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Write for PaLRaP, Volunteer with PaLRaP

March 3, 2015

Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP) provides an opportunity for library and information professionals in Pennsylvania to share their knowledge and experience with practicing librarians across the Commonwealth and beyond.

To keep turning goals into reality, PaLRaP invites you to get involved. The journal is always looking for a few good professionals to contribute their ideas, words, interests, skills, and energy.

Here are some ideas on what you can offer.

Author an article

Tell us all about how you practice and perfect librarianship where you work. Publish your research. Take a stand on an important library issue. Turn that poster session or presentation into a masterwork!

Or simply stated, author an article for PaLRaP.

The next issue is due out in the spring (remember spring?), but you can submit a manuscript to PaLRaP at any time. Whether it’s a research or practice article, a feature, a commentary, or a letter to the editor. PaLRaP welcomes your contributions. See the submission guidelines and section policies for more information.

Share your news

Staffing changes, awards and recognition, upcoming events, new initiatives–what’s happening in your library is surely of interest to others in libraries throughout the Commonwealth. So why not submit a news item to PaLRaP? The submission deadline for the spring issue is April 3, 2015.

Become a peer reviewer

Maybe writing’s not your thing, but conducting library research and carrying out library practice are. Help our authors make writing about research and practice their thing by serving as a peer reviewer.

Peer reviewers are always needed by PaLRaP to provide thoughtful, critical analysis of the wide variety of topics that Pennsylvania’s librarians deal with and discuss.

PaLRaP follows a blind peer-review process, meaning you won’t know who the authors are and the authors won’t know who you are–all the better to guarantee high-quality, bias-free scholarly content.

To be considered for a place as a peer reviewer, submit your résumé to the PaLRaP editorial board. Be sure to tell the board about your reviewing interests and expertise.

Volunteer to copyedit, do layout, or gather news

PaLRaP is always on the lookout for sharp-eyed copy- and layout editors. Share your strengths by helping showcase authors and their work through careful copyediting and visually appealing layouts. If you want to practice your editorial skills or learn new ones, contact the PaLRaP editorial board.

PaLRaP will also soon begin the search process for a new coeditor for its news section. A formal announcement is forthcoming, so watch this space for details on how to apply.

All about PaLRaP

Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice (PaLRaP) is a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association’s College & Research Division. The University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, serves as the journal’s publisher.

PaLRaP includes articles from all areas of librarianship, with a special focus on activities at or of interest to Pennsylvania’s academic libraries. PaLRaP is published twice a year, in the spring and fall.

For more information about Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, to read past issues, or to submit an article, visit the PaLRaP website.

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