Library Philosophy and Practice: Instructions for Authors

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Library Philosophy and Practice is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that explores the connection between library practice and the philosophy and theory that underlie it. Its scope includes explorations of current, past, and emerging theories of librarianship and library practice, as well as reports of successful, innovative, or experimental library procedures, methods, or projects in all areas of librarianship, set in the context of applied research.

As of August 2021, LPP will no longer consider bibliometric, scientometric, or literature review articles except in the areas of Library and Information Science. All other subject areas, including computer science, are excluded from the scope of the journal.

LPP is an international journal that embraces the concept of World Englishes and International English. Well-written articles in any variety of academic English are welcomed.

There is no limit on article length. Articles may include embedded illustrations in gif, jpg, or tiff format. Please include an abstract. Please enter the names and affiliations of authors accurately. The editors do not make any changes to this information when an article is submitted and published. Please edit your submission carefully. No changes to the author information or text of articles will be made after they are published.

Use MLA, APA, or any other style that embeds citations in the article, e.g., (Bolin, 2005), with a list of works cited at the end of the article. Do not use footnote or endnote citations. Please include links to any web resources that are mentioned.

Submit only original articles that have not appeared elsewhere, and which are not currently submitted elsewhere. Please be careful to cite sources that are used in the article, particularly web sources, and to identify direct quotations using quotation marks or a blockquote. All manuscripts are checked using Safe Assignment software before they are sent for peer review.

The peer review process takes approximately three months. Authors will be notified of a decision at that time, and accepted articles are published immediately.

LPP has a continuous yearly volume. Although published papers note the month of publication, this is not an issue designation. Citations to LPP articles should include only the year of publication.


Mary K. Bolin, Professor and Chair, Technical Services, University of Nebraska--Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln NE 68588-4100

Gail Z. Eckwright, Humanities Librarian, Professor, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID 83844-2350