Publication Editor Position Description

Updated 4/2014; Approved 6/1997 by IS Executive Committee


The IS Publication Editor position is intended to ensure that IS publications are consistent, professional, and polished, and that they reflect well on IS and on ACRL.  This position is also intended to remove some of the burden of detail editing from IS committees or individuals, freeing them to focus more of their energy on a document’s content.



The IS Publication Editor provides final-round editing for IS publications.  

The duties and responsibilities of the Publication Editor include:

  • Ensuring correct and consistent Chicago citation style
  • Final copy-editing as needed (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc. according to Chicago)
  • Final proofreading as needed (i.e. factual accuracy, clarity, etc.)

Committees should submit publications to their Executive Committee liaison in the most complete and polished state possible. All committee members should carefully proofread a document before submitting it. The Publication Editor or Executive Committee may return a document for further revision in cases where documents are deemed to need substantial, rather than final-round, editing.  

The Publication Editor does not serve as a co-author on IS publications, and should not be relied on for substantial collaboration in the process of crafting or revising a publication.  However, committees may ask the Publication Editor for advice in the process of writing or editing a publication, in order to submit it in the most finished state possible.

IS publication authors are responsible for reviewing and following the IS Publications and Policies Procedures Manual.



Candidates for the IS Publication Editor should be experienced members of the section, preferably with first-hand knowledge of the IS publication process.  Service on a committee that authors or reviews publications, and/or demonstrated experience in editing, publication, and proofreading will be considered strengths.



The Publication Editor is appointed by the IS Vice-Chair as an ex-officio, non-voting member of IS Executive Committee for a two-year term. 


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