Resources for Authors
This listing of serials- and library-related publications is intended to serve as a resource for NASIG members who are looking for outlets to publish their work, such as papers, articles, reviews, etc. This list includes links to the websites of the publications, brief descriptions of the ideas and formats of content accepted by the publications, and links to editorial/submission guidelines, calls for papers, and other useful information for potential authors.
Chicago Manual of Style Q&A
This site offers a lot of good grammar and style tips in the form of questions and answers, covering such topics as hyphenation, the serial comma, and other punctuation questions.
Columbia Guide to Online Style / Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor (2nd ed., Columbia Univ. Press, 2006)
A guide to locating, translating, and using the elements of citation for both a humanities style (i.e., MLA and Chicago) and a scientific style (APA and CBE) for electronically-accessed sources. This website offers the Basic CGOS Style. For more information see the print ed.
The Elements of Style / William Strunk Jr., 1918 ed., published online by the Bartleby Project, Columbia University
The classic original text covering rules of usage, principles of composition, a few matters of form, words and expressions commonly misused and words commonly misspelled.
Guidelines for Converting an Oral Presentation to a Manuscript for Publication / Medical Library Association
Medical Library Association Style Manual
MLA publication style is based on The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition (CMS14) and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition (MW10). However, MLA reference style is based on the fifth edition of the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal." (JAMA 1997 Mar 19;277(11):927?34). This manual is designed to guide MLA's writers and editors on questions of style that are not addressed by CMS14 or MW10, or on which MLA differs from these two authorities.
MLA Style / Modern Language Association of America
AALL Spectrum is an award winning monthly magazine distributed free of charge to members of the American Association of Law Libraries. AALL Spectrum publishes substantive, well-written articles on topics of real interest to law librarians, as well as news about the American Association of Law Libraries.
Against the Grain
Against the Grain is your key to the latest news about libraries, publishers, book jobbers, and subscription agents. It is a unique collection of reports on the issues, literature, and people that impact the world of books and journals.
ALCTS Newsletter Online (electronic only)
Published by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
American Archivist is the semi-annual journal of the Society of American Archivists. It seeks to reflect thinking about theoretical and practical developments in the archival profession, particularly in North America; about the relationships between archivists and the creators and users of archives; and about cultural, social, legal, and technological developments that affect the nature of recorded information and the need to create and maintain it. American Archivist is a refereed journal. Each submission will be reviewed by experts in the subject matter of the submission and a final decision for publication will be based on this review.
American Libraries, the official publication of the American Library Association, features articles on professional concerns and developments, along with news of the Association, library-related legislation, and libraries around the country and the world. ALA encourages publication in the news columns of American Libraries of news about all matters of import to libraries and librarians.
Annual Review of Information Science and Technology
Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) is an annual publication that reviews numerous topics within the broad field of information science and technology. The contents vary from year to year; no single topic is treated on an annual basis. Inasmuch as the field is dynamic, the contents (chapters) of the various ARIST volumes must change to reflect this dynamism. ARIST chapters are scholarly reviews of specific topics as substantiated by the published literature. Some material may be included, even though not backed up by literature, if it is needed to provide a balanced and complete picture of the state of the art for the subject of the chapter. The time period covered varies from chapter to chapter, depending on whether the topic has been treated previously by ARIST and, if so, on the length of the interval from the last treatment to the current one. Thus, reviews may cover a one-year or a multiyear period. The reviews aim to be critical in that they provide the author's expert opinion regarding developments and activities within the chapter's subject area. The review guides the reader to or from specific publications. Chapters aim to be scholarly, thorough within the scope defined by the chapter author, up to date, well written, and readable by an audience that goes beyond the author's immediate peer group to researchers and practitioners in information science and technology, in general, and ASIS members, in particular.
Archival Outlook (formerly the SAA Newsletter) reports regional, national, and international news of relevance to the North American archival profession. In addition, the newsletter updates members on important business of the Society of American Archivists and on the work of its many committees, sections, boards, and task forces. Standing columns include "Bulletin Board" (a running calendar of meetings, workshops, seminars); "Currents" (members' position appointments, professional achievements and honors); "Professional Opportunities" (job announcements); "Illuminations" (how-to information); as well as lengthier features.
