What is the LIS Scholarship Archive (LISSA)?

The LIS Scholarship Archive (LISSA) is a discipline-specific repository for work from library and information science and allied fields. LISSA is hosted on the Open Science Framework (OSF) platform courtesy of our technology partners, the Center for Open Science (COS).

Through LISSA, the LIS community can showcase, share, and solicit feedback on the full spectrum of work they do. The materials and associated metadata on LISSA are publicly available and readily indexable.


How do I pronounce LISSA?

Lis-sa, not lee-sa


What can I upload to LISSA?

We welcome materials all any type -- from articles, to oral histories, to code, to metadata, to zines, and everything in between! You can read the full submission guidelines here: https://lissarchive.org/guidelines.

There are no limitations on file formats, however the OSF platform can only render some file formats -- the full list is here: https://github.com/CenterForOpenScience/modular-file-renderer/blob/develop/supportedextensions.md.

There is a 5GB per file upload limit, but the OSF storage is unlimited (e.g. you can upload as many files as you like, as long as the files are under 5GB).


How do I upload materials?

It only takes 5 minutes to submit a work to LISSA! Here are the basic instructions to follow:

  1. Go to osf.io/preprints/lissa/submit
    1. If you are uploading work that isn’t already on the OSF, click "Upload new"
    2. If you already have work on the OSF you to submit to LISSA, click "Connect to existing OSF project"
      1. You will select the project you want to associate
      2. Either upload a new file or pick a file from the existing project.
  2. Pick your subject headings from the menu.
  3. Pick a license from the drop-down list (see choices below).
  4. Optionally, add:
    1. DOI from journal (if it relates to a published article)
    2. Keywords
    3. An abstract
  5. Add your co-authors. If they don’t have an OSF account, their names will be listed without links.
  6. Submit!

Be aware when you submit to LISSA, your work will be assigned a DOI and become publicly accessible. The file can’t be deleted, but can be updated or modified. The related OSF project can be used to manage supplementary materials, appendices, data, or protocols for your preprint. By submitting to LISSA, you confirm that all contributors agree with sharing it and that you have the rights to share it.


What licenses are available?

When you license your work on LISSA, you can choose to extend that license to the OSF project that's connected to your work, or license any supplemental materials separately from the work on LISSA. For licensing OSF projects, see this helpful guide from the COS: http://help.osf.io/m/projects/l/524050-license-your-project

On LISSA, your license options are:

In addition to the license attached to your work, the metadata that describes your work will be made available by COS under a CC-O license.


Can I upload non-English materials?

Yes, please do! We welcome submissions in all languages.


How do I know if I can upload my work to LISSA?

Please only submit material to which you have the rights, either by ownership or by a license. For pre-prints or post-prints, we recommend authors use the SHERPA/RoMEO service to check journal policies.


What is LISSA’s moderation policy?

We do post-submission moderation via periodically checking new submissions to ensure they don’t violate our submission guidelines. If your work was taken off LISSA and you wish to appeal any decisions regarding these guidelines, you should notify the LISSA board at lissarchive at gmail dot com with a concise description of your grievance.


What are the benefits of using LISSA?

You are contributing to a culture of openness in LIS and allied fields, first and foremost! Here are some other positives to using LISSA to share your work:


How can I support LISSA?

You can submit your work, and encourage others to do so as well! Right now, LISSA’s operating costs are being covered by the Center for Open Science, and the Steering Committee are all volunteers. So, we encourage folks to donate to the COS. The funds helps all of the repositories and services hosted by the COS, which helps to holistically open scholarship across disciplines: https://cos.io/donate-to-cos/.


What is the Center for Open Science (COS) and the Open Science Framework (OSF)?

The Center for Open Science is a non-profit technology organization with a mission to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. The COS “envisions a future scholarly community in which the process, content, and outcomes of research are openly accessible by default.” To this end, the COS developed the Open Science Framework (OSF), a tool that "provides free and open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle." The OSF is the foundation upon which other services are built -- such as OSF Preprints, the platform on which LISSA runs. This allows you to be able to associate your work on LISSA with an OSF project, seamlessly and holistically sharing finished work and supplementary or supporting material alongside each other. You can learn more about COS by visiting their mission page.