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How to get published in Library and Information Science Literature

If research is one of your passions, chances are you will wish to publish the results of your current research projects. If so, the library and information science literature offers a broad range of publications in which to submit your research articles. With tips and useful resources, this blog will help you get a head start on the publication process.

Once you’ve decided that you want to publish, you must determine which journals publish in your research area. Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory makes it easy to search for relevant journals. Here there is information on a wide variety of publications including academic, magazines, and e-journals. Ulrich’s also provides information on whether or not a journal is refereed or peer-reviewed. Through Ulrich’s it is possible to access Magazines for Libraries which lists periodical publications in library and information science. Magazines for Libraries provides updated reviews on the best publications available. For the latest information, you can subscribe to their RSS feed.

Since library and information science journals cover a broad spectrum of subjects including education, business, informatics, computer science, and public administration, it may be difficult to determine which journal is right for you. It may be helpful to search one of the information and library science databases to identify specific journals that publish in your research area. You may also wish to consult one of the journal ranking services to determine how influential a journal is. Check out our libguide for more information.

As a student, it may be beneficial to begin with a journal such as Library Student Journal. This journal is produced by library students from around the globe. Peer-reviewed research and literature reviews are published as well as more informal essays and editorials.
If a peer-reviewed journal seems to be too selective for your scholarship, remember that there are other types of publications within the discipline. You may wish to submit your articles to a non-peer-reviewed journal such as College and Research News, Library Media Connection, or Information Today.

Whichever publication you chose, find out what the requirements are for submission. Usually journals print requirements for submission in one issue of each print volume. You may find this information on the publication’s website. Also, a good rule of thumb is to only send your manuscript to one publication at a time.

Another avenue to seeing your scholarship in print is to present your research at conferences. Like peer-reviewed journals, conferences have an acceptance rate. Choose your topic carefully and make sure it is relevant to the conference you are submitting it to. Often the conference will publish a “proceedings��? in which all of the papers presented at the conference are published. Not all conferences publish proceedings, so be sure to investigate each individual conference.

Once you’ve found a home for your research, you can start writing! It’s important to find an appropriate match before you starting writing your manuscript. When you’re ready to write keep in mind that most manuscripts should contain the following elements:

  • Literature Review

  • Methodology of research

  • Analysis and interpretation of data

  • Conclusion

You must also know how to correctly cite your sources. Library and information science literature typically cites in APA format. Consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Dewey Reference BF 76.7 P83 2010) for guidelines on writing for scholarly publication.

The Dewey Library also has several resources on publishing in the library and information science profession. Check out these resources for more information:

Writing and publishing: the librarian's handbook. Carol Smallwood. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2010. Dewey Library Z 669.7 W75 2010

The librarian's guide to writing for publication. Rachel Singer Gordon. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, c2004. Dewey Library Z 669.7 G67 2004

First have something to say: writing for the library profession. Walt Crawford. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, c2003. Dewey Library Z 665 C776 2003

Jump start your career in library and information science. Priscilla K. Shontz. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2002. Dewey Library Z 682.35 V62 S47 2002

If you have any questions about publishing library and information science research please contact our information studies bibliographer Deborah Bernnard by phone at 442-3699 or email dbernnard@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Katherine Farrell and Deborah Bernnard