SUBMISSION OF THE MANUSCRIPT
Please email articles, reviews, or letters, in English, to the editor (manuscripts should be single-spaced, in 12-point type). Typical peer-reviewed articles are 12-30 pages in length (3,000-8,000 words); column pieces tend to be shorter.
Text, image, audio, or video files are accepted in most file types, provided that they can be attached via email. Illustrations(tables, figures, diagrams, charts, graphs, photos, screen captures) should not be saved within text files, but submitted separately if created in other than word-processing software. Please contact the editor for inquiries regarding large or unconventional file types.
Collections and Scholarly Communication Office, Hayden Library
Arizona State University Libraries
PO Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
STRUCTURE AND STYLE OF THE TEXT
The general style of manuscripts for this journal should follow the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. Authors are expected to submit manuscripts that are free from misspellings and other typographical errors.
Each article or review must include:
- A concise, informative title;
- The full names of all authors;
- Names of the institutions with which they are affiliated, along with the city and state or country in which they are located;
- An informative abstract containing100-200 words; keywords for indexing and retrieving purposes.
- A brief biographical note, with full professional titles, institutional affiliations, and e-mail address or other contact information, plus pertinent details regarding experience/background related to the subject of the manuscript. This should appear at the conclusion of the manuscript.
The text of the article should be broken up by appropriate section headings, e.g., Introduction, Conclusions. Abbreviations and acronyms used in the text should be spelled out the first time they are used, e.g., Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL).
Romanization is required for any words, phrases, and titles (in-text citations and Resources section) that origin in a non-Latinized language. Please use the Library of Congress Romanization Tables for Hebrew, Cyrillic, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic, and the YIVO system for romanization of Yiddish for Yiddish.
In addition, both romanized and original-alphabet data for non-Latinized citations should be included in a list of bibliographic references at the end of the manuscript. Each romanized reference should appear in the general alphabetic sequence of references arranged by author, with the non-Latinized reference immediately following the romanized one. Full bibliographic data should appear in both the non-Latinized and romanized references.
Authors should take responsibility for the provision of complete and accurate bibliographic references. Full journal titles, rather than abbreviations, should be given in bibliographic references.
Textual footnotes should be used sparingly. The preferred method of referencing is the author-date system, also known as the Harvard System of Citation. For additional background, see the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, revised (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003).
Here are some brief instructions on the use of the system:
When a statement in a text requires documentation, place the author's name, the date of publication, and, if necessary, the page reference in parentheses before the period that ends the sentence, e.g.: (Schwartz, 1982, p. 21).
If the author's name is part of the sentence, the date (and page) may be placed right next to it, e.g.: This suggestion was made by Schwartz (1982, p. 21).
If the work to be cited has a lengthy corporate author, the parenthetical reference may be an abbreviation, e.g.: (AJL, 1981).
In the list of references at the end of the paper, the abbreviated form should be bracketed, and the full name of the organization spelled out after it, e.g.: [AJL, 1981] Association of Jewish Libraries.
If you are citing two works by one author that were published in the same year, add a and b to the dates in parenthetical references, e.g., (Levy, 1984a). Repeat the date code after the author's full name in the reference at the end of the paper, e.g.: Levy, Jacob, 1984a.
Where only one work by a given author, or works published in different years, are cited, the dates need only be placed in the references in normal position, following the volume and issue number of a periodical and preceding pagination, or following the publication data for a book.
THE REVIEW PROCESS
All articles published in Judaica Librarianship are peer-reviewed. The double-blind review process we implement is a way to guarantee, as much as possible, that manuscripts are reviewed in a fair and unbiased way: reviewers are “blind” to (unaware of) the identity of the author(s), and vice versa: the author or authors don’t know who the reviewers are.
Once a manuscript is submitted, the review process consists of a number of stages (Deadlines will be clearly stated and strictly observed):
- The Editor-in-Chief evaluates the author’s original. If found suitable, the author’s original is submitted to the review of two anonymous reviewers.
- The submitted manuscript under review may be rejected or accepted for publication, depending on the recommendations of the reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief.
- The author is notified whether or not the manuscript has been accepted, and what revisions are needed before it may be published. The author is responsible for making revisions requested by the Editor-in-Chief.
- The accepted manuscript is revised by the author and edited by the journal’s staff.
- The author is sent a copy-edited version of the manuscript to proof.
- The article’s version of record is ready for publication. If needed, a corrected version of record is uploaded. The enhanced version includes the final version of the article and any supplementary material.
(Adapted from: NISO-RP-8-2008: NISO/ALPSP Journal Article Versions (JAV) Technical Working Group, 2008. Journal Article Versions (JAV): Recommendations of the NISO/ALPSP JAV Technical Working Group. A Recommended Practice of the National Information Standards Organization in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. Available at: http://www.niso.org/publications/rp/RP-8-2008.pdf.)
AJL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST
Current students enrolled in any accredited Library and Information Science program are encouraged to submit essays relevant to the field of Jewish Studies librarianship to AJL’s Student Essay Contest. All student essays will be refereed; the winning essay will be considered for publication in the Student Essay section of Judaica Librarianship, and the winner will be awarded $300.