The following sources can help identify potential outlets for your work. Once you've selected likely titles, confirm the scope and submission guidelines by examining a recent issue or visiting the publisher's web site.
This directory allows you to identify journals according to specific areas of LIS within which you would like to publish. Results may include specialist journals as well as generalist LIS journals that will publish on a wide range of topics. Details for individual journals show the type of review process they have, acceptance rates, and basic publication details, as well as linking to the journal website for more information for authors.
A database of journal information categorized by discipline, with links to publishers' web sites. Look for LIS under "Computer and Information Science."
This table of contents service has a breakdown of journals by broad areas of interest that you can use to identify relevant journals for a particular research topic.
This licensed ISI database gives a general sense of the comparative importance of journals. Select "Social Science Edition" and the subject category "Information Science and Library Science." Note that JCR covers only 61 journals in LIS.
The licensed electronic version of Ulrich International Periodicals Directory provides the most up-to-date information on print and electronic journals worldwide. Refereed titles are indicated with an icon. To retrieve a list of LIS periodicals (over 3,400 titles), go to "Browse" and choose "Subject." Type "library" in the search box. To limit to refereed titles, use the Advanced Search page.
This blog is maintained by Helen Fallon, who teaches courses on writing for academic publication. Look here for her course materials, links and citations to more sources for guidance on the writing process, and recent calls for papers.
Contents: Why write? -- Getting started : room for one more -- Journals : tell me something new -- Report, inform, explain, illuminate -- Copyright, contracts, and ethics -- Working with editors -- Reviewing -- Editorial boards and editing -- Nontraditional writing: discussion lists, and weblogs -- Doing it yourself : zines & e-newsletters -- Finding your niche, building your voice -- Overwriting and the second draft -- Books -- Columns and series -- Breaks and blocks -- Believing your own stuff -- Speaking of speaking -- Hiding behind Powerpoint -- Who are you--and what's next?
Contents: The communication process -- What you should know before writing a paper -- The writing process : technical considerations -- Writing a journal article -- Writing a book, a report or a chapter therein -- Writing conference papers and issuing proceedings -- Using illustrations -- Citing the work of others : how and why -- Editorial revision -- Producing leaflets -- How to organize a conference -- How to produce effective presentations -- How to produce effective posters -- Addressing the media.
Offers good general advice for aspiring librarian-authors, with specific hints for writing articles about library services in distance education. Reprints the referee's checklist for manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.
Sponsored by Emerald, this site offers a wealth of tips on every stage of the writing and publishing process.
Contents: Getting started in library publication -- Submitting your work -- Queries and proposals -- Increasing your odds -- Writing and editing your work -- Networking and collaboration -- The academic environment -- Related opportunities -- Writing a book -- Marketing and promotion : yourself and your work -- The electronic environment -- The business of publishing.
This booklet offers advice from experts in the field about getting started on a writing project, turning a presentation into an article, polishing your text, and choosing a journal to submit your work to -- plus a behind-the-scenes explanation of the peer review process.
From the publisher's website: "...examples and how-to's to all the various types of writing academic librarians will need to do in their careers, from progress reports to project plans, cover letters to case studies, book reviews to blogging. The book includes information on presenting data: specifically, tables, graphs, and charts and focuses on real-life writing examples and situations." Not about academic publishing, but still potentially useful.
A publishing how-to guide for distance education librarians.
Selected, annotated websites to help the librarian-writer identify publishing opportunities, manage the writing process, get help with grammar and style, and connect to other writers and mentors.
For librarians who need "to perform research for purposes of publication, promotion, tenure, or other reasons," this site links to "freely searchable citation and full-text databases, funding information, relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, useful research tools, current awareness sources, and conference papers and proceedings."
This study compares 48 English- and German-language LIS journals on many dimensions, including: type of content; online access; characteristics of authors, readers, and editorial boards; review procedures; time from acceptance to publication; rejection and revision rates.
Practical how-to guidance covering fiction, poetry, children's books/magazines, self-publishing, literary agents, personal blogging, and other topics, including academic writing.
Although written specifically for the Journal of Developmental Education, the advice in this article is applicable for publishing in any journal.
Emphasizes journal articles, but covers all types of academic writing.
Primarily concerned with book publishing, this readable and encouraging guide includes a chapter on journal articles.
See especially chapter 5, "Marketing Your Ideas Through Publications.” This handy book also gives tips on writing research articles, chapters, review articles, abstracts, grant proposals, research data, and curricula vitae, and on preparing for presentations. Examples come mostly from science and medicine.
An excellent online tutorial from the University of Colorado libraries.