Author Guidelines

C&RL News Instructions for Authors

Editorial Purpose

College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) publishes articles, reports, and essays written by practitioners addressing philosophy and techniques of day-to-day management of academic library services and collections. C&RL News provides current information relating to issues, activities, and personalities of the higher education and academic and research library field. Information literacy, scholarly communication, technology, professional education, preservation, government actions that affect libraries, acquisitions, grants to libraries, product updates, and the business of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) are covered in C&RL News.

Established in 1966, C&RL News is the official newsmagazine and publication of record for ACRL. It maintains a record of selected actions and policy statements of the association and publishes timely reports on the activities of ACRL and its units. It is published 11 times per year.


The editor bears all responsibility for the content of each issue of C&RL News and selects material for publication. The editor also reserves the right to make appropriate revisions in material selected for publication to standardize style or improve clarity (except official ACRL documents). The editor may refer articles on high-profile topics to editorial board members with appropriate subject expertise for comment. Note: Formal, theoretical, or research-oriented articles inappropriate for C&RL News will be forwarded to the editor of College & Research Libraries for consideration.

Material selected should fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Articles on a project, program, or service dealing with a topic relevant to academic librarianship (e.g., "Developing core competencies for library staff," January 2013).
  2. Essays for "The Way I See It" that offer reasoned and informed speculation or comment on relevant topics (e.g., "Becoming a more thoughtful library job seeker," April 2013).
  3. Topics for the "Internet Resources" column. Submit a topic idea and brief information about the compiler's knowledge of the proposed topic. Compilers whose topics are selected will receive specific manuscript preparation information.
  4. Articles for "ACRL TechConnect" column that cover technology-related topics, including advances in tech tools and innovative projects to enhance libraries.
  5. Essays related to issues of academic librarianship and higher education.
  6. Essays for the "Scholarly Communication" column: ACRL's Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has editorial responsibility for this column. Contact the column editors at for more information.
  7. Standards, guidelines, or recommendations of an ACRL committee or other official ACRL group.
  8. Press releases and other items for consideration in the News From the Field department may be forwarded to

Cover Art

C&RL News is always interested in receiving interesting artwork from academic and research libraries to consider as cover art.


Images may be submitted to the editor for review as a digital image. Low resolution images are acceptable for review purposes. Send attachment via email or supply URL.

All cover submissions should be sent via email to Arrangements for other transfer methods including FTP or mailing print materials including photographs and brochures, can be made by contacting the editor.

Guidelines for images

The size and format of the magazine require that images used on its cover meet certain criteria, provided below.

  • high-resolution digital image (at least 300 DPI) must be vertically oriented or it must be possible to crop the image to show a detail in vertical format
  • items that originate as a standard size (e.g., 8 x 10, 5 x 7) reproduce better for the size and orientation of the cover (vertical, 6" wide x 7 3/4" high)
  • items that have a distinct subject are preferred over those that are strictly decorative (e.g., a design)
  • highly detailed items (e.g., maps) are difficult to reproduce well and are generally avoided
  • color images are preferred, but not required
  • the submitting institution must have the right to allow the image to be reproduced, or the image must be in the public domain

Instructions to authors

  1. Style. Articles should be practical; written in an informal, accurate, and informative manner; and follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Manuscripts should be original and not published elsewhere. (Exceptions may be made for items previously published in institutional newsletters.) Footnotes, charts, and tables should be kept to a minimum. Endnotes, rather than footnotes, are the preferred format for citations of books, articles, websites, and other reference materials. Each reference should be numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript using superscript characters. Examples of endnotes follow:
  • Kristi L. Palmer, “Introduction to Indy,” C&RL News 73 (2012): 518.
  • Megan Oakleaf, The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2010).
  • Mark Emmons and Frances C. Wilkinson, “The Academic Library Impact on Student Persistence,” C&RL 72, no. 2 (2011): 128-49,
  • Dennis Miller, “Ban my Book. Please!” Huffington Post, (accessed  June 6, 2013).
  1. Length. News notes may be 150-350 words; essays for "The Way I See It" should be 750-1,000 words; feature articles (Scholarly Communication, ACRL Techconnect, and Internet Resources) should be no more than 2,000 words.
  2. Graphics. Whenever possible, photographs, illustrations, images from websites, etc., should accompany article submissions. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use graphic materials. Digital files should be 300 DPI. A brief caption and credit (if appropriate) should be provided for all images submitted.
  3. Provide clear TIFs of all graphs and tables.
  4. Submitting manuscripts. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the editor at (Note: An email note of inquiry may precede submission of the article.)
  5. Author agreement. Authors of accepted articles should submit a copy of the author agreement prior to publication. Details about ACRL author agreements are available in the ACRL Publications Agreement FAQ.



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