JoEMLS
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