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 shall be 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. Every article shall undergo review. Only original and previously unpublished manuscript copies of research articles shall be accepted.
The publisher (the National Library) shall not charge any fees for the presentation, reviewing and editing of the text.
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 shall 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 shall be indicated on the verso of the first page. When the article is published, the dates of its submission to the Editorial Board and the final acceptance for publication shall be indicated. On the last page, the date of the article’s submission shall be indicated.
Composition of the article
The article shall start with the author information (see above), summary in English, key words followed by the text of the article (it shall 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 shall 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 shall be linked to the information at ORCID.
The article shall be 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.
The size of articles shall be limited to 1 author‘s sheet (40,000 characters) including all elements of the text. The number of characters of the summary in English shall be limited to 2,000 characters and that of the summary in Lithuanian, to 600 characters. The size of other types of publications shall be limited to 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.
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 shall be presented in the original language and, in some cases, shall be translated into Lithuanian. The summaries shall be presented in English.
Requirements for texts
The Editorial Board shall be submitted with 1 copy of the text signed by the author in the .doc format; the main font shall be Times New Roman. The size shall be 12 points and the spacing, 1.5 points.
Submission of the text
The article’s author shall be 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.
Illustrations, graphic material or maps should be of sufficient quality and clearly described with the indication of their authors and sources.
Sources and literature shall be indicated after the article by using the automatic Insert Footnote mode; the font size shall be 10 points.
All articles shall be 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 shall not be accepted. An author who is a registered user shall be 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 shall be written in a vertical font; the title of the publication, in italic (without quotes); place of publication (name of the city), name of publishers, year, volume (fascicle or issue) and pages of the cited text, in vertical font. When citing an article, the title of the article shall be indicated in vertical font after the author‘s surname followed by a dot 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 shall be indicated after the title of the publication (followed by a dot) in vertical font. The title of the manuscript copy of the work shall be written in vertical font. The title of the archives or manuscript collection shall 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 shall 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. shall 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.
The National Library has been constantly issuing periodical research and methodological publications, e.g., Šiandien aktualu (“Relevant Today”), Bibliografija (“Bibliography”), etc. Such variety was an incentive for National Library‘s Director-General Dr. Renaldas Gudauskas and the Library‘s Scientific Council to create a concept for a single interdisciplinary journal in 2020. 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.