The Bottom Line : Managing Library Finances
If you are concerned about how to manage your library finances then this journal represents an essential management tool for information professionals such as yourself. Each issue is packed with in-depth articles related to the financial management of libraries, which in turn help you manage your library effectively. Coverage includes: quality editorial on fundraising, economics affecting libraries, brief notes about grants, taxes and levies, internet connections, business trends, and outsourcing library functions.
Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science
The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science is a bimonthly publication that serves as the newsletter of the Society and publishes short articles on a broad range of topics of current concern to ASIS members. The magazine focuses particularly on material of interest to practitioners. Members and other authors are encouraged to submit items for possible publication, such as reports of practice, public policy, current legislation, standards, pilot projects, state-of-the-art reviews, or overviews of evolving technology and its impact. Articles informing the membership about various developments within ASIS are welcome, as are articles reporting on activities outside the United States. The Bulletin encourages original articles, but will consider timely material that has been presented or published elsewhere. Issues of the Bulletin may focus on particular topics; authors interested in developing material for a focused issue are urged to contact the Editor directly. The Bulletin will not ordinarily report research results unless the treatment is popular. The Bulletin is not refereed, and is not suitable for scholarly publication. Authors are encouraged to consider the Journal of the American Society for Information Science for the publication of research results or formal accounts of practice that include literature reviews or systematic evaluation of innovations.
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly is respected as an international forum for discussion in all aspects of bibliographic organization. It presents a balance between theoretical and applied articles in the field of cataloging and classification, and considers the full spectrum of creation, content, management, and use of bibliographic records. This includes the principles, functions, and techniques of descriptive cataloging; the wide range of methods of subject analysis and classification; provision of access for all formats of materials including electronic resources; and the policies and planning leading to the effective use of bibliographic records in modern society.
Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the academic world's No. 1 source of news and information. The Chronicle welcomes letters to the editor and submissions for its Point of View and Opinion pages. Articles on those pages are the only ones in the paper that are written by non-staff writers. The Opinion section also contains the End Paper, which primarily features the work of faculty artists in recently published books or current exhibitions; art exhibitions at college or university galleries; and art books published by university presses or that include essays by scholars. The End Paper consists of one or more images accompanied by text, usually (but not necessarily) excerpted from an exhibition catalogue, brochure, artist's statement, or book.
College & Research Libraries
A scholarly research journal published by the Association of College & Research Libraries, College & Research Libraries (C&RL) includes articles in all fields of interest and concern to academic and research libraries. Well-written manuscripts on all aspects of academic and research librarianship will be considered. Manuscripts may include research studies, case studies, descriptive narratives of successful and unsuccessful ventures, thoughtful discussions of issues in librarianship, and other suitable subjects.
College & Research Libraries News
College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) is the official news magazine and publication of record of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). It maintains a record of selected actions and policy statements of the association and publishes timely reports on the activities of ACRL and its units. C&RL News publishes articles written by practitioners addressing philosophy and techniques of day-to-day management of academic library services and collections. C&RL News provides current information relating to issues, activities, and personalities of the higher education and research library field. User education, technology, Internet resources, professional education, preservation, government actions that affect libraries, public relations, acquisitions of special collections, grants to libraries, reports on meetings, products, and the business of ACRL are covered in C&RL News.
Computers in Libraries
Computers in Libraries (CIL) is a monthly journal that provides complete coverage of the news and issues in the rapidly evolving field of library information technology. Focusing on the practical application of technology in community, school, academic, and special libraries. CILincludes discussions of the impact of emerging computer technologies on library systems and services, and on the library community itself.
D-Lib Magazine (electronic only)
D-Lib Magazine is a monthly magazine about digital libraries for researchers, developers, and the intellectually curious.
Feliciter is the flagship publication of the Canadian Library Association
Information Management and Computer Security
Information Management & Computer Security contributes to the advance of knowledge directly related to the theory and practice of the management and security of information and information systems. It publishes methodological developments, empirical studies and practical applications. Emphasis is placed on systematic studies that contribute to the general understanding of the power and usefulness of information and hence contribute to more effective management. It allows leading computer security specialists from around the world to express their concerns, describe new techniques and discuss strategies for achieving security objectives. Above all, the journal encourages the development of information security consciousness and aims to present actionable ideas rather than theories.
