Reference Services Review

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RSR is a quarterly, refereed journal which focuses on issues and ideas in reference services. It was founded in 1972 and is published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. According to its website, its scope is “all aspects of reference functions, including automation of reference services, evaluation and assessment of reference functions and sources, models for delivering quality reference services in all types and sizes of libraries, development and management of teaching/learning activities, promotion of information literacy programs, and partnerships with other entities to achieve reference goals and objectives” (Reference Services Review, para. 2).


Submission Guidelines


The journal accepts original contributions as long as the article is not under consideration at a different publication. Articles should be between 4,000-8,000 words and contain a brief autobiographical note and a structured abstract. ‘Reference Services Review’ follows the Harvard style for references and citations. Here are the complete author’s guidelines for submissions the journal.




RSR is currently edited by Eleanor Mitchell, Director of Library Services at Dickinson College, and Sarah Barbara Watstein, Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at the University of California, Los Angeles. The managing editor is Eileen Breen. The editorial board is made up of fifteen professors, librarians, and information professionals including David Tyckoson.





In addition to its print form, the journal can be found indexed and abstracted in:


Academic Abstracts Search FullTEXT

Book Review Index

Current Index to Journals in Education

Current Awareness Abstracts

Information Science & Technology Abstracts


Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA)

Library Literature and Information Science



The Informed Librarian






Here is the current subscription information for ‘Reference Services Review.’




Reference Services Review – Journal Overview. Retrieved November 20, 2006, from


Alana McMains, MLIS Student, UCLA Department of Information Studies