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Author Guidelines

SUBJECT CONTENT

Information Technology and Libraries publishes material related to all aspects of information technology in all types of libraries. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, library automation, digital libraries, metadata, identity management, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, desktop applications, information discovery tools, web-scale library services, cloud computing, digital preservation, data curation, virtualization, search-engine optimization, emerging technologies, social networking, open data, the semantic web, mobile services and applications, usability, universal access to technology, library consortia, vendor relations, and digital humanities.

TYPES OF CONTRIBUTIONS

ITAL includes feature articles, communications, tutorials, reviews, and letters to the editor.

Feature articles consist of original research or comprehensive and in-depth analyses. Although longer works may be considered, manuscripts of 3,000 to 5,000 words are most common.

Communications consist of brief research reports, technical findings, and application notes. Generally communications are 1,000 to 3,000 words in length.

Tutorials are brief, instructional pieces on topics or issues of relevance.

Letters to the editor may be submitted to the editor for possible inclusion in the journal.

CITATION STYLE

ITAL uses The Chicago Manual of Style Notes and Bibliography system of citation.

REVIEW OF MANUSCRIPTS

ITAL is a refereed journal using double-blind peer reviewing. The editor assigns manuscripts to reviewers who receive the manuscript with no direct information on the author or author's affiliation. Reviewers examine the manuscript considering the following questions:

  • Is the topic within the scope of ITAL?
  • Is it meaningful and relevant to ITAL readers?
  • Does it offer a valuable addition to the literature?
  • Is it timely?
  • Is the presentation that of an article or merely the text of an oral presentation?
  • Is it well organized, and does it have a point?
  • Are the citations complete and accurate?

Upon completing the review, a recommendation is presented to the editor as to the suitability of the manuscript for publication in ITAL. Recommendations fall into one of the following categories:

  • Publishable in its current condition.
  • Significant and sound and should be published with only minor editorial revisions.
  • Basically significant and sound but requires some rewriting to make it a solid, publishable contribution.
  • Requires major rewriting, and it should be reviewed again after a revised draft has been received.
  • Does not warrant publication as a full article but might be published as a Communication.
  • Does not warrant further consideration by ITAL.

The author is informed of the recommendation and any comments made by the reviewers. The review process usually takes four to six weeks.

 

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 or DOIs 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

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:


  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.

  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 (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

 


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ISSN:2163-5226