Information Outlook is the monthly professional magazine of the Special Libraries Association. It is written primarily by and for information professionals. The editorial objective is to provide timely coverage of information management issues relevant to special librarians in a global environment. Information Outlook interprets the news and covers trends and issues impacting information professionals.
Information Technology and Libraries
Information Technology and Libraries is a refereed journal published quarterly by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association. Information Technology and Libraries publishes material related to all aspects of libraries and information technology, including digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, telecommunications, distributed systems and networks, computer security and intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, optical information systems, software engineering, universal access to technology, futuristic forecasting, library consortia, vendor relations, and technology and the arts.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (electronic only)
A quarterly publication of the Science and Technology Section, Association of College & Research Libraries, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions on topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries, and to communicate in more depth than the STS-L mailing list.
Journal of Academic Librarianship
The Journal of Academic Librarianship(JAL), an international and refereed journal, publishes articles that focus on problems and issues germane to college and university libraries. JAL provides a forum for authors to present research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance; analyze policies, practices, issues, and trends; speculate about the future of academic librarianship; present analytical bibliographic essays and philosophical treatises. JAL also brings to the attention of its readers information about hundreds of new and recently published books in library and information science, management, scholarly communication, and higher education. JAL, in addition, covers management and discipline-based software and information policy developments.
Journal of Electronic Publishing (electronic only)
The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) welcomes articles from scholars and practitioners in the field. Scholarly articles will be subject to peer review under the usual procedures; other articles are typically invited, although authors are welcome to suggest topics. Good ideas are always appreciated.
JEP is also interested in creating an archive of articles that cover electronic publishing. We will happily consider articles or conference papers that may have appeared elsewhere. Of course, authors must hold the copyright or get permission from the copyright holder to allow publication in JEP.
Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Information Supply
The North American journal devoted to interlibrary loan and document delivery problems and the expanding roles of interlibrary loan librarians. Until the publication of this journal, there was no broad-based, practical, yet professional periodical that interlibrary loan librarians in North America and abroad can call there own and specifically rely on for their special needs.
Journal of Library Metadata
The Journal of Library Metadata, a peer-reviewed journal, marks the growing importance of metadata in libraries and other institutions. As libraries collect, produce, distribute and publish more information than ever before, the metadata that describes these resources becomes more critical for digital resource management and discovery. The journal is a forum for the latest research, innovations, news, and expert views about all aspects of metadata applications and about the role of metadata in information retrieval. The focus is on practical, applicable information that libraries and other institutions can effectively use in their own information discovery environments.
The journal features original scholarly research, new developments in the field, and reviews of relevant material. Subjects covered include, but are not limited, to application profiles; best practices; controlled vocabularies; cross walking of metadata and interoperability; digital libraries and metadata; federated repositories and searching; folksonomies, individual metadata schemes; institutional repository metadata; metadata content standards; resource description framework; SKOS; topic maps; and more.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science
The Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS) serves as a forum for new research in information transfer and communication processes in general, and in the context of recorded knowledge in particular. Concerns include the generation, recording, distribution, storage, representation, retrieval, and dissemination of information, as well as its social impact and management of information agencies. There is a strong emphasis on new information technologies and methodologies in text analysis, computer based retrieval systems, measures of effectiveness, and the search for patterns and regularities in measures of existing communication systems. The orientation is toward quantitative experimental work, but significant qualitative and historical research is also welcome.
Periodically issues of JASIS include Perspectives issues. Perspectives are focused on one theme or topic and are usually less scholarly than JASIS research articles, although many of the same standards for quality and review apply. Perspectives are intended to inform readers on many aspects of a topic of cutting edge or basic interest. They contain readable, in-depth articles that offer definition, social implications, and meaning to the field of information science and practice without the inclusion of extensive and analytic details. The editor and guest editor serve as reviewers of the invited articles.
Journal of the Medical Library Association
The Journal of the Medical Library Association is an international, peer-reviewed specialty journal published quarterly that aims to advance the practice and research knowledge base of health sciences librarianship.
Law Library Journal
The Law Library Journal is the official publication of the American Association of Law Libraries. Scholarly articles on law, legal materials, and librarianship are the mainstay of the Journal. Practice-oriented articles, proceedings of the business sessions of the Annual Meeting, and annual reports of committees, special interest sections, representatives, and chapters are also included.
