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About Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy
The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP) is the official journal of the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), an office of the American Library Association. Quarterly publications include substantive essays, peer-reviewed articles, legal briefs, court rulings, and book banning incidents. In addition, JIFP publishes book reviews, editorials, and reports from ALA Council committees on intellectual freedom and professional ethics.
The journal is an all-digital, online publication available both in HTML and PDF with the option to download and print. In May 2016, OIF began to publish JIFP as the successor publication to the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom (archives available online).
The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy welcomes submissions related to intellectual freedom and privacy, both in libraries and throughout the world. Submissions can include:
- research articles (peer reviewed)
- non-peer-reviewed articles and essays discussing or describing policies, practices, projects, law, and scholarship related to intellectual freedom and privacy
- personal accounts of censorship and intellectual freedom challenges
- opinion pieces and essays on current and topical issues
- book and publication reviews
Submission information and author guidelines are available on the journal's website.
To receive the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy:
- Subscribe to Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy. The subscription price is $50 per year for individuals and $100 per year for institutions.
- Subscribe to the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy online or
- Mail a subscription order to Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, ALA Customer Service - Subscriptions, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Please make your check payable to the American Library Association.
- Join the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table or the Freedom to Read Foundation. Subscriptions are reduced 50% for personal or institutional members. Current members can contact the Office for Intellectual Freedom at 800-545-2433, x4226 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the reduced price subscription form.
Individual vs Institution Subscriptions
Individuals log in to ALA’s Open Journal System (OJS), which verifies subscriptions and authorizes access to JIFP. Institutions gain access via IP address. Anyone who accesses JIFP through a known IP address is given automatic access to JIFP content. Subscribers will receive an email notification from OIF when a new issue is published. Institutions are encouraged to circulate the notice with their authorized users. In addition, each issue of JIFP is indexed with ProQuest and EBSCO.
Anyone can sign up to receive notifications when a new issue is published. Many institutions receive subscriptions; students, staff, and users with access are encouraged to receive a quarterly email notification to take advantage of their institutional access.
Submissions, editorial mail, and inquiries can be sent to Deborah Caldwell-Stone, managing editor, at email@example.com. Inquiries via mail can be sent to:
Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy
ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
225 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601