About Endnotes Committee

Endnotes Committee Charge

To provide support for librarians who want or need to publish scholarly articles; to publish peer-reviewed research by NMRT members and directed at new librarians.

The committee oversees the publication of a peer-reviewed e-journal, Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table. The journal will be published on the ALA website and indexed in Library Literature.  Each edition of the journal will contain 2-4 scholarly articles written by members of NMRT, as well as web site reviews and scholarly book reviews of titles relevant to new librarians.

About Endnotes

Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table Table is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal that addresses issues faced by new librarians. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Endnotes accepts research and practitioner-based articles. Endnotes​' aim is to work with new authors to produce quality scholarly articles.


Endnotes will publish one issue each year with additional issues if there is interest. Special theme issues are also welcomed based on suggestions to the Editor.


Endnotes Main Page

Submission Guidelines for Endnotes

Article submissions are accepted throughout the year. Those interested in discussing an article idea are encouraged to contact the Endnotes Editor to determine if the proposal fits the publication's scope.

Accepted articles must be one of the following five types of scholarship:

  • Research paper. A research paper describes original research undertaken by the author(s). The research methodology may vary. A review of the literature, description of the methodology, and discussion of the results is expected.
  • Technical paper. A technical paper describes and evaluates in-depth technical products, processes, and/or services.
  • Conceptual paper. A conceptual paper will not be based on research but will develop hypotheses with a strong basis in and comparative study of existing literature and/or thinking.
  • Case study. A case study describes actual experiences within your library or organizations. They may be subjective and may not report on research, though a review of the literature is expected.
  • Literature review. A literature review (sometimes called a "review article") is an exhaustive review (including synthesis, annotation, and/or critique) of the existing literature in a particular selected subject area. This category includes "meta-analyses," wherein the author compares the results of several similar, previously-published studies.

Articles submissions should:

  • Range from 2000 – 6000 words, including abstract, references, and appendices
  • Be clearly labeled on its first page as one of the five article categories listed above
  • Be typed and double-spaced as a Microsoft Word document
  • Be formatted according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)
  • Not be under consideration for publication or previously published
  • Have tables, figures, and images attached as separate high resolution .png or .jpg files, even if included in the word document submission

Article submissions should be sent to nmrtendnotesjournal at gmail.com

If using copyrighted material (quotations, tables, illustrations, etc.), the author is responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder.

Review Process

The Endnotes Committee will review all submitted manuscripts based on a double-blind, peer-review process.

When you submit your article, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt. You will receive another email when your article has been assigned to reviewers. The amount of time it takes to assign your article to reviewers will vary.

The reviewers will evaluate and score your manuscript on:
  • Clarity and coherence of writing.
  • Relevance to audience (NMRT members).
  • Appropriate methodology.
  • Overall strength of the argument, methodology and knowledge of the literature (if relevant), conclusions, and references.
The viewers will also provide other feedback as needed, and minor comments on style and grammar. Based on the reviews, one of four decisions will be made for your article:
  • Publish as is
  • Publish after revisions have been made
  • Resubmit after revisions have been made
  • Reject paper
Manuscripts will be returned to authors within three weeks of having been assigned to a reviewer. Articles requiring revisions will be returned with a referee report and suggestions for revisions. Authors will have about a month to revise their submitted manuscripts. Those requiring more substantial revisions will be deferred to future issues of the journal.

Book Review Section

Endnotes Book Review Guidelines  

The Endnotes Committee would like to thank you for your interest in serving as a book reviewer. As of January 2017, the Endnotes Committee has revised the submission criteria to be more inclusive and representative of the diversity and discipline specialization across our profession. We thank you for your time and interest, and kindly ask you to adhere to these guidelines.

Overview of Book Review Process

The Endnotes Committee will allow book reviewers to select a monograph of their choice, provided it meets Endnotes selection criteria, and the reviewer can justify the merits of the selected work. Reviewers must submit a book review pitch that is to be no longer than 150 words and make a concise, cogent case for their proposed review. All book review pitches should be sent to the Endnote Editors at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com. After evaluation by the Endnotes Committee, the selected reviewer will be green-lighted to write a 500-650 word book review written in the APA format by the submission deadline. After a final check by the Endnotes Committee, the reviewer will make revisions and submit the Endnotes “author agreement” form before the reviewer will be accepted for publication.

The Book Review Criteria

The pitch can take a multitude of forms:

  • How will the work influence scholarship in the field, or on the topic?
  • Has the topic, or idea been neglected by scholarship?
  • Does the work make contributions to the practice of librarianship?
  • How has the work impacted the book reviewer’s teaching and practice of librarianship?

There is leeway for the reviewer on how they wish to justify the inclusion of their book review for the current publication of Endnotes. Questions and further clarification can be directed toward the Endnote Editors if needed.

Reviewers will be allowed to select monographs that pertain to the issues, pedagogies, and technical works that currently affect librarianship. The Endnotes Committee is looking for book reviews that address a broad range of issues in librarianship. However, publications should be written at a professional, authoritative level and contribute to the professional discourse of a particular field specialization, or librarianship as a whole.

Endnotes asks that the publication of the selected monograph be current: within two years of Endnotes publication date. Reviewers need to furnish their copy (it does not need to be purchased; please feel free to utilize your library and/or interlibrary loan), as Endnotes cannot and will not provide a copy of the selected work. The written book review should not be under consideration for publication or previously published.

Criteria Summary

  1. The book reviewer selects a professional work that contributes to the professional discourse of ideas, or relates to issues, teachings, and technical issues that currently affect librarianship. Publication should be within the last two years.
  2. The reviewer must submit 150-word book pitch to Endnote Editors at nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com.
  3. After the pitch is accepted, the reviewer must write a book review of 500-650 words. All book reviews should be in APA format (6th ed).
  4. Book reviews should not be under consideration for publication or previously published.
  5. Completed book reviews should be sent to nmrtendnotesjournal@gmail.com to be considered by the Endnotes Committee.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Committee Roster

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