Library Leadership & Management
Library Leadership & Management is the quarterly magazine of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. Manuscripts should be of timely and practical interest to those involved in a range of managerial roles in public, academic, and special libraries. The some of the types of articles actively sought include: articles dealing in depth with a management issue and having practical benefit to library administrators; articles highlighting a methodology or technique that has been used successfully in one or several libraries to solve a managerial problem; interviews with prominent library administrators or others in related fields, such as vendors or publishers; and updates of LAMA committee section activities.
Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services
Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services (LCATS) provides a forum for the international exchange of ideas and experiences among members of the library collection management,technical services, vendor and publishing communities throughout the world. It is a comprehensive publication designed to bring together many of the specializations within the broad areas of library collection management and technical services including, but by no means limited to, acquisition of books and serials in academic, public, school and special libraries; cataloging and authority control; outsourcing of technical services operations; electronic publications; gifts and exchanges; microforms and other nonprint media, such as electronic journals; document delivery; networking, resource sharing and access; and pertinent library automation projects. In reflecting the broad, practical and theoretical foundations of the discipline, LCATS publishes articles based on the practical work experiences of librarians, vendors and publishers as well as research reports and papers on theory.
Library Hi Tech
Library Hi Tech (LHT) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal on computing and technology for the library community, dedicated to substantive coverage of both current and emerging technologies in library and information science. LHT addresses the promises of new technologies and the realities of existing systems. Furthermore, LHT explores the implications of technological changes on the present and future roles of libraries. LHT covers encompassing technologies and issues such as integrated library systems, networking, and strategic planning and policy implementation across entire institutions. LHT also presents in-depth reviews of automation vendors, information suppliers, and model programs at various institutions. Each of these articles addresses the evolution of the company or program, its current status, and the company's vision for the future. LHT provides a continuing education course on the issues and options facing libraries. It helps librarians and information professionals anticipate the future, educate themselves to embrace the future, and enable them to utilize new resources as they become available.
Library Journal combines news, features, and commentary with analyses of public policy, technology, and management developments. In addition, some 7500 evaluative reviews written by librarians help readers make their purchasing decisions: reviews of everything from books, audio and video, CD-ROMs, websites, and magazines. Each issue reviews 250 to 350 adult books, mostly prior to publication, making it a source librarians as well as publishers turn to for early evaluations.
Library Management aims to publish articles of interest and value to senior managers and academics within the library and information profession. The journal will discuss strategy and innovative developments in the management of libraries and information services. It will also include papers designed to assist in the development of research and the teaching of information and library management as an academic discipline. It is our intention to maintain a sound balance between the theory and practice of management. Contributors are encouraged to spell out the practical implications of their work. Articles based on experiences and evidence - rather than mere philosophical speculation - will receive particular encouragement. A series of short articles on a linked theme appearing in successive issues would be welcome.
Library Philosophy and Practice (electronic only)
Library Philosophy and Practice is a refereed electronic journal publishing articles that demonstrate the connection between library practice and the philosophy and theory which are behind it. Library Philosophy and Practice publishes reports of successful, innovative, or experimental library procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of librarianship, including both public and technical services. These reports are set in the context of applied research, with reference to current, past, and emerging theories of library practice.
Library Resources & Technical Services
Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) is the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. The purpose of LRTS is to support the theoretical, intellectual, practical, and scholarly aspects of the profession of collection management and development, acquisitions, cataloging and classification, preservation and reformatting, and serials, by publishing articles (subject to double-blind peer review) and book reviews, and editorials and correspondence in response to the same.
Library Review is an independent journal for all those concerned with librarianship, information transfer and communication. It aims to provide an international communication link between researchers, educators and library professionals in academic, public, company and other libraries. It will: review and analyse the communications between academics and practitioners at all levels; update and inform on current and future projects and collaborative programmes; publish the results of current research as applied by librarians and information professionals; discuss the implications and effects of the technological revolution, particularly the Internet and the developing electronic library. Contributions may comprise: previously unpublished research-based papers; news or reviews of current developments;descriptions of practical projects or innovations; surveys of the documentation (both print and non-print) on particular subject areas; literature surveys; reviews and notices of items which may not otherwise come to the Editor's attention.
