Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Graduate Librarianship welcomes manuscripts on all aspects and types of graduate librarianship, and especially seeks manuscripts that exemplify the qualities contained in the acronym SHOP: Shared Honest Open Practice. Authors are encouraged to share their discoveries and/or experiences in a relatable way and are not required to refer to themselves in the third person.

All manuscripts submitted to the JGL 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 (available as a Word document via Dropbox) 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.

For manuscripts being submitted for peer review: Please include all expected APA information on the title page (author names, author affiliations, and author note). This page will be retained by JGL but withheld from peer reviewers. Anonymize the remainder of the document by masking identifying information along these lines: "Author 1" (instead of referring to an author 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.