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Author Guidelines

Instructions to Authors

Submissions: Submission to Indiana Libraries is a fully digital process.  Authors register with the Indiana Libraries journal website and submit all materials (manuscript, photographs, and any other supplemental files) through the online journal management system.

Style: Manuscripts should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) guide for in-text citations and reference lists.  The current edition of the APA manual is the 6th. Online information about using the APA Manual is available at with additional examples at:

Text Format: Articles should be double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides. Font should be twelve-point Times New Roman. Pages should be unnumbered.   Word (.doc) files are preferred.

Content: Manuscripts may concern a current practice, policy or general aspect of the operation of a library system in Indiana.  Manuscripts should be original and not published elsewhere (unless otherwise permitted by the Editor or Guest Editor). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all materials including quotations, references, etc.

Length: Articles of any length may be submitted to the editor for publication.

Charts and Graphs: If including charts or graphs the author may opt to use the inline, word processor chart/graph tool and include the charts/graphs in the main manuscript.  Alternatively the author may opt to upload the charts/graphs (typically when charts/graphs is an image file) separately as a supplementary file during the submission process.

Images/Photos: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use graphic materials (illustrations, images, photographs, screen captures, etc.). Submit digital image files as supplementary files during the upload process.  Authors may submit photos of themselves and photos that illustrate the manuscript. Both color and black and white images are acceptable.  Images should be at least 300 dpi resolution and in either jpeg or tiff format.

Rights: You will be asked to digitally accept a rights agreement during the submission process.  The main points of the agreement are as follows: 1. The author retains all copyright, 2. The author grants the publisher the right to freely distribute the work in various formats.  The full agreement is available at:

Submission Information Requested:

During the submission process the author will be required to provide the following information:

  1. Title of article
  2. Name and email of author(s)
  3. Author(s) institutional affiliation
  4. Abstract
  5. Keywords describing article

Optional information requested includes:

  1. Author(s) address
  2. Author (s) brief biography
  3. Supporter/Grant funder information

Process: Manuscripts will be acknowledged by the Editor within fourteen working days of receipt. Decisions concerning publication will be made within thirty days of receipt. The Editor reserves the right to revise all accepted manuscripts for clarity and style.  Authors will have seven days to respond to Editor recommended revisions.  Article edits not responded to within seven days will be published as revised by the Editor.


Submitting Step-By Step

Registering with Indiana Libraries as an Author.

Manuscripts are submitted electronically at: The submitter must first register with the journal submission system, creating a login and password.

  1. If you are not already registered as an author with the online submission system of Indiana Libraries, go to: to establish a username and password.  Fill out the registration form. Make sure you put a check mark in the box next to, ": Able to submit items to the journal" at the end of the onlie registration form.  This is what will enable you to submit your article immediately, without Publication Committee intervention.
  2. Once a username and password is established, go to: and login (you may already be logged in at this point).
  3. Click on User Home.
  4. Click on Author under the Indiana Libraries journal listing.
  5. Click on CLICK HERE under Start A New Submission.
  6. Follow the submission process.

Submitting the Article

  1. Under Journal Section, select Articles.
  2. Put a check mark in all of the boxes in the Submission Checklist indicating you have followed all criteria.
  3. Thouroughly read (and print) the Copyright Notice.  If you agree to the notice put a check mark in the box indicating so.  You will not be able to continue submitting online unless you agree to the Copyright Notice.  Please contact the Editor if you have any questions.
  4. Click the box, Save and Continue
  5. Add the author's information.  If there are multiple authors, each author will have his/her own author information form.  Click on Add Author to fill out additional author forms. When submitting information about the author(s) please include at least the institutional affiliation and email of the author(s)
  6. Enter your article's title.
  7. Enter an abstract for your article.
  8. Under Indexing, provide a list of keywords that describe your article, separating each keyword with a semicolon.
  9. If you would like to include information about a supporting agency (possibly a grant helped fund the project about which your article is written) you may do so here.  This is optional.
  10. Click Save and Continue
  11. Under Uploading the Submission, browse for the file on your computer or remote storage.
  12. When the correct file is located, click Upload File.
  13. Click Save and Continue
  14. If you have any Supplemental Files, including any images, charts, graphs, profile pictures, etc., upload each file separately here.
  15. Once you have uploaded all Supplemental Files, or if you have no Supplemental Files to upload, click Save and Continue.
  16. Click Finish Submission.