Library Trends, issued quarterly and explores critical trends in professional librarianship, including practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. Both practicing librarians and educators use Library Trends as an essential tool in their professional development and continuing education. Each issue is devoted to a single aspect of professional activity or interest. In-depth, thoughtful articles explore important facets of the issue topic. Every year, Library Trends provides breadth, covering a wide variety of themes, from special libraries to emerging technologies. Library Trends' themes touch the concerns of the entire library community--from administrators of major libraries to educators in information science. Contributors are practicing librarians and scholars.
LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research (electronic only)
LIBRES is a quarterly, peer-reviewed electronic journal with an editorial board of library and information science scholars. LIBRES communicates scholarly thought on library and information science. LIBRES publishes non-refereed articles, reports, and drafts as well as news and discussion of library and information science research, applications, and events.
MLA News updates you on the Medical Library Association, the industry, legislation, and international events. Regular features may include summaries of new information technology, medical publication trends, new products, classified job ads, and educational opportunities, and announcements about colleagues.
NASIG Newsletter (Access restricted to NASIG members)
The Newsletter is published in March, June, September, and December. Submission deadlines are 4 weeks prior to the publication date (February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1).
portal : Libraries and the Academy
portal: Libraries and the Academy, an international refereed quarterly journal, publishes articles that focus on all aspects of librarianship within higher education. portal also explores how technology is affecting librarianship and scholarship, as well as the role of libraries in meeting institutional missions. The information revolution presents numerous challenges to librarians and administrators in several areas, including archiving, copyright, and distance learning. portal covers these and many other topics as they relate to the rapidly changing needs of academics and the roles of libraries and librarians. Each issue includes peer-reviewed articles on subjects such as library administration, information technology, and information policy. Reviews of newly published books in areas of librarianship and higher education, as well as reviews of computer and database resources, are featured. Other continuing features address technological issues, research, standards, and policy and strategic planning. portal provides an unbiased outlet for issues that scholars have been unable or unwilling to address in other venues. portal is part of the Muse collection and issues are available first in electronic form.
Public Libraries is the official journal of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association. Each issue offers important industry news, PLA/ALA updates, and columns and feature articles that offer strategies and ideas that can make a difference in your career.
Research Library Issues
ARL publishes this bimonthly report on research library issues and actions from ARL (Association of Research Libraries), CNI (Coalition of Networked Information), and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). ARL reports on current issues of interest to academic and research library administrators, staff, and users; higher education administrators and faculty; information technologists and those who depend on networked information; as well as anyone concerned with the future of scholarly communication or information policy developments.
Serials is the principal publication of the United Kingdom Serials Group. Published three times a year, it contains a mix of articles, news items, conference papers, updates and comments from Group members.
The Serials Librarian covers all aspects of the management of serials in any format--print, electronic, etc.--ranging from their publication, to their abstracting and indexing by commercial services, and their collection and processing by libraries. Articles in the journal regularly cover such library-related areas as serials selection, acquisition, and collection development; serials cancellation and weeding programs; the bibliographic control and cataloging of serials; serials staffing; binding, storage, and claiming; serials control systems; networking and cooperative programs; copyright, document delivery, and interlibrary loan; serials agencies; serials reference work and circulation; the secondary storage of serials; and automation.
Serials Review (SR) serves as a source of continuing education and information for serials, acquisitions, and collection development librarians, catalogers, and others involved in the creation, use, and management of serial publications. Its contents include both practical, day-to-day issues and cutting edge developments. Articles published include topical bibliographic reviews; case and research studies devoted to specific serials management issues; and descriptions of new developments in publishing, automation, and standards. A number of regular columns feature interviews, debates on controversial topics, book reviews, and meeting reports. Serials Review is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal.
Technical Services Quarterly
This journal keeps its readers informed of current developments and future trends in computers, automation, and advanced technologies in the technical operations of libraries and information centers. It publishes up-to-the-minute information that technical services professionals and paraprofessionals need to ease the transition of the changes in the field and take full advantage of automated systems that ultimately make collections more accessible to users.
Please direct any questions, comments, or suggestions for additions to the list to Rick Anderson or Anne Mitchell