Instructions for Authors

Instructions to authors of submissions to Library & Information History.

Submissions
Original contributions to the journal that are not submitted elsewhere are always welcome. Articles should be about 7000 - 8000 words (excluding references) and should be analytical and contextual. That is, they should not be purely narrative chronologies of the history of institutions or individuals.


Articles from researchers in North America should be sent to the American Editor, Professor Alistair Black: alblack@illinois.edu
All other articles should be sent to the UK Editor, Dr Mark Towsey: towsey@liverpool.ac.uk
Books for review should be sent to Dr Karen Attar, Rare Books Librarian, Senate House Library, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (Karen.Attar@london.ac.uk)

Style
Submissions should conform to the MHRA style of referencing. The style guide can be downloaded here http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml
Contributions should be sent as email attachments in Word. Please make documents single spaced. References should be endnotes using the automatic footnoting system available in Word and not Harvard style. A short abstract should be included. All papers will be sent to referees.


Regarding repeat references, please do not use 'op. cit.' Use a shortened author and title reference instead, for example: 
K. Manley, The future of library history in the UK and its prospects in Europe, Education for Library History 13:4 (June 2004) should be cited in a repeat reference as Manley, The future of library history, 12-14.
K. Manley, The problems of library history: issues and debates (London: Library Association, 1999) should be cited in a repeat reference as Manley, The problems of library history.


Please do use 'ibid.' for repeating an immediately preceding reference.


Please use the following citation style - examples:

Article
J. Ciro, Country house libraries in the nineteenth century, Library History 18:2 (July 2002) 89-98.
A. Black and J. Crawford, The identity of library and information history: an audit of library and information history teaching and research in departments and schools of library and information studies in Britain and Ireland, Library History 17:2 (July 2001) 127-131.

Chapter in a book
I. Mäkinen, Information history, library history, or history by and large? Remarks on recent discussion on library and information history, in W. B. Rayward (ed), Aware and responsible (Lanham, Maryland and Oxford: Scarecrow Press, 2004) 103-114.
P. J. Jones and J. S. Swan, The perils of library history, in C. Lowe (ed), Library history methodology: issues for a new discipline (London: Library and Information History Group, 2004) 21-28.

Book
E. Kerslake and N. Moody, Gendering library history (Liverpool: Liverpool John Moores University, 2000).

~~Submissions
Original contributions to the journal that are not submitted elsewhere are always welcome. Articles should be about 7000 - 8000 words (excluding references) and should be analytical and contextual. That is, they should not be purely narrative chronologies of the history of institutions or individuals.
Articles from researchers in North America should be sent to the American Editor, Professor Alistair Black: alblack@illinois.edu
All other articles should be sent to the UK Editor, Dr Mark Towsey: towsey@liverpool.ac.uk
Books for review should be sent to Dr Karen Attar, Rare Books Librarian, Senate House Library, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU (Karen.Attar@london.ac.uk)

Style
Submissions should conform to the MHRA style of referencing. The style guide can be downloaded here http://www.mhra.org.uk/Publications/Books/StyleGuide/download.shtml
Contributions should be sent as email attachments in Word. Please make documents single spaced. References should be endnotes using the automatic footnoting system available in Word and not Harvard style. A short abstract should be included. All papers will be sent to referees.
Regarding repeat references, please do not use 'op. cit.' Use a shortened author and title reference instead, for example: 
K. Manley, The future of library history in the UK and its prospects in Europe, Education for Library History 13:4 (June 2004) should be cited in a repeat reference as Manley, The future of library history, 12-14.
K. Manley, The problems of library history: issues and debates (London: Library Association, 1999) should be cited in a repeat reference as Manley, The problems of library history.
Please do use 'ibid.' for repeating an immediately preceding reference.

Place quotations in single, not double, inverted commas. The inverted comma that closes a quote should go outside the punctuation:
Jones argued that: 'Extra time is this regard was crucial',
Jones argued that: 'Extra time is this regard was crucial', and thankfully most of her colleagues agreed.
Long quotations should be indented and not placed in inverted commas.


Please use the following citation styles:

Article
J. Ciro, Country house libraries in the nineteenth century, Library History 18:2 (July 2002) 89-98.
A. Black and J. Crawford, The identity of library and information history: an audit of library and information history teaching and research in departments and schools of library and information studies in Britain and Ireland, Library History 17:2 (July 2001) 127-131.

Chapter in a book
I. Mäkinen, Information history, library history, or history by and large? Remarks on recent discussion on library and information history, in W. B. Rayward (ed), Aware and responsible (Lanham, Maryland and Oxford: Scarecrow Press, 2004) 103-114.
P. J. Jones and J. S. Swan, The perils of library history, in C. Lowe (ed), Library history methodology: issues for a new discipline (London: Library and Information History Group, 2004) 21-28.

Book
E. Kerslake and N. Moody, Gendering library history (Liverpool: Liverpool John Moores University, 2000).

(If referring to the title of a book in the text, please capitalise main words and italicise the title: e.g. A New History of the Philanthropic Method in Wales.)

Thesis
E. Kerslake, A history of women workers in English libraries, 1871-1974 (Unpublished Ph.D., Loughborough University, 1999).

Websites and manuscript sources
Please cite manuscripts in the style of the MHRA Style Guide (2008), with the name the repository first, followed by the manuscript (according to the system of classification of the repository).
Electronic sources should be followed by the date of consultation in parentheses.

Illustrations
All illustrations (including photographs and diagrams) and should be referred to as Figures. Within the text, figures and tables should be referred to by number (e.g. Figure 1; Table 1), and placement in the text should be clearly indicated. Captions should be submitted on a separate sheet. Images should be supplied electronically in CMYK format as good-quality TIFF or EPS files suitable for printing. As a guide images should be submitted at a minimum input scanning resolution of 300 dpi for full colour; 350 - 400 dpi for halftones; 600 dpi for slides or transparencies; 800 dpi for simple line drawings; and 1200 dpi for fine line drawings. Please note that the final reproduction quality is dependent on original supply of correct format and resolution. The author must obtain written evidence of permission to reproduce images (in all formats, in perpetuity and in all geographical regions worldwide) from the copyright owner for the use of any illustrative matter in the journal and will be liable for any fee charged by the owner of the image. The caption should include relevant credit of the permission of the copyright holder to reproduce the image.