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Author Guidelines

Registration and login are required to submit items online and to check the status of current submissions. First make sure you have an account with PAL that enables the author role. This type of account allows you to make submissions to PAL. Documentation for creating this account:

Abstracts:  Authors should prepare an abstract of no more than 300 words and keywords (minimum of three).

References: References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Cite in the text by author and date (Smith, 1983) and include an alphabetical list at the end of the article. Where there is more than one paper by the same author(s), the latest paper should be presented first.


  • Journal: Tsai, M., & Wagner, N. N. (1978). Therapy groups for women sexually molested as children. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 7(6), 417-427.
  • Book: Brown, John Seely and Duguid, Paul. (2000). The Social Life of Information. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
  • Contribution to a Book: Hartley, J. T., &Walsh, D. A. (1980). Contemporary issues in adult development of learning. In L. W. Poon (ed.). Aging in the 1980s (pp. 239-252). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
We strongly advocate the inclusion of references to online works, especially where these are openly accessible.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in (Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.
  7. Authors should prepare an abstract of no more than 300 words and keywords (minimum of three).

Copyright Notice

Everything we publish is freely available. In the spirit of encouraging free open access journals, Practical Academic Librarianship applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works we publish (read the summary or the full license legal code ). • Authors retain copyright and grant Practical Academic Librarianship right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to read, download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in PAL, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers. In most cases, appropriate attribution can be provided by citing the original article in PAL. For any reuse or distribution of a work, you must also make clear the license terms under which the work was published This broad license was developed to facilitate open access to, and free use of, original works of all types. Applying this standard license ensures your right to make your work freely and openly available. By submitting a manuscript for review, author(s) acknowledge first publication rights are granted to PAL. Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published; that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and that its publication has been approved by all coauthors and the responsible authorities at the institute where the work was conducted. As publisher, we are providing a process for your intellectual property to be reviewed by and distributed to your peers. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain all necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted materials, such as figures and tables from other publications, and has paid any and all necessary fees. Appropriate credit should be shown in the body of the work. Previously published work will not be considered for publication; we do not accept any simultaneous submissions. Practical Academic Librarianship will, however, accept manuscripts based on presentations made at conferences sponsored by the Special Library Association, at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.


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ISSN: 1947-0037