Guidelines for Publishing in Florida Libraries

Florida Libraries Journal Article Submission Form


Florida Libraries publishes articles on topics of interest to Florida librarians and related to Florida libraries. Articles for the Fall issue are related to a designated theme and are refereed. Articles may be informal and do not need to be scholarly in nature, but should be informative and address professional issues of interest to the library community in the state. The style should be inviting and readable, and the content should be backed by responsible research and/or interviews. All of the author's name(s), title/position(s) and library/organization(s) should be the last page of your article.

*FLA reserves the right to make any edits needed based on grammar, content and/or length.

Deadline for Submission

Articles for the Spring Issue: March 15th.
Articles for the Fall Issue: September 15th


Our editorial team does not require many specifics, but we do strive for correctness and consistency. Articles should follow guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style and be written in an active voice. Here are our main style uses:

• serial commas (i.e. cat, dog, and mouse)
• spell out numbers below 10 (i.e. nine, eight, and seven)
• format dates as December 1, 2018 (not December 1st, 2018)
• place periods and commas inside quotation marks 
• spell out acronyms the first time they are used [e.g., Florida Library Association (FLA)]
• a.m., p.m. - lowercase with periods
• e-mail - hyphenate 
• home page - two words 
• Internet - capitalize 
• intranet - lowercase 
• listserv - one word, lowercase
• online - one word, lowercase, do not hypenate
• percentages - use the numeral,followed by the word percent (e.g., 50 percent)
• URL - capitalize Use endnotes rather than in-text citations • Web site, Web page - each is two words, Web is capitalized
• Word Wide Web - three words, capitalize. Use the Web on second reference

Citations and References

Endnote reference numbers should be placed at the end of the sentence. References in articles submitted to Florida Libraries should conform to the formats in The Chicago Manual of Style.


1,000-2,500 words


If your article is longer than 500 words, consider adding subheads to break up the text and make your article easier to read. Use <h2> and/or <h3> headers.


Use bold for the questions and regular formatting for the answers.

Inline Formatting

We allow italics and bolding, but please use these sparingly.


When linking to an outside source within your article, choose the option to open the link in a new tab with the target="_blank" attribute.

Document File format

We accept articles in a .docx file format.


All images must be at least 72 dpi to retain their quality, if resizing is needed.

• Credits: Please include image credits and license details when you submit your draft and images.
• Format: Please submit images as a jpeg, upload to the submission form. Images should not be placed inside the draft because our editors cannot extract them.
• Size: We strongly encourage you to sample your images to this size before submitting them to ensure they appear as you expect and text is legible. If you need to include a larger image, create a thumbnail and link it to a larger version of the image. 
• Alt text: Include alt text for images that describes what is pictured to help us serve readers with visual impairments.
• Label images: Label images so editors can easily tell which image should be used within an article.
• Add captions (if applicable): Be sure to reference within your article text where your image should go and what the caption should read. (e.g., [mybook.jpeg] Caption: This is a screenshot of my book.)

*FLA reserves the right to not include a picture based on content, quality or lack of application to the article.


Articles will be reviewed by the Editorial Subcommittee and at least one independent reviewer with knowledge of the subject area. All articles are subject to revisions, deletions, or additions, which, in the opinion of the editor support the author's intent. Articles not selected for publication in the next issue may be held for subsequent issues.