Document Type

Book Chapter


Research and publishing in library and information science (LIS) contributes to the profession. As such, publishing in LIS journals offers one avenue for library practitioners to share results and experiences that both enhances and contributes to our collective wisdom. In addition, getting published facilitates the sharing of new discoveries, leads to personal growth, and is an excellent way to establish a professional identity. However, identifying potential LIS journals for publication can be one challenge that librarians encounter. Therefore, the aim of this article is to provide practical suggestions for identifying potential journals for library practitioners to get their work published. Furthermore, the importance of following submission guidelines will also be discussed.

This article is a pre-print book chapter from Writing and Publishing: The Librarian's Handbook (ALA, 2009). View more information on the title at


Library and Information Science


Charbonneau, D.H. (2009). Preparing for publication: Strategies for identifying potential library journals. In C. Smallwood (Ed.), Writing and publishing: The librarian's handbook (in press). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.