Dear Valued Readers,
We would like to address some of the responses to our recently published article, “Conspiratorial Thinking in Academic Libraries: Implications for Change Management and Leadership.” While we do not believe that a convincing case has been made for retracting the article, as some have demanded, we acknowledge that our current editorial and review practices were insufficient in anticipating some of the responses that the article has received. It is our policy that the authors alone respond to criticisms of their work, should they desire to do so. This can take place within the comments section of the article, or elsewhere. It is wholly up to the authors whether comments made about their articles will be published, and whether they will respond to any particular comment. The article has received several abusive comments that violate our code of conduct, and some of these comments echo abusive and bullying language that has appeared in some of the social media commentary, and such comments will not be tolerated or addressed. This type of discourse does nothing to further the causes that the (usually anonymous) authors may claim to represent.
As you may know, Lead Pipe is an all volunteer-run journal. We have encountered challenges and changes over the past two years. Partly as a result of these challenges, we have recently decided to change our editorial and publication procedures. These changes will occur simultaneously with our move to a new platform that we hope will improve both the editorial process and reading experience. We are currently on hiatus as we transition to both a new publication schedule and a new platform, and that part of this transition will involve a thorough revision of our article submission and review policies. We are also issuing a call for new board members; we encourage you to join us as we usher the journal into this new phase and continue to serve and represent our profession.
Moving forward, we want you to feel assured that we will remain true to both the standards and to the values that you expect from us.
Lead Pipe Editorial Board