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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.
  • The submission is within the scope of the journal.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are included.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus of the journal. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the process.

For submissions to the peer-reviewed section please follow the below guidelines, and contact the editorial team at if you have any questions. The editors will consider submissions in non-textual formats; please contact us before submitting.

Journal of Radical Librarianship publishes one volume per year, with rapid publication as soon as articles are ready.

Prospective authors are welcome to send outlines or drafts to the editor in advance of making a formal submission to see if the article is within scope, but please note that the journal runs on volunteer labour and we may not be able to offer detailed feedback on drafts. Submissions can be sent throughout the year. Revisions may be required before a decision is made to accept or reject the paper.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to any consistent bibliographic style. Authors are encouraged to include DOI or URL links to all available references; if the source is not open access, please consider linking to an archived repository copy if available. Documents can be submitted in any format although we prefer open formats such as ODF.

To include in the article:

  • Abstract - the text of the article should be prefaced by an abstract of no more than 200 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. Please include a list of 5-6 key words after the abstract. The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.

  • Main text

  • Author(s) information - if you wish to provide a short biographical statement regarding the author(s).

  • Acknowledgements - if you wish to provide any acknowledgements.

  • References - all references cited within the text, include URLs, must be listed within a references section at the end of the submission.

Research Articles

Peer-reviewed research and theory articles in the field of radical librarianship. Interdisciplinary in scope, this includes any work that contributes to a discourse around critical library and information theory and practice.

Reports and Commentary

This includes editorials from the journal's editorial team, and submitted and invited articles about relevant topics which are not research-based or peer-reviewed.


Reviews of books and other media relevant to the scope of the journal. Potential book reviewers please see the author guidelines for book reviewers for details of the standard process and contact us if you are interested in being a reviewer.

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