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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Submission Types

Please choose the appropriate type from the following options when submitting your paper:

Invited contribution - Any contribution solicited by the Editor-in-Chief or other member of the Editorial Board. Reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. Word count is negotiable with the Editor-in-Chief.

Case studies - Reports on experiences or best practices in practical settings. Reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. Word count should be 3,000-5,000 words.

Refereed research articles - Reports on empirical research within library and information science. We encourage authors to report their research methods in full, including both successes and difficulties so that other researchers can learn from the experience. Reviewed by at least two double-blind peer reviewers, with a possible third reviewer as deemed necessary by the Editor-in-Chief or the Associate Editor for Refereed Research Articles. Word count should not exceed 7,000 words.

Opinion - Critical approaches to thoughts on issues related to the focus and scope of the journal. Reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. Word count should be 3,000-5,000 words.

Conference reports - Reports from any CILIP-affiliated conference. Reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief. Word count should be 1,000-3,000 words.

Book reviews - Reports on a review of a book; typically assigned by the Associate Editor for Book Reviews. Reviewed by the Associate Editor for Book Reviews.

Manuscript preparation

Papers of all types must be submitted using the Word template available at this link. Papers must appear in APA 7th Edition style.

Language - Please use correct, clear, and concise English in all manuscripts. Adhere to British spelling (rather than American or Canadian spelling.)

Word count - The maximum length of a paper is 7,000 words although this may be negotiated with the Editor-in-Chief. Abstracts should be 100-150 words. Provide a biography of up to 75 words for each author.

References - Please use APA 7th edition style for in-text citations and references, inserting the name and year in the text as instructed by APA guidelines.

The Occasion Use this heading only to describe a prize entry, thesis description, related project, etc. (for example, if you are writing this paper as the result of winning a LIRG prize). Otherwise do not use this heading.

Acknowledgements When applicable, please acknowledge your research funding body and/or colleagues or other organisations that have contributed to the research using no more than 50 words.

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