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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, or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines Section below.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Fail to follow the guidelines will cause unnecessary delays in processing and publishing your
articles. Please use these guidelines and the following checklist prior to your submission.

Types of contributions

IJoL includes Featured Articles, Reports From the Field, Reviews and Commentaries: 

  • Featured Articles consist of original research or comprehensive and in­depth analyses. Although longer works may be considered, manuscripts of 3,000 to 5,000 words are most common.
  • Reports From the Field contain articles that describe the implementation and assessment of innovative practices in libraries of all types, and report distinguished Chinese librarian who contributes greatly to the profession.
  • Reviews of books, journal articles, or conference papers relevant to the field of the librarianship. Reviews are descriptive and substantially evaluative.
  • Commentaries provide a forum for varying perspectives on the topic under consideration.

Style conventions

Articles submitted to IJoL must provide full references, following the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines. All aspects of style and format (headings, figures, tables, and citations) should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition.

a. Articles should be typed in a word processing software using single spacing and Times New Roman font with one ­inch margins on all four sides.

b. Word document

  • Body of text—Times New Roman 12­ point font  
  • Section headers—Times New Roman 14 point font, centered
  • Title of article—Times New Roman 16 point font, centered

c. All copy aligned left; do not justify.

d. Please do not include page numbers.

e. Please do not include headers and footers.

f. Please send images separately as .gif or .jpg files.

g. Please include an abstract (50­-200 words).

h. Please include a brief biography (50 words) for each author.

i. Please supply four to six keywords for your article.


Authors should ensure that manuscripts are fully anonymous. Manuscripts should not contain any identifying information. The main file of the submission should include the article title, but not the author’s name; all first­person references in the primary text or footnotes must be removed before submission.

Author Charges

IJoL does not charge authors submission or processing fees.
Any further questions about submissions should be addressed to the editors.

Featured Articles

This section contains featured articles on original research in LIS field.  The articles should contain the usual sections expected in any scholarly articles, including but not limited to an abstract, a literature review, methodology, findings, and a conclusion.

Reports From the Field

This section contains articles that describe the implementation and assessment of innovative  practices in libraries of all types, and report distinguished librarians worldwide who contribute  greatly to the profession. The articles focus on sharing ideas and experiences with fellow practitioners.


This section is to provide a forum for varying perspectives on the topic under consideration.


This section contains reviews of books, journal articles, or conference papers. Reviews should be  descriptive and substantially evaluative.

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