• Submission Guidelines


    How To Propose An Article

    To propose an article, please use the article submission form below to submit the following:

    1. An abstract of your proposed article (200 word maximum);
    2. A link to (or attachment with) an example of your writing; and
    3. Your current resume/CV or a brief biography. (Our goal is to share perspectives from across the library community, so this item is intended to give us a sense of who you are, with what type of library you are associated, if any, and what perspective you bring to the topic.)

    Alternately, you may submit a completed article. It should be approximately 2,000-5,000 words with citations as appropriate. If submitting a completed article please ensure it follows our style guide.

    A member of the Editorial Board will respond to your message within a week. In general, we will make a decision based on how well your proposal seems to fit our goals, content, and style.

    Article Framework Questions

    If we like the sound of your proposal we will ask you to answer our ‘Framework Questions’. We are interested in well written articles that have actionable solutions. These questions will help frame your idea appropriately:

    1. What specific event or experience led you to be passionate about this topic?
    2. What 5-7 things are most interesting to you about your topic?
    3. Of those 5-7 things, what are the 3 most critical things to consider about your topic and why are they the most critical?
    4. What problem is your article addressing and what actions do you want readers to take after reading it?
    5. Is your topic more relevant to someone in an academic, school, public, government, private, medical or other settings? If so, how is your topic meaningful to someone not in that target audience?
    6. What kinds of examples will you use to help reinforce the issues that you’re raising in your article?
    7. What do you want your readers to remember after they finish reading your article?

    If Your Proposal Is Accepted

    If we choose to accept your proposal, you will be assigned a Publishing Editor who will guide you through the Lead Pipe Publication Process.

    Copyright, Licensing, and Article Processing Fees

    Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication with In the Library with the Lead Pipe assign to the Editorial Board the non-exclusive right to publish and distribute their text electronically and to archive and make it permanently retrievable. All content posted on In the Library with the Lead Pipe, including comments, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

    Copyright remains with the author. Material that has appeared on In the Library with the Lead Pipe may be reused by the author in any form, provided that In the Library with the Lead Pipe is acknowledged as the original place of publication.

    There are no Article Processing Charges or any other charges associated with publishing in In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

    Submission Form

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)


    Article Abstract/Proposal

    Upload a Writing Sample (or link to a sample above)

    Upload a CV/Resume/Bio

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    Update: November 12th, 2014

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