Submission Guidelines

What We Publish

We publish high quality peer-reviewed articles in a range of formats. While we are open to suggestions for new article types and formats, including material previously published in part or full, we expect proposals to include unique and substantial new content from the author. Examples of material we would publish include:

  • Original research with a discussion of its consequences (with or without an argument for action) that makes a unique, significant contribution to the professional literature.
  • Articles using autoethnography or other accounts of the author’s own experience to analyze, theorize, situate, or otherwise contribute new insights to the professional literature.
  • Articles arguing for a particular approach, strategy or development in librarianship, with suggestions for how it might be achieved.
  • Transformative works with additional explanatory or interpretive content. For example, a transcription of an interview or panel discussion, with a substantial introduction explaining the importance of the subject to librarianship and a discussion of related literature.

How To Propose An Article

You may propose an article by submitting either an abstract or a complete draft of the article. If we’re interested in your proposal, the next step for all proposals will be responding to our Framework Questions.


If you are submitting an abstract, please submit the following to itlwtlp at gmail dot com:

  1. An abstract of your proposed article. The abstract should be no longer than 200 words. Your abstract should ideally both summarize the contribution your article will make and situate that contribution within the existing conversation in library fields.
  2. A writing sample. Please send this either as an attachment or as a link (if the sample is available outside of a paywall or password online). The writing sample lets us experience your writing style and authorial voice. It does not need to be a traditional or formal publication. A blog post, a class paper, or even a draft of a portion of your proposed article are fine.
  3. A 3 to 5 sentence bio, a resume, or a CV—whichever can highlight the perspective and experience you will bring to your proposal. For proposals with multiple authors, please provide one for each author.


If you are submitting a complete draft of an article, please submit the following to itlwtlp at gmail dot com:

  1. A complete draft of your proposed article. It should be approximately 2,000 to 5,000 words with citations as appropriate. If submitting a completed article, please ensure it follows our style guide.
  2. A 3 to 5 sentence bio, a resume, or a CV—whichever can highlight the perspective and experience you will bring to your proposal. For proposals with multiple authors, please provide one for each author.


Regardless of whether you submitted an abstract or a complete draft of your article, a member of the Editorial Board will respond to your message within 4 to 5 weeks.

In general, we will make a decision based on how well your proposal seems to fit our goals, content, and style. We will include in our initial decision email any thoughts your submission raised among the Editorial Board.

Article Framework Questions

If we like the sound of your initial proposal, we will proceed to the next step in the submissions process: Framework Questions. This step applies to all proposals, whether submitted as abstracts or as complete article drafts.

Your answers to the Framework Questions are vital for giving the Editorial Board a stronger sense of your proposed article, your thesis, and what your article would contribute to the professional literature. We are particularly interested in well-written articles that have actionable solutions, and we intend that these questions will help frame your idea appropriately. We expect the Framework Questions will be answered thoughtfully and completely:

  1. Briefly explain what specific event or experience led you to pursue this topic, what motivates you? How does your positionality or identity inform your relationship to this topic?
  2. What are the 3 most important things to consider about your topic and why are they the most critical?
  3. What problem is your article addressing and what actions do you want readers to take after reading it? What do you want your readers to remember after they finish reading your article?
  4. How can Lead Pipe help you connect with your intended audience for this article? How is your topic meaningful to someone not in that target audience?
  5. In what ways does your article build upon and/or contribute to the existing literature? Provide 3 sources. Depending upon your topic, these citations may be for research on which your article is based; examples of conversations to which you are adding reinforce issues that you’re raising in your article; articles to which yours is responding; conversations to which you are adding; etc.
  6. If your article involves research on human subjects, have you secured proper permissions and approval to report on this data? Please indicate if your article includes images that require permissions to publish.

If Your Proposal Is Accepted

If we choose to accept your proposal, you will be assigned a Publishing Editor who will guide you through the Lead Pipe Publication Process.

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