About the Journal

Focus and Scope

LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, has always been devoted to affordable Open Access business models for scientific journals. In the domain of Library and Information Sciences (LIS) it brings this principle into practice through its own journal, LIBER Quarterly, which is intended to form a bridge between the scholars of the LIS departments and the practitioners in our university and research libraries. It will achieve this by publishing not only theoretical contributions, but also descriptions of examples of good practices.

LIBER Quarterly seeks to cover all aspects of modern research librarianship and information delivery. Contributions from outside of Europe are welcome whenever their subject may be relevant for the librarians and researchers in European research institutes.

Publication Frequency

(The journal used to publish 4 issues a year, in March, June, September and December. In between, accepted articles were pre-published in an ‘issue in preparation’.)

As of volume 27 (2017), the journal switched to the 'continuous publication model'. This means that papers are published online in their final form (both in PDF and in HTML) as soon as they become available. Although the name of the journal still contains "quarterly", only one issue will be published per year.

Open Access Policy

LIBER Quarterly provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Archiving Policy

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilizes Portico to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

The Journal fully supports and encourages author self-archiving of all content (sometimes termed 'green' open access). LIBER Quarterly is registered with SHERPA/RoMEO to ensure that the license terms and self-archiving policies of the journals are clear.

Abstracting and Indexing Services

Reference directories of (OA) journals
Electronic Journals Library (University of Regensburg)
Ulrich's periodicals Directory*

Article discovery systems
BASE search, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Google scholar
Ebsco library & international science source*
Ebsco discovery*
Ex Libris Primo*
Worldcat (OCLC), global catalog of library collections *

Citation databases
Scopus (Elsevier)*

(* access by subscription)

All LIBER Quarterly content is indexed with CrossRef and assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This means that all LIBER Quarterly references are made available so that citations can be tracked by the publishing community, and the content is added to the Cross-Check anti-plagiarism database.

In addition, LIBER Quarterly is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

If LIBER Quarterly is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing info@openjournals.nl or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Authors are explicitly encouraged to deposit their published article(s) in their institutional repository.

LIBER Quarterly is registered as a SHERPA/RoMEO Green journal

Journal Metrics and Ranking

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LIBER Quarterly is published by LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries (www.libereurope.eu) and supported by Openjournals (www.openjournals.nl).


The publication of this Open Access journal without 'article processing charges' for the authors is made possible through the generous sponsoring by the following organizations:


LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche / Association of European Research Libraries) published between 1971 and 1990 its Bulletin (ISSN: 0304-0224). In 1991 this was replaced by a new periodical publication: European Research Libraries Cooperation: ERLC; the LIBER Quarterly (ISSN: 1018-0826) and starting with its 8th volume in 1998 its name simply became LIBER Quarterly (p-ISSN: 1435-5205). It became an online journal in 2003 and Open Access in 2008.

These journals can all be accessed freely from the following websites:

LIBER Quarterly is now an online-only publication, with ISSN 2213-056X.