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Write for Librarianship Studies - Guidelines for Authors

Write for Librarianship Studies - Guidelines for Authors

Welcome Library and Information Science ExpertsWrite for Librarianship Studies and gain a global audience for your writings. Here at, we are constantly in contact with people who are interested in sharing their stories or perspective about library school or the profession of librarianship. We welcome your original unpublished ideas and works. In most cases, you may also publish your work in Librarianship Studies blog that was published previously if you want more LIS readers to read your research globally. You can republish your article, book, thesis, dissertation, presentation, etc. here which you have published previously. You can write anything and everything related to Library and Information Science (LIS) which is interesting and informative for LIS professionals. Contribute your best work to the librarian’s community.  All the articles shared by you will remain open to and freely accessible by the public to assure maximum visibility.

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About Librarianship Studies Blog

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology is a blog of Library and Information Science. It is one of the best rewarding and internationally acclaimed blogs for the Libraries, Librarians, Catalogers, Information Scientists, LIS Faculty, and research scholars. Whether you are a student, a researcher, or a working professional, this place is for you, absolutely free forever. The blog aims to provide a world-class education in library and information sciences globally.

Libraries have always been relevant in the process of provision of access to knowledge to the users, especially in the digital era. The purpose of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology is therefore to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog is envisioned as the Britannica, The Huffington Post, Khan Academy, and more closely like the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences; an authoritative source for consultation and reference for any library or information profession related issue and a treasure hub of knowledge on library and information science, which is open and free for all the library professionals worldwide.

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog articles are appreciated and referred by reputable corporate bodies such as University of Basel, Switzerland, University of Salamanca, Spain, Institut de l'information scientifique et technique (English: Institute of Scientific and Technical Information), French National Centre for Scientific Research, France, MERLOT - the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning Online and Teaching, California, United States, Sage Library System, Oregon, United States, American Library Association, Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS), Food and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Italy. Know more about Librarianship Studies >>


Note: Kindly read carefully these guidelines, terms, and conditions to get approval for your article.

How can you become a Librarianship Studies contributor?

It took me six years of my professional blogging life to build Because of this, I expect any contributor to maintaining the same or better level of authority and quality that I have built over time. So, let me lay down some tips and important points for you to consider when submitting your article to ensure that it gets accepted.

Article Quality: I take quality as one of the major considerations in accepting guest posts. To ensure your article gets published, write a very original piece that is written specifically for the audience.

Article Types: We accept the different types of articles. Basically, you can write anything and everything related to Library and Information Science (LIS) which must be interesting and informative for LIS professionals. Some of the different types of articles we would be interested in are listed below:

1. Journal and Encylopedia Article: We mainly like to receive this type of article, i.e., similar to the one published in library science journals and encyclopedias. Check out how articles are written in the top Library and Information Science journals, magazines, and encyclopedias. You can also see how the articles are written in Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia. Accordingly, try to write an article that would be interesting and informative to LIS professionals.

2. Current LIS Student's Experience: Any current library & information science (LIS) student can request to write a guest post. You can write about your library school, its curriculum, why you chose to opt for this library school, its teachers, classes, scholarships available, and your overall LIS study program experience. We would be interested in knowing about your daily routine and your study style. In your post, you can include pictures of your library school, short videos of its building, classrooms, computer lab, departmental library, etc.

3. LIS Researcher's Work: Library and information science students and researchers are required to produce research work during their studies in the form of dissertations and theses in MLIS, M.Phil., and Ph.D. programs. Some researchers write an article which is the condensed form of their dissertation or thesis. If you have written an article that is based on your dissertation or thesis then you are most welcome to publish it in our blog. You can also publish your complete dissertation or thesis in Librarianship Studies & Information Technology to gain greater visibility for your research.

4. Experience of Job Search and Interviews: After completing your studies and/or research in Library and Information Science, you go for the job search. For this, you may be required to take some tests and/or interviews. Our readers would be very interested in knowing about your experiences of job searches and interviews. So if you write about it then we will be happy to publish it in our blog. It will be very helpful for other LIS professionals.

5. Current LIS Professional Experience: If you are a librarian or working on any designation in some library, then we are interested in knowing about your work experience. No matter you are working in a small library, school library, or in a big university library, we are interested in knowing about them all. No matter if you are holding a very high designation or just responsible for other jobs such as barcode pasting, magnetic tape inserting, or else, every library job is important, and our readers are interested in knowing about all of them. Tell us how your library is organized, its workflow what database it offers, reference desk, circulation desk, serials section, acquisitions section, etc. Write about your experiences and we would be happy to publish that. Again it would more interesting to LIS professionals if you include pictures and videos with your article. Sometimes it may be against the policy of your library to write about it, in that case, you may do it without mentioning the name of your library, just explaining your workday and responsibilities, etc. For example, check this article: Marjolein van der Vegt: A Librarian Tells Her Story

6. A Day in the Life of a Librarian: You may describe your typical day as a librarian. For example, check this article: A day in the life of a librarian.

