The Southeastern Librarian

Guidelines for Submissions and Author Instructions

The Southeastern Librarian publishes research articles, general interest articles, columns, and news.

Double-Blind Peer Review Process

Both research articles and general interest articles go through a double-blind peer review process. This process typically takes approx. 6-8 weeks, however, the process can take more or less time.

Upon receipt, a submission will be acknowledged by the editor. The editor assigns a submission to a minimum of two reviewers who receive the submission with no direct information on the author or the author's affiliation. Following the review, a decision will be communicated to the author. A definite publication date is given prior to publication. Publication can be expected within twelve months.

Research Articles:

  • should consist of original, qualitative or quantitative research relevant to the library profession.
  • must contain an abstract of no more than 150 words and a maximum of five keywords.
  • must contain a literature review.
  • must contain a references section (type all references, do not use your word processor’s footnote/endnote features).
  • should conform to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) particularly in regards to for capitalization, punctuation, quotations, tables, captions,and elements of bibliographic style. Do not use footnotes.
  • must include a separate title page with the name, affiliation/position, and professional address of the author/authors (the name of the author should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript).
  • must be submitted via email as an attachment, preferably in MS Word or a compatible format, to Ashley S. Dees, SELn Editor, at aesorey@olemiss.edu.

The author is responsible for the accuracy of all statements in the manuscript. Although longer or shorter works may be considered, 2,000-5,000 word manuscripts are most suitable.

No other publisher should be simultaneously considering a manuscript submitted to The SELn.

If the manuscript includes analyses of survey results, please acknowledge approval by the appropriate Institutional Review Board either through direct reference in the manuscript or acknowledgement as part of the manuscript submission.

Authors agree to assign copyright of manuscripts to The Southeastern Library Association, subject to certain limited licenses granted back to the author.

General Interest Articles:

  • should address professional concerns/issues of the library community. The SELn particularly seeks articles that have a broad southeastern scope.
  • can include best practices articles, position pieces, library trends, and etc.
  • must contain an abstract of no more than 150 words and provide a maximum of five keywords.
  • should contain a references section (type all references, do not use your word processor’s footnote/endnote features).
  • should conform to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) particularly in regards to for capitalization, punctuation, quotations, tables, captions, and elements of bibliographic style. Do not use footnotes.
  • must be submitted via email as an attachment, preferably in MS Word or a compatible format, to Ashley S. Dees, SELn Editor, at aesorey@olemiss.edu.

The author is responsible for the accuracy of all statements in the article. Although longer or shorter works may be considered, 2,000-5,000 word submissions are most suitable.

No other publisher should be simultaneously considering a manuscript submitted to The SELn.

Authors agree to assign copyright of manuscripts to The Southeastern Library Association, subject to certain limited licenses granted back to the author.

News:

  • should contain information related to SELA, member states, or personnel news.
  • can be in the form of a press release.
  • must be submitted via email as a direct link to the news item or as an attachment, preferably in MS Word or a compatible format, to Ashley S. Dees, SELn Editor, at aesorey@olemiss.edu.

Letters to the editor should be succinct and no longer than 200 words. Letters will be published as space is available.