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Instructions for Contributors to Education Libraries

About Education Libraries
Education Libraries is published by the Education Division of the Special Libraries Association. Its audience consists of education information professionals employed in a variety of venues, including special libraries and information centers, academic libraries, public libraries, and school libraries. Manuscripts submitted for publication in Education Libraries should present research studies, descriptive narratives, or other thoughtful considerations of topics of interest to the education information professional. Manuscripts focusing on issues relevant to more general concerns either in the field of education or in the field of library and information science are also welcome provided they include a significant component specifically germane to education, libraries and librarianship. Education Libraries is indexed in ERIC,  EBSCOhost's Education Collection, Education Full-Text, and Library Literature. Please review our back issues for reference on the types of work we publish at

Submission of Manuscripts
Education Libraries welcomes the submission of original manuscripts. All manuscripts submitted will be considered for publication. Inquiries regarding contributions are welcome and should be directed to the Editor.

Please send one electronic copy as an attachment to:
Jacqueline Snider

References & Footnotes
Authors must utilize the most recent style guidelines from the American Psychological Association (APA). Please make sure they are correct.

We strongly recommend that you utilize Citation Machine (  which is an easy webtool which allows you to simply enter the information for any of the style guidelines and will produce formatted references. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all citations and references as well as for obtaining all necessary copyright permissions.

The name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) should appear on a separate cover page. The first author should also provide telephone number, address, and e-mail, webcam, website links etc. To insure anonymity in the review process, author information should appear only on this page.

An abstract of 50-100 words should appear on a separate page. To insure anonymity in the reviewing process, this page should include no author information, but should include the complete title of the manuscript. Using key words from the title, provide a running header or footer on each page. Pages should be numbered consecutively.

Tables & Illustrations
We strongly encourage you to include graphics to illustrate your article. We prefer .jpeg format although we can take other formats, full color and sent as separate attachments. Indicate desired placement by including a parenthetical insert in the text, e.g., (Insert figure 1). Each table or illustration should have a number and a brief title.

Please include your name, professional affiliation, address, and email.

The Education Libraries Review Process
Education Libraries is a refereed journal using double-blind review. Manuscripts will be acknowledged by the Editor upon receipt. Following completion of the review process, the Editor will contact the author(s) to accept the manuscript for publication, to accept the manuscript contingent on the completion of suggested revisions, or to reject it. The review process is completed online, so all feedback will be available for the author’s review. Queries concerning the review process can be directed to

Assignment of Copyright
Education Libraries utilizes the standard Special Libraries Association Assignment of Copyright Form which we will ask you to sign and return before publication. This document gives us permission to publish your article both in Education Libraries as well as on our website and related media. You can of course distribute it and put it on your own website, just so long as you don’t publish it in another journal.

Book Reviews
Education Libraries includes reviews of new publications relevant to education, libraries and librarianship. Areas of interest include library and information science, Pre-K-16 education, children’s literature, and school librarianship. Publishers are invited to send review copies and announcements to the Editor. Prospective reviewers may write to the Editor to indicate their willingness to contribute reviews, their qualifications, and their areas of interest. Queries concerning the book review process can be directed to

Contact Information for Book Reviewers
Please include your work title, organization, and e-mail address.

Thank you for your interest in Education Libraries!

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