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. Format. Manuscript text is in 12-pt Times New Roman Font and double-spaced throughout with one-inch margins on all sides. Pages are unnumbered.
  2. Style. Manuscript follows the 6th ed of the American Psychological Association (APA) guide for in-text citations.
  3. Images/Photos. Permission to use graphic materials (illustrations, images, photographs, screen captures, etc.) has been obtained.


Copyright Notice

Indiana Libraries Copyright Notice

The publishing industry has grown increasingly complex in recent years, particularly with the expansion of new technologies for the delivery of information. In order to better manage the rights associated with your Article, and to provide optimal access to it, we believe that you, the Author, should hold the copyright to your Article, but that you should grant us, Indiana Libraries, appropriate rights to use your Article for the benefit of the scholarly and professional community. We believe that this arrangement will properly serve our shared interests in reaching the largest readership possible. We also believe that by securing certain rights in the Article, we will be better able to disseminate your Article through research databases, commercial aggregators, on the Internet or CD-ROM, and by other means that will exist in the years to come.

To that end, the parties to this Agreement agree as follows:

1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. This Agreement shall in no way limit your right to:

a. Reproduce, distribute, display, and transmit copies of the Article, whether in your own typescript or as PDF or other images from the pages of Indiana Libraries, for your own personal, professional, or educational purposes, provided that each copy includes appropriate credit to Indiana Libraries as the original published source of the Article.

b. Publish all or part of the Article in subsequent works of your own, such as a new article on the same subject or a book of which you are an author, provided that you credit Indiana Libraries as the original published source of the relevant material.

2. 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.

3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their Website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

4.  You represent and warrant that the Article is your original work, that you own the copyright in its entirety, that it contains no material that infringes the copyright of any other person, that it has not been published previously, and that you have the full power and authority to enter into and perform this Agreement. To the extent that you are aware of any reason to believe that these statements may not be true about your Article, attach appropriate explanations to this Agreement. The editors of Indiana Libraries reserve the right to reconsider publication of the Article based on questions about these matters.

5. Although you remain the copyright owner, you grant to Indiana Libraries, the Indiana Library Federation and affiliated organizations, the irrevocable, nonexclusive rights to:

a. Publish, reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit the Article or portions thereof in any manner, including but not limited to journals, as part of collective works, as reprints, and through any medium now in existence or developed in the future including but not limited to print, electronic and digital media, computerized retrieval systems, and other formats. Indiana Libraries may exercise these rights directly or by means of third parties, including but not limited to H.W. Wilson, EBSCO, IUPUIScholarWorks, and other publishers, aggregators, and similar parties.

b. Adapt, translate, and format the Article as Indiana Libraries sees appropriate.

c. Grant permission to third parties to reproduce and distribute the Article for educational or research uses, provided that Indiana Libraries requests of the third party that: (i) the author and Indiana Libraries are identified on each copy; and (ii) proper notice of copyright is affixed to each copy.

d. Use the author’s name and likeness in promoting the Article or Indiana Libraries.

e. The Author grants the above rights without claim of royalties or other compensation.

6. Finally, authors agree to license accepted works under a Creative Commons Attribution License which allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Due to changing circumstances in the publishing industry and in copyright law, we must reserve the right to revise or delete this notice on future publications that include your Article. This copyright notice in the name of the Indiana Library Federation on the journal issue does not preclude your adding a copyright notice in your name to your individual Article or copies of it.


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ISSN: 2164-0475