Publications in Librarianship: Guide for Authors

We are delighted that you are considering publishing with ACRL Publications in Librarianship. Since 1951 our series has produced books reporting research and scholarly thinking about issues important to academic and research librarians. The series is edited by an editorial board of ACRL members, appointed with the approval of the ACRL Publications Committee and is published by the ACRL staff.

Review of Submissions for Publication

Authors or editors may submit their work in one of three ways: a proposal, a completed manuscript, or a dissertation. Authors or editors must complete a Publication Proposal Form.

Ideally authors/editors will send one or more chapters with a proposal. Each proposal is then read by the editorial board and ACRL staff. Review of proposals normally takes two months. If the reviewers think the project has merit, they will prepare detailed comments for the author/editor. The Call for Book Proposals includes a short sampling of potentially significant topics that might help authors/editors determine suitability for the PIL series.

For all projects favorably received by the editorial board, the editor will work with authors or editors to establish a timetable for development and publication.

Project Development and Book Production

The Editor of ACRL Publications in Librarianship maintains regular contact with authors and editors as they write and revise their books. In preparing their manuscripts, authors and editors should follow Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition, for spelling and The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, for style. Should a work be more suited to a different editorial style, the author/editor should consult the editor.

Contract, Rights, and Permissions



ACRL pays 10% royalties to authors, once direct production costs are recovered. Direct costs are those directly related to the manufacture of the book itself: printing, binding, indexing (if not done by the author), and cover design.


For more information about book projects or submission guidelines, please contact:

Erin Nevius
ACRL Content Strategist
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611