Call for articles on DEIA and TCE in copyright for librarianship and education


This issue of Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship (JCEL) will explore diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and traditional cultural expression in copyright for education and librarianship. This issue will begin rolling publication in Spring 2023.

There are many potential intersections of DEIA, traditional cultural expressions, and copyright. Articles that may be of interest could cover the following:

  • Original research into biases or disparate impacts of copyright law 
  • Case studies of handling special collections with DEIA concerns
  • Reports on expanding copyright instruction or services, with a DEIA lens
  • Research or case studies on traditional cultural expression in library or educational contexts
  • Research or case studies around implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty or other accessibility best practices involving copyright
  • Explorations of collective projects, new initiatives, or the establishment of best practices
  • Opinion pieces on DEIA and copyright issues

You can learn more about types of articles here. Manuscript-length is typically around 4,500 words, but shorter works are welcomed.

The aim of this special issue is to help librarians, educators, administrators, and the public better understand how copyright law is intertwined with diversity, equity and inclusion. 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 runs through November 30 (early submissions are encouraged). Rolling publication of this issue will start in spring 2023.


This issue will be guest edited by Sara Benson.  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 or Sara Benson at