7. Articles Revision and Update: It is important to note most of the Librarianship Studies blog articles can be revised by the author as well as any other author at any point in time to keep the article updated with new information. This process is similar to the one followed by Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica to the ensure quality of articles and updates with the latest information. If the revision or update to some article is around 50% or more of the original article and it is more than 1000 words, then we will mention the name of the reviser in the author’s area, along with the name(s) of previous authors, otherwise, we will mention the information about the reviser in the “Acknowledgement” or "Note" area.

8. Service Providers to Libraries: If you own a company and provide services to libraries, such as bookselling, serials purchase, database subscription, software subscription, library furniture supply, library building design, selling of RFID equipment, Integrated Library Systems (ILS), library automation, retro-conversion of bibliographic data, etc., then you can write about it in an article. We categorize such types of articles as promotional articles and we charge a very small fee for that. To know more, please see Sponsorship and Advertising - Fundraising for Library and Information Science Research.

Self-promotion: We allow genuine contribution and don’t allow any backlinks or anything of that sort. But you will get a chance to build a brand for yourself by contributing a post to Librarianship Studies blog.

Copyright: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table or, extract text from any other source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (for which you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). We respect everyone’s work. In case we find out that you have copied a post from somewhere else, you will get an instant ban and immediate removal of all your blog posts and profile from Librarianship Studies. Also, by submitting a post to Librarianship Studies, you give us copyright ownership of the post. This helps us to deal with any DMCA related issues.

Comment: Comments are the conversations about your published article. Answer any queries related to your article via the comments. This will give you more exposure and help out your readers.

Contribute your article to Librarianship Studies

If you have read and understood all of the guidelines, terms, and conditions mentioned above and you agree to all, then here is how you can submit the article.

E-mail your article to It should be sent as an attached file written in MS-Word.

In Subject mention: Guest posting at

In the Body of the e-mail, authors should state that the manuscript, or parts of it, have not been and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication. Authors should also state that they have read and understood all of the guidelines, terms, and conditions and they accept all.

Upload text tables and graphics as separate files. Also include tables and graphics and proper places in the main article file also. The article which you have to send as an attachment should include the following details:

1. Author details: All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation including the country name on the cover page of the manuscript. Where appropriate, please also include ORCiD and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the published article.

2. Title: Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems, so you should use a concise and informative title conveying the subject of your work. A subtitle may follow the article.

3. Abstract: This summary of your article which normally should be between 100-200 words.

4. Keywords: Keywords are the terms that are most important to the article and should be terms readers may use to search. Authors should provide 3 to 7 keywords.

5. The Complete Article: Regular, full-length manuscripts of the article must be of 1000-6000 words in length and should cover the topic in detail. Incomplete details are like half-cooked food; no one loves incomplete articles.

6. Bibliographical References, Citations, and Credit: Librarianship Studies respects individual work and if your idea is derivative of someone else’s work, feel free to give them credit. The same goes for images that you use on your post. Please give credit where credit is needed. Please follow below style for references and citations. This style is taken from our favorite journal Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Citations should be numbered sequentially in the text using superscripted digits.

Journal article
16Jim Taylor and Bruce C. Ogilvie, "A Conceptual Model of Adaptation to Retirement among Athletes," Journal of Applied Sport Psychology 6, no. 1 (1994): 18.
4James A. Duke, Handbook of Phytochemical Constituents of GRAS Herbs and Other Economic Plants (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2001), 245–63.
Edited book chapter
35Sandy Gordon, "Career Transitions in Competitive Sport," in Sport Psychology: Theory, Applications and Issues, ed. Tony Morris and Jeffrey Summers (Milton, Australia: Wiley, 1995), 474, 486–88.
28United States Census Bureau, "American Housing Survey: 2013 Detailed Tables," (accessed October 21, 2014).
2Nigel Allison, "Bacterial Degradation of Halogenated Aliphatic Acids" (PhD dissertation, Trent Polytechnic, 1981): 23, 56, 192.
Conference presentation
8Dorothee Alfermann and Albert Gross, "Coping with Career Termination: It All Depends on Freedom of Choice" (paper presented at the 9th Annual World Congress on Sport Psychology, Netanya, Israel, January 23, 1997).
83Wendy Grigg, Rebecca Moran, Ming Kuang, "National Indian Education Study"(NCES 2010-462, National Center for Education Statistics, Washington, DC, 2010).

7. Images and Screenshots: Images speak a thousand words. Add high-quality images to convey your message, but don’t add them just for the sake of it. If you are writing tutorials, take a screenshot. If you are writing conversational topics, use Flickr to find lively and related images. Authors are requested to include images and screenshots in your manuscript as well as separate files also.

8. Tables: Please supply editable table files.  We recommend including simple tables at the end of your manuscript or submitting a separate file with tables.

9. Equations: If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable.

10. Videos: Librarianship Studies accepts video material and animation sequences to support and enhance your scientific research. Authors who have video or animation files that they wish to submit with their article are strongly encouraged to include links to these within the body of the article. 

And when we hear your ideas, we’ll get the first draft from you, send you our comments (edits, revisions, etc.), and work toward scheduling your post in our blog.

Frequently Asked Question

Question: Is there any money given to the author for writing the article?

Answer: No, we don't provide any money to the authors. It is a volunteering effort to disseminate the knowledge of library and information science.