Young Adult Library Services Author Guidelines

Young Adult Library Services is the official publication of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Young Adult Library Services is a vehicle for continuing education of librarians working with young adults (ages 12–18) that showcases current research and practice relating to teen services and spotlights significant activities and programs of the division.

Manuscript Submission and Publication

Submit manuscripts that are neither under consideration nor accepted elsewhere. Send copies of the manuscript to the email addresses below. The editor will acknowledge receipt of all manuscripts. Accepted manuscripts with timely content will have scheduling priority.

Manuscript Preparation

  • For details on style, please contact the Editor .
  • Use the note-style references as described in the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style section 16.
  • Submit manuscripts up to twenty pages, double-spaced (including references, tables, notes, and bibliographies) via e-mail attachment.
  • Submit manuscript in Microsoft Word format to the editor. Use a minimal amount of formatting in files. Do not use right-justified margins, tabs, indents, or centering. Insert two hard returns between paragraphs.
  • Place tables on separate pages and include captions. Notations should appear in text for proper table and figure placement. Supply charts and graphs as computer files.
  • Artwork submitted electronically must be a minimum of 300 dots-per-inch (dpi) or higher to be published. Web-resolution images (72 dpi) or images embedded into the Microsoft Word or WordPerfect file will not be accepted as they are not sufficient quality for press-printed material. If you are submitting screen captures, please contact the editor for instructions on creating print-quality images.
  • Include a cover sheet indicating the title of the article and the full name, title, affiliation, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and complete mailing address of the first author.

Writing and Bibliographic Style

Young Adult Library Services follows the fifteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. Authors are responsible for accuracy in the manuscript, including all names and citations.The editor may revise accepted manuscripts for clarity, accuracy, and readability, consistent with publication style and journal audience.

Copyright and Rights of Publication

A manuscript published in the journal is subject to copyright by ALA for Young Adult Library Services.

In granting rights of publication to this journal, the author(s) guarantees that the manuscript has not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.


Individuals who publish an item in YALS are eligible for the YALSA Writing Award, which honors the best writing in YALSA’s blogs and journals. Prizes will be given for a winning article in each of the journals and blogs. As of 2011 they are: Young Adult Library Services, the Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, the YALSAblog, and The Hub: YALSA’s YA Literature Blog.


Send correspondence to: Executive Director, YALSA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: