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Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians
Christopher V. Hollister
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8648-6
 
Publisher: ACRL
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264 pages
6” x 9”
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8648-6
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: P
The Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians is the most complete reference source available for librarians who need or desire to publish in the professional literature. The Handbook addresses issues and requirements of scholarly writing and publishing in a start-to-finish manner. Standard formats of scholarly writing are addressed: research papers, articles, and books. Sections and chapters include topics such as  developing scholarly writing projects in library science, the improvement of academic writing, understanding and managing the peer review process including submission, revision, and how to handle rejection and acceptance, assessing appropriateness of publishing outlets, and copyright.

This primary reference tool for the library and information science (LIS) community supports those who either desire or are required to publish in the professional literature. LIS students at the masters and doctoral levels can also benefit from this comprehensive volume.
Table of Contents

ACKOWLEDGEMENTS
PREFACE

Chapter 1: ELEMENTS OF GOOD ACADEMIC WRITING
Introduction to Good Writing
Academic Writing Motivations
Academic Writing Myths
1.1 GETTING STARTED
Generating Ideas
Importance of Being Noteworthy
From Ideas to Writing

Chapter 2: ELEMENTS OF WRITING WELL
2.1 CONTENT
Focus
Originality and Ownership
Scholarship
Theory
2.2 STRUCTURE
Organization
Parallel Structure
Length and Breadth
2.3 STYLE
Clarity
Precision
Continuity
Tone
Narration
Personal Style
2.4 MECHANICS
2.4.1 GRAMMAR
Verbs
Adverbs
Pronouns
Misplaced Adjectives
Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
Conjunctions
2.4.2 PUNCUATION
Commas
Semicolons
Colons
Dashes
Quotation Marks
2.4.3 SPELLING
2.4.4 CAPITALIZATION
2.4.5 ABBREVIATION

Chapter 3: ELEMENTS OF THE SCHOLARLY PAPER
Definition
Significance
Brief History
3.1 STANDARD COMPONENTS OF THE SCHOLARLY PAPER
3.1.1 THE TITLE
3.1.2 THE ABSTRACT
3.1.3 THE INTRODUCTION
3.1.4 THE LITERATURE REVIEW
3.1.5 THE METHOD
3.1.6 THE RESULTS
3.1.7 THE DISCUSSION
3.1.8 THE CONCLUSIONS
31.9 THE REFERENCES
3.1.10 THE APPENDICES

Chapter 4: ELEMENTS OF SELECTING THE RIGHT JOURNAL
Subject Area and Scope
4.1 TYPES OF JOURNALS
Non-Academic Periodicals
Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals
4.2 TYPES OF ARTICLES
Scholarly Articles
4.3 JOURNAL RANKINGS
Ranking Systems
Journal Prestige
4.4 JOURNAL PUBLISHERS
Types of Journal Publishers
Publication Medium and Model
Subscription Journals
Open Access Journals
Publication History
Production Quality
4.5 ADDITIONAL JOURNAL VETTING
Target Audience
Writing Style
Indexing and Dissemination
Acceptance Rate
Submission Processes
Review Processes
Copyright
Querying Journal Editors

Chapter 5: ELEMENTS OF THE PUBLISHING PROCESS
5.1 MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
5.2 MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION
Journal Management Systems
Cover Message to Editor
5.3 PEER REVIEW
Single vs. Double-Blind Review
Peer Review and LIS Journals
Manuscript Review Process
Role of the Editor
Role of the Reviewer
5.4 MANUSCRIPT DECISIONS
Before Peer Review: Accept or Reject Manuscript
After Peer Review: Accept, Revise, Resubmit, or Reject Manuscript
Responding to Editorial Decisions
5.5 MANUSCRIPT REVISIONS
Revising Specific Elements of the Manuscript

Chapter 6: ELEMENTS OF THE SCHOLARLY BOOK
6.1 LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE BOOK PUBLISHERS
Selecting Book Publishers
Querying Book Publishers
6.2 THE BOOK PROPOSAL
Writing the Proposal
6.3 PUBLISHER DECISION
Contracts
6.4 BOOK WRITING ADVICE, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND STRATEGIES
Writing Preparations
Writing Processes
Writing Practicalities
6.5 ADVICE, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND STRATEGIES FOR EDITED
VOLUMES
Benefits of the Edited Book

CONCLUDING NOTES
NOTES AND REFERENCES

About the Author

Christopher V. Hollister is an Associate Librarian with the University at Buffalo Libraries, where he is currently liaison to the Graduate School of Education, chair of the Information Literacy Task Force, and coordinator for the credit-bearing IL course, Library Research Methods. Chris is also an adjunct instructor for the University’s Department of Library and Information Studies, and he created and regularly teaches the undergraduate level credit course, Introduction to Birding. Chris is co-founder and co-editor of the open access journal, Communications in Information Literacy, which was awarded the Special Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation by the ACRL Instruction Section in 2009.
Reviews


"This comprehensive handbook leads aspiring LIS authors through the writing and publishing process, from developing a scholarly paper to selecting a journal and navigating submission and peer review. Veteran journal editor Hollister presents examples drawn from the LIS literature and offers an insider perspective on common mistakes of authors in the field. The book’s step-by-step approach is particularly effective in the “Elements of the Scholarly Paper” chapter, which provides checklists and examples for each section of a standard article; another chapter clearly outlines the publication process. Recommended for students, academic librarians, and anyone interested in contributing to the professional literature."
— Lindsay Harmon, Booklist
 
 

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