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Call for Submissions: RDAP 2020 Special Issue

April 08, 2020 8:01 PM | Matthew Harp (Administrator)

The Research Data Access and Preservation Association (RDAP) and the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB) are pleased to continue their partnership and announce that there will be a Special Issue published by JeSLIB for the 2020 RDAP Summit.

The 2020 Special Issue will focus on the Summit’s themes, “Connecting Through Data”, considering how different communities are impacted by our systems, technology, values, and practices, who our communities are by and for, and to look at data services through a critical lens.

This is an open submissions call, and we encourage all presenters (talk, poster, presentation), especially first-time presenters, to submit. We are also encouraging new and veteran RDAP Summit attendees to write and submit Commentaries to the special issue – it’s a great way to jump into scholarly publishing! Guidelines for authors can be found at Please read and follow these instructions carefully when preparing your manuscript. 

Need help getting started? Thea Atwood and Kristine Lee gave a wonderful presentation at RDAP 2019 on “Turning Your Poster or Presentation into an Article.” View their super helpful slides:   

To submit your paper, go to

Your manuscript will be subject to a full, double-blind peer review process and copy editing. Commentaries are not peer reviewed but are read and edited by the guest editors and editor-in-chief.

Along with submitting the paper you should also submit a cover letter clearly explaining the paper’s premise and additional changes or submissions made to presentation content when writing the paper.

The schedule for this special issue is as follows:

  • June 5, 2020 – Submission deadline
  • June 8 – July 31, 2020 – Peer review and notification of decision
  • September 11, 2020 – Revised manuscript deadline
  • September 2020 – Copyediting
  • October 2020 – Processing and publication

Please note acceptance of all articles/commentaries is not guaranteed, although we hope that all authors whose manuscripts are of high quality will be accepted.

JeSLIB Editorial Team

Regina Raboin, Editor-in-Chief, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sally Gore, Associate Editor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Julie Goldman, Managing Editor, Harvard Medical School

Lisa Palmer, Distribution Editor, University of Massachusetts Medical School


The RDAP community brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, archivists, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of STEM disciplines, social sciences, and humanities.


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