LPC Publications


Joshua Neds-Fox, Wayne State University Library System

Melanie Schlosser, Library Publishing Coalition



Date of this Version



library publishing, scholarly publishing, publishing ethics, publishing practice


Conceived at the Library Publishing Forum in 2017, the Ethical Framework for Library Publishing was a first-of-its-kind document for the LPC and the library publishing community. But remarkable social upheaval in the ensuing years, along with the continued maturation of our discipline, prompted the LPC to convene a task force to update the Framework for our current environment. What the task force developed, to our surprise, looks very little like the original document. An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing Version 2.0 is a true framework to help library publishers set an ethical baseline for their programs and activities. Consisting of four basic Frames, each with their own set of Statements and Guidance, the Framework gives the reader a scaffolding for ethical thinking in library publishing.


Created with input from: Ally Laird, Penn State University (LPC Board Liaison); Anna Leonard, University of Namibia; Library Publishing Coalition Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

© Library Publishing Coalition 2023. Licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

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