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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently before another journal for consideration.
  • If your study involves surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc. (i.e., human subjects research), you have obtained the required institutional review (IRB) approvals or other required institutional approvals. It is recommended that you explicitly state this somewhere in your manuscript.
  • Any competing interests have been identified or disclosed in the manuscript. Competing interests are situations that have the potential to influence people’s judgments. Competing interests may be personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious in nature. Questions about what counts as a competing interest may be directed to the Editor-in-chief (
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs or DOIs for all references have been provided. All references are formatted in APA 7th edition style (see Submission Guidelines for examples).
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. It may be necessary to request image files for all figures later in the editing process.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


ISTL publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians and information specialists. It serves as a vehicle to share details of successful programs, background information, and opinions on topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues relevant to science and technology libraries, and to communicate in more depth than the STS-L mailing list.

Manuscripts submitted to the peer-reviewed Refereed Articles section should fully report the results of substantive research relevant to topics within the scope of ISTL. They should include a clearly stated research question(s), hypothesis/es, a succinct and current literature review, method description, presentation of results and data, discussion, and a conclusion. Submissions that are primarily descriptive (including local case studies), preliminary, expository, advisory, or bibliographic in nature may be referred instead to other sections of ISTL.


  • Authors will register on the ISTL site and submit manuscripts directly in the OJS system.
  • Microsoft Word is the preferred format for text submissions. We do not accept hardcopy submissions.
  • Submissions may be made at any time. Since the review process can be open-ended, ISTL cannot guarantee publication of an accepted article in a specific issue. It will be published in the next issue scheduled after the review and editing process is complete.


Webliographies provide a curated collection of freely available web sites and online tools in specific subject areas in science, technology, and related fields. Webliographies are substantially different than bibliographies in that they do not include specific literature (journal articles, books) on a given topic.

A webliography should be unique or substantially different from prior webliographies on the topic, and it should be of interest to science and technology librarians. It is strongly encouraged to confirm your webliography topic with the Webliography section editor.

If you wish your webliography to be peer-reviewed, please note that on your submission, and it will be processed accordingly. Otherwise, the Webliographies editor will consult on any changes necessary before submitting it for final publication.

The publication cycle is at the discretion of the Webliographies editor, and priority will be given to pre-approved topics.

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