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Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Graduate Librarianship must adhere to the formatting guidelines laid out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (APA 7). Authors may use the JGL template [to be provided soon] to create their manuscripts, or they may manually adjust document formatting to conform to the APA 7 requirements. Manuscripts that do not conform to APA 7 will not be considered for review and potential publication. See also "Formatting Requirements at a Glance" below.

Because JGL publishes electronically, we have some flexibility with regard to article length. We are happy for authors to include material that they might otherwise have to cut for a print publication. However, authors should contact the editors prior to submission if they anticipate their word count will be far beyond the length guidelines provided in the Section Policies.

All manuscripts submitted to JGL for peer review must be anonymized. All information that can identify you or your institution must be removed, both from the manuscript and from the file itself. In the manuscript, please mask identifying information along these lines: "Author 1" (instead of referring to one of the authors by name), "ABC Library" (instead of naming a specific library), "University of XYZ" (instead of naming a specific institution), etc. Microsoft provides information about how to remove hidden data and personal information from Word files.

Formatting Requirements at a Glance

  • Document type: .docx or .rtf
  • Manuscript language: English
  • Page size: Letter (8.5” x 11”)
  • Page orientation: Portrait
  • Margins: 1” all sides
  • Spacing: Double-spaced
  • Font: Arial, 11 point, black
  • Emphasis or non-English terms: Use italics, not underline
  • References and in-text citations: Follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (APA 7).
  • Table and figure placement: Tables and figures should reside in their own respective sections of the manuscript (see template). Both tables and figures should be resizable and, in general, not require more than one half page of space.
  • Table and figure descriptors: Arial, 11 point, black
  • Table and figure colors: Any colors used for table or figure data should be distinguishable even when printed in black and white, and should be validated for accessibility. (Color accessibility can be tested with the free tool Adobe Color.) A best practice is to fill figure elements with both color and pattern rather than rely solely on color.