What We Do
In the Library with the Lead Pipe is an open access, open peer reviewed journal founded and run by an international team of librarians working in various types of libraries. In addition to publishing articles and editorials by Editorial Board members, Lead Pipe publishes articles by authors representing diverse perspectives including educators, administrators, library support staff, technologists, and community members.
Lead Pipe believes libraries and library workers can change the world for the better. We improve libraries, professional organizations, and their communities of practice by exploring new ideas, starting conversations, documenting our concerns, and arguing for solutions.
If you like reading In the Library with the Lead Pipe and would like to write an article, we would love to hear from you. We encourage creative thinking, envelope-pushing, and constructive criticism. Articles indulging in non-constructive criticism will not be accepted.
What We Publish
We publish high quality peer-reviewed articles in a range of formats. Whilst we are open to suggestions for new article types and formats, including material previously published in part or full, we expect proposals to include unique and substantial new content from the author. Examples of material we would publish include:
- Original research with a discussion of its consequences and an argument for action.
- Articles arguing for a particular approach, strategy or development in librarianship, with practical examples of how it might be achieved.
- Transformative works with additional explanatory or interpretive content. For example, a transcription of an interview or panel discussion, with a substantial introduction explaining the importance of the subject to librarianship and a discussion of related literature.
Why Publish Your Article With In the Library with the Lead Pipe?
In the Library with the Lead Pipe is internationally recognized as a forward-thinking, open access, peer reviewed journal. Formerly considered a peer-reviewed blog, in 2012 Lead Pipe won the Salem Press Library Blog Award for ‘Best General Blog’. Later that year, after consulting with our readership, Lead Pipe was repositioned as a professional journal. We are listed by the Directory of Open Access Journals, LISTA, and Ulrich’s as a peer-reviewed journal. Thousands of readers subscribe via RSS, and Lead Pipe receives over 5000 unique visits from across the world each month.
If you are ready to submit an article proposal, or for information on Lead Pipe‘s licensing and copyright policy, please read our Submission Guidelines. You may also be interested in reading about the Lead Pipe publication process.
We appreciate and invite your comments and discussion about articles on In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Constructive criticism is one of our primary goals, and we applaud it in our readers. Comments that do not maintain a civil tone or that disregard the article’s topic will be deleted. We do not edit comments except by request of the poster.
All content posted on In the Library with the Lead Pipe (except where otherwise noted) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, including comments added to the articles. As such, all comments may be archived along with the articles they accompany for the purposes of the author’s record of publication.