About the Journal

What is the research journal RELEVANT TOMORROW

The page presents information about the purpose and publisher of the journal, requirements for the authors of texts, authors’ registration and the journal‘s history.

Focus and scope

Relevant Tomorrow is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published by the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and reviewed by an international editorial board. Its purpose is to assemble researchers from the field of information and communication who wish to publish articles dealing with research in the disciplines of information and media literacy, librarianship and bibliography, digitisation and digital publishing, information policy and information safety, methodology of information sciences, cultural policy and communication.

The published articles are assigned DOIs (the National Library is a member of CrossRef).

Why is the journal published by the National Library

Every year, Lithuania‘s National Library processes thousands and thousands of data related to information services provided for publishers, readers and other users, thus laying the groundwork for the analysis of such data. According to the Law on Libraries of the Republic of Lithuania, the National Library‘s remit is to build a single integrated library information system of Lithuania uniting various roles of information and communication professionals including scholars and researchers. The Library, being a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), has an objective to make a platform for researchers from various countries oriented at publishing the most relevant material.

By common accord of the National Library‘s Scientific Council, its Director-General and the journal‘s Editorial Board, research publications should help find answers, both nationally and internationally, to the most urgent issues in the fields of librarianship, media and publishing, information policy, management of big data and communication (especially political communication).  

Publication specifications and requirements for authors

Relevant Tomorrow is an open-access journal published twice a year. The review process focuses on articles, conference presentations, discussions, study material, publications of sources, surveys and reviews that fit the journal’s purpose. All submissions are reviewed. Only original and previously unpublished manuscript copies of research articles are accepted.

Fees

The publisher (the National Library) does not charge any fees for the submission, reviewing and editing of the text.

Ethics

The Editorial Board adheres to the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) set for editors, reviewers and authors.

The Editorial Board has approved the requirements for authors, which are followed by the journal‘s scientific editor and reviewers.

Colophon of the article / author information

Authors should present the following information together with the text in English and Lithuanian: place of work and its address, occupational title, educational degree and contact information (phone and e-mail). This information should be indicated on the left side of the first page. In the published article, the dates of its submission to the Editorial Board and of the final acceptance for publishing should be indicated together with the publication‘s title, issue number and publishing year and, on the last page, the date of the article’s submission .

Composition of the article

The article should start with the author information (see above), summary in English, key words followed by the text of the article (it should contain component parts which are requisites for a research work: introduction, indication of the research object and goal, scope of previous research, research methodology, results, conclusions or summing-up and reference list and literature). The article should end with a summary (after conclusions) with the indication of the title and the author‘s name as well as key-words in English. The author‘s information is linked to the information at ORCID.

Selection criteria

The submission is appraised according to its conformance to the journal’s spectrum of issues by taking into account aspects of the currency and originality of the research, level of author‘s arguing, scholarly level of the language and conformance of sources to the article‘s topic.

Size

The size of a submission should not exceed 1 author‘s sheet (40,000 characters) including all elements of the text. The number of characters of the summary in English is limited to 2,000 characters and that of the summary in Lithuanian, to 600 characters. The size of other types of publications should not exceed 0.5 author‘s sheet (20,000 characters). In exceptional cases, the Editorial Board may increase the indicators for the size of the text, in particular in case of a research study.

Language

The journal is published in English and Lithuanian. The authors may submit articles in other languages as well (the final decision shall be taken by the Editorial Board). The sources should be presented in the original language and, in some cases, should be translated into Lithuanian. The summaries should be presented in English.

Requirements for texts

The Editorial Board should be submitted with 1 copy of the text signed by the author in the Word  format (doc.); the main font should be Times New Roman. The size should be 12 points and the spacing, 1.5 points.

Submission of the text

The article’s author is required to register on the journal’s Website here. It will allow loading the manuscript copy. When registering, it is important to indicate the precise e-mail, at which the author will receive information about the final decision after the review.

Visual information

Illustrations, graphic material or maps should be of sufficient quality and clearly described with the indication of their authors and sources.

References

Sources and literature should be indicated after the article by using the Insert Footnote option; the font size should be 10 points.

Reviewing

All articles are reviewed by two reviewers: a member of the Editorial Board and an appointed expert representing the appropriate domain. Articles not satisfying the above-described requirements are not accepted. An author who is a registered user is given permission to amend the text in line with the reviewers‘ comments.

Presentation of sources within the article

When citing a book, the author‘s surname and the first letter of the first name should be written in vertical font; the title of the publication, in italic (without quotes); and the place of publication (name of the city), publisher, year, volume (fascicle or issue) and pages of the cited text, in vertical font. When citing an article, the title of the article followed by a dot should be indicated in vertical font after the author‘s surname followed by the title of the publication containing the article in italic and other information in vertical font. The compiler of the publication and editor should follow the title of the publication (followed by a dot) in vertical font. The title of the manuscript copy of the work should be written in vertical font. The title of the archives or manuscript collection should be written in italic; abbreviations of holdings, inventories, records, sheets (pages), in vertical font. The title of the publication, archives or manuscript collection may be abbreviated in line with the established rules; abbreviations should be written in italic.

After the footnote with extensive information about the publication or archive, some information within the following footnote may be omitted or the reference Ibid. may be given in italic.

If necessary, authors may consult the Editorial Board or refer to the established standards for bibliographic referencing LST ISO 690 and LST ISO 690-2.

 

HISTORY

The National Library had been permanently issuing research and methodological publications Bibliografija ("Biblioghraphy") and Bibliotekų tyrimai Lietuvoje ("Library Studies in Lithuania"). They served as an incentive for the Library's Director-General and the Scientific Board to build a new concept. In October 2020, the National Library endorsed the new principles for research publishing, which provide for the publication of two periodical research journals: Relevant Tomorrow and Parliamentary Studies. Such a concept allows uniting efforts for publishing administration, research and promotion. The concept also provides that part of the archive of previously published research publications be accessible by users on the Website of the journal Relevant Tomorrow.

In January 2021, the National Library‘s staff member Dr. Andrius Vaišnys, by using connections in national and international partnerships, assembled an editorial board who pursue activities that are principal for issuing a research publication: assemble authors, evaluate publications and debate on important issues related to content management.