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Author Guidelines

As TAL is a practical journal, ensure that you clearly explain your proposal (a generic term to encompass whatever it is you're writing about) so that it may be evaluated or repeated by other librarians.  Include any information you believe may be of value to librarians, such as the reasons for your proposal, the manner in which you planned your proposal, how you implemented, developed, and assessed your proposal -- so on and so forth.  In general, the more detail the better: successful manuscripts will not leave much to the imagination.

You do not need to be a public librarian to publish with us, but your work must be applicable to or done in concert with public libraries.

Use APA (American Psychological Association, for all formatting, citations, and references.

Style should be professional but not "overly academic" (interpret that as you will).  Articles should be easy to read but not juvenile.

When in doubt, contact Michael J. Carlozzi at


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 OpenOffice, 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.

Copyright Notice

Copyright held by Author, Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0.


Privacy Statement

The Active Librarian recognizes the importance of safeguarding the privacy of all of its users.  We collect whatever information you provide for us at registration and any additional information during submission of your manuscripts.  The only individual with access to this information is the Journal's Manager, Michael J. Carlozzi.  Your submitted work, not your account details, will be shared with at least two independent referees.

We may use your information to contact you about news and developments at this site.  We will use your information to contact you about the status of your submission.  For no other purpose will your information be used.  We do not share your information, including your email address, with third parties.

We make a best effort to remove all personally identifiable information from any documents you submit to guarantee both your privacy and the peer review process.  However, because we accept that some personally identifiable information may accidentally get passed to our referees (such as metadata in a Word document), we are technically a single-blind review journal.