Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee

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TYPE

Process Committee

PURPOSE

The Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee reviews newly published legal periodicals and online companions and makes recommendations to The Gale Group (TGG) editorial staff concerning inclusion of those titles in the Legal Resources Index/Current Law Index/LegalTrac.

CHARGE

The Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee reviews newly published legal periodicals and online companions and makes recommendations to TGG editorial staff concerning inclusion of those titles in the Legal Resources Index/Current Law Index/LegalTrac.

The committee is also charged with monitoring the guidelines used in determining which publications are included in the indexing. Where the scope of periodical titles presently indexed does not adequately reflect the needs of the AALL membership, the committee makes recommendations to the TGG editorial staff concerning the adjustment of that scope and develops and adopts revised guidelines as needed.

The committee is also charged with making recommendations concerning various publishing details to the TGG editorial staff that may reflect the concerns of the AALL membership.

TIME COMMITMENT

Committee members access a database containing a list of new journals, review the journals to determine whether they meet the indexing guidelines, and then vote on whether each journal should be indexed. This work is ongoing throughout the year and takes several hours once or twice a month. The committee also undertakes various special projects and initiatives, which require an additional time commitment. Future projects might entail identifying and reviewing online companions and legal blogs for indexing. This work would also be ongoing throughout the year and would require another couple of hours a month. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board.

TENURE

Membership on the committee shall normally be for two years, except that the vice chair and chair will each serve three years. The returning member selected as vice chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year and become the chair of the committee for an additional third year.

SIZE

The committee shall normally consist of a chair, a vice chair, five members, and a non-voting Executive Board liaison and staff liaison.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE

  • Goal I: Knowledge
  • Goal II: Community
  • Goal III: Leadership

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES

The committee makes final decisions about inclusion of titles to the TGG editorial staff for Legal Resources Index/Current Law Index/LegalTrac. This committee works with a liaison from TGG.

MORE INFORMATION

View the Journal Submission Guidelines
Submit a Journal
View the Journal Title List
View the Titles Indexed in Legaltrac