JELIS Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science is the official publication of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. It is a quarterly scholarly journal in the field of library and information science education, serving as a vehicle for presentation of research and issues within the field. Please make submissions to the editor at Please contact the editor at if you need guidance regarding your submission.


Types of Manuscripts

Four types of contributions are considered for publication:

  1. Major articles of approximately 2,500-5,000 words, based on research that contribute to scholarship in or related to library and information science education;
  2. Research in progress reports of 1,000 to 2,500 words that inform the readership of the design and progress of research projects, including reports based on preliminary data;
  3. Brief communications of fewer than 1,000 words such as scholarly papers relevant to library and information science education; papers on the evaluation of teaching methods; state-of-the-art reviews in the field; reports of studies pertaining to library and information science education, highlighting results and implications; and reports, with supporting data, on such topics as human resources, student admissions, student retention, placement, e-learning and distance education, continuing education, and nontraditional study;
  4. Guest Editorials and reviews of fewer than 1,000 words, such as cogent points of view on topics of exceptional and timely interest to the profession; reviews of books and other media on library and information science education; and reviews of pedagogical and curricular materials in library and information science.


Manuscript Submission Requirements

Use single spacing throughout including references, notes and tables. To ensure a blind review please use the registration template to include author details. DO NOT INCLUDE A COVER PAGE WITH AUTHOR DETAILS. 

Put the title of the paper at the top of the first page of the text. A brief informative abstract should accompany the manuscript. In approximately 150 words it should succinctly state the scope of the paper, methods, results, and conclusions. The abstract should include a clear theme that indicates the implications of the paper for ILS educators. A list of 5-6 key words that represent the content of the article should follow the abstract. 

All elements of the paper including figures, tables, and appendices must be included in a single file. Figures and tables should be included in the body of the paper where they relate to the text. 

Authors' names must not appear in the file name, headers and footers, or anywhere on the manuscript. Please read the document "Ensuring a blind review" that is on the submission page to ensure you have undertaken all the parts of this process. 

References should be in alphabetical order by author, following the American Psychological Society style (APA) 6th edition found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (see The author is responsible for providing complete, accurate citations. 

Articles are expected to be clearly and concisely written. Major articles should add new information or deepen understanding of a significant problem or issue, use appropriate data and/or analysis to make a compelling argument, and cite the relevant literature. The implications of the paper for LIS educators should be clearly stated and explored.



Processing of Manuscripts
Acknowledgment is made of the receipt of all manuscripts. The Journal employs a reviewing procedure in which all manuscripts are sent to at least two referees for review. The referees determine a paper's relevance to library and information science education, its contribution to knowledge, if it shows the development of new ideas, and its appeal to the readership of the Journal. When the referees reply, an anonymous summary of their comments is sent to the author with the editors' decision as to the acceptability of the manuscript. Manuscripts are often returned to authors for revision on the recommendation of the referees, or are revised by the editorial staff to enhance their readability. Authors receive galley proofs of their articles for corrections. Authors will receive three complimentary copies of issues in which their articles appear. If a manuscript is rejected, the authors will be notified.


Guest Edited Issues
The Editor invites inquiries from individuals interested in guest-editing a special issue devoted to a single topic. All major articles for a guest-edited issue also go through the double-blind review process. Proposals for guest-edited special issues should be sent to the Editor at The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science is indexed and/or abstracted in Current Contents, Current Index to Journals in Education, Education Index, Education Abstracts, Information Science Abstracts, Library and Information Science Abstracts, Library Literature (full text beginning with Vol. 44, No. 3/4), Social Science Citation Index, and Research into Higher Education Abstracts.