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Author Guidelines

JCEL prefers the use of American Psychological Association (APA) style and format (7th Edition). However, alternate publication styles such as the Bluebook System of Citation can be considered. All works should be submitted in APA style unless authors have received prior approval from the journal editors to submit in an alternate format. Authors should consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2019) or the Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide when formatting their works.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or, if it is, an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a Times New Roman, 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The manuscript includes a properly formatted reference section. Authors should not use built-in reference tools provided by programs such as Microsoft Word.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Tools and Resources

Tools and resources are instruments that can be used to make applications of the law or work through a decision making process.

Perspective, Opinion, and Commentary

These articles feature readers' original and personal views on subjects that fall within the scope and focus of JCEL. A variety of perspectives are encouraged for submission, including experiential and opinion pieces from library educators, researchers, students, practitioners and collaborators (e.g. publishers, university administrators or disciplinary faculty, librarians, and students).

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