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Writing Guidelines [Archived]

  1. Ensure submission meets the BCLA Browser’s Focus and Scope.
  2. When writing, use an active voice and follow generally accepted rules of sentence structure and grammar. (For additional guidance, consult any publication of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White).
  3. It is expected that articles are based on fact and balanced.
  4. Secondary sources must be cited, using an in-text author date system, with a reference list placed at the end of the article.
  5. All submissions must have at least one author. Multiple authors will be accepted.
  6. All authors must include a simple biography. For example: Jane Smith is a Librarian at Pleasantville Public Library in Pleasantville, B.C.
  7. All submissions must have an abstract of at least one sentence in length.
  8. All photos/images must be accompanied by a description of the photo and the name of the photographer.
  9. It is expected that the contributor has cleared copyright permissions for any photo/image submitted the BCLA Browser.
  10. Minimum word length per article is 150 words. Maximum word length is 2,000 words. Submissions between 150 and 350 words in length will be considered for ‘Browser Briefs’ (formerly ‘Member News’).

Opinion Writing Guidelines [Archived]



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    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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