Submission Guidelines for Nebraska Libraries

(Updated January 2013)

Who Can Submit

Nebraska Libraries will publish various articles and creative content from all authors actively involved in the library world within the State of Nebraska. If you are unsure of whether or not your piece would fit with our publication, please query the editor at nlaeditor@nebraskalibraries.org.

Editor & Author Review

Authors are asked to review their edited submissions within one week of being sent the final Editor-approved draft. If the Editor does not hear back from the Author within that week, the submission will be published as the Editor deems fit in order to not stall publication.

Submission Guidelines

  • Nebraska Libraries will start publication as a quarterly practitioner’s journal. If interest is high, bi-monthly publication could occur in the future. Submissions for quarterly issues are due as follows:
    • February Issue = Due January 1
    • May Issue = Due April 1
    • August Issue = Due July 1
    • November Issue = Due October 1
  • Any submissions received after a due date will be held and considered for the following issue.
  • Please send all submissions in Word .doc or .rtf forms. Please no PDFs.
  • Please send all photos saved as high quality JPEG files. Please send all photos and artwork as separate files not embedded in the Word document.
  • If your article has sidebars or any special items that need to be formatted a certain way please clearly state this in the submission.
  • Since we are publishing on Digital Commons there is no strict length minimum or maximum for submissions. Please be logical; i.e., a news brief should not be longer than a featured article.
  • Nebraska Libraries is a practitioner journal and not a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Therefore, citations are not necessary. If you would like to include them in your article the citation style used by Nebraska Libraries is APA.
  • Please send all articles, ideas for articles, and other queries and communications to the Editor at nlaeditor@nebraskalibraries.org
  • Items Eligible for Publication

    We are looking for the following items or columns but we are open to submissions of all kinds:

    • Feature articles about anything library related
    • Articles about what is going on at your library (successful programs, etc.)
    • Short columns in each issue by members of the sections and round tables
    • News briefs—what has happened at your library, what is going to happen?
    • Spotlights on new NLA members
    • Member announcements (jobs, births, marriages, retirements, deaths, publications, etc.)
    • Suggestions for future columns, article ideas, etc.
    • Opinion pieces about hot topics in the library profession
    • Recommendations for the "How I 'Roll" column (recommended blogs)
    • Recommendations for the "Beyond the Stacks" column (interviews with interesting people who work in libraries)
    • Recommendations for "My Own Private Library" column (share your book collection with NLA)
    • Recommendations for the "What Makes Your Library Special?" column (a spotlight on a specific Nebraska library)
    • Answers, comments, and potential questions for the "Question" column (favorite library moment, favorite book, etc.)
    • Creative works—short stories, poems, art, etc.
    • Book reviews
    • White papers (not sought but will be considered for publication)