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Nebraska Libraries is the online journal of the Nebraska Library Association. Issues can be found hosted on UNL's Digital Commons

Submission Guidelines for Nebraska Libraries

(Updated October 2014)

Who Can Submit

Nebraska Libraries publishes articles and creative content from authors who care about or are actively involved in the library world. If you are unsure whether or not your piece will fit with our publication, please query the editor at

Nebraska Libraries requires that all submissions be original contributions and that full disclosure of possible redundant publication must be made in the letter of submission.

Editor & Author Review

Authors are asked to review their edited submissions within one week of being sent the final Editor-approved draft. If the Editor does not hear back from the Author within that week, the submission will be published as the Editor deems fit in order to not stall publication.

Submission Guidelines

Nebraska Libraries will start publication as a quarterly practitioner’s journal. If interest is high, bi-monthly publication could occur in the future. Submissions for quarterly issues are due as follows:

  • February Issue = Due January 1
  • May Issue = Due April 1
  • August Issue = Due July 1
  • November Issue = Due October 1

Any submissions received after a due date will be held and considered for the following issue. Submissions accepted but not published in the current issue may be published in a future issue with the author’s permission.

Please send all submissions in Word .doc or .rtf forms. Please no PDFs.

The submission of photos to accompany articles is encouraged.Please send all photos saved as high quality JPEG files. Please send all photos and artwork as separate files not embedded in the Word document.

If your article has sidebars or any special items that need to be formatted a certain way please clearly state this in the submission.

Nebraska Libraries is a practitioner journal and not a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Not all articles will require sources and citations; however, if citations are needed in your article, the citation style used by Nebraska Libraries is APA. Please send all articles, ideas, and other queries to the Editor at

Items Eligible for Publication

We are looking for the following items or columns but are open to submissions of all kinds:

  • Feature articles about anything library related including successful programs, collaborations, events, etc. at your library and how they are applicable to other Nebraska Libraries
  • Opinion pieces about hot topics in the library profession
  • Short columns in each issue by members of the sections and round tables that highlight advantages conferred via section or roundtable participation, hot topics in the profession, or opinions
  • News briefs—what has happened at your library or within your section/roundtable? Is there something notable upcoming? Member announcements (jobs, births, marriages, retirements, deaths, publications, etc.)
  • Guest columns
  • Spotlights on new NLA members
  • Suggestions for future columns, article ideas, etc.
  • Recommendations for the "How I 'Roll" column (recommended blogs)
  • Recommendations for the "Beyond the Stacks" column (interviews with interesting people who work in libraries)
  • Recommendations for "My Own Private Library" column (share your book collection with NLA)
  • Recommendations for the "What Makes Your Library Special?" column (a spotlight on a specific Nebraska library) much submission interest in these so far?
  • Creative works—short stories, poems, art, etc.
  • Reviews of books, software, online resources, library products, etc.
  • White papers (not sought but will be considered for publication)

Recommended Article Lengths

  • Feature articles: 600 - 1800 words
  • Opinion pieces: 300 - 600 words
  • Columns: 300 - 600 words
  • News Briefs: 50 words or less
  • Reviews: 100 - 200 words

Articles longer than the recommended length may still be considered; however, articles may be truncated in the published issue with a link to the full article on the Nebraska Libraries website provided.

Editorial Policy


Nebraska Libraries is the official journal of the Nebraska Library Association. It strives to inform its members and subscribers of NLA’s activities and represent the broad scope of issues and news that affect all Nebraska libraries. To encourage the sharing of knowledge and inspiration throughout the state, Nebraska Libraries is an inclusive, flexible journal that publishes feature articles, editorials, news, and reports from anyone who cares about and is involved in the library world.


Nebraska Libraries welcomes content from volunteer authors, including feature articles, news briefs, columns and opinion pieces, and photographs and artwork. Content is also provided by overseeing NLA Communications Committee members. The Nebraska Libraries Editor and the Communications Committee have the responsibility to publish accurate information regarding NLA and its activities and to provide a balanced spectrum of coverage for all Nebraska libraries and members. Content is accepted or rejected at the discretion of the Editorial Board and is subject to editing for clarity and grammar.

Editor’s Responsibilities

The Editor is responsible for each journal issue providing a balanced mixture of relevant and thoughtful articles and features on the interests, responsibilities, problems, and concerns of the varied library professionals throughout the state of Nebraska. The Editor is responsible for determining the strategic direction for the practitioner journal and developing editorial policies and submission standards, actively soliciting manuscripts from various library professionals, conducting manuscript revision and editing, and serving as a primary liaison with authors. By submitting an item to this publication, an Author is implicitly granting the Editor permission to make minor editorial changes, such as correcting grammar, punctuation and spelling, and making layout and formatting changes as needed.

Author’s Rights

An Author agrees upon the stipulations of the Submission Policy when submitting an article to the Editor. Upon submitting works to the Editor, if revisions are needed, the Author will receive a copy-edited version of their work and be given a one-week deadline to contest or make any changes. If the Editor does not hear from the Author within that deadline the article, as per the Editor’s rights, will be published as the Editor sees fit, or saved for a future issue, to avoid hindering the publication process. Authors should explicitly note when a submission is a creative work, such as poem or story, where such changes would negatively impact the Author’s intent.

The Author owns the copyright of his/her work and, therefore, shall have the right to use, reproduce, distribute, and create derivative works, including updating, performing, and displaying publicly the article in electronic, digital, or print form, immediately upon publication of the article in Nebraska Libraries.

The Author shall also have the right to make, or to authorize others to make, the final published version of the article available in digital form over the Internet including, but not limited to, a website under the control of the Author or the Author’s employer or through other digital repositories while crediting its original publication in Nebraska Libraries.


The statements, comments, or opinions expressed by Nebraska Libraries contributors are those of their respective authors and do not represent the views the Nebraska Library Association.

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