Weave publishes a mixture of theoretical and practical material on user experience topics aimed at UX practitioners in libraries. "Practitioner" is defined loosely, so it could include just about anyone interested in improving the experience of using the library (and that should include just about anyone).  Weave is experimental, and library focused but not library-centric.  The editors will consider publishing material that is not explicitly about libraries as long as there is some potential linkage to library practice.

What we publish

Weave publishes open access, web-based articles on user experience (UX) for librarians and professionals in related fields. Learn more about Weave to see if your article would be a good fit, including our editorial philosophy and ethical publishing guidelines

Scholarly articles

See our latest Call for Scholarly Submissions (December 2019).

We primarily publish full-length, scholarly articles that go through a double-blind, peer-reviewed process. We are interested in publishing:

• Innovative and cutting-edge research

• Practical applications and their implications

• Ideas and speculation about future directions for UX in libraries 

The Dialog Box

See our latest Call for Dialog Box Submissions (April 2019).

We publish non-scholarly, conversational pieces in our Dialog Box. Our Dialog Box aims to extend beyond the traditional book review section and feature critical dialogue not only with books, but with other media that set the boundaries of library UX. 

Submitting your pitch

If you are in the idea phase, pitch your idea. We have an editorial team that can help you develop your idea into an article.

If you already have an article and think Weave is a good place to publish it, we still want to hear your pitch first. We will let you know if it seems like a possible fit and we want to read the full manuscript.

The entire submissions process is managed through Submittable. To submit:

  1. Create a Submittable account
  2. Submit your pitch using the form
  3. Wait to hear back from us (within a week)

The pitch includes:

• 3-4 sentences explaining how your article or idea advances user experience in libraries

• A working title

• Why Weave is a good fit for the article

• Value to Weave readers

• Your preferred section (peer-reviewed or Dialog Box)

• Your institutional affiliation

• Any additional authors

The review and publication process

Scholarly articles take about a year to go through the process from pitch to publication. This includes:

  1. Authors pitch an idea
  2. Editors respond (within a week)
  3. Authors write and submit article (time varies)
  4. Authors make revisions (time varies)
  5. Article goes through double-blind peer review (2-3 weeks)
  6. Authors make final revisions (time varies)
  7. Copyeditor cleans up the article (1 month)
  8. Michigan Publishing prepares the article for publication (1 month)
  9. Production and publication

Dialog Box articles go through a similar process (except for peer review) and take a minimum of 3 months. You will work directly with our Dialog Box Editor.

We publish two issues per year: April (spring) and October (fall).

Weave is committed to open access and distributes articles under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY). As the author, you will always retain copyright to your work. We don’t charge author fees.

Writing your article

To make things easier for authors and more consistent for readers, we have an article template that demonstrates our preferred formatting and style. Authors are expected to follow the guidelines outlined in this template, including citation formatting, abstract length, heading style, and more. 

Keep in mind if you are writing a case study, we will ask that you:

• Focus on aspects of the project most likely to transfer. Offer value to the reader by focusing on what is most relevant or useful to other libraries.

• Have a clearly-stated argument. Early on, articulate your argument. Avoid just writing a log of activities.

• Avoid unjustified generalizations. Consider carefully whether your data is generalizable across institutions.

• Go deeper than narration. Be reflective, discussing why you did what you did the way you did it.

• Do your homework. Ground and position your case study in relevant and current scholarly conversations.

Weave: Journal of Library User Experience