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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.
  • Style Guide: Textual submissions should conform to APA 6th edition format wherever applicable. Style checklist:
    Title: 24pt (Font: Palanquin Dark)
    Author name 14pt (Bold)
    Author affiliation: 12pt
    Abstract text: 11pt
    Headers: 12pt (Font: Palanquin Dark)
    Body of article: 11pt Assistant font
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors
Materials accepted: Submissions may include, but are not limited to: Solicited articles; Scholarly Articles; Essays; Experience and opinion pieces; Media (i.e., podcasts, video, etc) relevant to innovative practices in librarianship; Book reviews; Technology reviews; Letters to the Editor on topics relevant to the field; Data sets; Manifestos; Extended scholarship (Greater than 15,000 words); and Interviews. 
Non-english content is welcome. 
Style Guide: Textual submissions should conform to APA 7th edition format wherever applicable. Style checklist: 

  1. Title: 24pt (Font: Palanquin Dark)
  2. Author name 14pt Bold (Font:  Assistant)
  3. Author affiliation: 12pt (Font:  Assistant)
  4. Abstract text: 11pt (Font: Assistant)
  5. Headers: 12pt (Font: Palanquin Dark)
  6. Body of article: 11pt (Font: Assistant)

Submitting Content:
1. Prospective authors will need to create  an account with OJS, through which they will submit materials.
2. A cover letter should be submitted to inform the editors of any time-related issues that should be considered. It should also indicate whether there are peer reviewers who should not be consulted due to a conflict of interest.
3. The manuscript should be submitted in doc, docx or odt formats. Please include a short abstract and author-supplied keywords.
4. For submissions that are not text-based, authors should submit an accompanying text document, separate from the cover letter, which presents a textual presentation of the submission for the readership.
5. Accompanying media of any kind should be submitted as separate files, which includes tables and images. Recordings of interviews and conversations are welcome, and should be submitted with a verified transcript. All media in which someone other than the author is audible or visible must be submitted with appropriate release forms, or other documented evidence of the participants’ willingness to be involved.
6. The author is responsible for securing any rights required for the republication of any included media and for providing appropriate citations and/or rights statements.

Editorial Process
All content published in the JoNL is reviewed and edited by the editorial board to ensure quality and scholarly rigor. Academic research articles also undergo external, double-blind peer review. The editing processes for these materials are outlined below.
Scholarly Articles (peer reviewed): 

1. Prospective authors are required to create an account and to submit their materials through the online portal.
2.
The submitted article is reviewed by the editor to ensure it meets basic criteria for consideration, including proper filetype format and inclusion of an abstract. See full details in “Submitting Content” section.
3. The submitted article will be assigned two external reviewers, selected based upon their relevant expertise, to assess and critique the article. All identifying information will be removed to ensure double-blind review. If the reviewers return conflicting recommendations, a 3rd reviewer may be asked to review the work.
4. When external review is complete, the author is given the reviewers’ feedback. The journal’s editor-in-chief will also inform the author of the final decision (accept, accept with revision, revise and submit, decline) at this time.
5. Articles that are accepted for publication are sent to the editorial board for copy editing. 
6. Authors are provided a pre-print copy of their article for final revision/approval before typesetting and final publication.
7. Finally, the article is assigned a DOI, pagination, and volume/issue numbers. Articles are published on a rolling schedule, with one volume per calendar year featuring two regulator issues.

Non-peer reviewed content (ex. book reviews, opinion pieces, essays, column articles):

1. Prospective authors are required to create an account and to submit their materials through the online portal.
2. The submitted content is reviewed by the editor to ensure it meets the basic criteria for review, including proper filetype format and inclusion of an abstract. See full details in “Submitting Content” section.
3. The submitted material is assigned to at least two members of the editorial board, who will review the content to assure it is within the scope and mission of the journal. If accepted, editors will provide feedback and copyediting. 
4. Authors are provided a pre-print copy of their piece for final revision/approval before typesetting and final publication.
5. Finally, the piece is assigned a DOI, pagination, and volume/issue numbers. Content is published on a rolling schedule, with one volume per calendar year featuring two regulator issues.

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