Information For Authors

What LL&M Publishes

Recognizing that LLAMA is a diverse organization, Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) welcomes articles that correspond to the interests of the membership. This includes manuscripts that relate to leadership, management, and administration, as well as manuscripts that mirror the topical interests of the sections and discussion groups.

The Editor(s) actively seeks the following types of articles:
• Research based manuscripts exploring issues or concerns relevant to LLAMA,
• Practical/experiential manuscripts having practical benefit to library leaders,
• Articles highlighting a methodology or technique that has been used successfully in one or several libraries and would be transferable to other environments/settings
• Articles that address or offer an innovative solution to a management challenge
• Interviews with prominent library administrators or others in related fields, such as vendors or publishers that provide professional insights or development opportunities
• General updates featuring LLAMA committee section activities and/or columns originating from activities in LLAMA sections and groups.
• Announcements of opportunities, programs, and other activities being sponsored by LLAMA at Annual Conference or the Midwinter Meeting.

LL&M offers both formal peer review and editorial review options depending on the author’s preference. The review process used will be documented on the published version of the article.

The journal accepts both longer, in-depth manuscripts of 4,000 to 6,000 words and briefer practice-based articles of 1,000 to 2,500 words. Manuscripts longer than 6,000 words should be discussed with the Editor(s) prior to submission as there may be interest in converting it into a series of articles. At the time of submission, manuscripts should not be under consideration for publication in another venue or publication.

The following items are not generally published in LL&M:
• press releases describing products or services offered by vendors, unless such releases are part of a paid advertisement.
• unsolicited book reviews prepared by the author of the book.

Author Responsibilities

Articles must be logically organized and written in a grammatically correct, simple, readable style. The author is responsible for the accuracy of all statements in the article. Authors shall provide complete and accurate bibliographic citations. All citations and any quotations should be carefully checked by the author.

If the paper has been accepted or presented at a conference (the proceedings of which will not be published), identify the conference by name and date on the cover page. Often material prepared for a presentation or program format will need to be revised into an appropriate narrative format before submission.

Upon submission, the author is responsible for indicating previously published material or revised material that was published or presented elsewhere for a different audience. This will be noted by the editor upon publication. The author must supply the necessary rights and permissions to use previously published material if a publisher holds the copyright to the material.

Writers are urged to consult with the editor(s) as questions or concerns arise.


The preferred method of submission is through the online portal to the journal. Authors of articles should submit their manuscripts in Microsoft Word or .rtf format. Abstracts are required for articles exceeding 3000 words. They are optional for shorter pieces. Include full contact information and allow a minimum of one month for editorial review.
In the event you encounter problems submitting your manuscript, contact the Editor(s).

Style Guide:

Consult the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary for spelling and usage. Use the first spelling. Verify the spelling and accuracy of names in an appropriate reference.

Consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, for all grammatical rules.

When appropriate, embed figures and tables into the manuscript as you would want them to be displayed.

Submit all bibliographic citations at the end of the article.
The fictitious examples below illustrate the preferred style:
1. James Mason and Julie Martin, “Using the Pears Technique to Assess Staff Performance in a Large Public Library,” Library Leadership & Management 3 (Jan. 1988): 1–23.
2. Robert E. Jones et al., Senior Administrator Evaluation of Library Directors: Trends and Issues, Library Book House, vol. 4 (Dayton, Ohio: Univ. of Dayton Pr., 1987).
3. Ibid., 194.
4. Linda Keir, “Administration of an Off-Campus Library Program,” in Off-Campus Library Programs: Proceedings of the 1987 National Conference, ed. Edward J. Jones (Chicago: ALA, 1988), 87–98.
5. Mason and Martin, “Using the Pears Technique to Assess Staff Performance in a Large Public Library,” 2.
6. Mary Ann Walker, “Problems in Off-Campus Program Site Selection,” in Off-Campus Library Programs, 2.