Information for Authors

The guidelines on this page are intended to aid authors in formatting and submitting their work in a manner consistent with the journal’s policies. View the Call for Papers.

Submission Guidelines

Section Policies

Submission Guidelines

Submission Process

All submissions to Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication should be made using the online submission form. Submissions to JLSC must comply with ALL items on the following checklist. Non-compliant submissions will be returned to authors for revision before any further consideration.

Note: If the primary submission is not in manuscript format (i.e. a textual document), but is in another form of media (video, audio, etc.), please consult with the editors for appropriate submissions guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication by another journal.
  • All authors listed on the submission meet the requirements for authorship outlined in the journal’s policies.
  • The submission has been properly prepared for blind review, with no individually identifiable information/references to the authors included in the manuscript. Acknowledgments (including financial support) should not be included in the manuscript; they may be listed separately during the submission process. Please refer to the corresponding author responsibilities for complete instructions on making your submission.
  • Written consent has been obtained from all individuals or institutions named in the acknowledgments section.
  • All manuscripts adhere to the conventions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).
  • Manuscript files are in Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx).
  • The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font.
  • Manuscripts are expected to be free of grammatical and typographical errors.
  • Illustrations, figures, and tables are not included in the manuscript itself, but are available as separate files to be uploaded as supplementary content during the submission process. See guidelines for formatting these files.
  • Any video or audio files should be available as separate files to be uploaded as supplementary content during the submission process. See guidelines for formatting these files.
  • All requirements specific to a certain type of submission (e.g. Research Articles) have been satisfied. See the guidelines by submission type below.
  • Spelling and grammar checks have been performed.
  • A cover letter has been prepared that addresses the appropriateness of the submission for publication in this publication and that lists all co-authors (as applicable). The cover letter should be a separate Word document (.doc or .docx), and will be uploaded separately from the manuscript to preserve the blind review process.

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Format and Length

Microsoft Word is the preferred format for submission of text documents. Paper copies are not accepted. An informative abstract of 250 words or less is required [for all submissions except reviews]. Please refer to the individual section policies below for appropriate submission length.

Note: If the primary submission is not in manuscript format (i.e. a textual document), but is in another form of media (video, audio, etc.), please consult with the editors for appropriate submissions guidelines.

Layout

All manuscripts must be submitted in standard format (adequate margins, single column, font size no smaller than size 12). All copy, including references and captions, must be typed double-spaced. The first page of the manuscript [text] must bear the title of the paper. Author names or other individually identifiable information should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Citation Style

In general, the style should follow the author/date parenthetical citation format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).

Before submitting an article, authors should familiarize themselves with the journal style and format their article accordingly. Non-adherence to the journal style, including the points described below and in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010), may lead to delays in review and publication.

Authors may wish to consult the Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide, which is freely available online.

Footnotes/Endnotes

Footnotes and endnotes should not be used for citation purposes (see Citation Style above). Use notes only for supplemental comments or narrative asides.

Do not use Microsoft Word’s footnote feature. Instead, please insert footnotes in regular text at the end of the articles. If your paper contains fifteen (15) or more footnotes, they should be formatted as Endnotes in a separate section immediately preceding the References.

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Organization

Submissions should be organized according to the guidelines in the section policies below.

Figures, Illustrations and Media

Figures should be submitted in a form suitable for reproduction online and in print. Images, figures and other pictorial content should be submitted separately. Color images and figures should be at least 300 dpi; black-and-white line images should be 1200 dpi.

As appropriate, authors are encouraged to submit supplementary audio-visual materials (videos, screencasts, etc.) to illustrate the techniques or practices discussed in their articles. Videos will be posted alongside published articles. Note: If subjects other than the author(s) are pictured in the video, signed releases from the video participants will be required before videos are posted to the journal website.

Figures and Tables

All figures (charts/graphs) should be submitted as Microsoft Excel (.xls or .xlsx) files. Multiple charts/graphs may be submitted as separate Excel files, or may be submitted as separate worksheets in one Excel workbook file. All tables should be submitted as a separate Word (.doc or .docx) file (multiple tables may be included in the same Word file).

Figures and tables should be clearly labeled, with appropriate captions listed directly under each figure or table. There should be clear markers within the manuscript to identify the placement of each figure/table.

Illustrations/Photographs

Images (either for inclusion in the manuscript or supplementary files) should be submitted as separate, high quality, uncompressed image files (no lower than 300 dpi) in either .EPS, .GIF, .TIFF, .PNG, or .JPG format . Image file names should be as precise as possible, and a corresponding marker should be placed within the manuscript to identify placement of each image. Image captions, as appropriate, should be included in square brackets in the manuscript immediately following the marker.

