Special Issue Call for Proposals - Copyright in the Time of COVID-19

The Journal of Copyright In Education and Librarianship seeks papers for our upcoming special issue (Fall 2020) exploring copyright considerations associated with libraries and education during the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic is having many life-altering short- and likely long-term effects.  Access to information and the continuation of research and scholarship during this time is critical. As copyright provides the legal framework governing many aspects of information, examining how the copyright law has interacted with the coronavirus pandemic crisis is important to study and record, both for current practice as well as the scholarly record.  

There are many potential applications of copyright law in practice and research that can contribute to the public good at this time of national and international crisis. Articles that may be of interest could cover the following:

  • Case studies of copyright effects or responses to coronavirus 
  • Examinations of collective projects to establishment of best practices
  • Applications of copyright law during the crisis (Controlled Digital Lending)

You can learn more about types of articles here. Usually manuscripts are approximately 4,500 words, however manuscripts of shorter lengths are welcomed for this issue.

The aim of this special issue is to help librarians, educators, administrators, etc. better understand the law as they seek to provide patrons with access to library services and resources during a time of uncertainty. Manuscripts for this special issue are welcome from all, but are especially encouraged from those who are traditionally underrepresented in the professions of librarianship and education, and in society.

Though it is not required, the Editors encourage you to complete this form outlining your idea for a manuscript for this special issue.  

The window for manuscript submissions for this issue starts July 1 and runs through September 30 (early submissions are encouraged). Rolling publication of this issue will start in October.

If you’d like to discuss your idea for a proposal or have questions about this call for proposals, please contact the Editors of JCEL at