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Author Guidelines

Library Student Journal follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition, 2001 for style and references.

All references should be cited parenthetically and in a reference list. Parenthetical citations should include the author and the year published. Page numbers should be given for direct quotes or very specific ideas.

Reference lists should include full entries for each citation in the body of the paper, but no entries for items not in the paper. Further Reading lists may be allowed at the discretion of the editors.

Below are some examples of common references and citations. See the APA manual for more details and visit for electronic reference help:

Books with one author

Eliot (1999) further emphasizes that language development takes place when a parent talks to a child often.

Books with multiple authors

Marino and Houlihan (1992) included bibliographic lists of picture books, resource books, songs, rhyming games, and ideas for interactive parent-child sessions.

More than five authors

Babies whose parents acknowledge their babbling and facial expressions as communication, mimic their sounds, and verbally label items they touch, will talk earlier with more advanced language skills (Bornstein et al., 1996).

Journal articles

Huebner and Meltzoff found that "reading to a child in dialogue fashion, paraphrasing a story, asking questions after sentences, and personalizing a story plot enhanced both early language and early reading development." (p. 297).

Personal communication

According to the Director, "training materials developed by librarians help parents and caregivers help get their children ready to read" (personal communication, July 19, 2006).

Electronic source

The ALA Bill of Rights states that "library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves" (American Library Association, 2006, ΒΆ1).

Examples of proper reference list entries:

Books with one author

Eliot, L. (1999). What's going on in there?: How the brain and mind develop in the first five years of life. New York: Bantam Books.

Books with two authors

Marino, J. & Houlihan, D. (1992) Mother Goose time: Library programs for babies and their caregivers. New York: H.W. Wilson.

More than five authors

Bornstein, M.H., Tamis-Lemonda, C.S., Haynes, O.M., Pascual, L., Painter, K. M., Galperin, C.Z., Pecheaux, M.G. (1996). Ideas about parenting in Argentina, France, and the United States. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 19(2), 347-368.

Journal articles

Huebner, C.E. & Meltzoff, A.N. (2005). Intervention to change parent-child reading style: A comparison of instructional methods. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 26(3), 296-313.

Electronic source

American Library Association. (2006). Library Bill of Rights. Retrieved September 30, 2006, from

Please double check all references before submitting! Papers may be returned without consideration for references missing or improper format.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration for publication by another journal. Papers published on personal websites may be submitted to LSJ. If unsure whether your manuscript qualifies please contact the editors at [email protected]
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF file format.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., It is very important that authors double check the links in their reference list before submitting.
  4. Figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. All illustrations are placed within the text where appropriate, and will be separately uploaded in jpeg, tiff, gif, or bmp format along with any necessary captions.
  7. Permissions have been obtained for all copyrighted illustrations and will be uploaded separately.
  8. !!Plagiarism Warning!! All phrases, sentence, and paragraphs taken directly from another source should are in quotations and clearly cited. I understand that failure to do so, even accidentally, will result in my submission being returned without the option to resubmit.

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