Weave is a peer-reviewed, open access, web-based publication featuring articles on user experience design for librarians and professionals in related fields. Our editorial board consists of recognized experts in the field of library UX, and our editorial philosophy is to strive for a balance between theoretical and practical topics.

Why a Journal of Library User Experience?

As the importance of digital services begins to rival that of collections, library user experience is taking a more central role than ever. While new jobs are being created for User Experience librarians and some departments are being renamed “User Experience” teams, there is still no comprehensive, rigorous publication for library UX professionals to share with and learn from their colleagues. Weave is intended to fill that gap. Weave helps practitioners and theorists come together to make libraries better.

Editorial Philosophy

As User Experience practitioners ourselves, we used core UX research techniques to help shape the direction of the journal.

Weave Makes Libraries and User Experience (UX) Practitioners better.

Weave’s primary purpose is to provide a forum where practitioners of UX in libraries (wherever they are, whatever their job title is) can have discussions that increase and extend our understanding of UX principles and research. This is our primary aim: to improve the practice of UX in libraries, and in the process, to help libraries be better, more relevant, more useful, more accessible places.

Weave is theoretical and practical

Practitioners need to constantly re-examine the role, principles, and practice of UX in libraries. Weave should be a forum where people can do that, so the editors strive for a balance of theoretical and practical material. We want discussions of specific techniques and how to do them, but we also want to see discussions of why we are doing what we are doing and debates on the best way to do it.

Weave is for practitioners...and that means you!

Weave’s intended primary audience consists of people in libraries who are using or are interested in using UX. That means not only people whose job title or primary areas of responsibility are UX-related, but anyone at all who has an interest or stake in improving library experience for users, and that should include everyone who works in a library, from administrators to instruction librarians to catalogers.

Weave is experimental

User Experience as a field is relatively new, and even more so in libraries. Because of that, aside from the grounding principles in this document, and the rules that govern the actual editorial and peer-review process, we try not to have too many rules and strictures. We try things. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Those of us involved in creating and running Weave would like to take some risks with this journal, and try some things that might be unorthodox.

Weave is not just about the web

In some quarters UX is still viewed narrowly as analyzing web metrics and web usability testing. Those are great things and necessary to practicing UX, but UX has extended far beyond the web and so should our conversation. We should be talking about applying UX in physical spaces and in any other context where it might be useful.

Weave publishes material of significance to libraries

The primary focus for this journal is the practice of UX in the library setting. However, there is a lot of important work in UX happening outside libraries, and people working in libraries need to understand the broader UX picture as well if they are going to do the best work possible. The Editorial Board feels strongly that Weave should be library-focused, but not library-centric, and that the editors should consider submissions that would be of benefit to libraries even if they are not about libraries.

Weave is Open-Access

The Weave editorial board believes that the impediments to information seeking, retrieval, and use posed by restrictive licensing and misuse of copyright are among the greatest challenges in the field of library user experience. Therefore, our standard license for authors is a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) in order to allow for the greatest possible dissemination of our authors’ work. Our authors always retain copyright to their work. In addition, the editors strive to make Weave’s publishing process as transparent as possible, both to authors and the readership.

Weave includes both scholarly and non-scholarly material

Important conversations about UX can take a variety of forms, and the traditional peer reviewed article is only one of them. Weave does publish research material, for which we use a traditional double-blind peer review process. But the editors also publish non-scholarly pieces in a variety of formats.

Ethical Publishing Guidelines

As a double-blind peer-reviewed publication, Weave UX is committed to ensuring ethical conduct in the publication of all its content. Our Ethical Guidelines are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics’s (COPE) guidelines, and set out expectations for authors, reviewers, and editors.

Authors agree:

  • To conduct research in an ethical and responsible manner and comply with all relevant laws.
  • To present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification, or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • To describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • That submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere.
  • To disclose relevant conflicts of interest.
  • That authorship accurately reflects individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.
  • To notify and cooperate with Weave UX's editors if a significant error or inaccuracy is discovered.
  • To consult with the editors if anything about their duties is unclear.

Reviewers agree:

  • To treat manuscripts for review as confidential documents.
  • To be objective, and formulate reviews clearly with supporting arguments.
  • To decline an assignment if they feel unqualified to review it or cannot meet the deadline.
  • To accept or decline assignments within one week and submit reviews within three weeks of accepting a manuscript assignment.
  • To disclose any potential conflicts of interest in performing the review.
  • To identify relevant published work that has not been cited, or instances where proper attribution was not provided.
  • To notify the editors promptly if at any point they realize the double-blind peer-review process has been compromised.
  • To consult with the editors if anything about their duties is unclear.

Editors agree:

  • To be accountable for everything we publish.
  • To make fair and unbiased decisions and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process.
  • To adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting.
  • To guard the integrity of Weave UX’s published record by investigating any suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct and issuing corrections and retractions as needed.
  • To investigate any reviewer and editorial misconduct and, as necessary, remediate it.
  • To critically assess the ethical conduct of research studies.
  • To communicate clearly what is expected of peer reviewers and authors.
  • To disclose any personal, professional, or commercial conflicts of interest with and, when they arise, to recuse oneself from decisions involving the related article under review for publication.

Call for Papers

We're always looking for new work. If you have an idea for an article that would be a good fit for Weave UX, let us know over on the Submit Page.

Unless otherwise noted, all content in Weave UX is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) in order to allow for the greatest possible dissemination of our authors’ work. If this license would prevent you from publishing in Weave, then please contact us at: helloweaveux@umich.edu.

Our authors always retain copyright to their work, and we never charge our authors to publish in Weave UX.