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portal: Libraries and the Academy 4.1 (2004) 164-166

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Manuscript Requirements

The preferred method for submitting manuscripts to portal is as a word processed attachment in e-mail, but links to URLs or submissions on on PC compatible disk are acceptable. Microsoft WordTM is the preferred application for submissions, but WordPerfectTM, HTML or PDFTM are also acceptable formats. Author' s full name, affiliation, mailing address, e-mail, fax and phone must accompany any manuscript submission. We will acknowledge receipt of all materials submitted. Once accepted, manuscripts must be prepared in MicrosoftTM applications, including Word and Excel for purposes of submission to the Press.

Article manuscripts are typically 20 pages double-spaced, but are acceptable twice as long or even longer (article may be divided between two issues), or half as long. The manuscript must be neither previously published nor submitted elsewhere simultaneously without specific prior consent from the Editor.

  • Include an abstract of no more than 100 words highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper. These are vital because they provide the keywords for searching the full text of the articles.
  • Scrupulously prepare references as endnotes, in the Chicago Manual of Style humanities style (see below).
  • Include headings and subheadings to make your paper more readable.
  • Avoid overuse of the passive voice.
  • Use standard United States spelling.
  • Spell out acronyms and abbreviations when first used in the text.
  • The author is responsible for obtaining copyright permission for all materials from other works to be reproduced in portal.

Tables, figures and illustrations

  • Figures should be coherent in grayscale, as the paper version of portal does not include color.
  • Submit tables, etc. in Excel, PowerPoint, jpeg, mpeg or tiff.
  • Submit all tables, etc. as individual files, separate from the article manuscript.
  • Number tables in sequence, using Arabic numerals.
  • Clearly identify each table or figure, etc. with a caption.
  • Indicate in the text approximately where each table or figure should be placed.


  • Endnotes in the Chicago Manual of Style humanities style are required. For example:
    • John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid, The Social Life of Information (Boston: Harvard Business School Press. Boston, 2000), 45.
    • Gloriana St. Clair, "Through portal ," portal: Libraries and the Academy 1, (January 2001): v-vii. [End Page 164]
    • Brinley Franklin and Danuta Nitecki, "ARL New Measures: User Satisfaction White Paper" (April 6, 1999). Available: <> [December 23, 2002].
  • Prepare endnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style, published by the University of Chicago Press (15th edition, 2003).
  • To cite electronic sources, see the Columbia Guide to Online Style: Preparing the Bibliographic Material,
  • Place note numbers at the end of a sentence, if possible, or at the end of a clause.
  • Avoid using more than one note number in a single location.
  • Avoid creating long strings of ibids in the Notes section. Effective use of paraphrases is encouraged to achieve this goal.

Manuscript Submission

To accelerate review and publication processes, we prefer electronic submission of manuscripts as described above.

Article Manuscripts

Submit article manuscripts and related communications to Charles B. Lowry, with a copy of submissions to Marcia Duncan Lowry,

Feature Manuscripts

Features rotate on an irregular basis. Feature columns are edited but generally not peer-reviewed. Send proposals or questions about features to Susan K. Martin, Submit feature column manuscripts and related communications to individual editors, by topic:

  • Information Standards: Patricia Harris,
  • Information Technology Perspectives: Martin Dillon,
  • Research: Theory and Applications: Neal K. Kaske,
  • Reviews: Lori A. Goetsch and Travis Johnson,
  • and
  • Strategic Visioning: Carol Ann Hughes,

Manuscript Review and Revision

portal uses a double-blind peer review process for article manuscripts. We will notify you of the referees' comments and managing editor's decision by e-mail, usually within four to eight weeks of the receipt of your manuscript. We do not decline manuscripts without offering suggestions or mentoring assistance to solve...


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