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Public Libraries, published six times a year, is the official publication of the Public Library Association. ALA’s only journal devoted exclusively to public libraries, Public Libraries magazine offers important industry news, PLA/ALA updates, and columns and feature articles that offer strategies and ideas that can make a difference in your career.

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Submissions to Public Libraries are invited and encouraged. If you’re interested in writing a feature article, a shorter opinion piece, reviewing books, or sending press releases, please contact the editor, Kathleen Hughes, khughes@ala.org to discuss your idea and deadlines. It is ideal to contact us far in advance of the issue you are interested in writing for. To see themes, deadlines, and for more information about writing for Public Libraries, please read our editorial guidelines. If you have more questions, contact the editor, Kathleen Hughes, khughes@ala.org.

Review Process

Manuscripts are evaluated by persons knowledgeable about the topic of the work and the Feature Editor. The evaluation process generally takes between 4–6 weeks.

How to Submit

All manuscripts and supplemental materials must be submitted through the online Public Libraries Manuscript Submission Form.

A paper copy is not necessary. The author will be directed through the process to enter information about the paper (author/s, title, abstract, etc.) and to upload the files (manuscript, figures, tables, appendixes).

2020 Editorial Themes and Production Schedule

Issue Editorial Theme Manuscripts Due
January/February 2020 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (EDISJ)

Manuscripts no longer being accepted

March/April 2020 Reimagining Library Roles/Job Descriptions

Manuscripts no longer being accepted

May/June 2020 Design Thinking/UX

Manuscripts no longer being accepted

July/August 2020 Library as Third Space

Manuscripts no longer being accepted

September/October 2020 Civic Engagement

Manuscripts no longer being accepted

November/December 2020 Psychological Well-Being/Staff & Patrons

Manuscripts no longer being accepted

2021 Editorial Themes and Production Schedule

Issue Editorial Theme Deadlines
January/February 2021 COVID-19 and Public Libraries

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
October 4, 2020
NOTE: WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING FEATURE ARTICLES FOR THIS ISSUE. WE DO HAVE ONE SLOT AVAILABLE FOR THE "ON MY MIND" COLUMN (800–1000 WORDS OPINION PIECE).

Submit approved article by:
November 4, 2020

March/April 2021 Funding

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
December 2, 2020

Submit approved article by:
January 6, 2021

May/June 2021 Partnerships

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
February 5, 2021

Submit approved article by:
March 5, 2021

July/August 2021 Antiracism/Social Justice

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
April 5, 2021

Submit approved article by:
May 3, 2021

September/October 2021 Emotional and Psychological Well-Being Staff

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
June 2, 2021

Submit approved article by:
July 6, 2021

November/December 2021 Staff Training

Query editor Kathleen Hughes (khughes@ala.org) about submitting an article for this issue by:
August 3, 2021

Submit approved article by:
September 3, 2021

Outside of articles focused on the themes, manuscripts are considered on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received. Upon acceptance and author notification, articles are slotted into the production schedule for the next available issue.