Author Guidelines


Articles may be submitted at any time by emailing the editor, Robert Perret.

Peer Review Process

Articles submitted for peer review will be reviewed as follows:

  1. First, by the journal editor, who then forwards acceptable articles to:
  2. The Editorial Board.
  3. Articles approved by both of the above will be submitted for peer review by 2-3 identified experts who have knowledge in the article’s subject area.
  4. Peer reviewers’ comments may be shared with the article author and revisions may be requested, as necessary. All final decisions related to publication of feature articles will be at the Editor’s discretion upon consideration of Editorial Board and peer reviewer feedback.

Book/Media Review Guidelines

Before you write your review, please confirm your selection with Laura Abbott, Reviews Editor.

Titles for review must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • Be written by an Idaho author;
  • Address Idaho-related content or content of interest to Idaho libraries;
  • Be released by an Idaho publisher; or
  • Be related to libraries.

Date of publication: previous year unless otherwise agreed.

Length of review: 400 – 600 words.

Review copies: The Reviews Editor may have titles available for review; we can request a review copy from the publisher; or your library may already own the title.

When submitting a review, include this information about the title you are reviewing:

  • Title
  • Publisher
  • Date of Publication
  • Place of Publication
  • ISBN
  • List Price

Include this information about yourself:

  • Your name, position and library affiliation
  • Optional:  one line about yourself

Suggestions for what to include in a review:

  • Evaluate the title’s quality and its value to the intended audience.
  • Comment on the author’s/editor’s affiliation, subject knowledge, previous publication(s), writing style, and approach or point of view.
  • Critical comparison with similar works (identify any works cited with full bibliographic information–authors/editors, title, publication date)
  • Who is the intended audience?  Is the book scholarly or written for the general public? If intended for a younger audience, provide a recommended age range.
  • Have fun with the review and make it interesting.

Deadlines for submission:

  • Spring issue – Submit reviews by April 1
  • Fall issue – Submit reviews by October 1

Please submit reviews as an attached MS Word document to Laura Abbott, Reviews Editor, at Laura is Youth Services Supervisor at Nampa Public Library.

Tech Talk

The Tech Talk section of The Idaho Librarian publishes articles about library technology in a broad sense. Past topics include:

  • eReaders
  • library videos
  • library marketing using social media
  • digital collections
  • e-reference tools
  • resources for keeping up with library technology

Articles should be 1000-3000 words and can include screen shots

Please include a brief author biography with your name, library affiliation, and position.

Deadlines for submission are April 1 (Spring issue) and October 1 (Fall issue).

Please contact Ellie Dworak, Tech Talk editor, at for more information or to propose an article.

Copyright Notice

The Idaho Librarian uses a Creative Commons license. Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).