Resources for Authors

All resources listed here were identified by editors participating in the LIS-Editors discussion list.


Belcher, Wendy. "Parsing the Decision Letter" Chronicle of Higher Education (February 13, 2009)

Day, Abby.

Foster, Connie.

Hatcher, Tim. "Becoming an Ethical Scholarly Writer." Journal of Scholarly Publishing 42, no. 2 (Jan. 2011): 142-59.

Hernon, Peter, and Candy Schwartz. "What is a Problem Statement?" Library and Information Science Research 29, no. 3 (2007): 307-9.

Janicke Hinchliffe, Lisa and Jennifer Dorner. “How to Get Published in LIS Journals: A Practical Guide” Library Connect Pamphlet 2 (2006 ).

Perlmutter, David. "Taking Time for R&R" Chronicle of Higher Education (January 8, 2008)

Putnam, Laurie L. "Professional Writing and Publishing: Resources for Librarians" C&RL News 70, no. 4 (2009): 222-225. (accessed April 20, 2009)

Robins, Jane. "The Quality of Published Library and Information Science Research." Library & Information Science Research 13 (Oct./Dec. 1991): 315-17.

St. Claire, Gloriana. "Improving Quality: An Editor's Advice to Authors." College & Research Libraries 54 (May 1993): 195-97.

Taylor, Dean, and Margaret Procter. “The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting It.” (accessed Jan. 4, 2009)

Toor, Rachel. "Visions and Revisions" Chronicle of Higher Education (July 15, 2008)

Williams, Jeffrey. "Confessions of a Journal Editor" Chronicle of Higher Education (September 28, 2007)

Zabel, Diane. "Advice for Prospective Authors." Reference & User Services Quarterly 46, no. 2 (Winter 2006): 4-11.

Examples of author guidelines

Association of College & Research Libraries

D-Lib Magazine

Government and Information Quarterly

Journal of Academic Librarianship

Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Journal of the Medical Library Association

Journal of Web Librarianship

Knowledge Quest

Law Library Journal

Library and Information Science Research

portal, Libraries and the Academy

Serials Review

Technical Services Quarterly

Examples of author agreements

Law Library Journal

Sample Publication Agreement

Taylor & Francis (publishing former Haworth titles)

‘Copyright Transfer FAQs’ page at
‘Taylor & Francis’s Position on Copyright and Author Rights’ at