Multimedia (Audio or Video)

Multimedia files (either as primary submissions or supplementary files) should be submitted as separate high quality files. Audio files should be in either .WAV, .AIF/.AIFF or .MP3 format. Video files should be in either .AVI, .MP4 or .MOV format. If a multimedia file is not explicitly referenced in the manuscript, its proposed use should be mentioned in the author's cover letter.

If authors wish to submit multimedia files in alternative formats, please consult the editors prior to submission.

Other Supplementary Files

Data files, code, executable programs and other file types may also be submitted as supplementary files. If you would like to submit a file type not addressed here, please contact the editors.

Bibliography

The accuracy and completeness of the references are the responsibility of the author. Failure to submit accurate and properly formatted references may delay review and publication. References to unpublished material may be included. If such material may be of help in the evaluation of the paper, copies should be made available to the editor.

Correspondence

All correspondence should be addressed to the editors.

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Section Policies

The journal welcomes original research and practitioner experience papers, as well as submissions in alternative formats (e.g. video).

Editorial and Commentary

Includes editors’ reflections on a topic or introduction to the current issue. Commentary from readers is also welcome. A variety of perspectives are encouraged for submission, including experiential and opinion pieces from library educators, researchers, students, practitioners and collaborators (e.g. publishers, university administrators or disciplinary faculty).

Submissions should be at least 500 words.

Research Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Original findings resulting from quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research should be submitted for this section. Articles which do not employ an explicitly defined research methodology should be submitted as either a “Practice” or “Theory” contribution.

All research articles must include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words. The structure of the abstract should mirror the required sections outlined below (excluding the literature review section).

All research articles must include, immediately below the abstract on the same page, a section entitled "Implications for Practice." Within this section, authors should provide 3-5 items (arranged in a numerical list) that describe in plain language the implications of the study's findings for library or scholarly communication practice. Authors should focus on why the manuscript should be of concern/interest to readers and how its conclusions will impact practice.

Research articles should include the following primary sections (subordinate sections will vary by paper):

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion

Guidance for manuscript style should be derived from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).

Submissions should be between 3,000-6,000 words, though exceptions will be considered.

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Practice Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Case studies and descriptions or evaluations of library-led programs or services should be submitted for this section. Articles should emphasize the promotion of best practices and useful approaches to challenges encountered by library practitioners. Submissions to this section should contribute to a practical understanding of the continued integration of scholarly communication topics into library and information services. Discussion of policy development is also welcome.

All practice articles must include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words. The structure of the abstract should mirror the required sections outlined below (excluding the literature review section).

Practice articles will typically include the following primary sections (subordinate sections will vary by paper):

  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Description of Program/Service (potential subsections could include: Lessons Learned, Assessment/Evaluation, etc.)
  • Next Steps

Guidance for manuscript style should be derived from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).

Submissions should be between 3,000-6,000 words, though exceptions will be considered.

Theory Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Submissions to this section should reflect the continuing development of library and information services through theoretical explorations of issues relevant to the aims and scope of this publication. Authors are encouraged to describe the relevance, significance and application of theoretical discussions to library practice.

All theory articles must include an abstract of no more than 250 words.

Theory articles must include, immediately below the abstract on the same page, a section entitled "Implications for Practice." Within this section, authors should provide 3-5 items (arranged in a numerical list) that describe in plain language the implications of the paper’s content for library or scholarly communication practice. Authors should focus on why the manuscript should be of concern/interest to readers and how its conclusions will impact practice.

Guidance for manuscript style should be derived from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).

Submissions should be between 3,000-6,000 words, though exceptions will be considered.

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P2 (Post-Peer) Review

This column provides a forum for expert commentary on recent literature in the library and scholarly communication fields. Submissions to this section should serve as critical digests of publications relevant to recent developments in the field. Authors may discuss a single article or present a themed discussion that touches on multiple publications. Discussion should focus on how the publication(s) could impact scholarly communication practices. Reviewed publications may include journal articles, conference papers, or white papers.

All P2 reviews should follow this basic outline:

  • Citation information for publication(s) reviewed, along with link and/or purchase information
  • Introductory section providing a synopsis of the article(s) being reviewed
  • Critical review

Submissions should be no longer than 1,000 words.

Brief Reviews of Books and Products

This section will provide a forum for description and critical evaluation of the quality, effectiveness and value of recent books or products (platforms, tools, hardware, software, etc.). Product reviews should include a description of the features, potential uses and user groups of the product and evaluation of key attributes.

All reviews should follow this basic outline:

  • Book/product name, publication/corporate information, pricing information
  • Book/product review
  • Reviews should be no longer than 500 words.

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