Submission Guidelines

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How To Propose An Article

To propose an article, please submit the following to itlwtlp at gmail dot com:

  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 important 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.

Please see the About Page for information on Open Access, Copyright, Licensing, and Article Processing Fees.