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Dear Library and Information Science Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to offer introductory comments for this new edition of “How to Get Published in LIS Journals: A Practical Guide.” As I began to think about what to write, I was struck by the subtitle “a practical guide.” Indeed, much of what might seem mysterious to authors seeking to contribute to the library literature is simply practical.

Preparing a manuscript for publication is a multi-faceted and, sometimes, anxiety-ridden task. Tips presented here should help you keep track of issues you need to think about and complete your work successfully.

At each stage of your writing, there are elements to have in place as you plan to submit your manuscript to a journal. For simplicity’s sake, we have grouped the elements into three categories: developing your project, manuscript organization and components, and technical preparation.

Developing Your Project