Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians—REVISED EDITION

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978-0-8389-8736-0
Published: 
2014
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ACRL
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266
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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.

Contents

Acknowledgements

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

Point of View

Personal Style

2.4 Mechanics

2.4.1 Grammar
Verbs

Adverbs

Pronouns

Misplaced Adjectives

Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

Conjunctions

2.4.2 Punctuation

Commas

Semicolons

Colons

Dashes

Quotation Marks

2.4.3 Spelling

2.4.4 Capitalization

2.4.5 Abbreviation


Chapter 3: ELEMENTS OF A SCHOLARLY PAPER

Definition
Significance
Brief History

3.1 Standard Components of A Scholarly Paper

3.1.1 Title
3.1.2 Abstract
3.1.3 Introduction
3.1.4 Literature Review
3.1.5 Method
3.1.6 Results
3.1.7 Discussion
3.1.8 Conclusions
3.1.9 References
3.1.10 Appendices

Chapter 4: ELEMENTS OF SELECTING THE RIGHT JOURNAL

Subject Area and Scope

4.1 Types of Journals

Nonacademic 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 Process

Review Processes

Copyright

Querying Journal Editors


Chapter 5: ELEMENTS OF THE PUBLISHING PROCESS

5.1 Manuscript Preparation
5.2 Manuscript Submission
Journal Management System
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 A 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 Publishers' 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 an Edited Book

Concluding Notes

Notes and References

Christopher V. Hollister

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.

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