Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

  • 19 January 2018, 08:27
Theme: "Empowering Scholarly Communication Transforms Societies"

The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA Congress in Kuala Lumpur on the theme “Empowering Scholarly Communication Transforms Societies.”

Scholarly Communication encompasses the cycle of the creation, publication, dissemination, discovery and evaluation of scholarly research. It includes everything from data and journal articles to blog postings. Researchers, funders, publishers and, of course, librarians all have roles to play in the scholarly communication life cycle. This program will examine the pivotal role libraries play in scholarly communication. It will explore the most effective ways for libraries to be involved in the process.


We invite papers that address any one or more of the following topics:

  • Partnerships and outreach in Scholarly Communication
  • Ensuring a dialogue among Scholarly Communication stakeholders
  • Retooling and reskilling for Scholarly Communication
  • Promoting the value of Scholarly Communication
  • Efforts to increase access to the output of Scholarly Communication
  • Sustainable and economically viable models of Scholarly Communication
  • The impact of changes in scholarly communication on collection development
  • The increased role of Libraries as Publishers in Scholarly Communication

Submission Guidelines

Proposals must include the following information:

  • Name and institution of speaker(s)
  • Contact information for speaker(s)
  • Brief biographical information
  • Proposal title
  • Brief (250 words) abstract of the proposed paper
  • Language of presentation

Important dates

Proposal submission deadline: 1 March 2018

Notification of acceptance: 30 March 2018

Submission of completed paper: 30 June 2018


All proposals must be received by 1 March 2018.

Please email your proposals to:

Gaelle Bequet, Secretary, Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section


Meg Mering, Chair, Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section

Finalists will be notified by 30 March 2018.

Authors are expected to read IFLA Guidelines for presenters available at and watch for the 2018 update that should be published shortly on IFLA website. Authors shall then submit final versions of their papers by following the recommendations and using one of the official IFLA languages before June 30th, 2018. Please note that in accordance with IFLA’s Open Access Statement, all papers that are presented at the WLIC 2018 should be available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors needing further information shall contact Gaelle Bequet, Secretary of Serials and other Continuing Resources Section ( or Margaret Mering, Chair of the Committee (

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Malaysia. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2018 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.