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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.
  • 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).
  • Your article contains appropriate endnotes to cite previous work. For publication, all endnotes must be formatted according to the Notes portion of The Chicago Manual of Style Notes and Bibliography system. Other formats are allowed in the review stage, but must be updated as a condition of publication.
  • Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided and are active links.
  • All articles submitted for consideration must be in the English language.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URLs); all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end; Heading styles (Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) are used and appropriately nested; and references to illustrations, figures, and tables are made in the text at appropriate places.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF document file format.

Author Guidelines


Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) publishes original material related to all aspects of information technology in all types of libraries. For consideration, articles must be related to both technology AND 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.


ITAL includes feature articles, communications, tutorials, 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 original 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.

All submissions to the journal must be in the English language.


All references are to be formatted as endnotes using the notes guidelines of The Chicago Manual of Style Notes and Bibliography system of citation. All citations appropriate for a sentence should be combined into one note, with a reference to that endnote appearing at the end of the sentence.


There are no fees for publication, submission, or review.


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. As of March 2021, reviewers examine the manuscript considering the following questions:

  • Is the article relevant to ITAL's readership?
  • Does the article contribute to the literature?
  • Is it timely, and will it still be so by publication (normally, 6-9 months from acceptance)?
  • Does the article follow the basic conventions of an academic article (e.g., does it have a thesis, evidence, and conclusion; does it follow grammatical conventions; and are spelling and punctuation understandable)?
  • Do the authors provide citations to the work of others where such citations are appropriate and necessary for an academic article?

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.

Submission-to-Publication Timeline

The review process generally takes eight weeks from submission (two weeks for editor's review, six weeks for peer review). Occasionally it may take longer, depending on the number of submissions under review and the topic area of the paper submitted.

Once an article has been accepted for publication, it is scheduled into an upcoming quarterly issue. Articles are generally published in the order they are received, usually within six months of acceptance, depending on the volume of articles and the timing of acceptance. ITAL's regular publication schedule is the 3rd Monday of March, June, September, and December.

Please contact the editor if you have questions about the review timeframe.

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