About the Journal

What is the research journal RELEVANT TOMORROW

The page presents information about the purpose and publisher of the journal, author requirements 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. It gathers 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 and 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 to 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).  

Publishing policy and author requirements

Relevant Tomorrow is an open-access journal published twice a year. Papers (articles, conference presentations, discussions, study material, publications of sources, surveys and reviews) are selected taking into account the journal’s mission. Every submitted paper undergoes revision.  The journal accepts only original papers that have not been submitted elsewhere.

Regarding fees

The publisher does not charge any fees for the submission, reviewing and editing of papers.

Ethics

The Editorial Board adheres to the recommendations by 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, editor-in-chief and reviewers.

Author information and colophon of the article

Authors are asked to present the following information in English and Lithuanian together with the paper’s text: place of work and its address, occupational title, scientific degree and contact information (phone and e-mail address). It is indicated on the left of the first page. When the paper is published, the dates of its submission to the Editorial Board and of the final acceptance for publishing is indicated together with the publication’s title, its issue and publishing year and, on the last page, the date of the paper’s submission for publication.

Structure of the paper

The paper should begin with the author information (see above), summary in English and key words. The body of the paper should contain component parts requisite for a research work: introduction, indication of the research object and scope of previous research, research methods, results, conclusions or summing-up and references to sources and literature. The paper 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 information is linked to the database ORCID.

Selection criteria

Submitted papers are evaluated according to the currency and originality of the research, level of author’s arguing, scholarly level of the language and conformance of sources to the paper’s subject.

Size

The size of a paper of an article (including all elements of the text) should not exceed 1 author’s sheet (40,000 characters). The number of characters of the summary in a foreign language is limited to 2,000 characters and that of the summary in Lithuanian, to 600 characters. The size of papers of other types of publications is 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 study.

Language

The journal is published in English and Lithuanian. Papers in other languages are also accepted (the final decision shall be taken by the Editorial Board). Sources should be presented in the original language (in individual cases, translated into Lithuanian). Papers are required to contain summaries in English.

Requirements for texts

Authors are asked to submit 1 copy of the paper, signed by the author, in the Microsoft Word DOC format (main font Times New Roman, accented characters in the Font “Times Lt”, font size 12-pt, spacing 1.5 lines).

Submission of the paper

The author is required to register on the Website of the journal here. It will allow loading the paper. When registering, it is important to indicate the correct e-mail, at which the author will be notified about the reviewers’ final decision.

Visual information

Illustrations, graphic material and 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 main text by using the option “Insert Footnote” (font size 10-pt).

Reviewing

Submitted papers are reviewed by two reviewers: a member of the Editorial Board and an expert representing the appropriate domain. Papers not satisfying the above-described requirements are not accepted. A registered user can correct the text directly on the Website by taking into account the reviewers’ comments.

Presentation of sources

When a publication is cited, the author’s surname and the first letter of the first name is written in upright font; the title of the publication, in italics (without quotes); and the place of publication (name of city), publisher, year, volume (fascicle or issue) and pages of the cited text, in upright font. When citing an article, the article’s title, followed by a dot, is written in upright font after the author’s surname. Then follows the title of the publication in italics and other information in upright font. The indication of the publication’s compiler and editor follows the publication’s title (followed by a dot) in upright font. The title of the manuscript is written in upright font; the title of the archives or manuscript collection, in italics; and abbreviations of collections, descriptions, fonds and pages (sheets), in upright font. Titles of publications, archives or manuscript collections can be abbreviated in line with the established rules (in italics).

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

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 its Scientific Board to build a new concept. In October 2020, the National Library endorsed 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 the administration of publishing as well as for 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 new 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 essential for issuing a research publication: gathering authors, evaluating publications and debating on important issues related to content management.