Style Guide & Formatting Requirements

See the Journal Policies for information before submitting.

Instructions for Authors:

  1. Document Format:
    • MS Word (preferred) or RTF. Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file.
    • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction. The abstract is entered separately during the submission process, and a title page will be generated by the editors).
    • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers.
    • Margins: 1” top and bottom; 1.5” right and left.
  2. Document Length:
    • Between 3,000 - 7,000 words for manuscripts. Between 500-1,500 words for book reviews. Authors wishing to submit manuscripts outside of this word count should first consult with the Editor-in-Chief.
    • Document length is inclusive of all components of the manuscript (body and references, but not abstract).
    • Abstracts are 150-250 word length.
  3. Paragraphs:
    • Text is to be single-spaced with no extra spacing between paragraphs, except surrounding a block quote (6pt spacing before and after paragraph).
    • Section headings will have an addition of 6pt spacing before and after.
    • Indent the first line of each paragraph, except those following a section header.
    • Paragraph text is justified, with the exception of headings and references which follow APA 6th edition formatting as to alignment and indentation.
  4. Font:
    • Use Times for the entire manuscript (including headings) except, possibly, where special symbols are needed.
    • Text should be 12-pt, with possible exceptions for tables or footnotes (10-pt).
    • All text should be black in color, with the possible exception of hyperlinks.
    • Use italics for foreign terms, emphasis, and titles of works as per APA guidelines. Usage of underlining is discouraged. Bold text should be confined to headings.
  5. References:
    • All source citations should appear in-text and be in APA format. Works cited (References) should be in APA format.
    • For book reviews, include a full APA citation for the work being reviewed.
  6. Supporting Data: All tables, charts, graphs, and diagrams used should be positioned in the body of the manuscript. For figures or data that cannot be supplied in MS Word, contact the Editor-in-Chief for guidance.
  7. Blind Review: Authors must ensure their name does not appear anywhere in the document, including the document file name, the abstract, or the main body of the paper. All identifying features that may be linked to author identity (e.g., reference to author's workplace, publications, events, and accomplishments easily associated to the author) should be blacked over or eliminated from the text. Author name and contact information may be included only on the cover page (this is distinct from a title page) if one is submitted.
  8. Language: English (American). Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided. Authors should use Standard English grammar. See Writing Resources section below for further guidance.
  9. Style: Where not otherwise specified, manuscripts should conform to APA style and formatting. Current APA is 6th edition.

Submissions to the journal which do not comply with the style and formatting requirements as listed here may be rejected without further consideration.

Please avoid the use of first person narrative in your manuscript. If you believe that this type of language is necessary to the paper, please keep it to a minimum as per APA guidelines.

Writing Resources

Manuscripts are to be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition except for where specified otherwise above. In addition to the Manual, this section lists selected general resources that may be helpful to authors submitting work for publication.

See the Journal Policies (Peer Review) for information regarding criteria of assessment of manuscripts and book reviews.

APA Style

Selected Readings

Book Review Resources

College & Research Libraries publishes academic book reviews that may be useful as a reference for reviewers. Some recent examples include:

  • Greene, H. (2015). [Review of the book The living library: An intellectual ecosystem, by P. Steele, D. Cronrath, S. P. Vicchio & N.F. Foster]. College & Research Libraries, 76(6), 843-844.
  • Johnson, K. (2015). [Review of the book The quality infrastructure: Measuring, analyzing, and improving library services, edited by S.A. Murphy]. College & Research Libraries, 76(1), 115-116.