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Next Issue of SOURCE: Our Call for Pitches

We’re preparing for our next issue of SOURCE, including a special issue or featured series on our destination spaces and places in the Libraries!

Next Issue of SOURCE:
Our Call for Pitches

Call for Pitches for Issue 5
SOURCE Magazine – Fourth Issue Published Fall 2020

First, please see the newest issue! SOURCE continues to evolve as we prepare and publish each issue.

For our call for pitches, we’re currently in our quieter time, when we’ve issued a call for pitches (open for all workers in the Libraries) where we solicit story ideas. For this next issue, we’ve requested that folks send us pitches of 100-200 words by October 29. The pitch process is newer, and we implemented pitches because we have so many great stories to share, and we need to be able to collaboratively develop stories with folks, to ensure we fit a public scholarship style – meaning accessible and inviting for readers. With the call for pitches, the next steps are to have the Editorial Collective review (and we’ll do that between October 30-November 14) and then send invitations for full articles (normally 500-1,000 words), which are then due by January 8. For this process and the publication, we use Open Journal Systems (OJS), so the submission process is an embedded learning opportunity for our contributors, where folks learn about OJS, public scholarship, and publishing.

Special issues and series are also in development. In addition to the pitch process, we are also always looking for opportunities for special issues and featured series for SOURCE. We know we’ll soon be collaborating to develop stories on “Destination Places and Destination Spaces in the Libraries,” working with Associate Dean Brian Keith and specialists in each of the places/spaces to share. We’re not sure if it will be a featured series, with articles in the series across several issues, or if it will be a special issue. We’re excited to collaborate on this, to celebrate our spaces for their histories, renovations, and futures.

SOURCE: the Magazine of the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, published by the LibraryPress@UF, is an open access journal, distributed primarily in electronic format twice a year, in August and February. SOURCE offers the reader an opportunity to view remarkable materials from our collections, learn about our innovative research and collaborations conducted both in the Libraries and with other colleagues throughout the University and beyond, and explore highlights of exceptional faculty and student services provided by the Smathers Libraries.

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