JELIS Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science is the official publication of the Association for Library and Information Science Education. It is a quarterly scholarly journal in the field of library and information science education. JELIS is the primary venue for the publication of research articles, reviews, and brief communications about issues of interest to LIS (broadly conceived) education and pedagogy. Educators and aspiring educators are the principal audiences for the journal content.

Make submissions to JELIS at But please read the instructions below first.

If you need further guidance regarding your submission, please contact the editor at The editor is happy to read draft abstracts to assist authors to prepare papers that are in scope.

Types of Manuscripts

There are a two ways that authors can contribute their work to JELIS:

Major articles up to 7,000 words. These papers should be based on research that contributes to scholarship in or related to library and information science education. Major articles are double-blind peer reviewed.

If your work is accepted, the time period from submission to publication is about 12 months.

Brief communications of about 1,500 words. These papers are not peer reviewed and are more reflective. They can express professional concerns and personal views that may be of interest to LIS educators and higher degree students. Work from students (or immediate past students) is particularly welcome for this section. See as an example:
Bloomquist, C. (2015). Reflecting on reflection as a critical component in service learning JELIS 56(2), 169-172.
Reflective pieces from retiring faculty are also very welcome.

Manuscript Submission Requirements

  1. Use single spacing throughout including references, notes and tables.

  2. Please ensure that you follow the instructions on the submission page to ensure your paper can be blind reviewed.

  3. Do not include a cover page with author details.
  4. Authors' names must not appear in the file name or anywhere on the manuscript.

  5. Use the “properties” tab in Word to remove your details from the document.

  6. Do not include any identifying information in your paper e.g. if you are writing about research conducted in a specific university please use University XYZ etc to deidentify your work.

  7. Put the title of the paper at the top of the first page of the text before the abstact. Headers and footers are not required.

  8. A brief informative abstract should accompany the manuscript. In approximately 150 words it should succinctly state the scope of the paper, methods, results, conclusions and implications of the research. The abstract should also include a clear theme that indicates the implications of the paper for ILS educators.

  9. A list of 5-6 key words that represent the content of the article should follow the abstract.
  10. All elements of the paper including figures, tables, and appendices must be included in a single file. Figures and tables should be included in the body of the paper where they relate to the text.
  11. References should be in alphabetical order by author, following the American Psychological Society style (APA) 6th edition found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (see The author is responsible for providing complete and accurate citations.
  12. As part of the submission process authors may provide the names of three potential reviewers for their work (do this as a separate document on the submission site).  Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of your manuscript.  Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers.  Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as the authors are not permitted

Please note that the Editor is not obligated to invite any recommended reviewers to untake the peer review of your work.

Tips for Authors

When preparing papers for JELIS, authors should keep in mind the following:

  1. JELIS is now an online journal. In the online environment most readers skip and scan so you have about 30 seconds to capture your readers’ attention (now read 2!).

  2. Keep your writing succinct and concise. Your title should be clear and engage your reader’s attention (see above re your 30 seconds).  Make sure your “problem statement” is clearly stated in your introduction. Avoid dense academic speak and tell your readers a story that is engaging and memorable:
    • this is the problem,
    • this is the literature we found while exploring the problem,
    • this is what we did to find out more,
    • this is what we found, and
    • this is why it matters for LIS educators.

    In the online environment long papers are unlikely to be read – everyone is skipping and scanning – so remember “less is more”.

  3. Papers should have a strong theme that deals with the implications of the research to LIS education (that is, why your work matters and what impact can it have on LIS education, and later, on the skills of the practitioners we teach). This implications theme should be clearly stated in the abstract and be strongly evident throughout the paper.

  4. Most papers are now read after a potential reader finds them in online databases. Many papers are also picked up through the personal webpages of authors on such sites as With this stand-alone environment in mind your writing should have all the context it needs outside the scope of the journal edition. Do not presume that your reader has any knowledge of JELIS (or ALISE) at all.

  5. Papers in JELIS are read by an international audience (usually using online databases). If you are a writer from North America do provide geographic context to your work. Don't presume that what happens in LIS education in North America is what happens everywhere (it doesn't!). If your problem is one that you have identified in North America (and there is a lot of variety there too) you need to say this, and make it your title. Including something from the international literature is always good - even the fact that there is nothing is worth reporting (as it means your problem may well be universal).

  6. Your work should add new information or deepen understanding of a significant problem or issue. It should use appropriate data and/or analysis to make a compelling argument about why your work matters.